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Leicester U-21s v Spurs U-21s, 18.03.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


        Premier U-21 League, Division One, 2015-16
              King Power Stadium, Leicester
              Friday 18th March 2016, 7 pm.

           LEICESTER CITY  v     SPURS
             (All Blue)       (White/Blue)
               4-2-3-1          4-2-3-1

                 0(0)             3(1)

                Ben Hamer  1 Thomas Glover
          Darnell Johnson  2 Kyle Walker-Peters(C)
                 Trialist  3 Anthony Georgiou
              Ryan Watson  4 Anton Walkes
            Elliott Moore  5 Luke Amos
               Liam Moore  6 Nabil Bentaleb
           Admiral Muskwe  7 Emmanuel Sonupe
              Matty Miles  8 Filip Lesniak
            Jacob Blyth(C) 9 Shayon Harrison
            Harvey Barnes 10 Kazaiah Sterling
                Joe Dodoo 11 William Miller

             Michael Cain 12 Joseph Pritchard
                (2)46Mins    (6)61Mins
           Jonny Maddison 13 Brandon Austin
              Josh Knight 14 Cy Goddard
                             (11)71Mins
               Danny Rowe 15 Charlie Owens
               (10)46Mins    (7)82Mins
           Kairo Mitchell 16
               (11)53Mins

Scorers:-
                             Harrison 13, 52
                             Goddard 90+2 

Booked:-
         E. Moore 76(Foul)   Sonupe 14(Dive)
         Rowe 82(Pull)

Coaches:-
         S. Beaglehole       U. Ehiogu

Attendance:- 554

Referee: A. Tankard
Assistants:- C. Hunter & A. Dollison
Fourth Official: A. Howson

Spurs travelled to the King Power Stadium having gone six games without a win. This has led to them falling away from second place in the league to eighth, while the "Foxes" have won three of their last four to move to three points behind Spurs. Last season Leicester won 3-1 at the King Power Stadium, but Spurs did beat Leicester 7-4 at Hotspur Way earlier this season and were looking to do the double over their Midland rivals.

Spurs lined up with Glover in goal behind Amos and Walkes with Walker-Peters at right back and Georgiou on the left. Bentaleb and Lesniak sat in front of them with Miller ahead of them flanked by Sonupe on the right and Sterling on the left in support of the returning Harrison.

Spurs kicked of the first half attacking the South end moving the ball well to the flanks and and across the midfield. Elliott Moore had to make early blocks from first Harrison and then Bentaleb before Liam Moore had a header saved from a free kick. Spurs went in front following a corner on the left by Miller that was only cleared to the edge of the area where Sonupe hit a deflected effort, and Harrison got the final touch.

A minute later Sonupe got into the area on the right and when he went down theatrically under a challenge, the referee decided it was a dive and booked the flying winger. Bentaleb went down holding his leg and had to be replaced by Pritchard who joined Miller in an attacking position.

Dodoo got down the left and forced a save from Glover with Georgiou clearing the loose ball just ahead of Miles. Blyth saw his effort deflected for a corner from which Johnson had his header cleared off the line. Walker-Peters had to have treatment when he clashed heads with Amos cutting out a long ball down the line. Pritchard won a corner before drawing a save from Hamer. Spurs continued to dominate possession with Miller drawing a save and then setting up Pritchard for a chance that was blocked. Hamer saved from Sterling before Muskwe headed Miles' cross wide at the far post.

Leicester made two changes for the start of the second half as they sought to get into the game more. However, Spurs got a second goal when Georgiou got down the left and his deflected cross was turned in at the near post by Harrison.

Leicester had to make another change when Dodoo chased a long ball and clashed heads with Glover who had come out of his area to head clear. Hamer saved a deflected shot by Harrison from a ball in by Miller before Cain played in Muskwe for an effort that went for a corner. From the corner Glover saved a header from Blyth.

Rowe fired wide before Sterling had a shot saved from a cross by Georgiou. The resulting corner came out to Walker-Peters whose effort was saved. Georgiou was constantly getting the better of Miles on the City right side with the defender becoming more desperate in his defending.

Miller drew a save from another Georgiou cross while Sonupe was wide on the other side. Miller fired over after being played in by Pritchard before he was replaced by Goddard. A poor pass by Pritchard was intercepted by Blyth but he could only fire over. The referee booked Moore for a late challenge on Harrison before Pritchard fired wide.

A long throw by Liam Moore was headed wide by Elliott Moore and Rowe drew a save from Glover. Rowe was then booked for pulling back Georgiou and Spurs took the opportunity to replace Sonupe with Owens before the free kick. Blyth drove wide before Walker-Peters got forward to win a corner late in the game. Spurs wrapped up the scoring in added time when Georgiou got down the left and when his first attempted cross was blocked he chipped the ball to the far side where Goddard hit a superb volley, sending the ball like a rocket high into the net for 3-0.

This was a good all-round performance from Spurs who never looked like losing. With Miller and Pritchard prompting the attack and Georgiou and Sonupe providing constant threats down the wings only good defending by Leicester kept the score down. The defence did well with Lesniak covering solidly in front of them, which allowed Pritchard to play in an advanced position.

Spurs' next game will be at Stevenage when Middlesbrough will be the visitors on the 6th April. Spurs won a tough, tight game at Rockcliffe Park in terrible conditions back in November.

Ray

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