Spurs first game of the month was West Ham at home on the 14th. Spurs played well but had a habit of giving the ball away a lot which against a poor Hammers side cost them a goal in a 3-1 win. West Ham weathered early pressure and hit the bar before Spurs took the lead when Griffiths had time in front of goal from a Mukendi cross. Griffiths got his second early in the second half thanks to his deflected shot. West Ham pulled a goal back when Spurs gave the ball away at the back, but Omolabi hit the third a minute later from a corner. The visitors should have had a second when Spurs gave the ball away again. Spurs hit the woodwork twice while the hammers hit it three times.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Lock, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Reynolds, Hinds, Mukendi(Pochettino 73), A.Shashoua(Richards 65), P.Maghoma(Taino 46), Patterson, Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Freeman, Statham.
Scorers – Griffiths 27, 51, Omolabi 72.
Spurs second game saw Fulham come to Hotspur Way on the 21st.Another disappointing result as Spurs had most of the possession but had difficulty in breaking down a stubborn defence who were very good on the counter. Omolabi lost the ball at the back to allow Fulham to take an early lead which they held until the second half. Spurs drew level when Lock got behind and crossed for Griffiths flying header. With the visitors defence so strong, a draw looked likely but they won a penalty from which they scored to win 2-1.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Lock, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster, Hinds, P.Maghoma, Mukendi, A.Shashoua, Reynolds, Patterson(Richards 83), Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Freeman, Pochettino, Statham, Tanio.
Scorer – Griffiths 52.
Booked – Lyons-Foster 25, Maghoma 61.
Spurs ended the month in ninth place in the Southern League.
UEFA Champions U-19 League
Spurs went to the Real training ground to play in the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in their third group game on the 17th. This turned out to be a game of two halves as Spurs won the first and Real the second. Sterling had three great chances to score but the Spanish keeper made great saves on each occasion. The first he was put through by Roles for a one on one. The second was from a good run down the left by Shashoua. On this one, Edwards picked up the rebound and laid off for Roles to put Spurs ahead. The last chance also came from Shashoua but the keeper tipped over his header. Real did not have any effort on target until after 25 minutes. Real pushed up in the second half and pushed Spurs back taking shots from all areas. While most were off target Austin did have to make four saves. Real drew level following a poor punch from a corner that was turned in at the near post. Spurs never really got going in the second half and needed a second goal in the first half to see out the game as Real for all their pressure did not look like they could come back from two down.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin, Hinds, Tanganga, Lyons-Foster, Bennetts, Marsh, Skipp, Edwards(C)(P.Maghoma 82), Roles(Griffiths 71), Shashoua, Sterling.
Unused Subs. - Hinds, De Bie, Omolabi, Lyons-Foster.
Scorer – Roles 29.
Booked – Marsh 34, Skipp 80, Sterling 90+1.
After four games, Dortmund lead with 6 points and Spurs and Madrid have 4.
Premier League 2
The first game of the month was against Leicester City at Hotspur Way on the 13th. that ended 1-1. It was a frustrating game for Spurs as Leicester were happy to defend in depth and hit Spurs on the break, which was not often. Spurs while having most possession had problems breaking down the visitors defence. Leicester took the lead from a well worked free kick. Spurs leveled in the second half when Edwards played in Shashoua to score at the second attempt but could not find a winner.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Marsh, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Skipp, Amos, Shashoua, Pritchard(C)(Harrison 61), Edwards, Sterling(Tracey 80).
Unused Subs. - Austin, Loft, Roles.
Scorer – Shashoua 65.
Booked – Bennetts 63.
The second game was the NLD against Arsenal at Hotspur Way on the 23rd. This turned out to be a thrilling game with plenty of bookings and two penalties as befitting a local derby. The gooners came as favourites, but this was a derby and Spurs took a two goal lead with less than a minute between goals. The opening goal was scored by Harrison who was played in by Edwards. From the restart Shashoua won the ball and dribbled through the Arsenal backline to score. The visitors came out of their shell pulling a goal back with a good strike from outside the area. They were then awarded a penalty for hand ball by Tanganga in the area. With no one near him his header struck his arm, which was good enough for the ref. The visitors accepted the gift to score and go in 2-2 at half time. The visitors were happy to sit back and counter allowing Spurs to attack. Soon after coming on Sterling won a penalty which was converted by Edwards and Arsenal had to come out and play. There was a period of 4 yellow cards in 4 minutes(65-68Mins.) as the game livened up(3 went to the gooners). Spurs saw out the game to take the points which were very important.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Marsh, Maghoma,Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(C), Skipp, Edwards, Shashoua(Pritchard 71), Georgiou(Sterling 55), Harrison(Loft 82).
Unused Subs – Austin, Roles.
Scorers – Harrison 10, Shashoua 11, Edwards pen.59.
Booked – Maghoma 20, Shashoua 67, Amos 76. Marsh 86.
Spurs last game of the month saw them go to Pride Park to play Derby County on the 27th. Spurs weathered early pressure to finish the first half on top. They looked to continue in the second but after Bennetts hit the bar Derby got down the other end to score the only goal of the game. Spurs pushed but County held on to their lead to take the points. Loft had a couple of one on ones which he lost to the keeper while Harrison also drew saves. There is not much to say as defences ruled but Spurs should have got more from the game.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin, Marsh, Maghoma, Tanganga, Bennetts, Amos(C), Skipp(Pritchard 46), Harrison, Edwards, Shashoua(Tracey 62), Loft(Sterling 71).
Unused Subs – Whiteman, Roles.
Booked – Amos 76.
Spurs finished the month eighth in the table. Actually there are five teams on eight points at the bottom of the table, we have the better goal difference.
Spurs second group game was away to AFC Wimbledon played at Kingsmeadow. In a close game in which Spurs led three times they ran out 4-3 losers falling to a goal in added time by ex-spur Dean Parrett. Spurs opened the scoring when Tracey played a one two with Sterling to be through on goal. The home side equalised quickly. Bennetts good run down the left and pull back left Shashoua with an easy finish for the second. Wimbledon were level before the break but Spurs went infront again after another good run by Bennetts who set up Sterling to score from close range. The dons were level in a minute and it was looking as if the match would end level but Parrett popped up in added time to get the winner to leave Spurs with no chance of getting out of the group.
Team(4-1-3-2) – Austin, Marsh, Dinzeyi(Lyons-Foster 70), C. Maghoma, Bennetts, Skipp, Pritchard(C), Amos, S. Shashoua(Griffiths 89), Tracey(Loft 70), Sterling.
Unused Subs. - O'Reilly, P. Maghoma.
Scorers – Tracey 16, Shashoua 34, Sterling 58.
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