September 24, 2012

Analysis of the goal conceded against QPR (23/9)

Bobby Zamora’s goalSean Wright-Phillips picks up a loose ball following a corner; he drives down the line beyond Defoe, and forces in a cross. It is deflected into the path of Alejandro Faurlín, who sells Dembele a dummy and slips a clever pass through to Zamora, who lifts the ball over Friedel, who is slow to close the striker down.

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September 22, 2012

Youth/loan update – the story so far…

There’s quite a lot to take in – the Premier Academy League, the NextGen Series, the new U21 league which has taken over from the Reserves, plus various players out on loan. This is the story so far for our young players.
U18s

Fixtures

FA Premier Academy League
Sat 18 Aug (at Newcastle
) Newcastle U18s 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur U18s
Scorers: Dombaxe, Coulthirst, McEvoy, D McQueen

McGee
A McQueen, Ball, Gardiner, Smith
Dombaxe, Lameiras
D McQueen, Winks, McEvoy
Coulthirst

Subs:

Connor Ogilvie for Thomas Gardiner, 74.

Official site report
Excellent blog report from Metcalficus

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FA Premier Academy League
Sat 25 Aug (at Hotspur Way
) Tottenham Hotspur U18s 3-4 Manchester United U18s
Scorers: Coulthirst, D McQueen, OG.

McGee
Bush, Ball, Gardiner, Smith
Bentaleb, Onomah
D McQueen, Lameiras, Michael-Percil
Coulthirst

Subs:

Zapta-Caceido for Michael-Percil, 46.
Dombaxe for Lameiras, 53.
Ogilvie for McQueen, 74.

Spurs Odyssey report
My report

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FA Premier Academy League
Sat 15 Sep (at Stoke City
) Stoke City U18s 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur U18s
Scorer: Lameiras

McGee
Bush, Cambell-Young, Ogilvie, Smith
Lameiras, Onomah
D McQueen, Winks, Akindayini
Coulthirst

Subs:

Miller for Bush, 69.
Vincent-Young for Onomah, 77.
Gardiner for Smith, 86.

Official site report
Spurs Odyssey report

NextGen Series

Fixtures

NextGen Series
Wed 22 Aug (at Wolfsburg
) Wolfsburg 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur 
Scorer: Lameiras

Vigouroux
A McQueen, Ball, Veljkovic, Stewart
Gallifuoco, Dombaxe
McEvoy, Bentaleb, Pritchard
Coulibaly

Subs:

Coulthirst for Gallifuoco, 60.
Ogilvie for Ball, 67.
Lameiras for McEvoy, 75.

Unused subs: McGee, D McQueen.

Official site report 

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NextGen Series
Thu 13 Sep (at White Hart Lane
) Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Barcelona

Vigouroux
A McQueen, Ball, Veljkovic, Stewart
Gallifuoco, Dombaxe
McEvoy, Bentaleb, Pritchard
Coulibaly

Subs:

Coulthirst for Gallifuoco, 52.
Onomah for Coulibaly, 66.
Lameiras for Ball, 75.
Ogilvie for Bentaleb, 75.

Unused subs: McGee, D McQueen, Winks.

Official site report

U21s

Fixtures

U21 League
Sat 18 Aug (at Newcastle
) Newcastle United 6-4 Tottenham Hotspur 
Scorers: Mason, Ceballos, Falque 2

Miles
Smith, Ekong, Hall, Byrne
Carroll, Mason
Falque, Munns, Ceballos
Coulibaly
Subs:

Bush for Smith, 26.
Onomah for Bush, 70.

Unused subs:

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U21 League
Mon 29 Aug (at Altrincham
) Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur 
Scorer: Mason

Archer
Smith, Caulker, Hall, Byrne
Carroll, Mason
Falque, Kane, Townsend
Obika
Subs:

Veljkovic for Hall, 49.
Stewart for Caulker, 69.
Ceballos for Townsend, 69.

Unused sub: Vigouroux.

Official site report

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U21 League
Sat 1 Sep (at Spurs Lodge
) Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Sunderland
Scorers: Pritchard, Falque

Archer
Smith, Stewart, Veljkovic, Byrne
Mason, Parrett
Falque, Pritchard, Ceballos
Obika
Unused subs: Ekong, Munns, Miles, Dombaxe.

Official site report

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Friendly
Tue 4 Sep (at Spurs Lodge
) Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Scorers: Mason 2, Obika 2, Gallifuoco, Munns

Miles
Naughton, Ekong, Dawson, Byrne
Dombaxe, Huddlestone
Munns, Mason, Townsend
Obika

Official site report

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U21 League
Mon 17 Sep (at Hotspur Way
) Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Stoke
Scorers: Mason 3, Ceballos, Obika, Byrne, Parrett

Archer
Smith, Hall, Veljkovic, Byrne
Carroll, Parrett
Ceballos, Mason, Falque
Obika

Subs:

Dombaxe for Carroll, 68.
Stewart for Veljkovic, 68.
Munns for Obika, 68.

Unused subs: Vigouroux, Ekong.

Official site report

Loanees

Currently we have the following players out on loan:

Simon Dawkins – San Jose Earthquakes
Bongani Khumalo – PAOK
Massimo Luongo – Ipswich Town
Ryan Fredericks – Brentford
John Bostock – Swindon Town
Danny Rose – Sunderland
Harry Kane – Norwich City
David Bentley – FC Rostov

Simon Dawkins continues to impress at San Jose Earthquakes, and would like to join them permanently. He is quoted in this article as saying “I don’t want to go on loan anymore – I want to be signed somewhere and play. I love it here. It is not in my hands.”

It seems that the move may come down to finances, with Spurs wanting a fee, and San Jose Earthquakes needing to continue finding the $50,000 salary.

Dawkins’ team mate Alan Gordon said of him: “I consider him the best player on our team. Simon is a different class. He does so much for us to keep the ball.”

Bongani Khumalo is playing regularly at PAOK, where he’s made two starts in the league, and two in the Europa League. It’s good for the 25 year old to be playing regularly, and I’m sure he’ll be looking at earning a permanent transfer.

Massimo Luongo has been somewhat of a revelation at Ipswich – performing consistently well in an otherwise struggling side. He started their first six games in a row, before getting a well-earned rest for their recent match against Middlesbrough. Their fans have instantly taken to him – one fan on a forum described him as “an intelligent little playmaker with a bite”, which I think is spot on!

Ryan Fredericks has struggled to get match time at Brentford, but manager Uwe Rosler said this week:

“He has pushed Shaleum Logan to a level, and apart from the first-half at Bournemouth, he’s had a very good season so far. That’s credit to Ryan. He came to us with 19 training sessions under his belt, we had 35. We had eight games and he had two, so he was not in the right shape to fully challenge. He is pushing Shaleum, and at the moment he hasn’t given him any chance to come in. But we have seven games coming up in a hectic schedule in October so Ryan will get games.”

John Bostock has struggled to get into the Swindon team, making two substitute appearances this season so far, coming on at half time against Preston in the league, and on 65 minutes against Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Danny Rose started for Sunderland against Liverpool, playing playing 72 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. Martin O’Neill seemed relatively impressed, saying:

“Danny Rose was getting tired as the game went on and he came off with a little bit of a groin strain. He’s played for the [England] under-21s but those games don’t have the same tempo as Barclays Premier League games, week in, week out. The run-out will have done him the world of good. I thought he did fine up against some very good players in the Liverpool side. Over the course of the season I think he’ll do well for us.”

Harry Kane came off the bench on 71 minutes to make his Norwich City debut against West Ham United. He had a great chance to win the game for Norwich, but his shot was telegraphed. He did however create another chance with a clever run and pass late on, and impressed with the Norwich fans with his performance.

David Bentley made his FC Rostov debut last weekend, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win against Dynamo Moscow.

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September 17, 2012

Analysis of the goal conceded against Reading (16/9)

Hal Robson-Kanu’s goalAdam Le Fondre picks up the ball between Vertonghen and Gallas, and flights the perfect cross, dissecting Walker and Friedel and allowing Robson-Kanu to tap home at the back post.
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September 12, 2012

And Now for Something Completely Different

Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo at half time,
Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo at full time,
Two points from three games,
It’s that Chairman, Daniel Levy; he’s the one to blame.

He didn’t get his chequebook out,
He didn’t sign enough players,
And he didn’t sell Jermaine Jenas,
That’ll please the naysayers.

He should have held on to Harry,
We’d never had it so good,
Replaced him with some prodigy,
Just because he could.

The high line, inverted wingers, high tempo pressing,
Opponent scouting, dossiers, second guessing,
Sports science, performance analysts, youth integration,
New technologies, new methodologies, PowerPoint presentations.

All this modern stuff that other clubs do,
We don’t need all that – what are we trying to prove?
It’s a simple game, eleven against eleven, fahkin’ run about a bit,
Beat your man on the outside, whip in a cross, get a clean hit.

So you can stick your revolution,
I’m giving up Spurs – no more,
If it ain’t Champions League, I ain’t interested,
Everything else is a bore.

You know what, mate? I’m glad.
The Lane’s a far better place,
Without your sense of entitlement,
And without your ugly face.

Let’s have some positivity,
Let’s sing our hearts out in the pub,
Let’s make White Hart Lane a fortress again,
Let’s get behind our club.

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September 3, 2012

Analysis of the goal conceded against Norwich City (1/9)

Snodgrass’ goalafter Livermore gives away a needless free kick, Norwich keep the ball alive, and a deep cross is headed on twice for Snodgrass to sweep home from the penalty spot.
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