Monday, 12 November 2012

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Southampton U21s

Table-topping Spurs thumped Southampton 4-0 with former Saints loanee Yago Falque netting twice at White Hart Lane.

Early chances fell to Southampton striker Sam Hoskins in the opening 15 minutes, but the rapid forward couldn’t quite find the net.

Ben Reeves’ freekick on 21 minutes was dealt with well by the Tottenham defence, before a quick counter-attack saw Dean Parrett in space bursting into the Saints’ half. Parrett slotted a perfectly weighted ball into Falque who showed composure by finishing nicely past Chris Jones in the Southampton goal.

Just three minutes later, the home side found themselves two-up. The impressive Tom Carroll crossed a well-flighted ball into the box which found the head of Jonathan Obika who headed nicely past Jones.

It looked set to be an uphill task for the Saints, but the visitors managed to look more comfortable on the ball, skipper Ben Reeves was particularly impressive in possession.

Although the hosts added another to their tally a minute into first-half stoppage time, this time Obika turned provider for Falque, the former Southampton loanee then bent a fantastic curling shot which hit the top of the far post before nestling into the net.

With a three-goal cushion, Spurs were happy to keep possession after the interval as Southampton began to tire.

Chances were few and far between in the second period and it was the Saints who had the first after 63 minutes, Joe Curtis stole the ball from a Tottenham defender before showing neat footwork to get a shot off, but Lawrence Vigouroux done well to save the effort.

Just over five minutes later, Southampton looked set to score again. Reeves played Sam Hoskins through on goal which led to a one-on-one situation but Hoskins’ shot was saved by the leg of Vigouroux.

The three-goal cushion seemed a little flattering for the hosts considering chances were becoming consistent from the men in red. With just over 10 minutes remaining Curtis played an accurate ball out wide to the pacey Jake Sinclair, who returned the pass with a deep cross which found the feet of Curtis but the shot was palmed wide for a corner.

Almost instantly after, Tottenham added insult to injury with a fourth but they certainly saved the best until last. Substitute Souleymane Coulibaly picked up the ball on the left-hand side and just struck an ambitious shot which nestled into the top right corner stunning everyone at the Lane.

Within the two minutes additional time, Reeves managed to worm his way through a number of Spurs defenders before hitting a right-footed shot which looked to be going into the top corner of the goal but Vigouroux was at full stretch to keep his clean sheet.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lawrence Vigouroux, Ryan Fredericks, Kevin Stewart, Massimo Luongo (C), Grant Hall, Tom Carroll, Yago Falque, Ryan Mason, Jonathan Obika, Dean Parrett, Cristian Ceballos.

Southampton: Chris Jones, Danny Butterfield, Matt Targett, Joe Curtis, Bevis Mugabe, Jordan Turnball, Jake Sinclair, Corby Moore, Sam Hoskins, Ben Reeves (C), Lloyd Isgrove.

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