"It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory." Bill Nicholson. SPURS


Saturday, July 09, 2005

Spurs win first Pre-Season game

Spurs cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Stevenage Borough. Martin Jol played 22 different men across the course of the 90 minutes including Spurs "debuts" for Lennon, Routledge, Teemu Tainio and Huddlestone.


Spurs took the lead after Kanoute finished a move involving Keane and Lennon. At half time Jol took the opportunity to replace the entire first 11 bringing on players such as Mido, Defoe and Routledge. Spurs doubled the lead after 67 minutes with Mido lashing in from 15 yards. It was 3-0 during the 83rd minute when Defoe rounded the keeper from Routledge's pass.


It always should have been an easy ride against Stevenage but it was interesting to see the four new players. Of course Canadian right back Paul Stalteri did not play. The first half line up was as follows:

Cerny, Marney, Jackson, Carrick, Davenport, Huddlestone, Lennon, Tainio, Kanoute, Keane, Yeates.


I believe they lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Cerny in goal, Marney, Jackson, Davenport and Huddlestone along the back four, Carrick played with Tainio in the middle with Yeates and Lennon wide. Kanoute and Keane were up front. Lennon sounded like he made the most impressive debut out of the three in the first half being involved with the majority of our attacking play.

In the second half the line up changed to the following:

Fulop, Kelly, Edman, Dawson, Bunjevcevic, Routledge, Mendes, El Hamdaoui, Reid, Mido, Defoe.

We started with Fulop in goal and a more solid looking back four, especially at the full back positions with Edman and Kelly. Routledge and Reid were on the wings with a welcome return to Pedro Mendes alongside El Hamdaoui. Mido and Defoe were up front. Routledge looked like he had a lively second half out on the right.

So it is obviously pleasing for Spurs to start with a win. Out of the first eleven who will start at Pompey next month only Routledge and Tainio are likely to play a starting role as others are "for the future". I hope Spurs will continue to strenghen the wide areas before August 13th.



Blogger Mr.Thomas said...

what a nice position to be in. Good players, with cover, in every position. Luvly jubly.

5:58 PM, July 09, 2005

Anonymous THFC53 said...

Couldnt agree more (click my name!!)

8:03 PM, July 09, 2005

Anonymous glen hoddle said...

still reckon we could do with roberts back, i used to shit myself when he tackled some poor fucker! im doin that alan suger tv thing,back at spurs for a day!!!!
you wait.

4:20 AM, July 10, 2005


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