Reserves Live: Chelsea v Spurs
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Clive Allen's reserve side made it six points out of six so far this season with a fine 2-0 away win over Chelsea at Aldershot.
Two strikes right out of the top drawer from Philip Ifil and Johnnie Jackson separated the sides and our young team really warranted their win with an excellent performance on a warm evening in Hampshire.
Injuries and international duty saw to it that Clive put together a largely youthful and experimental side, with Charlie Lee being given his chance in central defence alongside Goran Bunjevcevic and Lee Barnard ploughing something of a lone furrow in attack - although the speedy Aaron Lennon would be quickly in support.
Michael Brown partnered Jamie O'Hara in the heart of midfield, an area Johnnie Jackson was also patrolling. For Chelsea, the experienced heads in the side were Wayne Bridge and Jiri Jarosik.
Jarosik was involved in the first real attack of the night when Filipe Morais cut in from the right and squared low for Czech who blasted over from about 12 yards out.
The boys did have the ball in the net on 14 minutes following a free-kick awarded when Michael Mancienne manhandled Barnard down the left channel. Jackson swung over the free-kick to the back post where Emil Hallfredsson nodded back across goal where goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley gathered, only for a combination of Barnard and Brown to bundle him and the ball over the line. Not entirely within the rules these days...
There was nearly concern at the other end ten minutes later when a sweet combination between Jarosik and Jonas Elmer led to the latter surging down the right and dispatching a cross with real zip in the direction of Philip Younghusband. Bunjevcevic had to be alert and very forceful in steering the ball behind for a corner.
The game was very much nip and tuck with Chelsea, on the balance of play, doing most of the nipping before a devastating counter attack on 33 minutes. Philip Ifil picked up the ball in an advanced position on the right, cut inside and rounded his marker before unleashing a rasping drive past Pidgeley and high into the net to the goalkeeper's left.
Galvanised by the goal, the boys went on to produce some intricate football and looked threatening each time possession was picked up from a Chelsea side that was looking a little shellshocked.
Brown was replaced at half-time by Kieran McKenna with a 45-minute stint probably pre-determined.
There was a great tempo and controlled aggression being displayed by the boys in the opening minutes of the second period. To offer an example, the giant Jarosik was being out jumped and flattened by Lee who, for a centre half, is not the biggest. Where there was Brown, the equally energetic McKenna was snapping into tackles, covering ground and not letting the home side settle or establish a foothold back in the game.
Chelsea attempted to step it up at the midway point in the half and our young group eased into containment mode as the home substitutes began to make an impact on the play.
There was then a move of of gritty brilliance, with the architect being Barnard. Against the odds from a long ball forward, the lone striker held off the challenges of three defenders to work himself into a position to roll the ball into the feet of Jackson some 22 yards out. With his sweet left foot, Jacko executed his strike to perfection and the ball sailed past the out stretched hand of Pidgeley and into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
A perfect birthday present for the now 23-year-old midfielder!
Spurs: Burch, Ifil, McKie, O'Hara, Lee, Bunjevcevic, Lennon, Brown (McKenna 45), Barnard, Jackson, Hallfredsson (Daniels 70). Subs: Forecast (GK), Mills, Dawkins.
Chelsea: Pidgeley, D Smith, Bridge, Mancienne, Pettigrew, Diarra, Morais (Simmonds 72), Jarosik, Younghusband, Hollands (Grant 54), Elmer (Tillen 54). Subs: Hamann (GK), J Smith.