Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Tottenham youngsters slumped to their second defeat in the UEFA Youth League with some terrible defending and a referee who refused to give an offside decision despite the linesman flagging for it.
The second half began with th Spurs midfield sitting too deep, thus the forwards players had no support and every loose ball was simply picked up by CSKA Moscow players. They had more possession, which put us under pressure and we crumbled.
The Under-18 side have not kept a clean sheet all season and after an hour we conceded. Pukhov had all the time in the world to cross the ball and with our defenders all looking at each other Zhamaletdinov nodded home the simplistic of chances.
We were all at sea unable to construct an attack and hit the self destruct button just 5 minutes later when from the half way line we simply passed to them in midfield and they had two unmarked running charging centrally towards our goal. The ball was played through to them and Whiteman decided to come rushing off his line. He didn't get there and the attacker easily knocked the ball past him and knocked it into an empty net.
On 73 minutes more poor defending with us giving the ball away again saw Whiteman pull off a good save to keep us in the game. On 77 minutes we won a free-kick outside the area and Edwards curling free-kick was excellently saved by the Russian keeper.
With seconds left of normal time we grabbed the equaliser after a good move down the right with Edwards involved once again. He played substitute Shilow Tracey in down the right and his pull-back from the byline saw Griffiths stab home his second.
However there were 4 minutes of stoppage time and we still found a way to lose the game when we simply refused to clear the ball from the back. Eventuall we made a crazy pass to our centre-back and a CSKA player came from an offside position to take the ball from him. The linesman immediately flagged but the referee either didn't see him or ignored him and allowed play to go on. A pass in behind and Oleynikov tucked the chance away.
In the end the referee has decided the outcome of the game.