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Nottingham Forest v Spurs - Youth Cup 6th round, 18.02.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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            FA Youth Cup  6th Round 2015
               City Ground, Nottingham
          Wednesday 18th February 2015, 7pm

               NOTTINGHAM     TOTTENHAM
                 FOREST    v   HOTSPUR
               (All Red)     (White/Blue)
                 4-3-3          4-3-3

                  1(0)           2(0)

           Tim Erlandsson  1 Harry Voss
               Ryan Yates  2 Kyle Walker-Peters
               Jack Kelly  3 Anton Walkes
           Adam Crookes(C) 4 Luke Amos
              Joe Worrall  5 Christian Maghoma
           Alex Iacovitti  6 Cameron Carter-Vickers
             Oliver Burke  7 Armani Daly
             Matthew Cash  8 Zenon Stylianides
           Gerry McDonagh  9 Shayon Harrison
             Tyler Walker 10 Joshua Onomah(C)
              Tom Gamblen 11 Ismail Azzaoui

           Kasheme Walton 12 Christopher Paul
                (9)78Mins
            Richard Deade 13 Thomas Glover
              Luke Thomas 14 Charlie Owens
               (11)40Mins
             Andreas Karo 15 Lloyd Ross
               (14)78Mins
              Dylan Burns 16 Ryan Loft
                             (7)70Mins

Scorers:-
              Cash 70        Walker-Peters 61
                             Azzaoui 65 

Booked:-
          Kelly 82(Late)     Amos 49(Foul)

Coaches:-
          K. MacDonald       K. McKenna

Attendance:- 4053 

Referee: P. Tierney
Assistants:- N. Hobbis & J. Simpson
Fourth Official: S. Barrow

Spurs travelled to the City Ground only nine days after beating Manchester United in the last round. They faced a Forest side on an unbeaten run of twelve games stretching back to October. The "Reds" had knocked out MK Dons, West Brom and Burnley to reach the quarter-finals. There was a big crowd at the City ground for this game. The winners would face Chelsea in a two legged semi-final after the "Blues" beat Newcastle 3-0 away after extra time.

Spurs lined up with Voss behind Maghoma and Carter-Vickers with Walker-Peters at right back and Walkes on the left. Amos anchored the midfield with Stylianides and Onomah while Harrison led the attack with Daly on his right and Azzaoui on his left.

Spurs attacked the Trent end in the first half which saw their passing game too good for the home side who closed down as much as possible to prevent shots on goal. Azzaoui played in Onomah for an effort that was wide before Walkes had a good run to the edge of the area before slipping the ball to Harrison who hit it on the turn just wide of the right post for a corner.

Azzaoui had a chance at the far post from a cross but took to long and was robbed. However, the ball was not cleared and it was floated to the far post for Harrison to run in and put it into the net only for the flag to be raised for offside. Onomah had another attempt fly wide before Forest had a free kick on the edge of the Spurs area. Kelly hit it over the wall and off the top of the crossbar.

Gamblen was injuried in a collision with Voss going for a ball to the far post and had to be replaced. Onomah had the last chance of the first half when he was fouled 25 yards out and took the free kick himself. He curled it low around the wall but it was easy for Erlandsson in the Forest Goal.

There were no changes for the start of the second half, which saw Forest open up more playing more direct football. Amos lost the ball in the middle of the park to Cash and fouled the Forest player to prevent a run on goal which earned him a yellow card. The resultant free kick was fired over by Kelly.

Spurs began to find more space and began to stretch the Forest defence. Azzaoui got round the back and drew a save from a tight angle. The ball was worked through the middle for Harrison to force a save from Erlandsson with a shot from outside the area with Azzaoui close to the rebound.

A Forest corner saw a poor punch by Voss which was returned by Thomas wide of the post. Spurs took the lead when Walker-Peters combined with Daly on the right of the area and when Daly pulled the ball back for Walker-Peters he had space to move forward and drive the ball low into the far corner of the net.

Spurs increased their lead when Azzaoui got the ball from Walkes' throw-in and cut inside before driving the ball low into the net.

Harrison had a run and shot over the bar before the home side pulled a goal back. Spurs failed to clear the ball and it was played into the near post where it was squared for Cash to run onto and drive low in at the near post. Spurs replaced Daly with Loft before the restart to lead the line with Harrison moving to the right.

Harrison combined with Walker-Peters before hitting a shot on the turn which was blocked. Azzaoui cut in from the left for a chance that was saved. Stylianides had an effort from the edge of the area saved, before Forest made a double change as they went all out for the game.

Kelly was booked for a bad late tackle on Walker-Peters which upset his team-mates. Loft won the ball off Worrell on the right flank and took it into the area but lost his footing trying to go round the keeper. Onomah fired over in added time before Cash saw his effort blocked and the ref blew for time.

Spurs were well on top of this game and the only time they looked in danger of conceding was when they gave the ball away. The game opened up in the second half which was what Spurs needed as it played to their strengths. Forest worked hard to contain them but when they opened up in the second half Spurs took full advantage. Next up for Spurs are Chelsea in the semi-final. The "Blues" have the best record of any team this season and have been finalists for the last three seasons winning twice.

Ray

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