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Sunderland v Spurs (EPL2), 28.11.16
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List.

        Premier League 2, Division 1, 2016-17
       Eppleton Colliery Ground, Hetton Centre
           Monday 28th November 2016, 7pm.

             SUNDERLAND   v      SPURS
            (White/Red)       (All Yellow)
              4-2-3-1            4-4-2

                2(2)              2(1)

          Mika Domingues  1   Pau Lopez
           Joshua Robson  2   Kyle Walker-Peters
           Thomas Robson  3   Connor Ogilvie
             Donald Love  4   Luke Amos(C)
          Michael Ledger  5   Anton Walkes
            George Brady  6   Charlie Owens
         George Honeyman  7   Shilow Tracey
            Ethan Robson  8   Zenon Stylianides
             Joshua Maja  9   Shayon Harrison
            Lynden Gooch 10   Cy Goddard
           Adnan Januzaj 11   Joe Pritchard

              Joel Asoro 12   Joseph Muscatt
              (11)54Mins      (10)79Mins
             Max Stryjek 13   Thomas Glover
               Dan Casey 14   Jaden Brown
         Elliot Embleton 15   Moroyin Omolabi
           Luke Molyneu  16   Matthew Lock

           Honeyman 11        Tracey 45+1, 53
           Januzaj 38

           Embleton 90+2

           A. Welsh           U. Ehiogu

Attendance: 381

Ref: M. Coy
Assistants:- R.Welch, S. Sugden
Fourth Official: M. Andrews

Spurs travelled north on a cold misty evening to Hetton-le-Hole to the Hetton Centre where Eppleton Colliery play their games. Despite the cold there was a good crowd which included Sunderland manager David Moyes. Sunderland came into this game having beaten Manchester United 2-0 in a run of one defeat in four games which compared with one draw in a losing run of six for the visitors. Last season Spurs lost 1-0 to an early goal from Gooch.

Spurs lined up with Lopez in goal behind Owens and Walkes with Walker-Peters at right back and Ogilvie on the left. Stylianides anchored the midfield diamond with Amos and Pritchard ahead of him and Goddard the point in support of Tracey and Harrison up front. Youngsters Omolabi and Lock were on the bench with the more experienced Muscatt and Brown and keeper Glover.

Spurs defended the North end in the first half which saw the home side quick out of the blocks. Ethan Robson had an early effort deflected over for a corner from which Honeyman drew a save from Lopez. A cross was met by Maja whos header was blocked but not cleared and Honeyman was able to fire home for the opener.

Harrison played in Tracey for a chance that was saved by Domingues who also saved an effort by Ogilvie which took a slight deflection. Gooch had to be replaced early due to a knock that saw him carried off on a stretcher.

Pritchard fired over before Januzaj ran onto a long ball out and outpaced the two Spurs defenders to slot home past Lopez having run half the length of the pitch. Harrison had an effort blocked from the cross by Walker-Peters before Tracey got through to draw a save from the keeper. Januzaj drew a save from Lopez before Spurs reduced the arrears when Tracey played a one-two with Harrison before firing through the keeper's legs from the left. Goddard had the last chance of the half when he curled his effort wide.

Spurs made a quick start to the second half with Tracey getting down the left channel forcing a save from the keeper for a corner inside the first minute. Within a minute Tracey played in Harrison for a chance that was saved. Tracey then turned up on the right to square the ball to Pritchard to test the keeper. A right sided corner found Harrison outside the far post and his first time volley was cleared off the line by Joshua Robson who was knocked off his feet needing time to recover from the fierce strike.

Sunderland could not hold out as Walker-Peters crossed from the right and Tracey, attacking the far post, smashed the ball into the far corner of the net for his and Spurs' second.

Spurs kept the pressure on and when Goddard's free kick was not cleared Walkes' attempt was blocked. Harrison turned the ball into the net from a cross by Ogilvie but the goal was ruled out for offside. Lopez saved a header by Maja from a cross by Honeyman before Harrison just missed making contact with Pritchard's cross that was fumbled by Domingues when it reached him.

Asoro drew a save from Lopez while Harrison played in Tracey to make Domingues save at the other end. Harrison then drew a save from the keeper before Spurs made their first change. Goddard was replaced by Muscatt who went to right back with Walker-Peters moving to left midfield. Both sides were going for the win with Ethan Robson firing over from Honeyman's pass and Stylianides playing in Harrison to shoot wide.

Embleton was booked for a foul on Stylianides as the game went into added time and Spurs had to make another change when Amos had to leave the pitch. Brown came on for him but did not get to touch the ball before the final whistle.

Spurs will feel that it was two points lost as opposed to a point gained tonight as after a slow start they had the better of the game. The whole team did well and the two strikers caused the home defence problems all evening. Spurs are still bottom of the league a point behind next opponents Derby who drew 0-0 with Liverpool. Spurs will play Derby County in two weeks' time at Stevenage having beat them 2-1 away earlier in the season.


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