Spurs’ only game of the month was away to Leicester City on the 1st. where the foxes usually give Spurs a hard time. The first half was very tight with hardly any chances on goal. It all changed in the second when Spurs stepped up a gear and won the game in the space of ten minutes with four goals. Good work by Shashoua gave Parrott the opening to score the opener. The second came when Clarke fired in from the left and it beat the keeper but was blocked on the line only for Markanday to put it in. The third came from the penalty spot after Cirkin had been fouled and converted by White. Parrott got his second finishing a pull back by Clarke. Spurs settled for the four goals and looked to control the last half hour. Oluwayemi conceded a penalty for the second game in a row but for the fourth time in a row he saved the penalty to keep a clean sheet.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Mukendi(Statham 6), Okedina, Binks, Cirkin, White(Thorpe 63), Markanday(Pochettino 63), Shashoua(C), Richards, Clarke, Parrott
Unused Subs. - Kurylowicz, Cooper
Scorers – Parrott 52, 62, Markanday 55, White pen.58
Spurs again finished the month top of the Southern Group having gone half the season unbeaten.
U-18 Premier League Cup
Spurs played their last group game on the 22nd away at Middlesbrough who topped the group. They needed a point to reach the quarter-finals which they did with a 2-2 draw. The home side sruck first with Spurs equalising when Thorpe played in Richards to score. In the second half boro went ahead again from an uncleard corner before sub Clarke scored a trademark goal cutting in from the left to rifle in. Clarke was cut down with a high challenge later which saw the home side reduced to ten, but they held out to top the group and Spurs join them in the next round as best second placed team, as they did last season.
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
FA Youth Cup
Spurs travelled to the New Den to play Millwall in the third round on the 17th. In a busy week of cup football. It was a closely fought match with the home side closing down and pressing high which disrupted the Spurs passing game. They took the lead with a fantastic strike and ran hard to stay in front which saw their players dropping with fatigue before full time. Spurs introduction of Bennett spurred Spurs to get on top for a final push which resulted in the equaliser by Bennett heading in at the far post in added time. The game went to extra time and Spurs scored early when Parrott got passed the keeper pulling the ball back for Richards to finish. With even the Spurs players suffering from the high work rate Millwall made a final push but Spurs held out for the win.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Oluwayemi, Statham(Bennett 54), Lyons-Foster(Tainio 85), Binks, Cirkin, Markanday, Shashoua(C)(Pochettino 79), Maghoma, Richards(Okedina 106), Parrott
Unused Sub – Kurylowicz
Scorers – Bennett 90+3, Richards 90+4
Booked – Shashoua 10, Binks 67, Maghoma 109, Tainio 120+3
Spurs go to Arsenal in the fourth round.
Champions Youth League
Spurs’ last group game was at Barcelona on the 11th played in their mini stadia next to the Nou Camp. As in the reverse game Spurs began by getting on top in the first half taking the lead when Hinds crossed from the right which Maghoma turned into the path of Parrott to score at the far post. Whereas Barcelona stepped up to get a draw in the home game Spurs stayed on top in the second half out playing the group leaders to dominate the rest of the game Spurs wrapped it up at the end of the half with a second goal from Richards who had just come on. Spurs finished second in the group and will go into a play-off round in February.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Eyoma, White, Cirkin, Bowden, Markanday(Binks 90+1), Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma(Shashoua 74), Roles, Parrott(Richards 88)
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Clarke, Pochettino, Okedina
Scorers – Parrott 17, Richards 90
Booked – Oakley-Boothe 6, White 34, Cirkin 86
Spurs travelled to Oxford to play third division United in the second round on the 18th. Not a pleasant evening as Spurs were completely out played losing 3-0 and having hardly a chance of their own. They did come close when Roles hit the inside of a post. It was boys against men with development football not up to the physical league football. Spurs kept trying but the luck was not with them and it has to be said that Oxford could have had more.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds(Reynolds 85), Tanganga(C), Marsh, Brown,
Bowden(Tracey 73), Oakley-Boothe, Duncan, Roles,
Unused Subs. - De Bie, Thorpe, Okedina
Spurs began the month with a home game at Hotspur Way on the 7th. against Everton. The toffees seemed content to sit deep and wait to counter becoming tougher in the tackle as Spurs got stronger. Spurs were lucky early on as they gave the ball away to easily but finally clicked with two goals in two minutes. Tanganga's header at a corner was put in by Roles off the underside of the bar. Roles then played in Sterling for number two. This after the two had collided going for a through ball from Oakley-Boothe. Everton raised their game to pull a goal back before the break but after Spurs took control and should have won but for a poor pass that let the visitors grab a second. Like Chelsea in the previous league game they lost two points from a game they should have won.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds, Eyoma, Tanganga(C), Brown, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Duncan, Roles, Georgiou(Markanday 75), Sterling
Unused Subs – Glover, Reynolds, White, Richards
Scorers – Roles 33, Sterling 35
Spurs travelled to Manchester City on the 15th at the beginning of a busy period for the young Spurs. Spurs went behind but after City had a player sent off for a clash with Marsh at a free kick. Spurs still had work to do in poor conditions. Sterling equalised in the first half latching onto a loose ball. He got a second in the second half turning in a ball from Marsh.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Tanganga(C), Brown, Reynolds(Tainio 69), Marsh, Bowden,Oakley-Boothe(Pochettino 83), Duncan, Clarke(Richards 75), Sterling
Unused Sub – Glover
Scorer – Sterling 44, 82
Booked – Hinds 15, Clarke 18
Spurs finished the month in 9th place.
Premier League U-23 International Cup
This season Spurs had Atletico Bilbao, Norwich City and Vfl Wolfsburg in Group C. Wolfsburg and Bilbao have already won a game before Spurs took on Wolfsburg at Stevenage on the 3rd. Wolfsburg started the stronger hitting a post before Spurs got into the game more having a goal disallowed before going in front at the end of the half. Following a corner Roles took the ball off the feet of the german keeper and scored from a tight angle. Sterling added a second minutes into the second half having got away down the left before cutting inside finishing low inside the near post. With Spurs looking to control the game a little niggle came out in the germans play leading to a few booking on both sides. Wolfsburg did pull a goal back near the end but Spurs saw out the game for a 2-1 win and second place in the group.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Hinds, Tanganga(C), Eyoma, Brown, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Duncan(Reynolds 70), Maghoma(Pochettino 82), Roles(Georgiou 65)
Unused Subs – Glover, Thorpe
Scorers – Roles 45+1, Sterling 47
Booked – Tanganga 21, Duncan 65, Marsh 90
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