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Gallas plays as XI win

Posted on 7 September 2010  - 12:00

William Gallas played 70 minutes as our Spurs XI beat QPR 3-1 in a training ground friendly on Tuesday.

Gallas plays as XI win

William Gallas played 70 minutes as our Spurs XI beat QPR 3-1 in a training ground friendly on Tuesday.

Coach Tim Sherwood was delighted with the defender's performance alongside fellow senior professionals Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley, who both completed 90 minutes as boss Harry Redknapp looked on at Spurs Lodge.

"It was William's first game for a while and it was excellent for the younger boys to play alongside him," said Tim.

"He showed how he squeezes play up the pitch, how he uses his body and he manages the game superbly.

"Jermain Jenas was outstanding, picking the ball up, running at QPR, getting into their box and causing them problems.

"The energy was fantastic centrally from JJ and Jake Livermore, who has played three or four games for us like that now."

QPR took the lead with a counter-attack in the 15th minute but we were soon level as Livermore and Harry Kane opened it up for Kudus Oyenuga to fire home via a deflection.

Kane went close twice, Jenas shot inches wide and Gallas showed his value at set-pieces by twice getting onto David Bentley corners, both efforts just off target.

Into the second half and Kane's free-kick grazed the side-netting before his header cannoned off Oyenuga and struck the post.

Bentley tested the reflexes of former Spurs goalkeeper Radek Cerny from 20 yards but Cerny was then involved in a defensive mix-up that gifted us the lead, Kane left with a 10-yard dash to tap the ball home before it crossed the line and claim the goal.

Oyenuga was denied one-on-one before Bentley unselfishly squared to substitute Massimo Luongo to tap in the third.

"It was great to see Harry on the scoresheet again having missed a couple of chances earlier in the game," added Tim. "You just know he's going to score a goal. He's a real threat.

"It was ideal for us. As I said, it's great for the younger lads to play with the experienced players, but the experienced players have also got what they needed out of the game."

Spurs XI: Alnwick; Naughton (Byrne, 70), Gallas (Durjaiye, 70), Butcher, Smith; Bentley, Jenas, Livermore, Carroll (Luongo, 55); Kane, Oyenuga.

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