Tottenham's first academy game of the month was the 4th round Youth Cup game against Middlesbrough, held at Stevenage on the 6th. This was a poor showing by Spurs as they were out played by the visitors who won 3-1. Boro' pressed from the start and were sharper than the Spurs players winning the ball and starting attacks using the pace of their wide players to get in behind the full backs. They took an early lead having already hit a post and then scored direct from a corner early in the second half. Spurs pulled a goal back when Edwards converted Brown's centre and the keeper made a couple of good saves from Loft before they broke away to get the third. Not many teams can out play Spurs in midfield so they deserved it.
Team (4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Muscatt(Miller 66), Tanganga, Maghoma, Brown, Owens, Stylianides, Bennetts(Tsaroulla 79), Edwards(Sterling 66), Loft
Unused Subs – McDermott, Duncan
Scorer – Edwards 58
Booked – Brown 5, Loft 64
Sent Off – Tangana 90+2
Spurs went to leaders Chelsea on the 9th and were well beaten 4-2. After a bright start Chelsea won a penalty scored by Ugbo who got a second after 20 minutes and they ended the half with a third. They got a fourth inside an hour which forced a triple change by Spurs who improved to make a comeback. Edwards made a goal for Loft and after Tangana had a header cleared off the line Edwards cross was turned in by a defender to make it 4-2 at the finish.
Team (4-2-3-1) – McDermott, Muscatt, Tangans, Maghoma(Stylianides 55), Brown, Owens, Paul, Tracey(Edwards 55), Hayford, Bennetts, Sterling(Loft 55)
Unused sub – Whiteman, Shashoua
Scorers – Loft 82, o.g. 89
Booked – McDermott 9, Muscatt 20
Spurs last game of the month was away to Leicester City on the 30th. It was a tight game played mainly in midfield with the home side pressing hard. Spurs had problems getting into the game but managed to fashion some chances. It was not until the last five minutes before Spurs took the lead when Duncan scored at the far post, Leicester were level inside a minute as they attacked from the restart. There were five booking in the game as it was so tight as the ref was a bit of a stickler for the rules.
Team (4-2-3-1) – McDermott, Paul, Mukena, Tanganga, Muscatt(Brown 70), Owens, Stylianides, Edwards(Roles 70), Duncan, Bennetts, Sterling(Loft 46)
Unused Sub. - Whiteman
Scorer – Duncan 84
Booked – Paul 63
Spurs finished December in 8th position after mixed results.
Spurs sent a squad to Mexico to play in the Copa Chivas between the two games but finished last drawing one and losing three of their group games picking up two red cards in the process
A busy month started with a trip to Manchester United on the 4th. Spurs lost 3-1 in a game that United stopped Spurs normal pressing game by pressing themselves. This lead to an early goal before Spurs got into the match and Townsend was unlucky having beat three defenders to hit his effort against the bar. In the second half United scored direct from a corner before Pritchard pulled a goal back from a Townsend cross. With Spurs committing players forward they were caught out and Glover had no help to prevent the killer goal.
Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Carter-Vickers, Veljkovic, Amos(Pritchard 74), Lesniak, Winks(Miller 70), Townsend, Walkes(Goddard 79), Georgiou, Coulthirst
Unused Sub – Voss,
Scorer – Pritchard 76
Spurs second match was against Chelsea at Stevenage on the 11th. Spurs lost an exciting attacking game 5-4 with the winning goal coming in added time at the very end. It took a while for the teams to settle and then we saw three goals in five minutes. Chelsea got the first but Spurs equalised a minute later when Coulthirst headed home a cross from Georgiou. Chelsea regained the lead after winning the ball in the Spurs half again. They increased their lead at the beginning of the second half before Coulthirst got his second from a good pass by Veljkovic. A good goal by Chelsea took it to 4-2 before Townsend scored twice in the space of two minutes. The first was a penalty won by Goddard and the second a low drive into the far corner of the net. Both sides went for the win which came in added time to the visitors for their first win over Spurs at this level.
Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Amos, Carter-Vickers, Veljkovic, Georgiou, Lesniak(Sonupe 57), Winks, Townsend, Walkes(Pritchard 73), Miller(Goddard 81), Coulthirst
Unused Sub – Voss
Scorers – Coulthirst 19, 71, Townsend 85pen, 87
Booked – Georgiou 78
The third game was on the 18th when Manchester City came to Hotspur Way. This was a good footballing match which ended 2-2 with the visitors scoring first before Coulthirst and then Sonupe put Spurs ahead but were pegged back before the break. The second half was more open flowing football but without the goals as both sides shared the points.Walker-Peters played in Coulthirst for a good finish and Townsend continued to provide crosses all game and one of his was picked up by Sonupe at the far post to score the second.
Team (4-2-3-1) – McGee(Glover 46), Walker-Peters, Veljkovic, Lesniak, Georgiou, Amos, Walkes(Pritchard 74), Townsend, Miller(Goddard 77), Sonupe, Coulthirst
Unused Subs – Maghoma, Paul
Scorers – Coulthirst 31, Sonupe 34
Booked – Veljkovic 90+2
The fourth match was away to Liverpool on the 25th played in Chester. Spurs travelled without a recognised striker and with an eye on thursdays game against Chelsea. Liverpool put them under pressure from the off closing them down preventing they from playing their normal game. They included the maximum four overage players which saw ex-spurs Caulker and Stewart line up against their former club in a team that included many of the players that beat Exeter in the cup replay last week. Spurs hardly got a look in as the reds scored in each half. The first was a free kick that caught out Glover at his near post going through his hands and the second when Spurs failed to clear from a free kick. Townsend was the best Spurs player on the night despite having three players on him at times. Stewart was booked twice in three minutes but they easily saw out the 10 plus minutes with 10 men.
Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Carter-Vickers, Lesniak, Georgiou, Amos, Walkes, Townsend, Goddard(Paul 79), Pritchard(Sonupe 68), Miller(Maghoma 77)
Unused Sub – Voss
Booked – Amos 56(Foul)
Spurs finished the January in third place behind Sunderland and Manchester United.
Premier League U-21 International Cup
Spurs entertained Chelsea in the first knock out round. They faced the blues without McEvoy and Coulthirst who scored their goals in the last meeting between the two sides as they were sold the week before. The two were missed along with Townsend as they lost 5-2. Chelsea were well on top going three up in the first half before Spurs staged a comeback with a Walkes drive and a Miller header to bring it back to 3-2. Chelsea stepped it up with another two goals to go into the next round.
Team (4-2-3-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Veljkovic(C), Pritchard(Oduwa 74), Lesniak(Goddard 63), Amos Sonupe, Walkes, Georgiou, Miller
Unused Subs – Voss, Paul
Scorers – Walkes 54, Miller 71
Booked – Amos
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