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BEN ON DEBUT

Posted on 9 January 2007  - 12:00

Ben Alnwick admitted to a few nerves before an impressive debut for us in Monday night's reserve friendly against Norwich City.

Ben Alnwick admitted to a few nerves before an impressive debut for us in Monday night's reserve friendly against Norwich City.

The young goalkeeper snapped up from Sunderland last week enjoyed a faultless first 90 minutes in a Spurs shirt and kept a clean sheet as it finished goalless at Carrow Road.

He was forced into action twice in the first half, denying lively Norwich forwards Ian Henderson and Ryan Jarvis in one-on-one situations.

So having played in front of 35,000-plus at the Stadium of Light and in away games at the Lane and Arsenal in his time at Sunderland - why the nerves?

"It's always hard going to a new club, meeting new people and getting to know everyone on the pitch and I did have a few nerves beforehand," he said.

"I kept a clean sheet, made a couple of saves, fielded a few crosses and kicked well, so I was happy with that.

"I was pleased with the second save (from Jarvis) because he came straight down the middle and I guessed the right way and made the save. They were good up front with two crafty players but our centre-halves did superbly.

"I haven't played since Preston away for Sunderland in October so to step straight back into it here, keep a clean sheet and the way it all went was very pleasing."