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DOUBLE DIAMOND

Posted on 1 August 2007  - 12:00

Clive Allen was pleased to see striker Lee Barnard back in top form in front of goal in our Spurs XI friendly against Rushden and Diamonds.

Clive Allen was pleased to see striker Lee Barnard back in top form in front of goal in our Spurs XI friendly against Rushden and Diamonds.

The striker netted both goals in our Spurs XI's 3-2 friendly loss against Blue Square Premier side Rushden & Diamonds at Nene Park.

The first was Barney at his absolute best - controlling a bouncing ball on his chest and, in one movement, swivelling and volleying into the top corner from the edge of the box.

That made it three goals in two pre-season starts and Clive is pleased to see his reserve top scorer of 2004-05 and 2005-06 in the goals again after injury reduced him to just three appearances last season.

"Lee's first goal was a bit special and for strikers, it's always important to be scoring as soon as you can when the season gets underway," said development coach Clive.

"He showed a great attitude and desire in the work he had to do to get himself fit again last season and he's worked particularly hard in pre-season.

"The best boost for him is to be back on the scoresheet and he did exactly that on Tuesday night."

Meanwhile, Clive reported no problems after Teemu Tainio continued his comeback from the ankle injury sustained on international duty on June 2 with his first start in pre-season.

Having returned to action as substitute in the Vodacom Challenge Final against Orlando Pirates in South Africa on Saturday, Teemu put in an 80-minute shift against the Diamonds.

Clive added: "It was important that Teemu got game time under his belt after coming back from his injury and making sure it was a good work out for him. We were pleased he played as long as he did."