Spurs' first game of the season was at Hotspur Way on the 11th with Brighton the visitors. The seagulls came to defend and counter which proved good tactics as Spurs began with an attacking line-up and an inexperienced back three. The visitors scored twice on the break with the Spurs defence absent. Spurs pulled one back when Binks headed in at the back post but then allowed Brighton to get a third. Parrott showed his poachers instinct scoring twice before the break to get Spurs level. Spurs attack produced a good goal from Maghoma to take the lead which was added to by Lyons-Foster a minute after he came on. Bennett made the game safe with a well-executed finish but a slip by Lyons-Foster allowed Brighton a fourth. A ten goal start to the season but a nervous beginning.
Team(3-1-5-1) – De Bie(C), Tainio, White, Binks, Bowden, Markansday(Mukendi 73), Shashoua(Cirkin 79), Maghoma, Patterson(Lyons-Foster 60), Bennett, Parrott
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Walcott
Scorers – Binks 34, Parrott 43, 45+5, Maghoma 52, Lyons-Foster 61, Bennett 63
Spurs travelled to Swansea on the 18th and came away with an impressive result. Having conceded in the first minute following a poor backpass Spurs dominated the game. Cirkin, making his first start exchanged passes with Bennett to equalise. Bennett, up front in place of Parrott got the second when he put in the loose ball after Binks header was saved. Bennett got his second before the break hitting the ball on the turn from a Shashoua headed pass. Swansea were reduced to ten in the second half before Cirkin got his second when he ran onto White's through ball to score. Bennett completed his hattrick in the last minute when he finished off Pochettinos' run and pull back.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Tanino(Okedina 72), Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Markanday, Bowden(Pochettino 76), A. Shashoua(C), Patterson(Mukendi 80), Bennett
Unused Sub. - Kurylowicz
Scorers – Cirkin 4, 88, Bennett 28, 38, 90
Booked – Bowden 57, Pochettino 86
Chelsea were the visitors for the last game of the month on the 25th. Spurs won a tightly fought game 2-0 with a goal in each half. Maghoma played a one-two with Bennett to open the scoring and Shashoua was at the far post to finish a cross by Bennett that was moved on by Patterson. Walcott made a goalline clearance at the beginning of the second half as Chelsea pushed for a goal and Patterson had one chalked off. Lyons-Foster made a last ditch goal saving tackle in the dying seconds to keep a clean sheet. Spurs pacey midfield was full of tricks to create more chances and draw more fouls from the visitors.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Tainio(Lyons-Foster 75), Walcott, Binks, White, Bowden, Markanday, A. Shashoua(C), Maghoma, Patterson(Asante 85), Bennett
Unused Subs – Kurylowicz, Okendina, Mukendi
Scorers – Maghoma 8, Shashoua 73
Booked – Lyons-Foster 77
Spurs finished the opening month behind Arsenal on goal difference but above West Ham as the only teams with a 100% record.
Spurs began with a home game at Stevenage against West Ham on the 13th. It was a game of two halves with Spurs taking an early lead by a Shashoua curler from 20yds. They were so on top that it was a shock when the hammers equalised at the end of the half. Their Portugese youth International went on to complete a six-minute hattrick with two goals at the beginning of the second half that saw the visitors go on to dominate the second. Spurs played well but failed to get a second goal when on top.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Ogilvie(C)(Brown 67), Marsh, Edwards, Duncan(Roles 74), S.Shashoua(Harrison 50), Georgiou, Tracey.
Unused Subs – Freeman, Hinds
Scorer – Shashoua 5
Booked – Marsh 58(Foul)
On the 17th Spurs travelled to Liverpool to play at Anfield. Spurs made a poor start losing Tanganga to a red card in literally the first minute for handball on the line after Whiteman dropped a high ball. The resultant penalty was over the bar but with only ten men it was backs to the wall. Marsh dropped into the back line and Spurs formed two banks of four. Liverpool did score but good defending kept them out for the rest of the game. Parrott, making a first start in place of the injured Tracey, collected a clearance and sent Edwards away to score the equaliser one on one with the keeper. Chances were few and the keeper won two further one on ones with Edwards, but it was the well organised defence that won the point for Spurs.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Hinds, Tanganga, Eyoma, Brown(Dinzeyi 85), Marsh(C), Edwards(Duncan 90), Maghoma, Harrison, Georgiou, Parrott
Unused Subs – De Bie, Roles
Scorer – Edwards 23
Booked – Georgiou 26, Maghoma 38, Duncan 90+2
Sent Off – Tanganga 1
On the 24th the rearranged game against Brighton was played at Stevenage. This game began like the last home game with a dominating attacking display. Brighton dropped to defend deep with only one up. As Spurs pressure increased more players got into the last third which allowed the visitors to score on the break near the end of the first half. With Spurs needing to score Brighton closed them down in the second half turning the ball over and creating chances. Spurs did score from one of those seagull chances as they sent a long diagonal to Brown down the left. He knocked the ball inside for Harrison to curl it inside the far post. With pressure from Brighton Spurs could not build on that goal and had to settle for a point.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Eyoma, Marsh(C), Ogilvie, Brown, Amos, Edwards(Oakley-Boothe 80), Onomah, Skipp, Harrison, Parrott(Roles 83)
Unused Subs – De Bie, Duncan, Dinzeyi
Scorer – Harrison 58
Spurs' trip to the Emirates was brought forward to Friday evening which became the last game of the month. A poor start saw them go a goal down in a forgettable first half where Spurs had most possession without doing anything with it. It was much the same in the second as the Gunners created chances from counter attacks which saw them get a second. They also hit a post and had a penalty saved by Austin. Parrott's frustrating night ended early when he was sent off for pushing over a player after a melee that saw two home players booked. In all six players were booked on the night three from each side. Spurs mounted a late charge when Brown was played in by Harrison to score a consolation goal.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin, Lyons-Foster(Dinzeyi 79), Eyoma, Tanganga, Brown, Skipp, Marsh(C)(Roles 72), Harrison, Maghoma, Oakley-Boothe(Bennett 46). Parrott
Unused Subs. - Freeman, Duncan
Scorer – Brown 90+4
Booked – Brown 56, Roles 72, Tanganga 78
Sent off – Parrott 84
Spurs finished the month in 11th place.
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