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23 September 2019 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers PL2
4 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur PL2

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Preview: Rovers U23s v Tottenham Hotspur U23s

Rovers return to action against the north Londoners this evening at Leyland

23 September 2019

Rovers return to action this evening as Billy Barr's side look to return to winning ways in Premier League 2 against Tottenham Hotspur's Under-23s at Leyland.

Barr's boys suffered a narrow defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last time out, with Ellis Simms' late effort proving the difference on Merseyside last Tuesday.

The Development Squad could welcome back Dominic Samuel this evening after the striker missed the last outing due to a slight knock picked up in training.

One absenteee could be Louie Annesley, who has picked up a foot injury which also kept him out of the trip to Goodison.

The first team pair of Sam Hart and Harry Chapman are both expected to start the game having not been part of the first team squad at Reading at the weekend.

Another who's likely to feature is Jacob Davenport, who played for just over an hour at Everton having suffered an ankle injury in pre-season.

The 20-year-old is once again expected to partner Brad Lyons in midfield, with Tom White also an option for Barr in that position.

A brace from Shayon Harrison arrived before a Parris Maghoma strike as Spurs earned a 3-1 win the last time they visited Leyland a year ago, but Rovers earned revenge for that defeat later on in the 2018-19 Premier League 2 season.

Jack Vale, Dan Butterworth and Joe Rankin-Costello earned Rovers a comfortable victory in the last meeting between the sides back in April, with a 3-0 win guaranteeing their spot in the division for this campaign.

Back to the present day and Wayne Burnett's side come into tonight's clash on the back of letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Southampton last time out.

Dilan Markanday and Harvey White put the hosts in control, before The Saints battled back to earn a point on the road.

Currently fourth in the table, they've lost just once from their opening five games of the campaign coming into tonight.

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers U23s 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur U23s

The young Rovers return to winning ways on home turf with a comprehensive victory over Spurs

23 September 2019

Dominic Samuel hit a hat-trick as Billy Barr's Development Squad returned to winning ways on home turf with a comprehensive victory over Tottenham Hotspur's Under-23s at Leyland.

A Samuel double set the hosts on their way, with his brace coming either side of the interval, before Stefan Mols slammed home midway through the second half.

There was still time for Samuel to complete his treble late on as he lashed home a volley that flew over the line despite the best efforts of Brandon Austin.

Barr made two changes to his team from the clash against Everton a week earlier, with Lewis Thompson and Samuel coming in for Sam Hart and Harry Chapman.

Rovers began well and Joe Rankin-Costello forced Austin into a brave stop to beat away the midfielder's stinging drive.

But the next opportunity saw the hosts take the lead as an inswinging corner was flicked on by Sam Barnes and Samuel was there to touch home from a couple of yards out.

Soon after and an excellent Joe Grayson free kick was nodded inches past the post by the lively Rankin-Costello at the back post.

Spurs improved after the break, with Joe Hilton forced into decent stops from Phoenix Patterson and then visiting skipper Jamie Bowden in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

But it was Rovers who scored next to double their advantage, in excellent style. Samuel's brilliant touch got Brad Lyons' ball under his spell, which took Austin out of the game and it was a simple tap in for the striker.

The impressive Mols made the game safe with 21 minutes remaining as he rifled home from inside the box after a neat one-two with Jack Vale.

Mols almost added a fourth a minute later as he cut in from the right before bending a shot just beyond Austin's right-hand post.

But Samuel did make it four with seven minutes left as he produced a fabulous finish to thump home a volley from Mols' cross which was too strong for Austin.

That rounded off a night to remember for Barr, who earned a first home league victory in style in the rain at Leyland.

Rovers U23s: Hilton, Doyle, Barnes, Grayson (c), Thompson, Davenport, Lyons, Mols, Rankin-Costello, Samuel, Vale.

Unused substitutes: Eastham, White, Whitehall, Boyomo, Brennan.

Goals: Samuel, 23, 57, 83, Mols, 69.

Booked: Grayson, 85, Rankin-Costello.

Tottenham Hotspur U23s: Austin, Hinds, White, Bowden (c), Dinzeyo (Okedina, 75), Lyons-Foster, Markanday, Maghoma, Patterson (Pochettino, 68), Oakley-Boothe, Tracey.

Booked: Dinzeyo, 72, Bowden, 85.

Unused substitutes: Oluwayemi, Eyoma.

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