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Southampton U-21s v Spurs U-21s, 15.10.12
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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          FA Premier U-21 League, Group 2
       Staplewood Training Ground, Marchwood
        Monday 15th October 2012, 2.30pm k.o.

           SOUTHAMPTON   v    SPURS 
            (All Red)      (All White)
              4-5-1           4-3-3

               2(1)            4(2)

             Will Britt  1 Lawrence Vigouroux
             Matt Young  2 Jack Barthram
              Luke Shaw  3 Kevin Stewart
            Corby Moore  4 Tom Gardiner
          Jack Stephens  5 Grant Hall
        Jordan Turnbull  6 Tom Carroll
          Jake Sinclair  7 Iago Falque
         Calum Chambers  8 Dean Parrett(C)
            Sam Hoskins  9 Jonathan Obika
             Ben Reeves 10 Alex Pritchard
          Lloyd Isgrove 11 Cristian Ceballos

             Joe Curtis 12 Jack Munns
             (4)63Mins.    (11)63Mins.
            James White 13 Jonathan Miles
            Ryan Seagar 14 Victor Zapata-Caicedo
             (7)77Mins.    (9)75Mins.
         Jason McCarthy 15 Nabil Bentaleb
                           (10)71Mins.
             Omar Rowe  16
            (11)46Mins.

Scorers:_
         Hoskins 38        o.g. Turnbull 4
    o.g. Stewart 90+4      Obika 7
                           Ceballos 50, 63

Booked:-
         Moore 49(Foul)    Gardiner 77(Handball)
      Chambers 54(Pull)    Parrett 90(Foul)

Coaches:-
         M. Hunter         T. Sherwood

Referee:- C. Powell
Assistants:- M. Bloor & C. Nzenga
Cristian marches on for Spurs!

It was a bright but chilly afternoon at the Southampton training ground where, due to large-scale building works, entry was restricted to around fifty people that included some local Spurs supporters. I was not on the list but was allowed in anyway. Tim Sherwood was back in the dug-out having sat out the Villa match.

Spurs lined up with Gardiner and Hall in front of Vigouroux, with Barthram at right back and Stewart on the left. The midfield trio was Carroll, Parrett and Pritchard with Obika leading the line supported by Falque on his right and Ceballos on his left.

Spurs defended the south end but quickly went onto the offensive, moving the ball around the midfield, pushing the "Saints" back into their own half.

Ceballos picked up a short corner and went into the area and let fly. Turnbull got his head to the ball only to turn it past Britt into his own net. Very soon it was two when Falque got down the left and whipped in a rising shot that hit the bar and dropped into the six yard box. With Britt flat footed, Obika was the first to react and he scored Spurs' second goal of the game.

Hoskins ploughed a lone path up front waiting for long balls out of defence to chase. He found space on thr right but Vigouroux saved. Obika was played in through the middle, making a 360 degree turn before flicking the ball past Britt only to see it cleared off the line.

Pritchard saw his effort deflected wide for a corner. Hall headed over from a left wing corner as Spurs sought to increase their lead. Ceballos weaved his way along the eighteen yard line before being blocked, with Obika drawing a save from the loose ball. Falque was the next to be denied, when he beat the keeper with his shot only to see Shaw clear off the line.

Isgrove then got forward to fire in an effort that Vigouroux saved to his left. Stephens knocked Ceballos off the ball in the middle and played the ball forward for Hoskins. The striker brought the ball down with his first touch and then beat Vigouroux with his second.

After a foul on Parrett, Falque took the resulting free kick which was curled wide of the right post.

Southampton started the second half with a second striker and put Spurs under early pressure.

When Carroll tried to dribble his way through, he was fouled by Moore who was shown the first yellow card of the game. After firing wide, Ceballos cut inside on the edge of the area and scored with a low drive that Britt got a hand to but could not stop.

Chambers went into the ref's book for pulling back Parrett as he broke forward. Pritchard fired over from a corner as Spurs took control and Falque almost chipped Britt before Reeves forced a save from Vigouroux to win a corner.

Obika fired wide before helping Spurs increase their lead by flicking the ball onto Falque at the far post. The Spaniard squared the ball to his compatriot Ceballos who turn it into the net.

Both sides made a change before the re-start. Munns came on in place of Ceballos on the left side.

Rowe got down the right and put in a low cross for Moore to draw a save from Vigouroux. Chambers headed over from a corner before Sherwood made his second change replacing Pritchard with Bentaleb. Reeves tested Vigouroux with a free kick which the keeper failed to hold allowing Hoskins jn for a chance that he put wide.

Zapata-Caicedo replaced Obika up front as the home side tried to get back into the match. Sinclait drew a save, before Gardiner inexplicably handled the ball just outside the area to earn a booking. Reeves struck the bar from the free kick.

Bentaleb saw his ferocious volley blocked and had another effort fly wide. Vigouroux saved with his legs from Hoskins before Munns drove wide of the far post. Reeves saw his effort fly over and Britt saved from Carroll at the expense of a corner. From the corner Zapata-Caicedo headed wide.

Southampton went down to ten when Shaw had to go off after they had made all their substitutions. With time running out Parrett was booked in the middle and Southampton launched one last attack with Chambers cutting in from the right to shoot, when the ball was diverted into the net off Stewart.

This was another good attacking performance from Spurs with a quick midfield that moved the ball across the pitch, linking with the wide men. Obika acted as the target man providing some accurate knock downs. Spurs should have won by a bigger margin but their second win takes them up to fourth in the group a point behind the Saints. Spurs' next game is against the group leaders Manchester United at home on the 27th October. On the east side of the pitch there was a fenced off area being redeveloped and the players seemed to be kicking the ball over it for fun as about ten balls went over it during the game and even their keeper kicked one over from a goal kick. I wondered if they had a sweepstake on the number of balls kicked over during the game.

Ray

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