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CLIVE WELCOMES TEST

Posted on 2 August 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen welcomed what he described as our Spurs XI's toughest friendly so far as his side overcame Fisher Athletic on Wednesday night.

Clive Allen welcomed what he described as our Spurs XI's toughest friendly so far as his side overcame Fisher Athletic on Wednesday night.

Jamie O'Hara's spectacular opening goal from 30 yards after eight minutes looked like it might set us on our way but the side from the Conference South - managed by Spurs legend Justin Edinburgh - dug in, got stuck in, responded quickly and held their own in the first half.

In fact, it stayed at 1-1 until the 73rd minute when Andy Barcham curled home the first of two almost identical goals in the space of four minutes to secure a 3-1 win at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill Stadium.

Further plusses saw Anthony Gardner complete 73 minutes on his return from an ankle injury while midfielder Jermaine Jenas continued his pre-season progress with an hour in his second friendly.

"This was definitely a step up from what we've played so far and that's exactly how we want to progress in pre-season," said development coach Clive.

"The lads coped with the physical side of it, we weren't afraid to play football and we needed to play how we wanted to play which meant imposing ourselves on the game and as it went on, it was very, very good.

"We went in front early and sometimes you might think 'this will be an easy night' and stroll through it but that wasn't the case. We were pegged back, questions were asked and then you look how players respond and I was delighted with how we ran out 3-1 winners.

"We had further opportunities, we didn't give away too many chances and overall it was a good night's work."