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Gallas back in action

Posted on 20 September 2011  - 12:00

William Gallas played 90 minutes in a friendly against Brentford held at Spurs Lodge today (Tuesday).

William Gallas played 90 minutes in a friendly against Brentford held at Spurs Lodge today (Tuesday).

The defender has missed the start of our season with a calf injury but his experience was valuable in an otherwise youthful side, who slipped to a 2-1 defeat against the Bees.

Things looked promising in the opening stages, with Ryan Fredericks’ speed and agility down the right wing causing problems for the Brentford defence.

Alex Pritchard was also a handful, and the 18-year-old looked to have provided the perfect cross for Souleymane Coulibaly to nod in the opener with 15 minutes gone, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

However, the visitors took the lead on 38 minutes when the referee waved away our appeals for a free-kick following a collision between goalkeeper Oscar Jansson and opposing striker Harry Forrester, who tapped home the loose ball to put his side in front.

Brentford doubled their lead in the second half when Mike Grella beat Jansson after latching onto former Spurs trainee Josh Ekim’s long ball in the 71st minute.

We were given a lifeline in the 79th minute when Milos Veljkovic’s strike from outside the box was deflected over the Brentford keeper and into the top corner.

John Bostock was then presented with an opportunity to equalise with a free-kick in a promising position, but he skied the ball well over the bar.

Pritchard also went close from a free-kick in the final stages, but his 30 yard strike clattered the crossbar and ended the home side’s hopes of clinching a last-minute draw.

Spurs (4-5-1): Jansson; Fredericks, Gallas, Veljkovic, Stewart; Gomelt, Dombaxe, Nicholson, Bostock, Pritchard; Coulibaly