Tottenham’s youngsters out-muscled by impressive Ipswich

Brian Jeeves

Ipswich Town 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur U23

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S under 23 team slipped to a narrow 2-1 in their opening Trophy Southern Group ‘A’ fixture against Sky Bet League One leaders, Ipswich Town, at Portman Road.

Speaking ahead of the match, Ipswich boss, Paul Lambert, expressed his concern over the much-maligned competition, suggesting that progress in domestic cup competitions could lead to his side playing 55-60 matches during the course of the campaign.

As it transpired, the Scot made no less than nine changes to the side which had brushed aside Shrewsbury Town three days previous. Only Luke Woolfendale and Myles Kenlock retaining their shirts from that particular three-goal success.

Nevertheless, Town initially enjoyed the lion’s share of possession. 

But having been pressed back during the early moments, Spurs sprung forward with maximum effect. Armando Shashoua squeezing under the advancing Will Norris after the hosts afforded him time and space behind their backline following a free-flowing move.

Jordan Roberts, Armando Dobra and James Wilson all passed up reasonable opportunities for the home side. Meanwhile, Rodel Richards perhaps should have doubled the North Londoners advantage – seizing on defensive uncertainty, rounding the advancing Norris, but was horribly wayward with his finish, albeit from an acute angle.

But Ipswich were looking a threat and within a minute of the restart they restored parity. Dobra did exceptionally well to wriggle free and deliver low from the right – Roberts on hand to make no mistake from close range.

Roberts was a whisker away from doubling his and Town’s money with a fizzing effort which deflected just the wrong side of an upright. Meanwhile, Idris El Mizouni wasn’t far away with a speculative attempt which Spurs stopper, Alfie Whiteman, was relieved to see sail wide of the target.

But Ipswich were now on top. Roberts crisply added a carbon copy of his first goal – Dobra impressively again the provider from the right flank.

Tyreece Simpson and Dobra tested Whiteman while Shilow Tracey’s angled strike wasn’t far away as the sides exchanged late opportunities. Then, in the dying moments, Enock Asante dragged a glorious chance wide with only Norris to beat.

Spurs are next in Premier League action on Saturday, September 16 when Crystal Palace are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (3pm). 

Ipswich Town: Will Norris, Janoi Donacien, James Wilson, Gwion Edwards, Jon Nolan (Capt), Jordan Roberts (Tyreece Simpson 68’), Idris El Mizouni, Luke Woolfenden, Myles Kenlock, Armando Dobra, Emyr Huws Subs not used: Harry Wright, Danny Rowe, Flynn Downes, Kane Vincent-Young, Corrie Ndaba, Bailey Clements

Booked: None

Goals: Jordan Roberts 46’, 67’

Tottenham Hotspur U23: Alfie Whiteman, Timothy Eyoma (Capt), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Phoenix Patterson 70’), Shilow Tracey, Harvey White (Enock Asante 86’), Tariq Hinds, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Dilan Markanday, Armando Shashoua, Rodel Richards, Jubril Okedina Subs not used: Jonathan De Bie, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Payan Clarke, Elliot Thorpe, Enock Asante

Booked: Phoenix Patterson (foul)

Goals: Armando Shashoua 9’

Referee: Craig Hicks

Assistants: Gareth Viccars and Paul Lister

Fourth Official: Gregory Read

Attendance: 5,377 (283 from Tottenham)


Brian Jeeves