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Spurs U-21s v Reading U-21s, 14.09.15
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


                Premier U-21 League 2015-16
                  Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
              Monday 14th September 2015, 7pm

                  SPURS     v     READING
               (White/Blue)     (All Violet)
                 4-2-3-1          4-2-3-1

                   1(0)             4(2) 

             Thomas Glover  1  Stuart Moore
        Kyle Walker-Peters  2  Sean Long
             Filip Lesniak  3  Shane Griffin
           Milos Veljkovic  4  Samuel Fridjonsson
  Cameron Carter-Vickers(C) 5  Dominic Hyam
         Christian Maghoma  6  Pierce Sweeney(C)
           Emmanuel Sonupe  7  Lisandro Semedo
                 Luke Amos  8  Liam Kelly
           Shayon Harrison  9  Rowan Liburd
                Cy Goddard 10  Andrija Novakovich
          Anthony Georgiou 11  Tariqe Fosu

              Anton Walkes 12  Zak Jules
                (10)56Mins
                Harry Voss 13  Lewis Ward
            Kenneth McEvoy 14  Nana Owusu
                (11)62Mins
            Marcus Edwards 15  Noor Husin
                 (4)78Mins     (7)72Mins
                           16  Andy Rinomhota
                               (9)78Mins

Scorers:-
            Walkes 59          Maghoma (o.g), 7
                               Liburd 39, 72
                               Fosu (pen) 58 

Booked:-
            Amos 51(Foul)

Coach:-
            U. Ehiogu          M. Kuhl

Attendance:- 351

Ref: I. Cooper
Assistants: A. Gray & S. Williams
Fourth Official: D. Steele

On a chilly evening Spurs entertained the division leaders Reading at Stevenage. The visitors arrived on an unbeaten run while Spurs lost their last match 4-1 at Goodison in the PL International Cup.

Spurs lined up with Glover in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Maghoma with Walker-Peters at right back and Lesniak on the left. Veljkovic and Amos played in front of them while Goddard was ahead of them with Sonupe on his right and Georgiou on his left supporting Harrison up front.

Spurs kicked off attacking the South end but found the visitors' defence in good form. Spurs' passing game was not good early on as Sonupe made a couple of good runs down the right which led to them being caught out by Semedo getting down the right and crossing to the far post for Liburd. Maghoma got there first but could only put the ball into the net off Glover to give the "Royals" the lead.

There were not many chances in the first half as most of the play was in the middle third. Spurs' attacks were broken up and the visitors' attacks came up against the Spurs back line. Fosu hit a free kick wide before Novakovich had an effort deflected over for a corner. Kelly fired wide before Reading got a second. Novakovich won the ball out on the right and put in a high cross which was headed in by Liburd.

Goddard squeezed between two defenders into the area before passing back to Walker-Peters who played in Harrison to hit a weak effort on the turn which Moore saved easily.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Spurs continue to try and pass their way through the Reading defence. Reading broke out through Semedo. The situation was defended on the edge of the area but Amos was booked for trying to bring the winger down in the centre circle.

Spurs replaced the ineffective Goddard with Walkes but Reading pressure saw Walker-Peters penalised for a foul on Fosu in the area. Fosu sent Glover the wrong way, scoring in the right corner. From the re-start Spurs got forward and Harrison hit a low drive that Moore could not hold and Walkes was first to react to put the rebound into the net.

Spurs replaced Georgiou with McEvoy to work the right flank with Sonupe moving to the left. The goal spurred on the home side and Moore saved well from Harrison at his near post with the ball going for a corner. Following the corner Spurs won another which saw Veljkovic head wide. McEvoy got in through the right channel but his his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

The spell of Spurs pressure was broken when a long ball out of defence saw Carter-Vickers misjudge the flight of the ball which fell into the path of Liburd who beat Glover with a low finish inside the right post.

Reading made a couple of changes as they sought to see out the game while Spurs made their last change bringing on Edwards for Veljkovic. Glover still had to save from Fosu while Edwards won a free kick on the edge of the Reading area but hit his free kick into the wall. Spurs had the last chance when Maghoma saw his header cleared off the line from a corner.

This had not been a good performance by Spurs as they fell to their third defeat in a row. The visitors showed why they are the form team to remain unbeaten and move clear at the top of the table. Spurs' next game is at Hotspur Way on the 21st September when the visitors will be Leicester City who lost to Southampton this evening 3-1. With the League Cup tie against Arsenal two days later Spurs are likely to be without some of their more experienced players again.

Ray

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