With Spurs progressing in the Youth Cup it was a busy month for the Academy to fit in games as they had to complete the first half of the season by early March which meant moving matches and playing twice a week at times. The first game of the month was a rearranged match against Leicester City due to both sides playing in the Youth Cup. It turned out to be a dull affair as Leicester came for a point which they got. The game started with two quick goals before settling into Spurs attacking and Leicester defending. The visitors took the lead from a break and Spurs replied when Griffths closed the keeper down blocking his kick which went into the net. Spurs have scored a few like that this season. Once Leicester had set their stall out there were few chances for Spurs. They went close when Shashoua had an effort blocked on the line in the first half and a Sterling header hit the crossbar in the second. Much as they tried Spurs could not get that second goal so it finished 1-1.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds, Dinzeyi(Lock 89), Tanganga(C), Brown, Omolabi(Tsaroulla 58), Gonzalez-Velasco(Bennetts 58), Duncan, Sterling, Shashoua, Griffiths.
Unused Sub. - Freeman, Reynolds.
Scorer – Griffiths 8.
Spurs' second match was away at Brighton on the 11th. On a cold morning Spurs looked to take control in an even first half and took the lead when Shashoua played a one-two with Griffiths who laid the ball off with a back heel to drill in. Brighton equalised three minutes later when Whiteman pushed out a cross straight to an attacker. Spurs pushed for a second in the second half going close when Brown hit a post but got caught out when Tanganga lost the ball and the seagulls got the winner. Both sides had chances but the home side held out for a 2-1 win to take the points.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Hinds(Gonzalez-Valasco 85), Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Brown, Marsh(C)(Roles 67), Shashoua, Skipp, Duncan, Bennetts, Griffiths(Sterling 62).
Unused Sub. - Freeman.
Scorer – Shashoua 40.
The third game was Fulham at home on the 17th. Moved forward from the FA Cup weekend. The squad was rotated due to fixture congestion which did not help against an inform Fulham. Spurs looked off form themselves making lots of mistakes as the visitors pressed. Roles hit a post from a free kick before Fulham took the lead a minute from the break with a shot that sneaked in at the near post. Spurs began the second well drawing saves before Fulham got a second following a free kick that produced a double save by Whiteman, but could not recover to make a third. With Spurs committing more players forward they were caught when Fulham broke in response. Both keepers had saves to make as the game became end to end. With minutes to go Fulham broke to score a third with Spurs committing everyone forward for a free kick to lose 3-0.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Lock, Dinzeyi, Marsh(C), Brown, Skipp, Shashoua, Oakley-Boothe(Duncan 46), Roles(Bowden 59), Bennetts, Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Freeman, Hinds, Reynolds.
Booked – Roles 27.
The fourth game was Swansea at Hotspur Way on the 21st. Spurs won 4-0 in a game that they were on top of from the start. The visitors tried to force them out of their stride as well as playing a high line. Normal right back Hinds had to play on the left which came in handy shooting with his right foot. The left back scored the first two goals in the first half from 10 and then 20 yards. Spurs made hard work of the half having to use the wide areas with the attacking full backs. In the second half Roles settled the game with the third goal in the first minute from a corner. After Shashoua got on the scoresheet making a run behind to collect Hinds centre Spurs made their three changes. Shashoua also hit the crossbar as chances kept coming Spurs way.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Lock, Dinzeyi, Eyoma, Marsh(C)(Omolabi 62), Shashoua, Roles(Reynolds 59), Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts(Gonzalez-Velasco 68), Griffiths.
Unused Subs. - Whiteman, Brown
Scorers – Hinds 9, 29, Roles 46, Shashoua 56.
Booked – Marsh 35.
The fifth game of the month was away at Aston Villa on the 25th. Because both clubs played a game during the week there was an agreement to play the game with U-17 teams. The young Spurs side dominated the hosts but still lost the game. They played the better football scoring first through Patterson who was played in on the left by Bowden. Villa had two chances in the first half and they took both to win 2-1. The second half was more even but Spurs footballing skill was countered by a more robust physical style which the local ref saw fit to only book one player from each side in the second half. The players on show did produce enough promise for the future.
Team(4-3-3) – Freeman(C), Lyons-Foster, Okedina, Omolabi, Lock(Binks 30), Reynolds, Bowden(Shashoua 79), Maghoma, Clarke, Mukendi(Madueke 79), Patterson.
Unused Sub. - Oluwayemi
Scorer – Patterson 20
Booked – Maghoma 86
Spurs ended the month in seventh position.
FA Youth Cup
On the 2nd Spurs entertained Norwich City in a 5th round tie that was a comfortable 2-0 victory. After a sticky start Spurs playing with a diamond in midfield took control with Sterling running onto a through ball from Marsh to open the scoring. He got the second as well running on to another through ball from Duncan. A last ditch tackle prevented him completing his hat trick. Shashoua had chances saved before the break. Spurs eased off in the second half allowing the visitors chances, but Sterling was close again to a third. Spurs saw out the game and go on to the next round which is away to Newcastle.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Whiteman, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Marsh(C), Shashoua, Duncan(Skipp 77), Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts(Griffiths 68), Sterling.
Unused Subs – Austin, Hinds, Brown.
Scorer – Sterling 16, 30.
Booked – Tanganga 61, Duncan 64, Tsaroulla 72, Oakley-Boothe 90+4.
St. James' Park was the venue for the 6th round game against Newcastle United on the 27th. This turned into another goal fest with Spurs running out 5-3 winners. Spurs were two up in six minutes when first Bennetts fired in from the right and then providing the cross that produced the second from the left. The keeper spilled the ball and Griffiths scored at the second attempt. Newcastle pulled one back from the penalty spot at the beginning of the second half. Sterling continued his scoring run in the cup making it 3-1 before we had three goals in four minutes as Newcastle scored twice. In between Tanganga scored after Dinzeyi had an effort cleared off the line. Spurs settled it with their fifth in added time from Duncan played in by Sterling. In truth Spurs were better than the two goal margin. Spurs go through to play Chelsea in the semi-final next month. A repeat of two years ago.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Eyoma, Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Marsh(C), Shashoua, Skipp, Oakley-Boothe, Bennetts(Sterling 28), Griffiths(Duncan 72).
Unused Subs – Whiteman, Hinds, Roles.
Scorers – Bennetts 2, Griffiths 6, Sterling 64, Tanganga 85, Duncan 90+1.
Premier League 2
The opening game of the month was a trip to Anfield on the 5th, the same week that the first team were due to play. Both sides had players with first team experience with Spurs giving Carter-Vickers and Onomah a game along with returning loan players. With both sides playing open attacking football Spurs took a two goal lead. The opening goal came from an Oduwa run down the left with a cross for Tracey which was blocked. The ball fell kindly for Miller to drill home despite the keeper and a defender on the line. The second came from a run down the right by Walker-Peters. His cross was blocked and again the ball fell kindly to a Spurs player. This time it was Edwards who cut inside from the right of the area to hit low into the far corner of the net. Unfortunately, Liverpool hit back immediately by winning a penalty that was converted. Two minutes into the second half and they were level with a good strike and with Spurs trying to hold out for a point they got the winner from ex-spur Kevin Stewart.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Glover, Walker-Peters, Carter-Vickers, Lesniak(C), Muscatt, Amos, Edwards(Pritchard 58), Onomah(Goddard 89), Miller(Marsh 56), Oduwa, Tracey.
Unused Subs. - McDermott, Maghoma.
Scorers – Miller 18, Edwards 26.
Booked – Marsh 74.
The second game was at Stevenage against Sunderland on the 20th. In need of points, Spurs went with three up front which led to an entertaining open game that was so close that it rested on a mistake by the Sunderland keeper. In the fourth minute the keeper received a pass back and he was closed down by Sterling who robbed him and slotted into the empty net. Spurs have scored so many goals this season from such situations it has been worth the striker to press. Both defences prevented pressure on their keepers keeping chances to a minimum despite good approach play by both sides. Sunderland hit the inside of a post and Pritchard had a free kick tipped onto the crossbar. Lopez had to make a reaction save from six yards and Sterling was prevented from getting his second by the keepers quick reaction. As Spurs saw out the game they introduced schoolboy Skipp who became our youngest player in this new league. The 1-0 win gave a very important three points to get Spurs out of the relegation zone.
Team(4-3-3) – Lopez, Muscatt, Maghoma, Tanganga, Tsaroulla, Stylianides(Skipp 90+1), Lesniak(C), Pritchard(Owens 79), Harrison, Tracey, Sterling(Goddard 89).
Unused Subs. - Glover
Scorers – Sterling 4
Booked – Goddard 90+1
Spurs finished the month in seventh place.
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