Tottenham Hotspur U23's 1-1 Blackburn Rovers U23's: Spurs fail to take chances in frustrating draw
Jack Clarke celebrates putting Spurs in front (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur U23's failed to take their chances and were made to pay, as Connor McBride cancelled out Jack Clarke's opener for Spurs. 

The game took place on a night where Spurs were without their top goal scorer Dilan Markanday, ahead of a rumoured switch to their opponents on the night.

Story of the match

Dane Scarlett had the first shot of the game for the hosts, but his headed effort rolled wide.

Spurs were forced into an early change when Brooklyn Lyons-Foster went down injured, presumably due to a strong block he made early on, he was replaced by Michael Craig.

Scarlett then rattled the frame of the goal in the 10th minute from a low cross into the box in the first major chance of the game.

The Lilywhites had the lead 16 minutes in courtesy of a wonderful goal by Jack Clarke.

He drove at the heart of the Rovers defence and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner past Rovers’ goalkeeper Jordan Eastham.

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Romaine Mundle was lucky not to hand Blackburn Rovers U23’s an equaliser when his misplaced pass did not find a teammate, fortunately for him Tobi Omole was on hand to clear the danger.

Harvey White had a shot on the half-volley from the edge of the box for the hosts, but his attempt rolled wide.

Michael Craig then had a good chance to double Wayne Burnett’s side’s lead, as he had shot on the volley from inside the box, which seemed to be deflected over, but a goal kick was given.

Soon after Kallum Cesay had a great chance, as he burst into the box, but elected to shoot rather than cut the ball back to the unmarked Spurs players in support, and he blasted his effort over.

Michael Craig had another great chance as he was played in on goal, but his shot went straight at Eastham.

Jack Vale looked to capitalise on the hosts’ missed chances as he raced through on goal, but he took a touch too many and was soon tackled by a Spurs defender.

Josh Oluwayemi was forced into his first save of the game as he made an important stop as part of a scramble from a Blackburn corner that was not well dealt with by the Spurs defenders.

Tottenham then had a chance of their own from a corner, as the ball went straight through a crowd of players, but nobody in a white shirt was there to tap the ball home.

The last action of the half saw Georgie Dent blast his free kick well over the bar from a good shooting position for The Riversiders.

The Lilywhites were in front at the break and deservedly so, however the visitors had created chances of their own, and as Michael Craig and Scarlett missed golden chances for Spurs, it was still all to play for at the interval.

Half time score: Tottenham Hotspur U23's 1-0 Blackburn Rovers U23's 

Vale had a big chance for Blackburn to start the second half, as he was one-on-one with Oluwayemi, but could only place his shot into the keeper's gloves.

Scarlett then cut in from the right-hand side and shot, but he was nowhere near threatening Eastham's goal in the end.

Clarke made a wonderful run towards goal, skipping past several challenges, but he could not quite find a final pass that surely would have doubled Spurs' lead. 

Scarlett then forced a smart stop from Eastham, with a driving effort that the keeper was able to get a hand to.

The ball soon worked its way back to Cesay, who crossed the ball into the box, Scarlett at full stretch could not quite connect with it and Mundle could only fire his shot from the cross over.

Oluwaymemi was on hand to claim a poor touch from Connor McBride, which should have seen the striker in on goal for Blackburn.

He took his chance minutes later though, as he picked up a poor clearance from Cesay and slotted the ball into the back of the net to equalise.

Substitute J'Neil Bennett nearly had the perfect introduction for Spurs, as he looked to get on the end of a cross was not able to connect with it.

Alfie Devine had a go for Spurs minutes after, but his shot from the edge of the area went over.

Scarlett had a brilliant chance to put Tottenham pack in front, as he raced through on goal and tried to chip Eastham, but he put his shot over. 

In the final minute of normal time Oluwayemi made a good save to deny Harry Leonard taking all three points for Blackburn.

He was on hand to stop Luke Brennan as well just a minute later.

Full time saw a clearly frustrated Spurs side drop two points against Blackburn, who had fought well to earn a point.

A brawl broke out after the end of the game that saw Cesay and Tobi Omole dismissed for Spurs, in a clear showing of his anger towards the result. 

Jake Garrett was also sent off for Blackburn as part of the clash after the end of the game. 

Tottenham Hotspur U23’s: Oluwayemi, Cesay, Matthew Craig, Lyons-Foster (Michael Craig 7’), Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Clarke (Santiago 85'), White ©, Scarlett, Devine, Mundle (Bennett 67').

Blackburn Rovers U23’s: Eastham, Brown (Haddow 72'), Gent, Wharton, Pratt, Phillips, Durrant (Leonard 79'), Garrett ©, Vale, Harlock, McBride (Brennan 83').

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