First pre-season friendly tonight against Stevenage and after a slow start Spurs put in an impressive second half display to give AVB a first win and show him what his team was about and without some of his top stars who featured at the Euro’s.
AVB named a strong Tottenham team with Lennon, Bentley, Pienaar, Kaboul, Dawson, Jenas, Gallas and new boys Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson all involved. It had the feel of an England friendly with AVB wanting to try out some of his new toys and give as many players some match time as he could.
The first half was goaless but Spurs took control of the game in the second half when Andros Townsend after some nice work on the left set up substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson to score on his debut, Sigurdsson impressed on his debut and after impressing for Swansea last season could be a very important player for Spurs next season with his ability to chip in with some goals.
Good news for Spurs in the shape of Tom Huddlestone returning from long term injury to put in a shift, Spurs missed a host of chances and with no main striker involved it was youngster Harry Kane who lead the line and did reasonably well but couldn’t find the net, instead it was Iago Falque (remember him) who rounded off the scoring to seal a comfortable win for Spurs and put a smile on the face of AVB.
Good start to pre season, still missing some big names from tonight’s team due back next week and we will get to see a glimpse of how AVB will really play then. Even though it was only a friendly AVB seemed to be adventurous and was willing to give everyone a chance to impress. Souleymane Coulibaly also got a look in which might please some of you as I know we are waiting to see how this kid develops.
Tottenham first half: Cudicini (Friedel 45), Walker Kaboul, Dawson, Naughton, Livermore, Jenas, Bentley, Lennon, Pienaar, Kane
Second half: Friedel, Walker (Smith 61), Gallas, Vertonghen, Bassong, Jenas (Huddlestone 61), Carroll, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Lennon (Falque 61), Kane (Coulibaly 61)