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Anderlecht v Spurs (NextGen Series), 31.10.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

	NextGen Series 2012-13 Group 1
   Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels
     Wednesday 31st October 2012, 7.30pm

        (All Purple)      (All White)
           4-4-2            4-1-3-2

            1(0)              1(0)
Anderlecht:- Roef, D’Alberto, Mbemba, Heylen(C), Lukaku (Carvalho 76), Dendoncker(Scholl 76), Tarfi(Kindermans 76), Diarra, Koulibaly(Jaadi 63), De Bruyn (Alvarez 59), Kabasele

Unused Subs:- Cekrezi, Palmeri
Scorer:- Alvarez

Booked:- Diarra 46(10Yds), Mbenba 58(Late), Tarfi 80(Late)

Coach – R. Peeters

Spurs:- Vigouroux, A. McQueen, Barthram, Veljkovic(C), Ball, Stewart, Coulthirst, Bentaleb(McEvoy 86), Coulibaly (D. McQueen 42), Winks(Lesniak 69), Gallifuoco (Dombaxe 69)

Unused Subs:- McGee, Ogilvie
Scorer:- Bentaleb pen 59

Booked:- Veljkovic 31(Foul), Barthram 32(10Yds.), Gallifuoco 64(Foul),

Coach:- A. Inglethorpe

Referee:- N. Laforge
Assistants:– S. Hutsebaut & K. De Rocker
4th Official:- J. Rochart

Attendance:- 7261

It was a cold evening for Spurs' trip to Brussels in the NextGen Series. A good sized crowd came to support the home side with a small section very vocal. Spurs travelled without Pritchard who missed the match due to suspension and also other changes from last week's home draw with Wolfsburg.

Spurs lined up with Viguoroux in goal behind Ball and Stewart with McQueen at right back and Barthram on the left. Veljkovic sat in front of them with Bentaleb and Gallifuoco supported Winks behind Coulthirst and Coulibaly up front.

Spurs defended the south end during the first half which became a cautious affair as neither side wanted to make a mistake. The first chance fell to Coulthirst after eight minutes when Winks took a quick free kick after Coulibaly was fouled. Roef was out quickly when the young striker took a heavy touch to save at his feet.

Coulthirst made room for a cross on the right that Gallifuoco headed back across the goal before it was cleared. Kambasele fired over after linking with Koulibaly. McQueen got down the right and crossed to Coulthirst at the near post whose glancing header flew wide of the far post.

Veljkovic was booked for stopping a break through the centre. Kabasele fired the free kick over but the referee ordered it to be retaken as Barthram had encroached. The Spurs player was booked before Diarra re-took the kick and drew a save from Viguoroux low to his right.

Diarra drew another save from the keeper when Spurs failed to clear a cross to win a corner. From the corner Viguoroux saved from Koulibaly. Gallifuoco crossed low from the left to Bentaleb coming in from the right who fired over. Coulibaly failed to run off a heavy challenge and had to be replaced by Darren McQueen before the end of the half. A clever back-heel freed D’Alberto to play in Koulibaly but the striker could not get a good contact and the ball flew wide of the far post.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw an early booking for Diarra. Bentaleb gave Spurs the lead on the hour from the penalty spot, after Barthram had been brought down.

Gallifuoco was booked when he went into a tackle with his studs showing. Inglethorpe replaced Winks and Gallifuoco shortly after with Lesniak and Dombaxe. Tarfi was booked for a late tackle on Bentaleb before Dombaxe played in Coulthirst through the right channel but Roef saved his drive. Alvarez beat the offside trap to draw Viguoroux and score to bring the side level.

The goal prompted Peeters to make a triple substitution in an effort to win the game. Inglethorpe had the same idea and sent on McEvoy for Bentaleb. McEvoy immediately produced a cross that found McQueen in the centre of the area, but he had gone too early. McEvoy worked the left side and cut inside to fire wide. When the home side failed to clear a corner Lesniak fired over as the game went into added time.

The draw was a fair result as neither side got on top of the other. Apart from a spell early in the second half when the home side looked to be getting on top, Spurs showed the greater intent. The over-lapping full backs continuously got down the flanks and it was Barthram getting into the penalty area that produced the Spurs goal. Pritchard was missed while Lesniak and Winks did well for their age behind the strikers.

Pritchard will be back for the trip to Barcelona next week but with U-18 and U-21 matches on the Saturday before as well as an U-18 game on the Saturday after it is difficult to see a strong squad travelling to Spain. The draw sees Spurs stay in second place behind Barcelona.


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