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Fraizer sharp!

Posted on 16 March 2009  - 12:00

Fraizer Campbell struck twice as a storming start laid the foundations for a fine 4-0 reserve win against Chelsea at Leyton Orient on Monday night.

Fraizer sharp!

Fraizer Campbell struck twice as a storming start laid the foundations for a fine 4-0 reserve win against Chelsea at Leyton Orient on Monday night.

There was no repeat of last week's faltering opening period and subsequent defeat against Fulham as the lads tore into Chelsea from the first whistle.

Goals from Pascal Chimbonda and Campbell put us in the driving seat inside 25 minutes and it could have been more as Gareth Bale and Andros Townsend ran riot down the left flank.

Lining-up in a 4-4-2 formation with Chimbonda, David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone and Roman Pavluchenko all added to the side, it took just three minutes for the first chance and another two minutes to score the first goal.

Bale played his part, clipping a volley back into the danger area after Bentley's free-kick was cleared. His pass found Chimbonda at the far post and the defender showed a striker's instinct to control and drill home from close range.

The supply line down the left continued as Townsend provided the ammunition for Pavlyuchenko to flick just wide and then a carbon-copy cross from Bale found Campbell sliding in at the near post, his effort also just wide.

Danny Rose then saw his shot hacked off the line by Liam Bridcutt before play switched to the other end and Ben Alnwick beat away Mineiro's piledriver - all inside the first 15 minutes.

The second goal arrived 10 minutes later and a fine finish from Campbell, clipping the ball over the advancing Rhys Taylor after being played in by Pavlyuchenko.

Alnwick made important saves either side of the break to deny Michael Mancienne and Miroslav Stoch and the third goal arrived just after the hour as Huddlestone effortlessly curled a free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom corner with Taylor absolutely motionless.

By this stage, Jon Obika and Jake Livermore had replaced Bentley and Rose.

Huddlestone, full of energy, was central to everything in the second half and stung Taylor's hands with another free-kick minutes later, the keeper grabbing at the second attempt. The midfielder then fizzed a rocket inches wide from 30 yards.

It was then a tale of two penalties. The first was awarded for handball from Campbell's cross after 74 minutes, Pavlyuchenko stepped up and managed to clear the crossbar aiming centrally with the keeper out of the equation.

The second arrived in the 87th minute with Campbell central again, this time clipped just inside the box by Daniel Philliskirk.

There was no shortage of volunteers for this one but there was no denying Campbell, who picked himself up, placed the ball on the spot and then planted it in the bottom corner with Taylor diving the other way - the perfect end to the perfect night.

Spurs Reserves: Alnwick, Chimbonda, Bale, Rocha, Gilberto, Bentley (Obika, 60), Huddlestone, Rose (Livermore, 60), Townsend (Bostock, 76), Campbell, Pavlyuchenko. Unused subs: Butler (GK), Smith.

Chelsea Reserves: Taylor, Ofori-Twumasi (Ahamed, 89), Bruma, Mancienne, van Aanholt, Mineiro, Mellis, Bridcutt (Philliskirk, 58), Di Santo, Borini (Nouble, 60), Stoch. Unused subs: Heimann (GK), Clifford.