Results for Spurs vs Gillingham

Video: Pochettino to play youngsters vs Liverpool

11:00 pm


Mauricio Pochettino was very happy at the post-game press conference with the performance and Vincent Janssen getting a goal.

he said he was impressed with all the young academy players as they played with a lot of confidence and opposition manager Justin Edinburgh, who enjoyed 10 years at Spurs himself, picked out Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Tom Carroll as having very good games.

Pochettino confirmed he will still play a young team and give them chances to polay in the next round away to Liverpool even if they are playing a strong side. He feels it is important for the development of these players and for the development of the club.

Video: Pochettino to play youngsters vs Liverpool Video: Pochettino to play youngsters vs Liverpool Reviewed by THBlogNews on 11:00 pm Rating: 5

Debut's galore

5:00 pm


Debut's galore

It was a night of total domination where Michel Vorm had virtually nothing to do.

Cameron Carter-Vickers had very little to do on his competitive debut, neither did Kevin Wimmer. Tom Carroll and Harry Winks were excellent although in truth they had all the room they wanted to play in so it was an easy competitive debut for Winks also.

Marcus Edwards got a competitive debut and went on one run with a shot at the end of it that the keeper had to save. He looked better against Gillingham than he did in the pre-season friendlies.

I could go through all the players but in truth we were so dominant that nobody had a bad game and everyone looked good. Anton Walkes made his debut, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou made his debut and he looked quick.

It was a good game to get an introduction knowing you could relax, as much as any debut maker can, and enjoy the experience.

Debut's galore Debut's galore Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:00 pm Rating: 5

Janssen second half

2:53 pm


Tottenham totally dominated the first half with 17 shots on goal but only the one goal from Eriksen to show for it. Jansen was industrious and did everything but score, on to the second half.

Within a minute of the restart, Janssen was played through from inside the Spurs half to the left of the Gillingham box and he reversed the ball back for Winks who scuffed his shot.

After 51 minutes Kieran Trippier was played in and he cut back inside the defender who took his legs away. A clear penalty. The nearest man to the ball was Vincent Janssen and he rushed over after appealing to pick th ball up. Nobody was going to take this chance away from him and he sent the keeper the wrong way as he tucked it into the right-hand side of the goal as he sees it.

A fist pump and a beaming smile told its own story as the players all congratulated him.

After 57 minutes Janssen made another run inside the box but the ball to him was too hard from Onomah, however, the ref then pulled the game back for a Spurs free-kick for the shirt pull on Onomah.

A one-two from Onomah to him before Onomah's next pass is cut out and Janssen tackles back to regain the ball for Spurs. An attempted pass that didn't find it's target and a one-two with Carroll set him up with a shooting chance but he chose to try and find Janssen again before Janssen then laid on a goal fro Lamela.

He held the ball briefly and saw Lamela make his run on the left-hand side of the box, Janssen played the ball perfectly for Lamela to take it in his stride slotting the ball into the far right corner.

Twice in quick succession after that Janssen first played in Lamela and then tried to play in Winks but a deflection took it too close to the keeper.

His link up play with his back to goal was excellent all night and we will now see how much more relaxed he is when his next chance comes. The Dutchman has made seven appearances now and grabbed his first goal. His body language looked better after his goal so hopefully the goal from open play will come soon now with a little bit of the pressure taken off.

Has Onomah played a better ball when we broke from a Gillingham corner then Janssen may have had that chance as it was his shirt was pulled and we had a free-kick and he immediately made way for Marcus Edwards to come on after 72 minutes.

Janssen second half Janssen second half Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:53 pm Rating: 5

Janssen first half

9:39 am

The hold up play of Vincent Janssen was excellent, We could play the ball up to him with his back to goal and he was holding onto it before laying off to a teammate. he laid on several shooting opportunities in the first half for the attacking trio behind him.

He looked frustrated in the first half, he was annoyed when Josh Onomah didn't slip him in when he played the ball to him on the edge of the box and turned nicely to get into space behind his marker, Onomah was more interested in a shot with three men around him.

That isn't a criticism of Onomah, just an example of how Janssen is working to get that first goal from open play and how the frustration and therefore tension builds up. Prior to that he had headed wide from six yards from an Onomah cross from the right. He tried to head the ball across goal into the far corner but instead headed it wide.

He had a shot saved by the substitute keeper for Gillingham on 35 minutes. His movement was good to find space in front of the defender and shoot on the turn with his right foot. It is the type of chance that you simply get on target and if it is your day it goes either side of the keeper, if it isn't it goes straight at him.

Three minutes later he was played in having pulled wide to the left at the edge of the area and his control took the ball diagonally towards goal giving the defender the opportunity to push him wider where he was also confronted with the goalkeeper. By the time he had gone round him he was virtually on the byline and from that acute angle he shot was cleared off the line.

A minute later Lamela played the ball into the box for Janssen to turn and shoot with his left foot but the ball rolled the wrong side of the post. Then on 41 minutes another good diagonal run but the ball was just too far out of his reach to wrap his foot around.

While frustrated he really was doing everything we want apart from the ball going into the net. It will come but his body language shows he desperately wants it, which doesn't make it any easier.

He looks a good purchase on this first half display.

Janssen first half Janssen first half Reviewed by THBlogNews on 9:39 am Rating: 5

Full Match Video Spurs 5 Gillingham 0

7:56 am


A comprehensive Tottenham victory in the League Cup last night with goals from Christian Eriksen on 31 and 48 minutes, followed by a Vincent Janssen penalty on 51 minutes, Josh Onomah on 65 minutes and rounded off by Erik Lamela on  68 minutes.

New signing Georges-Kevin N'Koudou came on for Christian Eriksen after 60 minutes, Marcus Edwards came on for Vincent Janssen after 75 minutes and Anton Walkes came on for Ben Davies after 80 minutes.

Erik Lamela had 3 assists and scored another, the other goal being a penalty.

Starting XI
Trippier Carter-Vickers Wimmer Davies
Carroll Winks
Lamela Eriksen Onomah

Whiteman (GK), Wanyama, Walkes, Vertonghen, Son, N'Koudou, Edwards

To watch a full live replay of the game you can visit this link where you can choose highlights or a separate video of each half.

Full Match Video Spurs 5 Gillingham 0 Full Match Video Spurs 5 Gillingham 0 Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:56 am Rating: 5

No excuses, now is his time to shine

2:30 pm


I talk about a winning a mentality and not making excuses often for a reason, it is the key to success on a football field. As a coach, without those qualities you can only have limited success. Any player of equal ability, but a better mental attitude will outperform a merely talented player, indeed a lesser player will outperform him.

Mauricio Pochettino unsurprisingly takes the same approach, he doesn't make excuses in his press conferences, he simply tells the press we were not good enough in certain areas and we have to take those lessons and improve the side.

He is taking the same approach with Vincent Janssen. He still has to adapt his game to suit us but that is down to the player working hard on the training pitch and wanting to knit his style into the team. Now he has the chance to do just that, including internationals he has 14 games in the next 54 days, a punishing schedule.

"It wasn't a good game for Holland, but it's true in this moment we realised he was a good signing for us. It confirmed it. [He] ticked all of the boxes that we needed. 
"Janssen has already shown the supporters he has a big passion to play, they have been excited to see him on the pitch and the energy he brings. 
"This is a big opportunity for him to show what he can do and he has to be ready now that Harry is injured, and the damage is done. There is scope for him to play more from the start. 
"He's athletic, he's very competitive, his mentality is very good. He's a very nice guy but he's very strong, he likes to work very hard. It's very good. 
"He's a fighter, his mentality is fantastic, he fits very well with us in the team. Only he needs time to adapt his game to the team. Now I think that he will have a big opportunity to show his real quality."

Shayon Harrison would have been in the squad tonight had he not been injured which leaves Janssen carrying the strikers flag at White Hart Lane on his own. No excuses, he simply has to step up to the plate now and conquer the nerves he is showing in front of goal. The best thing that can happen is that he bags a quick hat-trick tonight, but just one will do to get him off and running.

No excuses, now is his time to shine No excuses, now is his time to shine Reviewed by THBlogNews on 2:30 pm Rating: 5

Which youngsters may figure against Gillingham - Possible XI

12:30 pm


We have a League Cup tie against Gillingham, managed now by former Spurs left-back Justin Edinburgh at White Hart Lane on Wednesday. Edinburgh is doing a good job at the only Football League side in Kent, Gillingham and would one day like to manage his former club.

Edinburgh, who won the League Cup with us in 1999, insists after beating Watford his team are going to Tottenham to try and make Tottenham only the 10th top flight team Gillingham have beaten in their history.

“We’re not going there for the evening out. Whatever team we face it is going to be fantastic. We want to go and achieve something. It’s a big ask but we saw in the last round it can be achieved. 
“The night is about Gillingham. It’s about the players. They got us there and they are the ones who are going to try and cause another upset."

Almost 3,000 Gillingham fans are making their way to London to see their side take on a side we know will contain some youngsters, the question is how many?

To give us a clue we have to look at the Under-23 game that was played on Monday and see who was left out. We played a team of 18-year-old players, with one or two exceptions, so who didn't play from the Academy?

Conner Ogilvie - 20-year-old (21 next February) left-back
Cameron Carter-Peters - 18-year-old (19 in December) centre-back
Harry Winks - 20-year-old (21 next February) central midfield
Luke Amos - 19-year-old (20 next February) defensive midfield
Anthony Georgiou - 19-year-old (20 next February) left midfield
Cy Goddard - 19-year-old (20 next April) attacking midfield
Shayon Harrison - 19-year-old (20 next July) centre-forward

In addition to those there is 21-year-old Pau Lopez (22 in December) the third choice goalkeeper we signed over the summer from Pochettino's former club Espanyol.

Josh Onomah 19 (20 in April) midfield
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou 21 (22 next February) winger

You would expect Michel Vorm to start with Pau Lopez on the bench. Kieran Trippier at right-back with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kevin Wimmer at centre-back. Danny Rose is returning from injury, he could be given a run out or Connor Ogilvie could line up there.

In midfield Harry Winks is bound to start surely after his performances in Australia and he might be paired with a relatively old head in Tom Carroll.

Pochettino will want to give as many a taste as possible with some experience around them so he has to consider who might come on as a substitute. Luke Amos is versatile, Anthony Georgiou and Cy Goddarrd would form a very young quartet in midfield so a couple may have to come off the bench, especially with Josh Onomah another certain to play.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou is a member of the first team squad but doesn't speak any English, which despite what some may think is an issue. Roberto Soldado had the same problem, but he did have Spanish speaking players and staff around him. N'Koudou only speaks French and although we have some French speakers it isn't ideal that it takes longer for the staff to get their message across and thta some of the players can't communicate with him. You would expect to see him playing though.

Up front Vincent Janssen may be given 45 minutes or an hour with Shayon Harrison likely to feature at some point.

Trippier Carter-Vickers Wimmer Ogilviw
Carroll Winks
N'Koudou Onomah Georgiou

Subs: Lopez, Rose, Amos, Wanyama Goddard, Eriksen, Harrison

In an ideal world he will want to bring on Amos, Goddard and Harrison

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