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Colchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

U's defeated by Premier League side in first home friendly

21 July 2021

Colchester United fell to defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the first home friendly of pre-season, thanks to first half goals from Son, Alli and Moura.

In front of an almost sold out JobServe Community Stadium, the U's found themselves up against big hitters from in the Spurs' squad inclusing Son, Alli and Moura in the first home pre-season friendly. 

The game started with a fast pace as the visitors looked to get ahead early on the match. Heung-Min Son's free kick was delivered to Dele Alli at the back post, with the latter's header back across goal put out for a corner. 

Eric Dier got his head to the ball from the resulting corner, but couldn't find the net. It was Dier again who met the ball from another corner two minutes later, but again he could not guide the ball goalwards as it flew past George's post. 

The U's were close to taking the lead in the opening ten minutes with Frank Nouble firing an effort towards goal. From a recycled corner, the front man lashed the ball just over the top corner of the goal, with Whiteman at full stretch. 

But it was the Premier League side that did take the lead. Bergwijn found himself running free towards goal, before unselfishly passing the ball to Son for a tap in, in the eleventh minute of the game. 

Lucas Moura was quick to double the lead for the visitors, when he headed in from a Son corner at the near post a few moments later. 

But the U's rallied to try and get themselves back into the game, almost finding a goal back with Freddie Sears' header. He got on the end of Luke Chambers' ball back across goal, only to see the ball nodded away and off the line from a visiting defender, who was in the right place at the right time. 

Frank Nouble was next to go close, forcing a save out of Whiteman, when he raced clear. But his effort was too close to the 'keeper as the ball was collected comfortably. 

But for all the U's efforts, Spurs found a way to get a third before half time. Again from a Heung-Min Son cross, Dele Alli was waiting in the middle of the area, as George was beaten by the cross, allowing the Spurs' forward to tap in from close range. 

The U's started the second half much the better side. Luke Hannant looked dangerous in the right wing position winning a couple of quickfire corners in the opening minutes. Luke Chambers will perhaps feel a little unlucky not to find the net after being beaten in the air by Alli in the six-yard box. 

Brendan Wiredu went one closer and tested Oluwayemi with a powerful volley from outside the area in the best chance the U's had at the start of the second half, but only before Luke Chambers rattled the crossbar with a header from Judge's corner. 

The two U's summer recruits combined with Chambers nodding the ball against the frame of the goal at the back post, with the 'keeper beaten. 

But following Chambers's close attempt, neither side really tested the goalkeepers. It was the U's who perhaps applied the most pressure, with Eastman and Smith going close fifteen minutes before the end. Their efforts were both blocked, before Nouble saw an effort deflected wide at the near post. 

But for the final ten minutes, Hayden Mullins opted to swap all of the outfield ten players, with Poku, Welch-Hayes, Coxe, Tchamadeu, Beadle, Cornish, Kennedy, Thomas, Trialist A and Trialist B coming on for the final stages of the game. 

The full time whistle blew, with the U's losing the game 3-0, but it was an entirely encouraging display against a high-class opposition in Tottenham Hotspur. 

Next up for Colchester United, another home friendly on Saturday afternoon when Gillingham come to the JobServe Community Stadium for a 3pm kick-off. 

Colchester United starting XI: George, Clampin, Chambers, Smith, Wiredu, Hannant, Skuse, Nouble, Judge, Sears. 

Colchester United subs: Collins, Welch-Hayes, Poku, Coxe, Tchamadeu, Beadle, Cornish, Kennedy, Thomas, Trialist A, Trialist B. 

Tottenham Hotspur starting XI: Whiteman, Son, Winks, Dier, Alli, Bergwijn, Lucas, Skipp, Carter-Vickers, Paskotsi, Omole. 

Tottenham Hotspur subs: Tanganga, Parrott, Fagan-Walcott, Oluwayemi, Clarke, White, Cesay, Scarlett, Devine, John, Lyons-Foster. 

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