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Spurs U-21s v Newcastle U-21s, 14.01.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


            Premier U-21 League 2013-4
         Hotspur Way, Bulls Cross, Enfield
        Tuesday 14th January 2014, 12 noon

            SPURS     v     NEWCASTLE
        (White/Blue)      (Yellow/Blue)
           4-2-3-1           4-2-3-1

             4(4)              1(1) 

       Jordan Archer  1  Jak Alnwick
          Adam Smith  2  Lubomir Satka
      Ezekiel Fryers  3  Macauley Gillesphey
     Milos Veljkovic  4  Gael Bigirimana(C)
     Kevin Stewart(C) 5  Remie Streete
Giancarlo Gallifuoco  6  Paul Dummett
      Kenneth McEvoy  7  Rolando Aarons
          Grant Ward  8  Michael Richardson
Souleymane Coulibaly  9  Jonathyn Quinn
          Harry Kane 10  Adam Armstrong
     Andros Townsend 11  Alex Gilliead

       Aaron McEneff 12  James Morgan
          (11)46Mins
      Jonathan Miles 13  Jonathan Mitchell
      Ruben Lameiras 14  Oliver Kemen
           (3)52Mins     (11)64Mins
Roman Michael-Percil 15  Greg Olley
                         (4)48Mins
       Joe Pritchard 16  Daniel Barlaser
           (2)70Mins     (10)74Mins.

Scorers:-  
Coulibaly 19 seconds     Richardson 37
Townsend 20
McEvoy 22
Kane 25 

Referee: D. Rock
Assistants:- N. Dunn & P. Howard
Fourth Official: L. Grimsey

This game was to have been played on Monday evening at Bishop's Stortford, but due to heavy rain it was called off very late. When I arrived people were still turning up and both teams were there. The game was re-arranged for the following day at Hotspur Way. The visitors came on a four game winning streak while Spurs had lost to League leaders Fulham 5-3 in their last outing.

Spurs lined up with Archer in goal behind Stewart and Gallifuoco with Smith at right back and Fryers on the left. Veljkovic anchored the midfield with Ward while Kane played behind Coulibaly with McEvoy on the right flank and Townsend on the left. I could not see who was in charge of the team but Sherwood and his coaching staff were all there behind the bench.

Spurs kicked off attacking the West end and quickly put the visitors under pressure. Kane received the ball in the "Magpies'" half and played it out to Townsend on the left. The winger advanced and whipped in a cross that was turned in by Coulibaly. The goal was timed at 19 seconds and was the blueprint of Spurs' attacking style for the game.

On the break Townsend played in McEvoy who advanced but his effort was blocked. The second goal came when Kane played the ball out to Townsend on the left. The winger went down the wing; cut inside onto his right foot, and drove the ball into the far corner of the goal. Two minutes later and it was three as a cross from the left caused confusion as Coulibaly collided with the keeper and a defender. The ball dropped in front of McEvoy at the far post for an easy finish. There was a little delay before the referee gave the goal making us think that he had disallowed it.

Three became four when Kane drifted over to the left to pick up the ball and from outside the area hit a dipping shot into the top far corner. Kane played in Townsend on the right who cut inside and drew a save from Alnwick before Newcastle had their first chance. In the 37th minute Quinn picked up a half clearance but fired wide. The visitors scored with their second chance when a ball from the left found Richardson outside the area and his volley fizzed into the left corner of the net.

Townsend made a run with the ball from deep in his own half to the edge of the Newcastle area before he was caught. After this run he looked to be in difficulty.

Aarons' cross was met by Streete who drew a save from Archer just before the end of the half.

McEneff replaced Townsend for the second half which saw Newcastle get more involved. Streete headed over from an Armstrong free kick before Archer saved from an Armstrong effort at the far post.

A Spurs attack saw Fryers pick up an injury. He was replaced by Lameiras who went into the midfield as Veljkovic dropped into the back four to allow Stewart to move to left back. This change allowed Newcastle to come into the game more as Aarons became their most dangerous player attacking Stewart down the right, with the midfield getting forward through the middle.

A short corner allowed Aarons to put in a cross shot under the bar at the far post but Archer pushed it away for another corner. McEvoy was still getting down the right and putting in crosses with Coulibaly seeing his header saved by Alnwick, which was repeated two minutes later. McEvoy drew a save himself before Smith was injured challenging for the ball on the edge of the Newcastle area and had to be replaced by Pritchard.

McEneff dropped to right back which reduced support for McEvoy on the right. Olley fired wide from a cross by Aarons and Richardson got through for a one on one with Archer but drove wide. McEvoy got down the right and pulled the ball back for Pritchard who mis-hit his effort high over the bar. Kane played in Coulibaly for a chance that flew over. Lameiras fired over from a pass inside from the left and then did the same from a cross by McEvoy from the right. Gallifuoco came out from the back only to fire over. The last chance fell to McEvoy who got through the right channel only to shoot into the side netting.

This was a good performance from Spurs who dominated the game until injuries disrupted the pattern of playing and allowed the visitors to get a foot in it. With the two flying wingers and the prompting from Kane it could have been a lot more than just the four goals. The loss of the full backs also affected the attacking potential of the side. Townsend would not have played the full game anyway as it was his first game back so hopefully it was more of a precaution to take him off at half-time.

The next game for the U-21's is on Friday afternoon away to Stoke. (Ed:- The official site state this game will be at 1pm at Stoke's training ground) There will not be much rest for the players, especially the two full backs, so I expect a few changes to the team. Spurs are due to play Reading at Bishop's Stortford on the 27th January so we have to hope that there will not be too much rain leading up to that game as we have had a number of games called off because of the pitch.

Ray

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