During the international break Spurs took part in the Euro Youth Cup at St. Wendel in Germany. The squad was a mix of U-17 and schoolboys. They came second in their group beating local side FC Saarbrucken 3-1. White scored from the penalty spot and Whittaker and John added to it before conceding a late goal. They drew their second game against RSC Anderlecht 0-0 before facing the belgians again in the semi-final. After a good save by Oluwayemi Spurs went on to win with goals from Pedder, Cooper and Robson for a 3-0 finish. They played Galatasaray in the final winning 1-0 with a penalty by White after captain Clarke was fouled in the area. J'Neil Bennett was player of the tournament.
Squad – Oluwayemi, Lusala, Cirkin, Walcott, Cesay, Binks, Bennett, White, Asante, Cooper, Clarke, Kyesu, Lo-Tutala, Pedder, Robson, John, Mundle, Whittaker.
Scorers – White 2, Whittaker, John, Pedder, Cooper, Robson.
Spurs’ first game of the month was a trip to the south coast to play Southampton on the 1st. This turned into another goal fest for Spurs who ran out 5-2 winners. An early goal by Mukendi from a Bowden ball through the middle was added to by the strikers second with a repeat running onto a ball from Walcott. De Bie conceded a penalty on the half hour which was converted to go in 2-1 at the break. Spurs reorganised in the second half to control the game. Binks deep cross from the left was controlled by Markanday at the far post to score. Bowden played in Clarke through the right channel to score inside the near post before playing a one two with Patterson for the winger to net the fifth. Spurs eased up and allowing the saints to push forward. The hit the bar before getting a second in added time.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Tainio, Walcott(Statham 78), Binks(Thorpe 76),White, Bowden, Pochettino(Clarke 60), Markanday, Shashoua(C), Patterson, Mukendi.
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Asante.
Scorers – Mukendi 3, 19, Markanday 50, Clarke 66, Patterson 70.
Spurs hosted Reading on the 15th at Hotspur Way. Spurs lost their 100% record with a 1-1 draw in a game that they could have won. After a slow start Spurs got on top having a goal by Bennett ruled out before the break. In the second half Spurs pressed higher which improved their chances and they took the lead when sub Richards got down the left and his cross was met by Markanday's diving header to score. Spurs looked to control the game but conceded the equaliser when Oluwayemi was caught off his line after a mistake at the back left him stranded. The keeper had to make a late save to preserve the point.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster, Walcott, White, Cirkin, Bowden, Markanday, A. Shashoua(C)(Richards 65), Patterson, Bennett, Mukendi(Tainio 74).
Unused Sub. - Kurylowicz, Thorpe, Pochettino.
Scorer – Markanday 69.
The last game of the month was a trip to West Ham on the 22nd. This turned into a goal fest for Spurs. They could have conceded three goals before getting on top but needed an own goal to get off the mark. This was followed quickly with the second when Richards put in a rebound before the break. Soon after Spurs were given a soft penalty which was converted by White. The hosts pushed forward and left space which Spurs exploited for Richards to get his second and Spurs fourth before Parrott's hard work earned him the fifth. He set up number six for Bennett before getting the next. Markanday got the eighth after his first effort was blocked and Clarke rounded off the scoring when Parrott played him in. 9-0 gives them a 20 goal difference as they sit top of the table a point clear of Arsenal.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Tainio, Lyons-Foster, White, Cirkin, Bowden, Markanday, A. Shashoua(C)(Statham 71), Richards(Clarke 60), Bennett(Pochettino 64), Parrott.
Unused Subs – Kurylowicz, Okendina.
Scorers – o.g. 45, Richards 45+3, 58, White pen.50, Parrott 62, 77, Bennett 64, Markanday 83, Clarke 88.
Booked – Pochettino 79, White 81.
Spurs finished the month top of the Southern Group one point ahead of second placed Arsenal and a further two ahead of Chelsea.
U-18 Premier League Cup
Spurs have been drawn in a group with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Swansea City and Middlesbrough. On the 29th Spurs were due to play at Wolves but the game was switched to Hotspur Way and Spurs produced a good dominating performance creating many chances but were frustrated by good defensive work by the visitors. Richards had an early chance cleared off the line and it took a penalty to break their resistance. Lyons-Foster was up in attack and was fouled in the area to win the penalty taken by White. Spurs continued to press in the second half with the Wolves keeper making a double save before Lyons-Foster headed the second in at a corner. White had a good free kick saved before Wolves tried to come back and did score in the closing minutes to make the game tight.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Tainio(Okedina 58), Statham, Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, White, Pochettino(Mukendi 58), Shashoua(C), Patterson(Cooper 74), Clarke, Richards.
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Thorpe.
Scorers – White pen.24, Lyons-Foster 70
Champions Youth League
Spurs’ opening group game was away to Inter Milan on the 18th. The game was held at the Stadio Ernesto Breda in the north of the city on a hot afternoon. They started with a couple of early chances and picked up two booking before settling into a possession based game. They were allowed to advance into the final third before Inter reacted looking to counter. Inter opened the scoring when Roles had a shot cleared off the line and they countered quickly. A typical goal conceded by Spurs. Roles had a goal disallowed following up a save by the keeper from Oakley-Boothe. In the second half Spurs looked to feed Parrott in the area which resulted in the sriker winning a penalty. Roles sent the keeper the wrong way scoring in the top right corner. The game became more scrappy as both sides began to make changes. Inter hit a post before Parrott was sent off for a second yellow. He went in on the keeper after he spilled a shot by Maghoma. Brown was booked for diving and a scuffle involving Binks and sub Salcedo saw both players booked with the italian sent off as it was his second. With both sides down to ten the game finished level for a point apiece. Barcelona won their opening game 4-0 to top the group.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin(C), Eyoma, Walcott, Binks, Brown, Skipp, Oakley-Boothe, Bennett, Roles(Richards 76), Maghoma(Patterson 76), Parrott.
Unused Subs. - De Bie, Lyons-Foster, Bowden, White, Shashoua.
Scorer – Roles pen58.
Booked – Parrott 10, 66, Roles 24, Brown 85, Binks 88.
Sent off – Parrott 66.
Spurs have to play an U-21 team in this competition and play all their games away from home. This season the team is in group 1 with Crawley Town, Gillingham and Portsmouth. The first game was at Crawley on the 4th. Spurs played their usual passing game while Crawley gave game time to their squad who played in a more direct vein. There were few chances in the first half but both sides got stuck in during the second. Spurs took the lead when a poor pass by the home side arrived at the feet of Harrison who had space to turn and score. The hosts used their pace to win chances and putting balls into the area which saw them equalise. A poor backpass by Spurs almost cost them the game but it ended all square. Spurs lost the penalty shoot out for a bonus point 5-3.
Team(5-4-1) – Austin, Marsh(C), Dinzeyi, Walcott, Binks, Brown, Bowden, Maghoma, Oakley-Boothe(Bennett 81), Roles, Harrison(Parrott 77).
Unused Subs – De Bie, Duncan, Shashoua, White.
Scorer – Harrison 49.
Spurs began the month with a home game at Stevenage against Manchester City on the 14th. Spurs struggled to contain a very pacy City attack at the beginning of the game and scored against the run of play when Spurs won the ball in the middle and Skipp gave it to Maghoma who played a lovely throughball to Harrison who got passed his City marker to score. With Spurs getting more into the game Skipp again came away with the ball and slotted a pass through the right channel for Maghoma to collect, turn and score. With Spurs finishing the half strongly City became more defensive in the second which allowed Spurs more possession with Harrison hitting a post and Maghoma opening them up with a lovely dummy. City remained a threat but Spurs coped well with Pochettino looking on(he could have learned something for the game against Liverpool). A good result to start the month.
Team(5-4-1) – Austin, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Marsh, Binks, Skipp, Amos(C), Roles, Maghoma(Duncan 84), Harrison(Oakley-Boothe 78).
Unused Subs – De Bie, Tanganga.
Scorers – Harrison 21, Maghoma 28.
Booked – Brown 40(Foul), Marsh 74(Late).
Spurs travelled to Everton on the 23rd for a game at Goodison Pk. It was not a good night for Spurs who were thrashed 6-0 by the high flying toffees. It started fairly well with both sides feeling each other out but pressure from the home side led to a free kick that was headed in at the far post. This was followed by a corner that went straight in despite two Spurs players getting touches. Binks had a header cleared off the line from a Maghoma free kick but a stunning third by Everton before the break ensured there would be no come back. A fourth minutes into the second allowed the home side to take it easy and rotate players. Spurs tried three players at right back to stop winger Broadhead without success before he was replaced. Spurs only had a shot by Harrison and a good chance for Maghoma that he put wide before Spurs misery was summed up by them giving Everton the last two goals. Skipp gave the ball away in his own half with a poor free kick that led to him giving away a penalty for the fifth and a De Bie throw was intercepted leaving him out of position when the shot came in for the sixth.
Team(5-4-1) – De Bie, Eyoma(Roles 57), Dinzeyi(Patterson 68), Tanganga, Binks, Brown, Oakley-Boothe, Marsh(C), Skipp, Maghoma, Harrison.
Unused Subs – Freeman, Duncan, Mukendi.
Booked – Binks 52, Skipp 79, Maghoma 89.
In the same week Spurs again travelled north to play Blackburn Rovers in the last game of the month on the 28th. The game was held at the Lancashire FA County Ground in Leyland and proved a good night for Spurs as they had a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Leagues bottom club. Spurs struck early as the hosts pushed forward with their first sight of goal. Amos won the ball and laid it off to Skipp who sent Oakley-Boothe down the right and his early cross was put in at the far post by Harrison. Harrison added the second when played through by Roles. It was not all good news for Spurs as they lost both Amos and Harrison before the break to injuries. They did get caught out by Rovers pulling a goal back but got a third themselves at the end of the half when Roles neat reverse pass allowed Maghoma to go round the keeper and regain Spurs two goal lead. With the enforced changes Spurs set out to control the second half which they did so well that only one minute of added time was needed.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Glover, Hinds, Marsh, Tanganga, Brown, Amos(C)(Bennett 20), Oakley-Boothe, Skipp, Roles(Dinzeyi 90), Maghoma, Harrison(Duncan 33).
Unused Subs – De Bie, Eyoma.
Scorers – Harrison 3, 28, Maghoma 44.
Spurs finished the month in 9th place.
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