The match last night very much mirrored the Exeter game in that we won 3-0 and fielded more or less different teams in each half.
The first half included a mixture of mostly senior players (Cudicini, Chimbonda, Dawson, Bentley, Huddlestone, Boateng, Modric Keane & Bent) with a couple of the younger members (Dervitte & Rose).
There were good displays from Dawson, who was his usual solid self, and in midfield from Huddlestone & Modric. Danny Rose also caught the eye and really impressed with his skill and pace. David Bentley started in a positive manner and I really hoped that he could turn it around this season but not tonight as he limped off injured after 15 minutes or so. Robbie Keane and Darren Bent were the preferred starters up front but despite Keane scoring before half time, neither really threatened.
The second half was a far better half and eight changes were made with Hutton, Corluka, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Pavyluchenko, O’Hara and Defoe coming on. Huddlestone, Cudicini and Livermore (who came on for Bentley) were the only survivors from the first half. There was a lot more urgency in the second half performance and in particular JD and Aaron Lennon looked very sharp. JD not only scored but also hit the bar with a thunderous shot and it was his shot that was parried by the Bournemouth keeper for Wilson Palacios to get his first goal for Spurs and the third for the team on the night. I must also say how impressive Jake Livermore played and he definately looks like one for the future.
In summary it was a good work out as most of the squad (except Gomes, King, Woodgate & Jenas) had a run out and with a couple of new signings, I seriously believe we will have a good season.
By Mark Baber
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