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Spurs U-21s v Sunderland U-21s, 11.04.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.


          Premier U-21 League, First Division, 2015-16
               White Hart Lane, Tottenhamm N17
                 Monday 11th April 2016, 7pm

                  SPURS      v   SUNDERLAND
              (White/Blue)       (All Green)
                 4-2-3-1           4-2-3-1

                   3(2)             1(1)

              Thomas Glover  1 Maksymillan Stryjek
         Kyle Walker-Peters  2 Joshua Robson
           Anthony Georgiou  3 Thomas Robson
          Zenon Stylianides  4 Liam Agnew(C)
              Filip Lesniak  5 George Brady
               Anton Walkes  6 Thomas Beadling
            Emmanuel Sonupe  7 Carl Lawson
                Harry Winks  8 Martin Smith
            Shayon Harrison  9 Mikael Mandron
                 Cy Goddard 10 George Honeyman
           William Miller(C)11 Rees Greenwood

          Christian Maghoma 12 Andrew Nelson
                  (3)89Mins    (2)85Mins
           Thomas McDermott 13 James Talbot
           Joseph Pritchard 14 Luke Molyneux
                 (10)68Mins
               George Marsh 15 Michael Ledger
                  (7)81Mins
                 Jack Roles 16 Daniel Wright
                               (8)74Mins

Scorers:-
      Harrison 13, 21, 90+1    Honeyman 29

Booked:-
      Georgiou 67(Time)        Greenwood 44(Foul)
                               Brady 59(Foul)
                               Honeyman 60(UGC)

Coach:-
      U. Ehiogu                A. Welsh

Referee: L. Wood
Assistants: D. Skipper & R. Wells
Fourth Official: J. A. Guzman

It was a cool damp evening for the visit of league leaders Sunderland to White Hart Lane. Sunderland had drawn their last game 2-2 against Southampton while Spurs lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough last week at Stevenage. Spurs lost the corresponding home game last season 1-0 and by the same score earlier this season at Sunderland.

Spurs lined up with Lesniak and Walkes at the back in front of Glover in goal with Walker-Peters at right back and Georgiou on the left. Stylianides anchored the midfield with Winks alongside him while Goddard was in front of them flanked by Sonupe on the right and Miller on the left in support of Harrison up front. For the first time in a long while Spurs had a full subs' bench with keeper McDermott and central defender Maghoma along with midfielders Pritchard, Marsh and Roles.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the Park Lane End looking to put pressure on the visitors who countered at pace. The first chance fell to the visitors when Mandron tried an overhead kick that went wide. However he was played in minutes later to draw a save from Glover.

Spurs' pressure led to Beadling playing a back pass that almost caught out his keeper who had to clear it off his line. Spurs were ahead a minute later when Brady under-hit a back pass which Georgiou chased down. Stryjek rushed out and missed his kick allowing the Spurs full back to take it on and square it for Harrison to score.

Mandron drew another save from Glover from a corner winning another one before Miller got down the left and crossed for Harrison to head in his and Spurs second. With Spurs on top Walker-Peters got forward to force a save from Stryjek.

Sunderland got back into the game when Glover's ball out to Walkes was intercepted by Greenwood who got down the left and played it inside for Honeyman to score. The visitors gained confidence with the goal and went looking for more with Glover making a great reaction save from Mandron's header when Lawson crossed from the right. The visitors went closer when, from a free kick, the ball was played back to Lawson at the near post but his effort came back off the crossbar. Greenwood was booked for catching Walker-Peters from behind towards the end of the half.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which was again played at a fast pace. Beadling hit a free kick over the bar and Mandron fired wide from a cross by Greenwood. Walker-Peters worked the ball in from the right before laying it off to Winks who fired over. Miller was played in for a chance that was wide.

Brady was booked for a tackle that went right through Winks after he had laid off the ball. This led to a confrontation between the players as Honeyman came in and pushed the Spurs player. When the players separated the referee booked the Sunderland player as well. The play was now end to end as Harrison drew a save from Miller's cross before Glover saved from Honeyman and then Sonupe fired over.

Georgiou was booked for time wasting at a throw in. Harrison had another attempt which he hit over the bar before Spurs made their first change with Pritchard replacing Goddard in midfield. Miller played in Winks for a shot that was wide and Greenwood hit his effort over. Honeyman got through on the right and his ball into Mandron was cleared off his toe by Walkes.

Marsh replaced Sonupe in central midfield as Spurs looked to strengthen defensively while Sunderland sent on an extra striker, whilst going three at the back. Nelson fired wide before Spurs replaced Georgiou with Maghoma who went into the back four with Lesniak going to left back. With the referee adding five minutes Spurs settled the game when Pritchard played the ball through to Harrison who completed his hat trick with a low drive across the keeper into the far side of the goal - off the post.

This was a good entertaining game played at pace by both sides We saw some good quick one-touch play from the Spurs midfield to penetrate the solid defence of the visitors while Sunderland made good runs to collect balls over the top. The visitors did get upset that some decisions went against them but Beadling got away with just a talking to for a couple of bad challenges in the first half. Winks and Miller were just too quick for them. Lesniak had a hard time against Mandron as he was a lot taller than him and balls were played up to him on that side of the pitch.

Next week Spurs will play Manchester United at White Hart Lane in their last game of the season. United beat Middlesbrough this evening to close in on Sunderland at the top of the table cutting their lead to one point with three games in hand. Spurs move up to fifth with tonight's win but are not likely to improve on that even if the beat United who are odds on to win the league.

Ray

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