Posh v Spurs U21s

Ricky-Jade Jones continued his excellent form with another strike as Posh beat Tottenham Hotspur under 21s in the EFL Trophy.

Peterborough United all but secured their passage to the next stage of the EFL Trophy after a 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur under 21s at the Weston Homes Stadium as goals from Emmanuel Fernandez, Ricky-Jade Jones and Kwame Poku secured the points.

On a foggy night in PE2, it was a slow start to the contest with Spurs content to try and draw Posh out of their shape but when they did find space, they exploited it well and opened the scoring on 24 minutes as Alejo VELIZ, who join the club in the summer and has made his first team debut for the club, headed home a cross from the left. 

Darren Ferguson's men levelled the scores on the half hour mark as Emmanuel FERNANDEZ powered home a header from close-range after a delicious in-swinging corner from Harrison Burrows.

Ashley Phillips somehow diverted a low Fernandez cross wide of the target on 41 minutes before Nile John's effort at the other end went wide of the target. 

Posh made a change at the break with Kwame Poku introduced for David Ajiboye, who was struggling with an adductor problem.

Fynn Talley did superbly well to parry a Phillips effort around the post before he atoned for a poor pass out of defence to thwart Veliz from close-range.

On 53 minutes, Posh nudged in front as great work from Poku down the right created the chance for JONES and his shot squirmed through the hands of Keeley and into the back of the net for his second successive goal.

Jamie Donley fired over for Spurs before Posh made it 3-1 and it was a wonderful break from back to front, which was finished by POKU, who curled a delightful left-footed effort into the top corner.

Substitute Ephron Mason-Clark saw an effort cleared before Donay O'Brien Brady curled an effort over. Jones also saw a glancing header pushed around the post by Keeley.

Posh: Talley, Katongo, Burrows (sub Dornelly 72min) , Crichlow, De Havilland, Randall (sub O'Brien Brady 83min), Sturge, Ajiboye (sub Poku 46min), Jones, Mothersille (sub Mason-Clark 72min), Fernandez. Unused subs: Bilokapic, Corbett, Van Lier.

Tottenham: Keeley, Phillips, Veliz, John (sub Kyerematen 78min), Soonsup-Bell (sub Lankshear 65min), Lyons-Foster (sub Cassanova 85min), Abbott, (sub Ashcroft 85min), Sayers, Alonso, Donley, Dorrington. Unused subs: Gunter, Robson, McKnight.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur under 21s
Full-time: Peterborough United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur under 21s
Attendance: 2,094 (178 Tottenham Hotspur fans)
Referee: C. Brook