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Spurs XI v Charlton XI, 22.11.11

          Training Ground Friendly
            Spurs Lodge, Chigwell 
      Tuesday 22nd November 2011, 12.50pm

         SPURS XI     v    CHARLTON XI
       (White/Blue)         (All Red)
           4-4-2              4-4-2

            6(3)               1(1)

       Oscar Jansson  1 John Sullivan
  Ryan Fredericks(C)  2 Stuart Parnaby
          Daniel Day  3 Cedric Evina
              Sandro  4 Freddie Warren
      William Gallas  5 Yado Mambo
   Sebastien Bassong  6 Gary Doherty
         Yago Falque  7 Ruben Bover Izquierdo
      Jake Livermore  8 Bradley Pritchard(C)
       Jermain Defoe  9 Paul Benson
  Giovani Dos Santos 10 Michael Smith
      Steven Pienaar 11 Ben Davisson

      Jonathan Miles 13 Nick Pope
        John Bostock 14 Tosan Popo
          (9)61Mins.    (10)46Mins. 
        Dean Parrett 15 Kelly Youga
          (4)46Mins.    (7)68Mins.
          Ryan Mason 16 Jonathan Fortune
          (5)40Mins.    (5)46Mins
        James Yeboah 17
           Triallist 21 

Defoe 6, 15, 42, 60, 61  Benson 44
Mason 67

        T. Sherwood 
This game was originally scheduled for 12 noon, but was put back to 12.30 and did not kick-off until 12.50. By that time the mist had lifted and while the ground was slippery it was clear. The game was held on the upper pitch and as usual with these games there were plenty of scouts looking for players. There was a teamsheet for the match but it was a little short on names. I hope that the Charlton side is correct as they had Doherty down as No.5 which I could see was wrong. Monday night's subs got a run out with the first team coaching staff watching as well as David Pleat.

Spurs lined up with Gallas and Bassong at the back with Fredericks at right back and Day on the left. Livermore and Sandro started in the centre of midfield with Falque on the right flank and Pienaar on the left. Giovani supported Defoe up front. There were only three subs listed but we used five.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the south end and Defoe soon showed his appetite for goal, firing wide. He was on the score sheet when he blasted a low drive through the keeper. Pienaar fired over before Defoe drove wide. Defoe got the ball near the halfway line and drove forward to the edge of the area before unleashing an unstoppable drive for the second goal.

Charlton managed to work the ball down the right and Smith met the cross strongly with his head but Jansson saved well. Falque popped up on the left to fire in an effort that Sullivan saved to his left with Defoe snatching at the rebound to lift it over the bar. Falque then fired wide from the right before Gallas went off to be replaced by Mason who went into midfield with Livermore dropping into the back four.

Giovani played in Falque, who drove wide. Ferdericks got down the right and cut inside to play the ball into the path of Defoe for the striker to crash home for his hat-trick. Charlton won a corner on the right and Doherty at the far post headed it back towards the near post for Benson to head home.

Spurs made one change for the second half with Parrett replacing Sandro in the centre of midfield. Defoe carried on from where he left off with an effort that was wide, and then drew a save from Sullivan before setting up Giovani, who lifted the ball over the bar. Bassong got in on the act meeting the ball from a corner but Sullivan saved. Parrett fired wide from distance before Spurs scored again. Fredericks got down the line and crossed for Giovani to draw a save from the keeper with Defoe following up to put the loose ball in the net for his fourth. This was followed quickly by his fifth driven in low to the keeper's right.

Sherwood immediately replaced Defoe with Bostock and a triallist came on for Pienaar. Falque then saw his low drive deflected for a corner before Mason drove in number six from the edge of the area. Charlton made a number of changes and tried to push forward which saw Evina draw a save from Jansson. Pope saved a free kick from Parrett before ex-spur Doherty got on the end of a left wing cross at the far post only to see Livermore clear his header off the line. That was the last action of the game as Spurs ran out easy winners.

This was a good work-out for our first team squad players which did not tax them much. The fact that Gallas left the field early may not be good. There was no sign of Pavlyuchenko. Perhaps he is injured? I did not get to see the U-17's play Orient as that was behind closed doors. Tomorrow I will see the U-19's play FC Basle at the Lodge in the NextGen Series game.


Spooky footnote - Jermain Defoe scored his 5 goals against Wigan on the same date (22nd November) two years ago - Spurs 9 Wigan 1 - 22.11.09

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