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Spurs U-21s v west Brom U-21s, 11.03.13
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Premier U-21 League 2012-3, Elite Group 
           Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
             Monday 11th March 2013, 1pm

               SPURS     v     WEST BROM
            (All White)        (All Red)
               4-3-3             4-4-2

                4(1)              0(0) 

         Jonathan Miles  1  Luke Daniels
        Ryan Fredericks  2  Jordan Francis
           Nathan Byrne  3  Tom Smart
       Ezekiel Fryers(C) 4  Aaron Birch
             Grant Hall  5  Wesley Atkinson
         Nabil Bentaleb  6  Callum Jones(C)
         Kenneth McEvoy  7  Kemar Roofe
        Tom Huddlestone  8  Scott Allan
    Shaquile Coulthirst  9  Romaine Sawyers
            Tom Carroll 10  Adil Nabi
             Jack Munns 11  Isiah Brown

        Milos Veljkovic 12  Keiran McCalla
     Lawrence Vigouroux 13  Shane Lewis
   Giancarlo Gallifuoco 14  Reece Wedderburn
          Kevin Stewart 15  Danny Barrow
                        16  Samir Nabi

        Munns 23, 58
        McEvoy 53
        Coulthirst 82 

        Bentaleb 39(Foul)   Brown 57(Foul) 

        T. Sherwood         D. Oldfield

Ref:- C. Powell
Assistants:- S. Lewis & S. Barry
The weather conditions for today's game were terrible. A driving wind produced a wind chill of around freezing. The game started with driving snow that stopped, only to return in the second half,sweeping diagonally across the pitch into the faces of the spectators looking towards the east end of the pitch. To give you an idea of how bad it was, when the Albion keeper attempted to kick a ball upfield during the first half he conceded a corner and Byrne saw a throw in down the line go into touch. Today's visitors to Hotspur Way were West Bromwich Albion who are seventh in the group.

Spurs lined up with Fryers and Hall in front of Miles with Fredericks at right back and Byrne on the left. Huddlestone anchored the midfield with Carroll and Bentaleb while Coulthirst led the line with McEvoy on his right and Munns on the left.

Spurs defended the east end with the snow-driven wind blowing into the faces of the "Baggies". Carroll got down the left early on to drive low across the box with no one getting a final touch. Byrne put in a ball that Daniels saved at the near post. Munns then had a shot saved before Daniels had to make a double save. McEvoy pulled the ball back from the right for Huddlestone to strike. Daniels saved and the ball came back out to Huddlestone who headed it back only for the keeper to save again.

Bentaleb saw his effort saved for a corner before the visitors had their first chance when Roofe fired wide. Hall then saw his header hit the crossbar from Carroll's cross before Carroll also hit the woodwork from a Huddlestone pass. Munns played in McEvoy for a chance that was saved, before a flowing passing movement ended with the opening goal. Huddlestone sent Carroll away through the left channel and his forward pass to Coulthirst was flicked through to Munns coming in from the left. The little wide man took a touch before firing in across the keeper.

The visitors began to string some passes together and created some good approach work which saw Nabi drive wide and minutes later force Miles to save. Bentaleb picked up the first yellow card for a foul on Allan. The referee had spoken to Huddlestone and Byrne earlier about their tackling as he tried to keep his cards in his pocket.

Spurs replaced Huddlestone for the second half with Veljkovic in the midfield. Bentaleb had the first chance of the half which was saved by Daniels but he could not prevent Spurs second goal. Carroll sent Byrne away down the left and his cross was taken away from Coulthirst by a defender's foot only to reach McEvoy at the far post. The keeper got a hand to the winger's shot but it flew up into the roof of the net.

Brown was booked for a foul on Byrne as they battled for possession before Spurs made the game safe with a third. Spurs' midfield moved the ball around in front of the visitors' defence before Carroll threaded the ball through to Munns who turned and fired past Daniels.

Spurs replaced Carroll in the midfield with Gallifuoco as they looked to see out the game. Roofe drew a save from Miles driving in from the left before Hall was taken off for Stewart at the back. Coulthirst was played in for a chance that was saved before getting some reward for all the running he had done by getting on the score-sheet himself. Gallifuoco found him with a long ball that the striker controlled on his chest before working an opening to drill low past the keeper. Coulthirst almost returned the favour when he got down the left and put in a low cross that Gallifuoco just failed to meet. With time running out Nabi drew another save from Miles.

This was a good game despite the conditions with both sides passing the ball. The visitors did not have the penetration that Spurs had which showed in the attempts on goal. It looked like Huddlestone and Carroll were having a run out before the trip to Milan. There have been reports that Parrett and Ceballos have gone to Swindon on loan and that Luongo may join them which would explain why they did not play today. This would mean that we will be relying on the younger players to carry the team through the rest of the group stage. As this was the last home game, the remaining six games are all away.

The next game will be the return fixture against West Bromwich in two weeks time at their training ground. There may be a problem in getting to see this game as their website says that games are played behind closed doors, but we will see.

After todays round of games the group looks like this:-

Tottenham 4    WBA 0
Liverpool 3    West Ham 3
Man Utd   0    Wolves 0
Arsenal   2    Southampton 0

      CLUB    P  W  D  L  GF-GA  GD  PTS 

1.Tottenham   8  6  1  1  25-12  13  19 
2.Man Utd     7  3  3  1   9- 6   3  12
3.Liverpool   7  3  2  2  10- 9   1  11 
4.Southampton 8  2  3  3   9-11  -2   9 
5.West Ham    8  2  2  4  10-11  -1   8
6.Wolves      7  2  2  3  11-15  -4   8 
7.Arsenal     6  1  3  2   9-11  -2   6 
8.West Brom   7  1  2  4   5-13  -8   5 

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