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Kick off 12:00 (UK)

26 February 2021 Venue Hotspur Way Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Tottenham Hotspur PL2
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Blackburn Rovers PL2

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Preview: Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

Billy Barr's side will be looking for a second successive Premier League 2 Division 1 victory this afternoon

26 February 2021

Rovers return to action this afternoon as Billy Barr's boys go in search of a second successive Premier League 2 Division 1 victory.

A trip to take on Tottenham Hotspur is on the agenda for Barr's high-flyers, who know a win will put them level on points with table-topping Manchester City for a couple of hours at least.

The Citizens take on Brighton & Hove Albion at 2pm, and Rovers will be hoping to put the pressure on Enzo Maresca's men ahead of their game in Sussex.

Rovers will also be going in search of revenge, with Tottenham earning a 3-2 away win at Leyland back in December.

Harvey White's penalty proved to be the match-winning moment in what was only Rovers' second defeat of the season.

Wayne Burnett's hosts come into today's game in fine form and unbeaten in their last five games.

Draws with Arsenal and Southampton in their last couple of outings mean the Londoners sit three points and two places below Rovers in the table ahead of kick-off.

Depending on whether they're set to be involved in the first team squad this weekend, Barr could be without both Dan Pike and Connor McBride for the trip south.

The pair were both unused substitutes in the first team's home encounter with Watford in midweek and may well be called upon once more on Saturday against Coventry City.

Both will be losses if unavailable, with Pike a regular part of the plans and McBride in fine form following four goals in his last two outings.

However, Joe Rankin-Costello is likely to be in the travelling party for the encounter at Hotspur Way.

The versatile defender featured for the first half against West Ham last time out and could be eyeing an hour for today's game.

But one definite absentee will be Luke Brennan, with injury keeping the winger out of action.

Kick-off against Spurs is at 12pm this afternoon.

Fans are reminded that there will be no access to the ground, with the game played behind closed doors at this time.

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Match Reports

Report: Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s 1-1 Rovers Under-23s

Rovers earn a point on the road thanks to Sam Burns' second half penalty

26 February 2021

Sam Burns' second goal of the season ensured Rovers Under-23s picked up a point at Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2 Division 1.

Burns slammed home a penalty after Kion Etete had handed Spurs the lead just before the interval.

In a heated encounter, the home side had Brooklyn Lyons-Foster sent-off just moments after the deadlock was broken, whilst Sam Barnes saw red late on for a second bookable offence with only two minutes of the encounter remaining at Hotspur Way.

With Dan Pike and Connor McBride set to be part of the first team plans this weekend, Billy Barr was forced to shuffle his pack.

The pair both featured last time out against West Ham United, with McBride bagging a brace in the 4-1 win over the Hammers a week earlier.

With the Scot unavailable, Alex Baker moved up from the Under-18s and earned his first start for the Development Squad.

Joe Rankin-Costello featured in north London and got a valuable 75 minutes under his belt as he continued to step up his match fitness.

Burns fired home from the the spot just four minutes after half-time following Etete's opener, which put Wayne Burnett's hosts in front just before the break.

Despite having the majority of the second half possession, Rovers couldn't find a winning goal against the Lilywhites.

Rovers will see it as a decent point against an in form Spurs side though, with Barr's boys continuing to put the pressure on table-topping Manchester City.

Still in second place, the Development Squad welcome Southampton B to Leyland next up, with the clash against the Saints scheduled for 12pm on Monday 8th March.

Rovers Under-23s: Stergiakis, Annesley, Barnes, Garrett, Cirino, Rankin-Costello (Saadi, 76), Whitehall, Nolan, Durrant (Harlock, 77), Baker (Thompson, 66), Burns.

Unused substitutes: Dowling, Connolly.

Goal: Burns pen, 49.

Booked: Burns, 40, Garrett, 43, Barnes, 45, 88, Annesley, 59.

Sent-off: Barnes, 88.

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