Spurs 3-1 Southampton (PL2)
Report from Hotspur Way
30 January 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Nathan Oduwa shone as our development squad saw off Southampton 3-1 in the Premier League 2 at Stevenage on Monday night (January 30).
The wide man had a hand in all three of our goals, all of which came in the first half, as we produced a dominant display in the opening 45 minutes.
Oduwa himself unleashed a rocket for the first before seeing his dangerous cross turned into his own net by defender Alfie Jones two minutes later. The former Peterborough United loanee’s determination to win the ball then led to Shilow Tracey's third on the stroke of half-time.
Goalkeeper Tom Glover, a bystander in the first period, saved Ryan Seager's penalty shortly before the hour mark and although the Saints striker tucked in the rebound to reduce the arrears, we stayed organised - albeit without creating too many chances in the last 25 minutes - to see out a valuable win that edges us away from the lower reaches of the table.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Southampton - Nathan Oduwa - 28mins
We dominated the play in the opening exchanges and after Ryan Loft – eligible, along with Luke Amos and Will Miller, to play under the terms of his loan in the EFL – volleyed wide from Joe Pritchard's cross, it came as little surprise to see us take the lead. Oduwa worked a pocket of space at the left-hand edge of the box, played the ball in to the feet of Miller and then hammered the return pass across goal and into the top corner.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Southampton - Alfie Jones (own goal) - 30mins
Within two minutes of the opener we found ourselves 2-0 ahead and again Oduwa was at the epicentre. Embarking on a purposeful run down the left channel, he drove the ball low and hard into the danger zone and Southampton skipper Jones could only steer into his own net at the near post.
Above: Delight for Nathan Oduwa.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 Southampton - Shilow Tracey - 45+2mins
We looked to be taking a comfortable 2-0 lead in at the break but we stole a third in stoppage time as Oduwa dispossessed Ben Rowthorn, advanced and played it short to Tracey, who turned onto his right foot in the area and drilled low inside the near post.
Goal: Spurs 3-1 Southampton - Ryan Seager - 59mins
The second half began in stop-start fashion and we were organised in our defending until sloppily giving away a penalty shortly before the hour mark. Joe Pritchard was penalised for his challenge on Seager and although his penalty was saved low by goalkeeper Glover, the ball rebounded kindly for him and he was left with a simple tap-in. Southampton had a couple of half-chances with Christian Maghoma making an important late defensive header from substitute Olufelu Olomola’s ball back across goal but Glover wasn’t seriously troubled as we saw the game out.
Coach Ugo Ehiogu said
“We were terrific in the first half and we won the game in that period. We were resilient, better with our game understanding and the front four boys were too hot to handle. Nathan Oduwa – inside, outside, in space and in his final product – produced the best, most effective play that I’ve seen of him. He had everything in the first 45 minutes, less so in the second half when we didn’t have a lot of the ball, but I thought he was a game-changer.
“Filip Lesniak and Christian Maghoma dominated their centre-forward for large spells – we were secure and resilient as a team and as individuals – Cy Goddard, when he came on, made us better, showing intelligence and Ryan Loft, for someone who hasn’t played 90 minutes for a while, kept on going with his application and his effort, even when he was struggling a little bit physically. Shilow Tracey won a lot and got his goal so it’s pleasing for all those boys.
“In the second half we wanted to control it better. We conceded a poor penalty and it put us on the back foot, their momentum improved, finding that extra gear after they scored and towards the end it was a bit ugly at times but the leaders – Christian Maghoma, Luke Amos – were galvanising and showed great spirit. We have to show more control and bravery in the second half but it was terrific, a big three points today.”
Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Muscatt, Amos (c), Maghoma, Lesniak, Miller (Goddard 74), Pritchard (Stylianides 60), Loft, Tracey, Oduwa. Substitutes (not used): Brown, Lock, McDermott (GK).
Southampton: Latham, Valery, Wood, Rowthorn, Cook, Jones (c), Willard (Olomola 46), O'Connor, Seager (Barnes 70), Slattery, Johnson. Substitutes (not used): Vokins, Smallbone, Parkes (GK).
Goals: Spurs - Oduwa 28, Jones (OG) 30, Tracey 45+2; Southampton - Seager 59.
Yellow cards: Spurs - Amos 78; Southampton - Cook 55.
Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis.
We’ve just a few days to prepare for our next test in the Premier League 2 as we travel to Anfield to take on third-placed Liverpool on Sunday. The Reds battled out a goalless draw with Sunderland at the weekend.