Shaibu brace not enough as Spurs come from behind
Brentford B lost 4-2 to a Tottenham Hotspur XI at Spurs' training ground on Tuesday afternoon. Justin Shaibu scored two first half goals to give The Bees a two-goal lead, but the home side rallied to a strong comeback.
The opening goal came within the first seven minutes. Zain Westbrooke chipped a ball over to Lukas Tabro overlapping on the right wing, the Dane crossed it low and Shaibu was on hand in the middle to smash the ball home.
The second came soon after, 21 minutes into the first half. This time Ilias Chatzitheodoridis chipped a long ball across to Talbro from the left, the fullback again crossing but this time to Jan Novak. Novak pulled the ball back to Westbrooke, who took a shot from distance. The ball fizzed through a crowd and was parried by the goalkeeper, there was Shaibu waiting to knock the rebound into the net.
Spurs had chances to get back into the game, twice going close before the break. After 28 minutes, Jarvis Edobor was back to make a superb goalline clearance, the last line of defence after a mix up between Westbrooke and goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe.
The second chance was a low volley from the far post. A deep cross in from the right evaded everybody in the middle, dropping perfectly at the far post for a Spurs striker to hit first time. It was a good strike but it flew narrowly wide.
After half time, Tottenham flew out of the blocks. Within thirty seconds, the home team were back in the game. A long ball forward was squared across goal quickly enough to evade everyone except a striker waiting at the far post.
Their second goal and equaliser came through a big slice of luck. A low cross into the box was met by Balcombe, palming the ball away, but it found the shins of an attacker and cannoned back into the net.
Brentford could have got themselves a third goal after 57 minutes. Raphael Assibey-Mensah slotted a neat through ball behind the Spurs' back four, Shaibu ran onto it. Taking a moment to set himself, he hit one with his left foot that was destined for the top corner. That was until the Spurs goalkeeper got his fingertips to the effort and diverted the ball inches over the crossbar.
With 65 minutes on the clock, Tottenham's heavy pressure resulted in their third goal. A short corner routine was worked to the edge of the box, then drilled into a crowd of players. Chaos reigned as bodies threw themselves in the way or tried to score. Tom Field got himself in the way of the first real effort at goal but was caught by a late challenge and was left on the floor. Then Balcombe was forced into clawing the ball away from danger when it popped up towards goal. He could do nothing about the next effort though, as Spurs found a way of bundling the ball over the line.
Ten minutes later, Spurs secured their victory. A poor pass in the centre of the park allowed the opposition to break away, going on a long run before squaring the ball for an easy shot at goal and their fourth of the second half.
The Bees had two more chances to get something from the match, a few minutes from time. First, Chatzitheodoridis put in a deep cross for substitute Danny Parish to volley, only to see the goalkeeper tip his effort onto the post. Then, moments later, fellow sub Joe Hardy put in a similar ball and it was Shaibu who missed the target from close range.
Brentford B: Ellery Balcombe; Lukas Talbro, Chris Mepham, Jarvis Edobor, Tom Field (sub Danny Parish 69 mins); Zain Westbrooke (c), Raphael Assibey-Mensah, Marc Rio; Jan Novak (Joe Hardy 69 mins), Justin Shaibu, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis
Subs not used: Trialist T, David Titov