Spurs draw to League Two side as teenager striker Scarlett scores

Leyton Orient 1-1 Tottenham: Nuno Espirito Santo’s first game in charge ends in disappointment as teenage striker Dane Scarlett’s first-half opener is cancelled out by Ruel Sotiriou as the League Two side earn a draw

  • Nuno Espirito Santo named seven senior players in his first-ever Tottenham XI
  • Joe Hart, Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Dele Alli were among those who started
  • However, it was teenager Dane Scarlett who put the Premier League side ahead
  • The 17-year-old slotted past Lawrence Vigouroux from Lucas Moura’s pass
  • Nuno then changed all 10 outfield players having also replaced Hart at half time
  • But it was Leyton Orient who had the last laugh as Ruel Sotiriou coolly equalised 

Striker Dane Scarlett saw his opener cancelled out by Ruel Sotiriou as Tottenham kicked off their pre-season campaign by drawing to League Two Leyton Orient.

The visitors’ starting line-up contained seven recognised senior players: Joe Hart, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Eric Dier, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn.

Midfielder Nile John was one of four teenagers picked by Nuno Espirito Santo for his first match in chance, with the 18-year-old latching onto Winks’ pass over the top and flicking the ball inside Orient left back Connor Wood before firing straight at goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux on nine minutes. 

Striker Dane Scarlett’s cool finish put Tottenham ahead before Ruel Sotiriou’s equaliser

Nuno Espirito Santo named seven recognised senior players in his first Spurs starting line-up

LEYTON ORIENT (4-5-1): Vigouroux; Clay, Ogie, Happe, Wood; Smyth, Kyprianou, Pratley, Kemp, Nkrumah; Drinan. 

Subs: Sotiriou, Hobbs, Cisse, Hodson, Young, Papadopoulos, Phillips, Sweeney, Tanga, Clarke.

Goals: Sotiriou 72

Manager: Kenny Jackett

TOTTENHAM (4-3-3): Hart, Paskotsi, Carter-Vickers, Dier, Cesay; John, Winks, Alli; Moura, Scarlett, Bergwijn.

Subs: Whiteman, White, Devine, Mundle, Bowden, Clarke, Fagan-Walcott, Parrott, Lyons-Foster, Eyoma, Omole.

Goals: Scarlett 38

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

But the deadlock was broken just before the interval when Moura threaded a superb pass through to Scarlett, who let the ball run into the penalty area and composed himself before slotting past Vigouroux and into the far corner.

Half time saw only one change as Hart was replaced by Alfie Whiteman and the 22-year-old was on hand to palm away a fierce free kick from Daniel Kemp just after the hour mark. 

Midway through the half, all 10 outfield players were replaced, with the club’s youngest-ever scorer Alfie Devine and highly rated forward Troy Parrott among those coming on. 

However, it was an Orient substitute, Sotiriou, who had the biggest impact on the rest of the contest, with a fantastic dribble culminating in an curling effort which Whiteman had no chance of stopping.

Spurs youngster Jamie Bowden then had a shot which Vigouroux kept out before 36-year-old Darren Pratley skewed an effort wide for the hosts just before the final whistle sounded.

Tottenham have four more friendlies before their Premier League campaign kicks off on August 15 at home to champions Manchester City.

Nuno’s men next travel to Colchester and Milton Keynes Dons on July 21 and July 28 respectively, before stepping up their preparations away to Chelsea on August 4 and at home to north London rivals Arsenal on August 8, with both matches part of The Mind Series to raise money for mental health causes.  

Nile John was one of four teenagers to start for the visitors – and he could have scored early on

Scarlett broke the deadlock after Lucas Moura’s through ball was tucked in by the 17-year-old

Nuno then brought on 10 youngsters before Sotiriou soured the Portuguese’s first outing

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The game just petered out in the end, disappointingly.

Result not as important given it’s a pre-season game, but Nuno won’t have been overly impressed with too many given the standard of opposition…

End-to-end now, with the game really being stretched by constant substitutes and both sides pushing for the winning goal.

Free-kicks, fouls, corners, it’s all happening.

Can either side grab a winner?

For any Spurs fans fuming that your side isn’t winning against a League Two side, spare a thought for Wolves supporters.

Bruno Lage’s side are now 1-0 down against Crewe thanks to Chris Long’s goal.

Cyprus Under-21 international Ruel Sotiriou, just on the pitch as a sub, equalises and it’s all his own work.

A poor Spurs pass is intercepted and Sotiriou breaks. There’s a super run outside him from Daniel Nkrumah I believe, which takes the defender’s attention away. 

That time and space is all Sotiriou needs, and he cuts back inside onto his left foot and bends it into the corner, past Alfie Whiteman. And we have parity!

It’s 1-1! Tottenham concede! Orient level!

Now into the second half at Crewe – eight changes for Wolves. Jack Scott, Christian Marques, Hugo Bueno, Luke Cundle, Owen Otasowie, Pascal Estrada, Chem Campbell and Renat Dadashov are all introduced to join Ruddy, Kilman and Cutrone. 

Brentford are still one up at AFC Wimbledon with an hour gone.

Not very, is the answer, but that’s what we’ve seen.

I think it might actually take me 84 years to list out every sub individually, so:

ON: White, Parrott, Clarke, Eyoma, Fagan-Walcott, Omole, Bowden, Lyons-Foster, Mundle, Devine

OFF: Dier, Winks, Lucas, Dele, Bergwijn, Carter-Vickers, Scarlett, John, Paskotsi, Cesay

Orient’s Dan Kemp wins a free-kick very close in from Harry Winks. He picks himself up, dusts himself off (metaphorically) and slammed it towards goal but it was a good diving save from Alfie Whiteman.

First test, and he passed it.

It’s now half-time up at Crewe, still 0-0 against Wolves, while AFC Wimbledon v Brentford is into the second half and 1-0 to Thomas Frank’s side.

I understand that Nuno is set to change his ENTIRE outfield team shortly, like Sven-Goran Eriksson did once for England against Australia I believe.

Unusual.

Orient forward Aaron Drinan and Spurs defender Kallum Cesay square up, but there’s nothing in it.

Just handbags, really. Eric Dier steps in though, course he does, the big man. He loves it.

Spurs fans, what do you reckon about Alli playing deeper? I feel like No 10 is his best position, but Nuno doesn’t tend to play with one.

It could be CM or gone for Dele…

Alfie Whiteman is on in goal for Joe Hart. Underway in the second half now!

Interested in finding out more?

Bet you are. In which case, go and read my report on his return here.

Also linked below!

Guess who’s back?

Not Slim Shady but Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, and isn’t it great to see him back.

The Mexican fractured his skull last season in a challenge with David Luiz, and has been out for 230 days since then.

Today was his first appearance back on the pitch – he’s come off for Patrick Cutrone just after the half-hour. 

Welcome back, Raul. Please don’t score against Crystal Palace this season (they’re my team).

Brentford winger Joel Valencia’s goal just before the break means the Bees go in at the interval one up.

Their first goal as a Premier League side! Meanwhile, Wolves are half an hour in against Crewe, with the score still at 0-0.

Any Cliff Richard fans in?

Anyway, Spurs fans will be enthused by the sight of one academy prospect congratulating another for his goal in a senior match. Nice to see.

Great composure from the 17-year-old for the only goal of the game. Lucas played it through nicely, and he never looked like missing. Confident, composed, and in control.

So the interval arrives, and it’s still 1-0 to Spurs thanks to Dane Scarlett.

Don’t go anywhere!

I understand why teams do it, I do. But it just looks silly, doesn’t it? 

My mum saw that once and found it absolutely hilarious. And objectively, it is.

Winks with an incisive ball to Lucas, who touched it on to Scarlett first time with a lovely through ball. 

From there it was all Scarlett, pace and precision to run onto it and fire low to the goalkeeper’s left. Made it look easy!

And that’s the opener! Dane Scarlett with it!

Moments after Orient midfielder Hector Kyprianou pulls off a filthy 360 turn in midfield, Spurs win it back and find John.

The 18-year-old smashed it towards goal but Vigouroux got behind it well and pushed it away. Really powerful strike, but the goalie would have been upset to let that in.

Midfielder Nile John, 18, had maybe the clearest opening of the game – he latched onto Harry Winks’ through ball, cut inside the defender à la Federico Chiesa v Austria at the Euros.

But from there he could only direct his left-footed effort at the goalkeeper. Good build-up though!

Ooh, another close call. Dele chipped a raking ball over the top and Dane Scarlett (who I hope was named after a Cluedo character) almost got his foot on the ball, but was just unable to make contact and try to chip it over the keeper.

Getting closer…

Halfway through the half, we pause for a drinks break in the searing English heat. Not often we say that.

In case you’re wondering, Wolves just kicked off against Crewe (0-0) and Brentford are also locked at 0-0 against AFC Wimbledon.

So far Kenny Jackett’s fourth-tier side are genuinely holding their own against Spurs.

Nuno’s XI have way more possession but aren’t doing too much with it, just feeling their way back in slowly. Not sure what else you can expect from the first pre-season game!

For Spurs, it’s Joe Hart in goal, Eric Dier and regular Championship loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers at CB with Kallum Cesay and Maksim Paskotsi at full-back.

A midfield three of Harry Winks, Dele Alli, and Nile John, with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn wide, supporting Dane Scarlett up top.

And the first real opening of the game arrives! It was a nice lofted ball over the top from Harry Winks, youngster Nile John burst from midfield, flicked it semi-Gazza-style over the defender and shot low with his left foot towards goal – comfortable save for Lawrence Vigouroux, though.

So this is the first game in the dugout for former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

He wasn’t first choice by any means… Spurs fans, are you happy to see him at the club?

The match is underway…

Team news: Crewe v Wolves

Crewe: Richards, Ramsay, Adebisi, Murphy, Hoban, Offord, Ainley, Finney, Long, Kirk, Dale.

Wolves: Ruddy, Marcal, Kilman, Boly, Hoever, Perry, Gibbs-White, Ait-Nouri, Trincao, Silva, Jimenez.

DO NOT send me messages asking why it says Fisher / Robinson on AFC Wimbledon’s team sheet. Maybe they’re getting half of a half each? No clue to be honest.

Team news: AFC Wimbledon v Brentford

Wimbledon’s First Half XI: Tzanev, Woodyard, Alexander, Hartigan, Palmer, Chislett, Rudoni, Guinness-Walker, Heneghan, Fisher/Robinson, Trialist.

Brentford’s First Half XI: Raya, Roerslev, Russell, Pinnock, Gordon, Janelt, Ghoddos, Mbeumo, Gilbert, Valencia, Toney.

Team news: Tottenham v Leyton Orient

Tottenham: Hart, Cesay, Carter-Vickers, Dier (C), Paskotsi, John, Winks, Lucas, Dele, Bergwijn, Scarlett.

Leyton Orient: Vigouroux, Wood, Happe, Smyth, Clay, Kemp, Nkrumah, Drinan, Pratley (C), Ogie, Kyprianou.

As well as Spurs taking on League Two side Leyton Orient, I’ll also be giving you updates from Crewe v Wolves and AFC Wimbledon v Brentford – so don’t go anywhere!

Hello, bonjour and guten tag! Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Tottenham v Leyton Orient this afternoon.

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