Barclays U-21 Premier League
Saturday 27 October

(Veljkovic 23, Ceballos 65, Bentaleb 83, Obika 84)

(Lingard 15, Lawrence 86)

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27/10/2012 12:32, Report by Steve Bibby
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U21s: Spurs 4 United 2

Lingard's corner.

Joshua King was withdrawn at half time through injury to be replaced by Tom Lawrence, and it was Spurs who enjoyed the greater spoils of the early stages of the second period. Ceballos forced a good save from Johnstone from a freekick, whilst Pritchard's shot was turned off the line by Keane.

United, now missing the power and pace of King up front, went behind on 65 minutes, as the excellent Ceballos fired a swerving long range strike past Johnstone to give Spurs a deserved lead. Ceballos was involved again just two minutes later, as his cross found Obika unmarked at the far post, and the Reds were lucky to not concede as he headed into the ground, only to see the ball loop up and over the crossbar. The hosts continued to press for a third, and again Obika came close, as his powerful shot from range flew inches past the far post as United struggled to stay in touching distance of the hosts.

United's first real sight of goal in the second half came with just 18 minutes to go, and Lingard will be disappointed  not to have made more of his header after Larnell Cole's corner was completely missed by goalkeeper Miles.

At the other end, Johnstone did well to keep the Reds in the game after Ceballos failed to take a glorious opportunity, but Spurs did go 3-1 up when a long-range strike from substitute Nabil Bentaleb flew past Johnstone.

Bentaleb had only been on the field for a matter of seconds prior to scoring and he was involved again as Obika rubbed salt in the wounds by slotting under Johnstone for the second Spurs goal in as many minutes to all but seal the win.

The quickfire scoring didn't end there, however, as Tom Lawrence went straight down the other

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