Spurs’ first game of the month was away to Fulham on the 3rd. With squad rotation due to the Eindhoven game in midweek and having players in the U-23 the day before Spurs had a good side out which showed. Fulham have a good defence which held out in the first half against the fast passing play of Spurs. Fulham came out more in the second side taking the lead. Spurs struggled to get through but finally did with a fine finish by Patterson as they pushed forward. They were nearly caught out a couple of times as they continued to push forward including one that saw Binks sent off for stopping it. Oluwayemi saved the resultant spot kick with the game finishing 1-1.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster(Clarke 63), Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, White, Markanday, Shashoua(C), Patterson, Richards, Mukendi(Okendina 77)
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Thorpe
Scorer – Patterson 65
Booked – White 31
Sent off - Binks(87
Spurs hosted Arsenal on the 24th in a top of the table clash. The draw at Fulham allowed the Gooners to go top so a lot was riding on this NLD. Spurs came out attacking while Arsenal pressed and countered. This gave them an early lead and left Spurs rueing missed chances, Parrott who hit a post was the main culprit. The strong challenging by the visitors saw Bennett go off injured with the culprit only booked for a similar foul on Clarke which produced the equaliser. Okedina heading in White's free kick. The ref got her yellow card out in the second half booking another four Gooners. Spurs got three booking, all for fouls on the dangerous Balogun, two of which were in the area. Oluwayemi saved both penalties. After White had hit the bar with a free kick Spurs took the lead when Clarke scored with a cracker after a good ball from Mukendi. Following the first penalty Spurs increased their lead from a free kick by White. It had been floated to the far post but as no one made contact it went straight in. Arsenal pulled one back when Cirkin turned in a shot by Balogun. Oluwayemi's second penalty save saw Spurs hold onto the win and go back to the top of the table.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Clarke, Okedina, Binks, Cirkin, White, Markanday(Staham 89), Shashoua(C), Cooper(Pochettino 84), Bennett(Mukendi 19), Parrott
Unused Sub. - Kurylowicz, Thorpe
Scorers – Okedina 42, Clarke 53, White 67
Booked – Oluwayemi 56, Okedina 60, Binks 84
Spurs again finished the month top of the Southern Group two point ahead of second placed Arsenal and a further point ahead of Chelsea.
U-18 Premier League Cup
Spurs played their second group game on the 10th with Swansea City the visitors. It turned into a very tight game as the visitors closed Spurs down quickly and defended strongly. As it was between two midweek games Spurs fielded a weak team due to rotation of players. In a game of few chances Spurs took a first half lead when Clarke had space on the left to get forward and score. Swansea grabbed an equaliser in the second but Spurs finally got going and added another two goals. Parrott had a tap-in for the second from a ball in by Clarke and Markanday got the third coming in from the right. Markanday had started at left back but pushed up into midfield in the second half which tipped the balance.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie, Tainio, Statham, Okedina, Markanday(Mukendi 79), Patterson, Pochettino, Shashoua(C), Thorpe(Parrott 70), Clarke, Richards
Unused Subs – Kurylowicz, White
Scorers – Clarke 38, Parrott 74, Markanday 77
Champions Youth League
Spurs’ fourth game was the return against PSV Eindhoven on the 6th at Hotspur Way. This was a tough match as Eindhoven were better than in the first game but Spurs scored early and late to seal the win. Unlike the first team the dutch did not score in the opening minutes while Spurs did. Walcott scored from a corner which galvanised the visitors to step up their game having an effort cleared off the line by Walcott. They remained tight at the back using their wide players to create chances – just like at Wembley that evening. The game opened up in the second half becoming more end to end. Former Spurs schoolboy Madueke came on for Eindhoven, but it was his former teammate Bennett that made the telling contribution. Having conceded a free kick, for which he was booked, he collected the clearance and got down the left putting in the cross for Parrott to score the second in added time.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin(C), Lyons-Foster, Walcott, Eyoma, Brown, White, Bowden(Oakley-Boothe 54), Bennett, Maghoma(Roles 78), Patterson(Markanday 68), Parrott
Unused Subs. - Kury, Shashoua, Binks, Richards
Scorers – Walcott 4, Parrott 90+1
Booked – Brown 35, Bennett 90
The fifth game was at home to bottom club Inter Milan on the 28th. The game began with both sides getting forward and the visitors taking an early lead before Spurs slowly began to get on top. Spurs went into the break with a lead thanks to two goals in as many minutes. Parrott got the equaliser when Bowden won the ball and played it forward to Roles who played in the Spurs striker to curl into the top corner. As Spurs pressed Brown was sent away on the left to draw a save from the keeper with Roles following up to net the loose ball. Brown had a goal ruled out before the break. In the second half Spurs were on top but failed to find another goal as the italians defence held firm. Spurs made a change to increase their attacking threat which unfortunately weakened the defensive shape which Inter were able to take advantage of getting an equaliser quickly. After Parrott hit a post they got another two goals with quick breaks to win 4-2 and dent Spurs chances of getting through to the next round. They need PSV and Inter to draw their final game or a result at Barcelona to be sure.
Team(4-2-3-1) - Austin(C), Hinds, Eyoma, Binks(Cirkin 84), Brown, White,Bowden(Oakley-Boothe 59), Markanday, Maghoma(Shashoua 75),Roles(Richards 84), Parrott.
Unused Subs - De Bie, Clarke, Pochettino
Scorers - Parrott 23, Roles 25
Booked - Eyoma 28, Markanday 52, Brown 8
After five matches Spurs are second in the group ahead of PSV by a point and two ahead of Milan.
Spurs travelled to Portsmouth for the last game in their group. They left with a narrow defeat but still qualified for the next round. An under strength side found the third division leaders a little too strong for them. In a tight first half Spurs took the lead when Patterson ran on to a ball over the top to beat former young spur McGee to open the scoring. Portsmouth drew level early in the second half after Walkes, another former young Spur, had won a corner. Pompey scored another two goals when they sent on first team regulars before White pulled a goal back with a well taken free kick after a trip on Parrott but they could not get another.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Tanganga, Marsh(C), Brown, White, Bowden(Shashoua 89), Oakley-Boothe(Parrott 85), Duncan(Richards 74), Patterson, Sterling
Unused Subs. - Glover, Markanday
Scorers – Patterson 20, White 90
Spurs began the month with a home game at Hotspur Way on the 2nd with bottom club Swansea the visitors. Spurs attacking play dominated the game taking a first half lead when Maghoma pounced on the loose ball after Bennett's drive was blocked. Swansea continued to defend in numbers but hit Spurs on the break turning the game with two goals in the space of a minute at the beginning of the second half and grabbing another two goals to win 4-1. A crazy result but one that highlighted Spurs overcommitment to attack and getting caught out at the back.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Marsh(C), Eyoma, Tanganga, Brown, Bowden, Bennett, Oakley-Boothe, Roles(Duncan 75), Sterling(Parrott 62)
Unused Subs – Glover, Reynolds, Walcott
Scorer – Maghoma 35
Booked – Roles 33
Spurs travelled to Aldershot on the 23rd to play Chelsea. Spurs took the lead in an open first half which saw both sides move the ball well with good approach play. Brown picked up a loose ball and advanced before playing in Roles on the left to score from a tight angle. In the second half Spurs got on top and looked to continue their good results against the blues until just before full time when the hosts got an equaliser. The ref having booked two Spurs players early in the half gave Chelsea a penalty which was saved by Austin to keep Spurs ahead. A case of two points lost not a point gained.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Tanganga, Eyoma, Brown, Bowden(Duncan 74), Oakley-Boothe, Marsh, Maghoma(Reynolds 87), Roles(Richards 77), Sterling
Unused Subs – Glover
Scorer – Roles 26
Booked – Bowden 48, Oakley-Boothe 49
Spurs finished the month in 9th place.
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