PL2 Report: Spurs 2-1 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 03 Oct Tottenham Hotspur vs Saints
Photo by Justin Setterfield via Getty Images
Sat 03 Oct 2PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Tottenham
2
Southampton
1
Clarke [48'] Kumar Markanday [84']
goal
Sims [68']
Lavinier (12') Clarke (56') Lloyd-Bennett (88') Thorpe (90')
yellow card
Watts (32') Slattery (33') Klarer (47') Hesketh (78')
Referee: Ryan Atkin | Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre | Attendance: 0

Southampton's B team suffered a cruel, late defeat in Premier League 2, after a spirited performance at league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

Jack Clarke gave Spurs the lead after just three second-half minutes, converting at the back post following a deep corner routine.

The Saints leveller came just shy of 70 minutes; Caleb Watts playing through Josh Sims, who rounded the goalkeeper for a deserved equaliser.

The eventual winner came six minutes from time and against the run of play; Dilan Kumar Markanday sliding in at the back post following a quick counter for the hosts’ second of the afternoon.

Saints made several changes to the side that was pegged back by West Ham at Staplewood a week ago.

Keeper Tommy Scott replaced Angus Gunn between the sticks, whilst Kazeem Olaigbe and Caleb Watts were both promoted to the starting XI as Dan N’Lundulu and Kegs Chauke made way.

The first chance of the game fell to Saints after just four minutes; Will Ferry firing a cross over to Watts who forced a good save onto his bar by keeper Alfie Whiteman.

Spurs’ first chance came just shy of the 15 minute-mark; Clarke bursting down the left wing before firing an effort across Scott’s goal and eventually wide.

The game became a very end-to-end affair as the half-hour mark loomed; Sims using his pace to carry the ball forward for Saints after some nice flicks by Jake Hesketh, before Harvey White came surging with the ball for the Spurs, forcing a corner.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Harvey White of Tottenham Hotspur and Kazeem Olaigbe of Southampton in action during the Premier League 2 game between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 03, 2020 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Kazeem Olaigbe battles for possession.

From the resulting corner, the hosts nearly went ahead; Dilan Kumar Markanday finding the ball at his feet unmarked at the back post but denied a certain goal by a crucial Christoph Klarer block.

Saints were forced into an early first-half change after half-an-hour; Olaigbe coming off injured and replaced by Ramello Mitchell who slotted in up top.

With the half disrupted by several stop-start moment and unnecessary fouls, there was little to report as the sides went in at the break.

It took an early corner during the second 45 for the deadlock to be broken; Clarke firing in at the back post to put Spurs ahead on 48 minutes.

Saints responded; Kayne Ramsay looking to head home a Callum Slattery free-kick which was well blocked, before Sims came in on the rebound and saw his shot cleared behind.

The visitors enjoyed a good spell of possession following the Spurs opener; Slattery and Hesketh both having efforts from just outside the penalty area which cleared the Tottenham goal.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Dilan Markanday of Tottenham Hotspur misses a chance during the Premier League 2 game between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 03, 2020 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Christoph Klarer heads clear a Spurs corner.

Soon, two minutes from the 70 minute-mark, Saints got their reward for their continued pressure.

Sims played through on goal by Watts, before rounding the keeper and grabbing yet another goal in what has been a prolific PL2 season so far for the forward.

Minutes later the visitors had another chance, Sims firing in a deep cross which Ramsay was inches away from meeting at the back post.

Next it was Watts himself who went close, finding space just inside the penalty area and forcing Whiteman into a strong close-range save.

But despite the spells of Saints pressure, it was Spurs who went ahead; Kumar Markanday sliding in at the back post from a counter attack for their second of the afternoon.

Saints again dominated possession following the cruel Tottenham second, but couldn’t find the final ball as the clock ticked down.

It ended in another cruel defeat for Saints, who dominated the second half in parts and will feel hard done by the result.

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