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FIRST CLASS XI

Posted on 14 August 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen was delighted with the response of our Spurs XI side at Canvey Island after last week's loss at Dover.

Clive Allen was delighted with the response of our Spurs XI side at Canvey Island after last week's loss at Dover.

A younger squad was in clinical form at Park Lane as Charlie Daniels bagged a hat-trick inside the opening 18 minutes on our way to an 11-0 victory.

It was 5-0 at half-time before Lee Barnard stole the show with another treble in the second half, taking his tally to four on the night. The impressive Jamie O'Hara and Andy Barcham added two goals each in the Spurs XI's final pre-season friendly of the summer.

"We started in the right manner from the minute we stepped into the changing room," said development coach Clive. "We spoke about last week at Dover and this win and performance was the perfect way to bounce back.

"The attitude was first class, the lads have worked hard in the last few days because I've not been easy on them and I wanted a performance. That's exactly what we got.

"Whoever you play, it's difficult to score the number of goals we scored.

"The most pleasing thing was the quality of the play, the way we attacked the game, the chances we created and the way we took the goals.

"At half-time it was a case of keeping it going and the biggest challenge I laid down was not to concede a goal and we did that from front to back.

"Again, it doesn't matter who you are playing, in terms of confidence and belief in what we're trying to achieve, that was a first-class performance."