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Spurs U21s v Aston Villa U21s, 01.10.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier U-21 League 2012-3, Group 2
         White Hart Lane, Tottenham N17
         Monday 1st October 2012, 7pm

          SPURS       v    ASTON VILLA
       (All White)        (Claret/Blue)
         4-1-4-1              4-4-2

          3(1)                 3(1) 

     Jonathan Miles   1 Benji Siegrist
      Adam Smith(C)   2 Chris Herd
      Jack Barthram   3 Derrick Williams
    Milos Veljkovic   4 Ashley Westwood
         Grant Hall   5 Danny Devine
      Kevin Stewart   6 Nathan Baker
     Alex Pritchard   7 Daniel Johnson(C)
     Thomas Carroll   8 Samir Carruthers
     Jonathan Obika   9 Jordan Bowery
     Nabil Bentaleb  10 Graham Burke
       Dean Parrett  11 Andras Stieber

Giancarlo Gallifouco 12 Josh Barton
        (10)35Mins.    (3)46Mins.
     Liam Priestley  13 Callum Barrett
      Laste Dombaxe  14 Courtney Cameron
                       (6)10Mins. 
         Jack Munns  15 Michael Drennan
          (8)57Mins    (9)77Mins.
                     16 Jack Grealish

Scorers:-
      Obika 3, 82       Burke 37
      Stewart 52        Bowery 57
                        Miles o.g. 67

Booked:-
      Obika 90(Foul)    Burke 44(Diving)
      Smith 90+4(Late)  Carruthers 56(Late)

Coach:-
      C. Ramsey         G. Cowans

Referee:- S. Daly
Assistants:- J. Marin & A. Da Costa
It was a cool damp evening for the visit of Aston Villa to the Lane. There was a good sized crowd giving loud vocal support. There was no sign of Tim Sherwood as Chris Ramsey took charge with Sir Les in support.

Spurs lined up with Miles in goal behind Hall and Stewart with Smith at right back and Barthram on the left side. Veljkovic sat in front with Carroll and Parrett in the centre of midfield, Bentaleb was the right and Pritchard on the left in support of Obika up front.

Spurs defended the Park Lane end in the first half but showed their intent by putting the visitors under pressure from the off. Parrett drew a save from Siegrist with a shot from the edge of the area before Pritchard played in Obika on the right. The striker got past his marker and chipped the advancing keeper to open the scoring.

Pritchard was the supplier again when Bentaleb drove wide of the far post. Baker had to be replaced after head butting Obika while clearing the ball. A mistake by Hall allowed Bowery in for a chance that Miles saved at the expense of a corner. Obika laid the ball off for Bentaleb to fire over. Smith picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran un-checked to the "Villans'" area but drove wide.

Pritchard was the next player to try his luck but was off target. Parrett played in Obika for an effort that was saved. Johnson got down the left and whipped in a cross that Burke failed to reach. Smith had another run and shot that was on target with the keeper saving. Pritchard curled a shot to the far post but Siegrist saved well.

A pass inside by Parrett was intercepted by Bowery who played in Burke for a simple finish to equalise for the visitors against the run of play. A quick break by Carruthers ended with his effort striking the crossbar as Villa began to open up. Parrett played in Obika who worked his way in from the right before Carroll took the ball off his toe with an effort that was well over the bar. Burke was shown a yellow card for diving as he tried to get round the back. Obika robbed Divine but fired wide as the half ended.

Villa made another change for the second half and came out stronger with a more physical approach to win more of the ball. Cameron played wide on the left causing Smith problems and winning free kicks. Spurs conceded free kicks near their area from which Carruthers fired over from the left and Johnson forced a save from Miles.

When Spurs broke down the right they won a free kick. Parrett took the kick and flighted it into the box where Stewart headed home to put Spurs back in front. Carruthers was booked for a late tackle on Smith as he went down the line. Burke got past Stewart on the right and crossed for Bowery to beat Miles from ten yards to draw Villa level again.

Parrett was hit hard in the corner of the area by Herd which looked a possible penalty before Smith conceded a free kick out on the right. Carruthers flighted the ball under the bar at the far post where Miles failed to hold it and dropped it over the line for an own goal that put the visitors in front.

Ramsey sent on Munns in place of Carroll to play on the left with Pritchard moving inside. After Burke fired wide, Pritchard swung the ball over from the right for Bentaleb coming in at the far post. Siegrist saved his strike and Obika following up saw his effort cleared off the line.

After Devine headed wide at the far post from a corner, Bentaleb was replaced by Gallifoucu. Spurs equalised when Veljkovic threaded the ball through to Obika who beat the off-side trap to lift the ball over the keeper.

With the play opening out and flowing from end to end Spurs pushed for a winner. Veljkovic fired over from a pass by Pritchard, who drew a save from the keeper himself. Obika was booked as he tried to win back the ball and he was followed into the Ref's book by Smith for a wild tackle that could easily have been red. The final effort came from Gallifoucu who headed over a cross from Smith.

Spurs started well with good passing in the middle of the park, seeking to find Obika or to create an opening for a shot. Veljkovic did a good job in front of the back four. Screening the defence and linking with the midfield and was probably the man of the match. Spurs had the better of the game except for a period at the start of the second half before the game became more open and play stretched from end to end.

The U-21's now have a break until they play Manchester United on the 23rd October at home. It is possible that this will also be played at WHL instead of Hotspur Way.

Ray

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