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Spurs U-21s v Southampton U-21s, 12.11.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier U-21 League 2012-3, Group 2
         White Hart Lane, Tottenham N17
         Monday 12th November 2012, 7pm

             SPURS     v   SOUTHAMPTON 
          (All White)       (All Red)
             4-3-3            4-5-1

              4(3)             0(0) 

   Lawrence Vigouroux  1  Chris Jones
      Ryan Fredericks  2  Danny Butterfield
        Kevin Stewart  3  Matt Targett
    Massimo Luongo(C)  4  Joe Curtis
           Grant Hall  5  Bevis Mugabe
       Thomas Carroll  6  Jordan Turnbull
          Yago Falque  7  Jake Sinclair
           Ryan Mason  8  Corby Moore
       Jonathan Obika  9  Sam Hoskins
         Dean Parrett 10  Ben Reeves(C)
    Cristian Ceballos 11  Lloyd Isgrove

 Souleymane Coulibaly 12  Dominic Gade
          (10)67Mins.     (8)69Mins.
           Luke McGee 13  Will Britt
      Milos Veljkovic 14  Sam McQueen 
       Alex Pritchard 15  Ryan Seager
          (11)77Mins.     (11)10Mins.
                      16  Matt Young
                          (3)81Mins.

Scorers:-
      Falque 20,45+2 
      Obika 23
      Coulibaly 82 

Coach:-
      T. Sherwood         M. Hunter 

Referee:- S. Butler
Assistants:- S. Barry & P. Evans
Fourth Official:- W. Cartmel

Attendance: Approx. 500
It was a chilly evening at White Hart Lane for the last home game of the group. Tonight's visitors Southampton had hosted Spurs less than a month ago when Spurs came away with a 4-2 win. Both sides fielded similar players as in that first game.

Spurs lined up with Vigouroux in goal behind Hall and Luongo, with Fredericks at right back and Stewart on the left. The midfield trio was Carroll, Mason and Parrett with Obika up front flanked by Falque and Ceballos.

Spurs started the first half attacking the Paxton Road end moving the ball around the midfield looking for a pass through the visitors' defence. Mason fired in a shot that was saved by Jones before Southampton were forced into an early change.

Luongo gave the ball away at the back to let in Sinclair for a chance that Vigouroux saved. The pattern was set with Southampton sitting deep looking to hit Hoskins on the break while Spurs attack was supported by Luongo and the full backs pushing up.

Ceballos got down the right and crossed to Falque at the far post who volleyed into the side netting. Hoskins got through to drive his effort into the side netting at the near post. Hoskins got through again to draw a save from Vigouroux. Hoskins won a free kick which he took himself but it was an easy save for the keeper.

With the Southampton defenders up for the free kick Parrett was able to break up field to play in Falque to score with a rising drive. A cheeky back-heel sent Obika through only to be denied by a last ditch tackle. Fredericks got down the right and cut inside to draw a save from Jones.

Good work on the right saw Carroll cross for Obika to guide a header inside the far post to increase the lead. Ceballos fired over before Parrett set up Obika for an effort that was wide. Obika worked an opening but his shot was deflected over for a corner. Hall headed wide from the corner before Spurs struck again. Obika set up Falque for a strike that went in off the far post during added time.

There were no changes for the start of the second half with Spurs continuing to keep the pressure on with Obika firing wide. Hoskins continued with his lone task up front by driving over from the right before drawing a save from Vigouroux.

Sherwood made his first change replacing Parrett with Coulibaly and moving to 4-4-2. Falque took a free kick on the edge of the area that Jones saved, before he set Hoskins away to force a save at the other end. Mason played in Obika for a drive that was saved before Sinclair counter-attacked down the right squaring the ball to Hoskins for an effort that was blocked.

Butterfield picked up the ball from a corner and centred for Mugabe to draw a save from the keeper. Reeves saw his drive deflected for a corner as the visitors countered again.

Pritchard came on for Ceballos and quickly drew a save from Jones. Carroll advanced and drove a shot over the bar before Curtis won a corner off Vigouroux. Mason found Coulibaly on the left of the area and the striker controlled the ball before hitting a beauty into the top far corner of the net for 4-0. He came over to the supporters to celebrate with a somersault.

Obika played in Coulibaly for a chance that he fired over before Falque drove wide. As the game moved into added time Vigouroux made a great save tipping Reeves drive over the bar to keep a clean sheet.

This was another good win for the U-21 side which keeps them on top of the group table. All the players played their part in a good team performance. Luongo had a tricky start having to make a couple of tackles on Hoskins early on before pushing forward to help the midfield. The midfield took a little while to settle before the passing improved enough to take control. Hoskins was always a thorn in the side of the defenders and should have had some reward for his continued running.

The remaining three games are all away starting with the trip to Stoke on Sunday. This match was to be played at the Britannia but has been moved to the Weaver Stadium in Nantwich.

Ray

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