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Report: Stevenage 1-8 Spurs

Posted on 14 July 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Gus Poyet made a memorable start to his Spurs career - but even his first half masterclass was upstaged by Steffen Freund's first goal for the club.

Any T-Shirt manufacturer on site would have made a killing by knocking up a few thousand 'I saw Steffen score' shirts and the midfielder's delightful strike, a perfectly executed dink over the goalkeeper, capped what was just about the perfect start to pre-season.

Few fans could have failed to have been impressed by Poyet. He rifled a blistering effort just over in the opening exchanges before curling his opener in off the post from a 20-yard free-kick after just eight minutes.

He was there again to bury a Les Ferdinand knock down 20 minutes later and with just 30 minutes on the clock he completed his hat-trick with a volley into a corner after another Ferdinand assist.

Both sides played different teams in each half with both Poyet and Goran Bunjevcevic making their debuts in the first half.

Bunjevcevic looked a class act on the ball but would have been less pleased with his contribution in the home side's brightest moment - he dragged down Williams for a penalty that Hamsher slotted home.

It was 5-1 at the interval and the second half was more evenly contested until a late burst produced three more goals.

The sixth was the one to remember. Iversen released Freund who coolly clipped the ball over Hassell for his first goal - in all competitions - in a Spurs shirt having joined us in January 1999.

Young striker Yannick Kamanan grabbed the last two to complete a job well done.

Here is a run down of the goals:

8mins: Poyet marked his debut with his first goal for Spurs, a free-kick curled in off the post from 20 yards. 1-0.

17mins: Penalty awarded for Bunjevcevic tug on Williams. Hamsher slotted spot kick home. 1-1.

21mins: Ferguson latched onto Ferdinand flick and made no mistake from close range. 2-1.

27mins: Bunjevcevic pass to Ferdinand, he helped ball onto Poyet who buried from five yards. 3-1.

30mins: Etherington's corner headed back by Ferdinand and this time Poyet volleyed home from 12 yards for his hat-trick. 4-1.

37mins: Ferguson latched onto Etherington's cross, turned sharply and slid ball under keeper. 5-1.

Half-time: Stevenage Borough 1-5 Spurs.

78mins: Iversen released Freund who delightfully dinked the ball over Hassell and watched it agonisingly creep over the line. 6-1.

80mins: Jackson low cross to near post swept home by Kamanan. 7-1.

85mins: Iversen shot from Barnard cross superbly saved by Hassell, Kamanan buried rebound. 8-1.

Final score: Stevenage Borough 1 Spurs 8.

Line-ups: Spurs: 1st half: Sullivan, Piercy, Etherington, Toner, Thelwell, Bunjevcevic, Davies, Poyet, Ferdinand, Clemence, Ferguson.

Stevenage Borough: 1st half: Wilkerson, Hamsher, Sturgess, Goodliffe, Trott, Arnott, McMahon, Walters, Campbell, Williams, Nazha.

Spurs 2nd half: Kelly, Taricco, Jackson, Perry, Hillier, Consorti (Barnard, 85, Freund, Sherwood, Anderton, Iversen, Kamanan.

Stevenage Borough 2nd half: Hassell, Hamsher, Sturgess (Duckett, 70), Smith, Sodje, Arnott (Abbott, 65), Armstrong, Clarke, Morgan, Hay, Nazha (Bridge, 75).

Attendance: 5,914.