Our Reserve side's impressive unbeaten run came to a disappointing end at the hands of a rampant Chelsea side, who ran out 3-0 winners at Leyton Orient FC.
Our Reserve side's impressive unbeaten run came to a disappointing end at the hands of a rampant Chelsea side, who ran out 3-0 winners at Leyton Orient FC.The visitors were fielding a strong side including Paulo Ferreira, Tal Ben-Haim and Steve Sidwell, and they dominated from start to finish.
Their first chance came on eight minutes when Ferreira’s teasing cross from the right just eluded his namesake Fabio six yards out – but their next opening was a real sitter.
Fabio Ferreira this time turned provider on 24 minutes with a cross from the right, but an unmarked Franco Di Santo managed to fire over from inches out with Tommy Forecast exposed and the goal at his mercy.
We never really looked like punishing Chelsea for not making the most of their early chances, and the closest we came to scoring was on 38 minutes.
Chris Gunter picked out a Kyle Fraser-Allen run with a sublime long ball and keeper Stuart Searle did extremely well to race off his goal-line to prevent the Academy winger getting past him and tapping into an empty net.
But it was Chelsea who were once again left kicking themselves on the stroke of half-time when Jimmy Smith failed to properly connect with Phil Younghusband’s free-kick at point blank range, and Forecast made the stop to keep the scores level at the break.
Nonetheless, things were not looking good for Spurs, and they took a turn for the worse on 54 minutes as we went a man down, and then a goal down.
Smith raced onto Di Santo’s flick on and went down under a challenge from Jacques Maghoma when clean through.
Referee Ian Cooper awarded the penalty and then had no choice but to send Maghoma off as he was deemed the last man. Di Santo stepped up to slot home the penalty.
Again, Spurs had little in reply and coach Clive Allen seemed to be settled on damage limitation by replacing David Hutton and Adel Taarabt with Danny Hutchins and Takura Mtandari in a defensive switch on 65 minutes.
But Chelsea went looking to double their lead three minutes later when Branislav Ivanovic got past Gilberto on the right-hand side and crossed for Fabio Ferreira to volley and force a fine save out of Forecast.
However, there was little Tommy could do on 74 minutes when another Ivanovic cross this time fell to Di Santo, who turned with his back to goal and struck a sweet volley into the top corner from the edge of the box.
The talented Argentinian striker was a thorn in our side all night, and with nine minutes remaining he drew a foul out of Troy Archibald-Henville to win another penalty.
Forecast dived the right way this time, but the spot kick squirmed underneath him and Di Santo claimed a deserved hat-trick.
Chelsea continued to dominate into the final stages, and only another good stop from Forecast prevented Fabio Ferreira making it 4-0 in the dying seconds.
Spurs (4-4-2): Forecast; Gunter, Archibald-Henville, Dervite, Gilberto; Fraser-Allen (Hughton, 75), Livermore, Maghoma, D Hutton, (Hutchins, 65); Pekhart, Taarabt (Mtandari, 65)
Subs not used: L Butcher, Obika
Chelsea (4-4-2): Searle; P Ferreira (Magnay, 61), Ben Haim, Ivanovic, Cummings (Saville, 87); F Ferreira, Sidwell, Smith, Younghusband; Di Santo, Fernandes (Philliskirk, 61)
Sub not used: Taylor, Hibbert