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West Brom U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 12.03.14
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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         Premier U-18 League 2013-4,
              Southern Group
       WBAFC Training Ground, Walsall
     Wednesday 12th March 2014, 12 noon

        WEST BROM    v    SPURS
       (Blue/White)    (White/Blue)
          4-3-3           4-3-3

           0(0)            1(0)

        Alex Palmer  1  Liam Priestley
     Joshua Ezewele  2  Channing Campbell-Young
     Callum Jones(C) 3  Kyle Walker-Peters
          Ryan Pace  4  Filip Lesniak(C)
       Kyle Howkins  5  Cameron Carter-Vickers
    Shaun Donnellan  6  Anton Walkes
    Rees Wedderburn  7  Emmanuel Sonupe
         Samir Nabi  8  Joseph Pritchard
       Andre Wright  9  Daniel Akindayini
           Joe Ward 10  William Miller
       Danny Barrow 11  Nathan Oduwa

        Phil Gannon 12  Lloyd Ross
          (8)46Mins     (7)71Mins
     Andreas Vaikla 13
       George Cleet 14  Anthony Georgiou
          (9)           (2)60Mins
  John-Pierre Jones 15  Shayon Harrison
                        (8)60Mins
      Jack Hallahan 16 
         (11)79Mins

Scorer:-
                        Akindayini 69 

Coaches:-   
       J. Shan          J. McDermott 

Referee:– M. Brown

It was a cloudy morning in the Midlands, but it got brighter as the game progressed for Spurs' trip to play the West Brom Academy following hot on the heels of the U-21 game on Monday. This was a re-arranged game from January when Spurs played in a tournament in Vietnam. While the home side used six players from Monday, Spurs only used two, but had a short bench.

Spurs lined up with with Priestley in goal behind Carter-Vickers and Walkes with Campbell-Young at right back and Walker-Peters on the left. Lesniak anchored the midfield trio with Miller and Pritchard while Akindayini led the line with Sonupe on his right and Oduwa on his left.

Spurs kicked off attacking the North end with a cross from the right but the home side had the first chance when Nabi got into the area on the left but his effort was saved.

Spurs' first chance came when Carter-Vickers headed over from a right side corner. The “Baggies” responded with a Wright shot blocked for a corner. Spurs' passing game began to put them on top as Miller saw his curler saved for a corner and Oduwa set up Pritchard for a chance that was saved.

Pritchard played in Miller for an effort that was deflected over the bar. From the corner Miller played a one-two hitting the near post with his low drive. Palmer saved from Sonupe and Pritchard before half-time.

Albion made one change for the second half as they sought to close Spurs down, a task they did fairly well with the referee having to have a word with Pace during the half. Palmer made an early save from Oduwa and Akindayini fired wide for a corner. Miller fired over and Akindayini did the same before Spurs made a double change in search of the opening goal.

Campbell-Young was replaced by Georgiou who went to left back, whilst Walker-Peters moved to the right side. Georgiou did not spend much time at the back as he operated further upfield most of the time.

Harrison came on for Pritchard in midfield. Harrison played in Sonupe for an effort that was saved. Walker-Peters played in Akindayini for a chance that was blocked for a corner. Oduwa got round the back on the left crossing to the near post wher Akindayini scored from a yard out.

Spurs made their last change replacing Sonupe with Ross who went into midfield while Oduwa moved to the right side. Georgiou crossed for Miller to draw a save from the keeper. Palmer also saved from Akindayini before West Brom made a late push for an equaliser.

Despite some last ditch defending by Spurs the closest the home side came was from a free kick which Howkins headed over. Akindayini had the last chance that was saved by Palmer.

This was a good result for Spurs who were without some first choice players. They stuck to playing their passing game and withstood some niggling play by the home side, who were trying to upset them in the second half as they tried to get back into the game. Overall it was an open game like the U-21 game on Monday which allowed Spurs to to play the way they do best.

That win closes the gap to Fulham and West Ham to three points with a game in hand. Next up are Aston Villa on Saturday morning at Hospur Way kicking off at midday.

Ray

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