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 home game against Norwich City on the 6th. Bottom team Norwich were sent packing with a 7-0 beating by an inform Spurs side. White scored the opener from a free kick before he laid on the second for Clarke after Shashoua had hit the bar. Shashoua got the third before halftime from a Parrott pass. Clarke hit the post in the opening minute of the second before Markanday got the fourth after his first effort was saved. Parrott got the fifth after he had hit the post which was quickly followed by Clarke getting his second. Patterson had a penalty saved before Makanday hit a post and Thorpe saw his effort turned onto the same post by the keeper. The last goal was set up by Parrott for Pochettino to fire in from the edge of the area.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Tainio, Statham, Binks(Okendina 70), Cirkin, White, Markanday(Pochettino 66), Shashoau(C), Patterson(Thorpe 66), Clarke, Parrott.
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Mukendi
Scorers – White 11, Clarke 30, 60, Shashoua 38, Markanday 47, Parrott 59, Pochettino 79.
Booked – White 31.
Spurs hosted Aston Villa on the 20th and continued with another six goal haul. While Spurs were creating chances around the Villa goal the visitors scored first having already hit a post on the counter. Spurs were not behind for long as Parrott converted a cross from Markanday to equalise and Shashoua got the second from Bennett's cross to take the lead. Markanday scored the third before the break. Parrott hit a post early in the second before Shashoua followed up two blocked chances to grab the fourth goal. Spurs kept going and Parrott had a simple header for number five after Pedder had a good effort saved. Binks rounded off the scoring with a far post header with a minute to go. A good attacking performance dominated by the wing play of Bennett and Markanday provided a good win tempered by the loss of Lyons-Foster and late knocks for Patterson and White.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster(Cirkin 16), Walcott, Binks,White, Patterson, Markanday, Shashoua(C), Richards(Pedder 73), Bennett(Clarke 79), Parrott.
Unused Sub. - Kurylowicz, Thorpe.
Scorers – Parrott 26, 86, Shashoua 29, 71, Markanday 41, Binks 89.
Spurs again finished the month top of the Southern Group one point ahead of second placed Arsenal and a further two ahead of Chelsea.
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Spurs second game in the group was at home to Barcelona. Spurs attacked from the start and should have been in front before Barcelona scored with their first attempt on goal. A header from a free kick. Spurs continued to have the better of the play in the first half and got their reward with a fine goal from Richards just before the break. Barcelona stepped up in the second half and it was Spurs who were glad at the final whistle. The spanish side came closest hitting the post but Spurs should have won it in the first as use of the flanks by Bennett and Markanday opened the defence time and again but with no finish.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Eyoma, Lyons-Foster, Brown(Binks 90+1), Bowdwn(White 66), Markanday(Patterson 70), Oakley-Boothe(Shashoua 46), Maghoma(Roles 90+1), Bennett, Richards.
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Cirkin.
Scorer – Richards 44.
Booked – Bowden 46.
The third game was at PSV Eindhoven's De Herdgang training ground on the 24th. In a game that they dominated some how they went in at halftime two goals down. They increased their attacking players in the second half winning a penalty when Bennett was fouled. Roles saw his kick saved but they continued to mount attack after attack becoming camped in the Eindhoven half. Bowden sent Maghoma away to hit an unstoppable shot to reduce the arrears. Spurs continued to batter the dutch defence taking off Binks for White for his delivery of balls. In the dying seconds White flighted the ball into the danger area which Parrott knocked down for Brown to score on the turn. The 2-2 draw was scant reward for the effort put in by the players who had 25 attempts to the home side's four.
Team(4-2-3-1) – Austin(C), Hinds(Maghoma 46), Eyoma, Binks(White 89), Brown, Skipp, Bowden, Markanday, Roles(Richards 68), Bennett, Parrott.
Unused Subs – Oluwayemi, Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Patterson.
Scorers – Maghoma 73, Brown 90+4.
Booked – Roles 45+2.
After three matches Spurs are third in the group.
Spurs travelled to the Valley in Charlton to play Gillingham in the second group game and not their Prestfield Stadium due to a new pitch being laid. Spurs played with three at the back which seemed to inhibit their play in the frsrt half so much so that they made Gillingham look good. They got better to the end of the half and took a lead into the break when Maghoma got through to draw a save from the keeper. Roles was quickly onto the rebound to score. Spurs were much better in the second getting an early second when Roles repaid Maghoma by setting him up for a good finish. The third goal came when Skipp sent Bennett through. The keeper saved but Brown followed up to score. The last goal came in added time when Duncan won a penalty which he converted from the spot. The win puts them two points behind leaders Portsmouth who they play in the last group game.
Team(5-4-1) – Whiteman, Hinds(Duncan 85), Marsh, Tanganga, Dinzeyi(Binks 82), Brown, Bowden, Skipp(C), Maghoma, Roles(Bennett 76), Richards.
Unused Subs – Austin, Lyons-Foster.
Scorer – Roles 42, Maghoma 57, Brown 72, Duncan pen.90+3.
Spurs began the month with a home game at Hotspur Way on the 19th. The visitors Leicester City began in fourth place before the International break. City pressed high and strongly from the start to keep Spurs in their own half hitting the bar as they pressed. Roles and Sterling had good chances in the first half but Leicester dominated the play until Spurs found space in the second. Leicester hit a post as did Roles before Spurs got a winner. Roles found space and played a one two with Sterling before scoring. A good defensive display by the Spurs defence provided the chance to win the game with so few chances.
Team(5-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Eyoma, Tanganga, Dinzeyi(Reynolds 46), Brown, Bowden, Duncan, Oakley-Boothe, Roles(Patterson 90+1), Sterling(Richards 87).
Unused Subs – Glover.
Scorer – Roles 86.
Booked – Bowden 15, Hinds 17, Eyoma 56, Archer 90+5.
Spurs travelled to Pride Park to play Derby County on the 28th. This turned into a repeat of the Leicester game without the result as Derby scored late in the second half. Spurs were penned in their own half only having one chance in the first half. They switched from three at the back to four in the second half and were able to get forward more but Derby still dominated the game. Again the defence did very well but could not prevent the goal which was something special.
Team(5-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds(Oakley-Boothe 46) Eyoma Tanganga, Marsh, Brown, Bowden(Bennett 56), Duncan, Maghoma, Roles, Parrott.
Unused Subs – Glover, Dinzeyi, Reynolds.
Booked – Eyoma 68.
Spurs finished the month in 8th place.
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