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Drawing comfort

Posted on 14 August 2008  - 12:00

Clive Allen was left to reflect on another comeback from our Spurs XI after a training ground friendly draw against Dubai side Al Ahli on Wednesday.

Drawing comfort

Clive Allen was left to reflect on another comeback from our Spurs XI after a training ground friendly draw against Dubai side Al Ahli on Wednesday.

However, the Development Coach admitted it wasn't a situation he wanted to get too familiar with after his side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Spurs Lodge.

It was exactly the same story in the Spurs XI's last friendly against Rushden & Diamonds last week when the lads found themselves 2-0 down inside four minutes before coming back to win 4-2

This time, it was 2-0 to Al Ahli - fifth in the UAE's Etisalat National League last season and UAE Emir Cup winners in 2008 - with 20 minutes on the clock and half-hour before the lads starting getting into their stride.

Kyle Fraser-Allen had a chance just before the break and Charlie Daniels saw his effort cleared off the line before Alex Olsen slid in David Hutton's low cross for 2-1 just after the hour mark.

We had the territorial advantage after that and got our rewards when Takura Mtandari powered home a header from Hutton's corner with five minutes left.

"The start wasn't ideal again," reflected Clive.

"We have to eliminate the mistakes that have caused us to start like that in the last two matches because with the quality of opposition we'll face in the league we won't always get the opportunity to come back.

"This was a different type of game against a different style of opposition, a team that has been successful back home in the UAE and a team that were very well organised. Having said that, we defended poorly in the first half.

"I give the lads credit for fighting back - they dug themselves out of a difficult situation."

Spurs squad: Alnwick, Stalteri, Lee, Dervite, Berchiche, Fraser-Allen, McKenna, Bostock, Daniels, Rose, Barcham, Button, Hutchins, David Hutton, Hughton, Mtandari, Olsen, Maghoma.

Mtandari scores

David Hutton

Ben Alnwick