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Kyle makes his mark

Posted on 23 July 2009  - 12:00

Kyle Naughton made an instant impression on his Spurs debut in Wednesday's friendly at Aldershot.

Kyle makes his mark

Kyle Naughton made an instant impression on his Spurs debut in Wednesday's friendly at Aldershot.

The full-back signed alongside team-mate Kyle Walker from Sheffield United crossed superbly for Danny Rose to head home in the 74th minute at the Recreation Ground.

That made it 1-1 against the League Two side and appeared to open the door for a victory.

However, the home side managed to find another gear and late goals from Reece Connolly and Adam Hinshelwood secured a 3-1 victory.

Naughton shared right-back duties with Alan Hutton and looked lively in the second half, bombing forward at every oppprtunity.

Unfortunately his display was a rare highlight in what Development Coach Clive Allen admitted was a disappointing performance overall in our Spurs XI's first friendly of the summer.

Heurelho Gomes returned in goal after an extended summer break after his selection for the Brazil squad in the Confederations Cup while Adel Taarabt was allowed to roam in a 4-4-2 system with Jon Obika leading the line.

The team was rocked by an opening goal for the home side with less than three minutes on the clock when Anthony Straker made progress down the left and crossed low for Danny Hylton to sweep home from 10 yards.

Aldershot were organised defensively and too often our attacking moves broke down on the edge of the area.

Garry Waddock's men carved out the better chances as John Grant twice missed the target and Chris Blackburn somehow failed to connect in front of goal.

Despite all that, it took the save of the match from Mikheal Jaimez-Ruiz to deny Dean Parrett in the 36th minute as the keeper tipped away the midfielder's drive destined for the top corner.

Paul-Jose Mpoku joined the fray for the second half and went close twice before Naughton's dart down the right and cross on the run was met by the high-climbing Rose who planted his header across Jaimez-Ruiz and home.

We were expected to push on from there but Aldershot managed to grab the lead again with seven minutes remaining as Connolly did well to convert Hudson's cross.

The home side then wrapped it up in the final minute as Scott Donnelly curled in a free-kick from the right and Hinshelwood directed his header beyond Ben Alnwick and into the far corner.

Aldershot: Jaimez-Ruiz, Straker (Donnelly, 62), Blackburn (Hudson, 62), Charles (Winfield, 62), Soares (Connolly, 81), Chalmers, Grant (Harding, 62), Hylton (Mekki, 81), Martin (Hinshelwood, 62), Halls (Sandell, 62), Hall (Herd, 62).

Spurs XI: Gomes (Alnwick, 46); Hutton (Naughton, 46), Butcher (Blackwood, 62), Archibald-Henville (Carroll, 78), Smith; Parret (Mpoku, 46), Bostock, Livermore, Rose; Taarabt (Cox, 62), Obika.