Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23s were thrashed 6-2 by Leyton Orient’s first-team in a pre-season match on Wednesday and some Spurs fans were far from impressed by what they saw from the youngsters on show.
The two teams were competing for the annual JE3 Cup, which has been introduced this year to commemorate Justin Edinburgh’s memory.
Edinburgh, who played nearly 200 times for Spurs through the nineties and had a successful spell as a manager with several Football League sides, including Orient, tragically passed away from a heart attack over a year ago.
As the likes of George Marsh, Jack Roles, and Maurizio Pochettino took to the pitch against Leyton’s first-team, they were dealt a lesson in class.
A few Spurs fans were critical of the side’s defensive display while others insisted that the result was not paramount considering that the youngsters were going up against senior pros.
In fact, despite the thrashing, some Spurs fans even praised a few of Tottenham’s academy graduates for their displays including Elliot Thorpe, Dylan Markanday and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster.
— Abood🇵🇸 (@ThfcAbood) August 19, 2020
Has to be said a great goal by Leyton Orient for their 6th of the game. This has been a real test for the #Spurs U23 today, but they’ve been unfortunate and more than held their own in the first half, but have struggled in the second.#THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/v7wPJ8mCq7
— 𝗢𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿 (@FootballOllie) August 19, 2020
Might as well scrap the Spurs u23’s
— Glory Glory (@gloryglorytott) August 19, 2020
'how was your evening, mate?'
'watched Spurs U23s get battered 6-2 by Leyton Orient on Orient's YouTube channel that they initially couldn't get working and spent most of the match trying to identify a trialist, hbu?
^me having a normal one.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) August 19, 2020
In all seriousness people judging that Spurs Academy U23 team last night. If you were to pick an actual best team from our academy.
9 missing 5 with seniors 2 on loan 2 injured all Weren’t available 👍
— TAS⚽️ (@coys100) August 20, 2020
HT: Bit of a horror show defensively, off side trap seem to be jammed. Thorpe looks okey in the middle, Markanday shows he is an attacking player and not so much a LD. https://t.co/G89rPN24Uo
— U Me Spurs (@U_Me_Spurs) August 19, 2020
Markanday looks like a really lovely player
— Corey James (@THFCcoreyjames) August 19, 2020
Elliot Thorpe looks class ngl
— white heart lame (@whiteheartlame) August 19, 2020
Some very naive play by our lads let's hope they take it as a great learning experience
— John Williams (@johnwilliamschi) August 19, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
It does not make sense to read too much into this result since it was literally men against boys. Our defence was also very much a makeshift one with Markanday playing as a left-back and an unnamed trialist at right-back. Therefore, it was not exactly surprising to see us concede a lot of goals.
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