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Derby 1-2 Spurs (PL2)

Report from Derby County Football Academy

Fri 26 August 2016, 15:34|Tottenham Hotspur

Shayon Harrison’s early penalty and a second-half strike from Kyle Walker-Peters got the job done as our youngsters won 2-1 at Derby County in the Premier League 2 on Friday afternoon (August 26).

Harrison’s spot-kick paved the way for a bright opening 20 minutes but after conceding to Derby’s Charles Vernam following a sloppy defensive mix-up, we struggled to produce much free-flowing football.

Nevertheless, Walker-Peters came up with a solid finish after a frantic passage of play just beyond the hour mark to make it two away wins in five days for Ugo Ehiogu’s side, following Monday’s 4-1 triumph at Reading.

Key action

Goal: Derby 0-1 Spurs – Shayon Harrison (pen) – 5mins
We made the breakthrough inside five minutes at the Rams’ training centre as Nathan Oduwa was felled by Derby full-back Kyron Stabana just inside the box on the left-hand side and the referee awarded us a penalty. Harrison, who saw a spot kick saved in the opening-weekend defeat to Everton, confidently stepped up to take it and sent goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell the wrong way with his left-footed effort.

Goal: Derby 1-1 Spurs – Charles Vernam – 21mins
We bossed the play following our opener but on 21 minutes we came unstuck. Luke Amos was caught in possession on the edge of our box after calling for a pass from Christian Maghoma, with Vernam curling home from the edge of the box. Derby’s Jamie Hanson then saw a fierce goal-bound drive charged down by Amos as the hosts tried to take the lead.

Above: Connor Ogilvie goes up for a header.

Close: Derby fire warning shot – 54mins
With Cy Goddard having been denied a penalty just before the break after going to ground in the box, we nearly fell behind nine minutes after the restart as Charlie Owens lost possession and Alex Babos, Vernam and Alefe Santos combined to fashion a chance – only for the latter to blast wide of the near post from the left angle. Farrend Rawson’s close-range effort was helped over the top four minutes later.

Goal: Derby 1-2 Spurs – Kyle Walker-Peters – 62mins
Despite struggling to find our usual rhythm, we never really looked in danger of conceding and with a little over an hour gone we regained the lead. Harrison’s cut-back from the right was turned onto his own post by the retreating Babos, with Walker-Peters keeping his cool to apply a good low finish to the rebound.

Save: Mitchell denies Harrison – 84mins
There was nearly a spectacular second goal for Harrison on 84 minutes. With Harry Voss gathering Emil Jakobsen’s shot – which was straight at him – moments earlier, his opposite number Mitchell dived full-stretch to his left to save Harrison’s drive from the edge of the box after a good break forward from substitute Ryan Loft, tipping it behind for a corner. There was one more opportunity in the 90th minute for Anthony Georgiou but he dragged his low shot across the face of goal and just a couple of inches wide of the far post.

Coach Ugo Ehiogu said

“We’ve conceded a goal that we’re obviously going to be disappointed with and when something like that happens the momentum obviously changes. Even after the opposition scored, I still thought we were good enough to have imposed ourselves better. We didn’t really show enough bravery to keep playing in our style and that was the really disappointing thing.”

Shayon Harrison said

“We went ahead really early which is always good but there was a spell after they scored where we could have defended a bit better and silly mistakes cost us. I think we regrouped well in the second half, we went after them and that’s how the goal came.

“When you miss a penalty in a previous game it’s always important that you put it to the back of your mind and just focus on the one in front of you. I did that today and thankfully I scored. Scoring goals is always my main objective so I just want to keep doing that and keep pushing on.”

We didn’t really show enough bravery to keep playing in our style and that was the really disappointing thing.

Ugo Ehiogu

Match data

Derby: Mitchell, Stabana, Macdonald, Hanson (Wassall 86), Rawson, Cover, Gordon, Guy, Vernam, Babos (Jakobsen 68), Santos (Pybus 77). Substitutes (not used): Walker, Ravas (GK).

Spurs: Voss, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie (Georgiou 63), Owens (Edwards 68), Maghoma, Walkes, Pritchard (Loft 75), Amos, Harrison, Goddard, Oduwa. Substitutes (not used): Tracey, McDermott (GK).

Goals: Derby – Vernam 21; Spurs – Harrison 5 (pen), Walker-Peters 62.

Yellow cards: Derby – Cover 50; Spurs – Amos 33, Goddard 40.

Referee: Joseph Johnson.

Next up

Following the international break, we face our first London derby of the new Premier League 2 campaign, taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday, September 9. After a number of high-scoring matches against the Blues at this level last season, our youngsters will be keen to see off the challenge of our rivals and make it three away wins in a row in 2016-17. For some, it will be a first appearance at the Bridge since our FA Youth Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea two seasons ago.