Stevenage welcomed Spurs for a pre-season friendly at the Lamex Stadium. AVB had a chance to give many players, old and new a run. The Spurs starting XI, in a 4-2-3-1 formation, had Cudicini between the sticks, with Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Walker, in defense, Livermore and Jenas defensive midfield, Bentley, Pienaar and Lennon in midfield and Kane upfront as the lone striker.
It took 17 minutes before any notable attempt on goal was made, with Bentley crossing to Kane, but was unable to reach it for a header on goal. The crosses were coming in thick and fast from Pienaar and Walker, but Kane failed to convert any into goals. Just before half time, a fine effort from Jenas was deflected wide.
Before the start of the second half, Friedel came in for Cudicini, Walker remained, to line up with Gallas, Vertonghen and Bassong in defense, Carroll took the place of Livermore, and Sigurdsson with Townsend lined up with Lennon.
Townsend brought some pace and 5 minutes into the second half his shot from 20 yards, went just wide. Carroll had a crack from 25 yards out that had a lot of movement and Stevenage’s Arnold managed to tip it over. 10 minutes into the second half a cut back from Andros Townsend gave Gylfi Sigurdsson hihs debut goal, that finally broke the deadlock.
On the 65th minute, Tom Huddlestone came on for Jenas, Adam Smith for Walker, Yago Falque for Lennon, and Coulibaly for Kane. And Coulibaly didn’t waste much time, beating the keeper, but his shot run just wide. Chances kept coming, but didn’t change the score until 2 minutes from time Falque scored a wonderful solo effort that saw the match end 2 – 0.
Great to see the boys start with a positive result.