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Colchester 0-0 Spurs - Andre's views

Posted on 19 July 2013  - 23:50

Andre Villas-Boas declared himself 'extremely happy' with the squad’s progress in pre-season following Friday night's 0-0 friendly draw at Colchester United.

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It was certainly at tale of two goalkeepers at the Weston Homes Community Stadium - both lining-up for the home team!

First, Sam Walker denied us with two fine saves from Andros Townsend and an even better one to tip over Yago Falque’s effort in the first half.

After the break, Walker denied Harry Kane one-on-one before being replaced by Mark Cousins, who continued the good work with a couple of sharp stops from the lively Jermain Defoe.

At the other end, the U’s hit the post early on through Sanchez Watt, while Hugo Lloris was forced into our only save to note to turn away Freddie Sears’ low drive.

“I’m extremely happy bearing in mind the physical effort, the jump of quality from the first half to the second half – the opposite from the game against Swindon – and overall, a good performance,” said Andre.

"Our football really evolved in the second half, we created lots of chances again and in the end, generally, we have to be pleased.

“We have to talk about the killer instinct in the box to finish the game, that’s important, but the goalkeepers have been excellent against us, so we have to give them credit as well.

“The players haven’t stopped training and they have been excellent in their work. Now we go up a level in opposition in Hong Kong and that gives them extra motivation. At the moment, I’m extremely happy with how it’s going.”

We now travel to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy. Our next match will be against Sunderland in the Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday, followed by either Manchester City or South China FC on Saturday week, July 27.