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Stevenage V Spurs Pre season friendly


By MattoftheSpurs
July 7 2007

The season has been over just seven weeks and Spurs are back in action. As was the norm Spurs entertained Stevenage Borough as a thank you for letting the reserves use the Broadhall Way ground for their matches. This agreement has now come to an end but one hopes that this fixture remains to play a part of the pre season fixture list.

Saturday 7th July 2007

Pre season friendly.

Stevenage Borough Versus Tottenham Hotspur.

Broadhall Way.

 

The season has been over just seven weeks and Spurs are back in action. As was the norm Spurs entertained Stevenage Borough as a thank you for letting the reserves use the Broadhall Way ground for their matches. This agreement has now come to an end but one hopes that this fixture remains to play a part of the pre season fixture list.

Martin Jol fielded a fairly strong side. Robbie Keane, Steed Malbranque, Anthony Gardner, Ricardo Rocha, and making his debut in a Spurs match, Darren Bent.

Spurs started the stronger as expected but at a much slower pace than usual. Keane flashed an effort over the bar, and another effort from the Irishman was curled just wide. The breakthrough came after 17 minutes when Bent, on the left hand side of Borough’s box, played a one two with Robbie Keane. As Tottenham’s new striker ran onto the return he was unceremoniously bundled to the ground. The referee did not hesitate in awarding the kick and Keane took it sending Ketteridge in the Borough goal the wrong way.

At this stage of the game Taarabt was running the show for Spurs. His quick feet and elaborate dummies held the Borough defence spellbound but unfortunately for Spurs Taarabt failed to find the right ball for his forwards to profit.

With just minutes remaining before the break Stevenage were back on level terms. A low cross from the left was met Allen on the edge of the six yard box. He held his ground against Gardner before spinning and sending his shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Spurs net.

With the start of the second half Spurs upped the tempo. Tottenham began to move the ball around a lot quicker and were more decisive with their passing. This was to pay dividends just two minutes into the second half. Bent was sent through on the right hand side of the Borough box and as Ketteridge in the Borough goal came out to meet him Bent send his shot over the keeper and into the back of the net from 17 yards for 2-1 Spurs.

Stevenage were being outclassed all over the park and never more so than Taarabt. His work on the left was bamboozling the Stevenage defence. Early in the second half he cut onto his favoured right foot and shot only for both efforts to be saved.

Taarabt was the inspiration and executor for Tottenham’s third yet it owed a lot to poor goalkeeping. Once again Taarabt cut in from his berth on the left touchline and rasped in a curling shot. The keeper seemed to have this easily covered but unfortunately for Stevenage it squirmed under his body and into the net for 3-1.

Spurs made a whole host of substitutions with only Malbranque, Gardener and Keane remaining until the final whistle from the first eleven. Keane and Taarabt both had good chances to extend Spurs’ lead before the final whistle but in the end three was enough as Spurs ran out comfortable winners in this first pre season match.

Final Score: Stevenage Borough 1, Tottenham Hotspur 3.

Man of the Match: Taarabt.


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