Spurs travelled to Reading on the 23rd for their only league game of the month. This was a tight game as Reading closed down in midfield and defended deep looking to attack on the break. Spurs gave chances to some U-16 players including identical twins Matthew and Michael Craig and two keepers on the bench. It was good to see Markanday return from injury but his left leg was still strapped. The young midfielder got Spurs opening goal when he turned in Clarkes' cross. There were few chances with Maghoma giving the ball away in front of his own goal and in the second half he slipped with the goal at his mercy. Spur did get a second goal when the royals keeper let the ball slip under his foot from a backpass.
Team(4-1-4-1) – De Bie(C), Okedina, Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, Maghoma, Pochettino, Markanday(Matthew Craig 61), Pedder(Statham 69), Clarke, Whittaker(Michael Craig 73)
Unused Subs. - Oluwayemi, Lo-Lutala
Scorer – Markanday 25
Spurs finished the month second in the Southern Group as Arsenal played twice to go a point clear.
Champions Youth League
On the 19th Spurs travelled to Thessaloniki to play PAOK at the Toumba Stadium in the play-offs. Having finished behind Barcelona they faced a play-off to reach the last 16. A big crowd of nearly 9,000 saw Spurs come away with a 1-0 win thanks to a headed goal by Lyons-Foster from a White corner. The same players combined to put the ball in the next minutes later but the ref had the free kick taken again. The card happy ref then sent off a PAOK player for a bad foul on Bennett which gave Spurs the advantage. PAOK were better with ten and did cause Spurs back three problems. Spurs switched to a back four and could have had more goals as Roles had efforts that hit both posts. They are now through to the last 16 in another one off match.
Team(3-1-5-1) – Austin(C), Eyoma, Walcott(Maghoma 66), Lyons-Foster, White, Hinds, Shashoua, Oakley-Boothe(Okedina 90+1), Roles, Bennett(Clarke 87)
Unused Subs – De Bie, Binks, Pochettino, Whittaker
Scorer – Lyons-Foster 12
Booked – Lyons-Foster 20, Roles 25, Bennett 66, Austin 83, Cirkin 88
Spurs will play FC Porto away in the next round.
Spurs began the month with a trip to Brighton's training ground on the 3rd. Having seen Harrison and Sterling go out on loan and Janssen upgraded to the first team squad Troy Parrott was again asked to step up. While he held his own it was not a game to show what potential he has. Brighton lined up to stop Spurs passing game, defending in numbers and tackling hard to unsettle our players. They even contested a dropped ball after a player had to receive treatment when Spurs wanted to play the ball back to their keeper(it led to Roles booking). Their gameplan worked opening the scoring from a corner that was not cleared and adding a second in the second half after clearing a Spurs corner they won the ball which led to a one on one with Austin. Thankfully Spurs did not lose players to injury as what happened in the U-18 game last month which led to their two cup defeats. Spurs had 60% possession but could not break down the home defence.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Okedina, Tanganga(C), Lyons-Foster, Hinds, Marsh, Tracey, Oakley-Boothe, Roles, Bennett(Clarke 63), Parrott(68)
Unused Subs – De Bie, Walcott
Booked – Roles 45, Clarke 81
Spurs entertained Arsenal on the 15th at Stevenage. Unfortunately the gunners were well up for the contest and overpowered the home side not giving them the chance to play their passing game. Spurs were behind after three minutes and conceded a penalty inside 25. A third goal before the break made the game safe for the visitors. A poor backpass at the beginning of the second half killed off any chance of a comeback. Spurs were better and had few efforts but could not score. The gunners put so much into the game that they were going down all over the place but continued to stop Spurs one way or another. The 4-0 defeat leaves Spurs just above the relegation zone.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin(C), Hinds, Eyoma, Tanganga(C), Cirkin, Marsh, Oakley-Boothe, Maghoma, Roles(Shashoua 72), Bennett, Tracey
Unused Subs – Glover, Duncan, Lyons-Foster, Dinzeyi
Booked – Bennett 80
Spurs finished the month in 10th place.
Premier League U-23 International Cup
Spurs entertained Dinamo Zagreb in the the first knock-out stage of the competition. The game was at Stevenage on the 26th Unfortunately Spurs did not turn up until too late. Dinamo controlled the game from the start allowing Spurs only one attempt in the first half before scoring the only goal in the second. When they finally got going they were denied by the Zagreb keeper. He tipped over a great free kick by White and a minute from the end did the same to Tracey's header. The game ended badly when Tracey was red carded for a flair up with the Dinamo captain who also went.
Team(4-1-4-1) – Austin, Lyons-Foster(Marsh 76), Eyoma(Dinzeyi 46), Tanganga(C), White, Oakley-Boothe, Shashoua, Maghoma, Tracey, Roles(Clarke 74)
Unused Subs – Glover, Duncan
Sent off – Tracey 90+1
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