Tuesday 14 January 2014
Tottenham Hotspur moved up to 13th place in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League following an impressive 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in the re-arranged fixture at Hotspur Way.
All of the goals came in an eventful first half with Souleymane Coulibaly opening the scoring with only 19 seconds on the clock. Goals from Andros Townsend, Kenny McEvoy and Harry Kane gave Spurs a 4-0 lead before half an hour had been played, with Michael Richardson's strike providing consolation for the visitors.
Coulibaly set the ball rolling when he arrived first to Townsend's cross in the first minute of the match and the early goal set the tempo for a one-sided first half as, midway through the first period, Townsend collected a low through-ball from Kane before rifling a fierce shot into the far corner of the net.
Within two minutes it was 3-0, with Townsend once more the architect, providing a centre from the left which caused confusion in the Magpies' rearguard and offered McEvoy the opportunity to crash in a shot from close range.
Newcastle found themselves four goals behind on 27 minutes when Zeki Fryers picked out Kane on the left-hand edge of the penalty and the striker scored from 20 yards.
The Magpies did manage to pull a goal back before the break when Spurs failed to deal with Rolando Aarons' cross, and Richardson let fly with a 25-yard drive into the far corner.
The goal prompted a more confident approach from the visitors in the second half but, after Adam Armstrong sent a free-kick just over and Remie Streete twice came close, Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie's charges, who lie a point behind Spurs, could not reduce the arrears further despite enjoying much of the possession.
Tuesday 14 January
Spurs (Coulibaly, Townsend, McEvoy, Kane) 4-1 Newcastle (Richardson)
Monday 13 January
Leicester 0-4 Bolton (Wilkinson, Youngs 2, Clough)
Sunderland (Lynch) 1-1 Stoke City (Alabi)
Southampton (Rowe) 1-2 Manchester United (Lingard, Cole)
Wednesday 15 January
Middlesbrough v Arsenal, 12pm, Rockliffe Park
Friday 17 January
Stoke v Spurs, 1pm, Clayton Wood
Thursday 16 January
Reading v Watford, 7pm, Basingstoke Town FC Ticket details
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