Ledley King made his return from injury to play 90 minutes in a friendly with West Ham at Spurs Lodge today (Wednesday).
It was the Club Captain’s first action since our Premier League victory at Fulham back in October, with groin trouble keeping him out for the majority of this season.
But ‘Leds’ looked comfortable as a side also including Sebastien Bassong but mainly made up of young players now back from loan spells in the Football League came back from two goals down to run out 3-2 winners.
Early goals from Cristian Montano and Zavon Hines saw the Hammers race into the lead before Harry Kane, back from an impressive spell at Leyton Orient, pulled a goal back on 20 minutes following good work from Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore down our left.
It sparked a Spurs resurgence, with Bassong seeing a header cleared off the line and both Kane and Jon Obika hitting the post in quick succession before half-time.
The equaliser came 10 minutes after the break. Again it was Kane on the scoresheet – the 17-year-old forward was named our Scholar of the Year last night.
Dean Parrett led a counter-attack, playing Obika in down the left hand side for the striker to square unselfishly for Kane to slot home.
Both goalkeepers were kept busy. Oscar Jansson was in fine form for us, making key saves from Olly Lee, Callum McNaughton and Junior Stanislas, while Frank Nouble flashed a good chance wide just after the hour mark.
At the other end, Ruud Boffin made stops to deny Obika twice and substitute Paul-Jose M’Poku, before the Belgian youth international forced a winner in the final 10 minutes.
The winger, also back from a loan at Orient, won possession in midfield before advancing into the box to get on the end of a right-wing cross with a smart volley.
Spurs – Jansson; Byrne, King, Bassong, Bostock; Parrett, Livermore, Carroll (Luongo), Townsend (M’Poku); Kane (Lancaster), Obika