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Good test - Tom

Posted on 18 July 2010  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone insisted Saturday's friendly against San Jose Earthquakes ticked all the right boxes - apart from a goal for the record crowd.

Good test - Tom

Tom Huddlestone insisted Saturday's friendly against San Jose Earthquakes ticked all the right boxes - apart from a goal for the record crowd.

Our first friendly in America against our club partners from the MLS ended in a goalless draw in front of that record 10,712 attendance.

We had chances to break the deadlock, especially in the first half when Robbie Keane, Gareth Bale and Andros Townsend all went close and Robbie had a 'goal' chalked off for offside.

"San Jose are halfway through the MLS season and they are firing on all cylinders," said Tom.

"For most of our lads, it was only our second friendly match in pre-season.

"It was a good game for us, both teams were comfortable on the ball and the only shame was that there were no goals for the fans.

"It was very warm out there and the main thing is the lads getting their fitness and everyone got that."

There was certainly no lack of effort in 85-degree California heat and Tom insisted the lads were determined to go out and win.

"Once you are out there a game is a game regardless of what type of game it is, you want to win," he said. "We went out there to do exactly that but we couldn't get the goal."