England international Andros Townsend’s late brace isn’t enough as Chelsea U21s sting Spurs in nine-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 09:32 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 January 2016
Jake Clarke-Salter fired home an injury time winner to clinch Chelsea U21s victory against Spurs at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage.
Spurs U21s v Chelsea U21s
Spurs U21s Manager, Ugo Ehiogu
Adrian Viveash, Chelsea U21s Manager
Shaquile Coulthirst of Tottenham and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea
Shaquile Coulthirst of Tottenham celebrates scoring
Shaquile Coulthirst of Tottenham celebrates scoring with Harry Winks
Harry Winks of Tottenham in action
Shaquile Coulthirst of Tottenham and Fikayo Tomori of Chelsea
Andros Townsend of Tottenham and Charly Musonda
Tammy Abraham of Chelsea
Andros Townsend of Tottenham in action
Spurs’ England international Andros Townsend thought that he had earned his side a draw with a late brace of goals to drag his side back from 4-2 in the last five minutes of the game, before Clarke-Salter fired past Tom Glover to secure victory in an enthralling encounter.
Glover made a mistake for the opening goal when his poor kick landed at the feet at Reece Mitchell, and he raced into the box and set up Tammy Abraham to score.
Shaquile Coulthirst, who has had spells out on loan at Southend United and Wigan Athletic, then got on the end of an Anthony Georgiou cross and somehow arched his back to loop a header over Bradley Collins and into the top corner.
Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham was in the stands watching, and it was the sort of header that he used to put away in his playing days.
A Chelsea corner yielded their second of the night, with the deep cross being nodded back towards Fikayo Tomori, and he headed in from two yards for 2-1 at the break.
Townsend has been linked with a £14m move away from Spurs in the transfer window, with the likes of Watford and West Brom said to be interested in the winger, and he showed glimpses of his ability throughout including a low free-kick which fizzed just wide of goal.
Chelsea increased their lead in the second half when Abraham survived a trip by Milos Veljkovic on the edge of the box before teeing up Kasey Palmer for a fine finish.
With 20 minutes to go Coulthirst got his second of the evening when Veljkovic played him through on goal, and one-on-one with Collins he fired emphatically past the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Abraham then stung the palms of Glover before team-mate Jay DaSilva restored Chelsea’s two goal lead with a curling effort into the top corner.
That made it 4-2 with seven minutes to go, and yet three more goals were to come.
First Townsend put away a penalty after substitute Joe Pritchard was brought down in the box by Tomori.
The same player then made it two goals in two minutes when he darted into the box on the right before blasting the ball past Collins.
By this point some of the crowd inside the Lamex were on their feet as the excitement continued to build.
Motivated by the enthusiastic atmosphere, both sides went in search of a winner, and Clarke-Salter got it in the 92 minute to finish off a terrific game of football.
Spurs: Glover, Amos, Georgiou, Lesniak (Sonupe 58), Veljkovic, Carter-Vickers, Townsend, Winks, Coulthirst, Walkes (Pritchard 74), Miller (Goddard 83). Subs: Voss.
Chelsea: Collins, Dabo, Tomori, Clarke-Salter, DaSilva, Colkett, Mitchell, Ali (Kiwomya 46), Abraham, Palmer, Musonda. Subs: Kiwomya, Russell, Wright, Quintero, Colley.