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DANNY IN ACTION

Posted on 7 February 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy took to the field for the first time as a Spurs player in a private friendly against Derby County at the training ground on Tuesday.

Danny Murphy took to the field for the first time as a Spurs player in a private friendly against Derby County at the training ground on Tuesday.The midfielder played the first 45 minutes as the reserve team encounter finished 1-1 at Spurs Lodge. Calum Davenport bagged our goal from close range after Johnnie Jackson swung in a free-kick.

Coach Clive Allen reported: "It was a chance for Danny to get involved with the lads in a match situation.

"He's had a little time himself where he's been without a game so it was a productive 45 minutes for him.

"With a number of youngsters playing as well it was a chance for Danny to get to know them and it was a worthwhile exercise.

"He came through it fine as did everyone else and that's always a relief.

"It was a difficult game in terms of conditions, especially a strong wind, so it was a real test for the lads but they stuck at it well.

"Sometimes these games can be tricky but I've been delighted all season with how they've gone about things."

Clive used the friendly to keep his title-challenging reserve squad ticking over before a crucial period of games against high-flying Charlton, Southampton and title rivals Arsenal.

"We have three very tough games coming up and it's a crucial period for us," he added. "We're in good form but we have to maintain that over the next couple of weeks."