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RESERVES REPORT

Posted on 28 November 2005  - 12:00

Wayne Routledge and Anthony Gardner stepped back into action as our reserves convincingly beat Palace 5-0 at Stevenage Borough on Wednesday night.

Wayne Routledge and Anthony Gardner stepped back into action as our reserves convincingly beat Palace 5-0 at Stevenage Borough on Wednesday night.

Winger Wayne - back from a broken foot sustained on the season's opening day at Portsmouth - looked lively in his 45-minute stint as we took control of this FA Premier Reserve League encounter in the first half.

Defender Anthony - returning from rupturing his thigh muscle at Aston Villa on September 17 - played for an hour before being replaced by Leigh Mills.

Andy Reid put the issue beyond doubt with the third after 67 minutes before substitute Andy Barcham rounded off the evening with two goals in the final 10 minutes.

The first half was uncannily similar to our last home reserve outing against Leicester City - a game we somehow lost 1-0 - but this time we had the goals to show for a dominant display.

Barnard again got the ball rolling with a fine opener after 10 minutes. He was far from favourite to reach Grzegorz Rasiak's flick but met the ball at the same time as two Palace defenders and came out of that three-way challenge with the ball at his feet. He took another touch to steady himself before firing low past Julian Speroni.

Tommy Black and Charlie Daniels shot wide at either end before Barnard's second, this time from the penalty spot after Ryan Hall clipped Noe Pamarot's ankle in the box.

Radek Cerny made an important save one-on-one to deny Lewis Grabban before a late flurry of action around the Palace goal. Routledge was heavily involved in the moves as Daniels and McKenna forced fine saves from Speroni and, in added time, Barnard uncharacteristically screwed a volley wide unmarked six yards out.

We started the second half on the front foot again - Gardner should have made it 3-0 from Reid's free-kick - but Palace fired a warning by creating the next three chances.

Grabban thought he'd pulled his side back into it when he dinked over Cerny only for Pamarot to clear off the line and the keeper was soon darting out again, this time to meet Aki Riihilahti, who poked the ball inches wide.

Hall was next just after the hour but Cerny read his intentions like a book to avert the danger.

Momentum turned back in our favour after 67 minutes. Speroni produced the most spectacular save of the night to pull down Reid's lob but seconds later the ball was in the back of the net - the keeper rolled the ball out to clear, struck against Reid and it rebounded into the empty net.

Barcham then bagged his first and second reserve goals after coming on as substitute. With 83 minutes on the clock he controlled O'Hara deep cross and drilled the ball into the corner and he went one better after that to make it 5-0 - skipping through the tackles on a run in from the right before firing with his left foot back across Speroni, an apt finale.

Lee Barnard maintained his form in front of goal with two goals as we led 2-0 at half-time

GUIDE TO THE ACTION
2mins: Barnard appeared hampered as he went for McKenna's cross, headed well wide.

5mins: Reid's free-kick from edge of box deflected wide.

7mins: O'Hara low strike from tight angle gathered by Speroni at near post.

9mins: Leigertwood decent low strike from 20 yards gathered well by Cerny down to his right.

10mins: GOAL. Daniels into Rasiak, flick towards Barnard breaking from half-way. He was third-favourite to reach the ball against Straker and Swaibu but had the strength to come through challenge when all three met ball together, composed himself and struck into corner from 18 yards.
Spurs 1, Palace 0

22mins: Great chance for Black, 10 yards out, closed down by Lee and slid wide of target.

23mins: Corner half-cleared to Hall who smashed volley into stand.

24mins: Daniels burst into the box, left side, drove wide from 16 yards.

28mins: PENALTY/GOAL. Pamarot nutmegged Hall in box, Hall accidently caught him on the ankle and the referee pointed to the spot. Barnard slotted into left corner as Speroni dived the other way.
Spurs 2, Palace 0

32mins: Routledge spotted McKenna's run and dropped in perfect pass, McKenna inches away from connecting.

33mins: Another decent strike from Leigertwood this time skidded just wide from 25 yards.

35mins: Reid's free-kick from 25 yards curled just wide with Speroni rooted to the spot.

37mins: O'Hara slid Rasiak in down left side, twisted and turned in box before firing across face of goal.

39mins: Macken released Grabban through on goal, one-on-one, Cerny stood up strong and saved with right hand.

44mins: Routledge, this time on left, picked out Daniels' burst into box, struck shot well but Speroni reacted well to block at near post.

45mins: Routledge deep cross to far post, Barnard and Rasiak forced half-clearance to McKenna who drilled low from 20 yards, Speroni saved diving to his left.

Added time: Speroni sliced clearance high into sky, Barnard, unmarked, volleyed wide from six yards.

Half-time: Spurs 2, Palace 0

48mins: Reid floated over inviting free-kick met by Gardner at far post but failed to keep volley on target.

51mins: Barnard onto Leigertwood's poor pass and let fly in a flash, Speroni beat out shot.

55mins: Black released Grabban on goal, dinked ball over Cerny but not enough pace on effort and Pamarot back to hack off line.

57mins: Hall flicked ball through to Riihilahti, 60-40 with Cerny and reached ball first only to poke inches wide.

61mins: Mistake by Lee saw Hall through on Cerny, tried to dribble around him but Cerny read it and gathered.

67mins: Reid beat lunging tackle on edge of box, had vision to try and lob Speroni who was up to it and made spectacular save.

67mins: GOAL. Speroni, having made that save, rolled ball out to clear but Reid blocked it and the ball rebounded into empty net.
Spurs 3, Palace 0

69mins: Daniels crossfield pass picked out Barnard, beat Straker, cut inside and drilled shot that Speroni blocked.

74mins: Starkey 30-yarder straight at Cerny.

83mins: GOAL. O'Hara's deep cross from the left met by Barcham racing in at far post, sweet strike into bottom corner.
Spurs 4, Palace 0

88mins: Reid burst into box, beat Wilson and shot past Speroni only for Swaibu to clear off line.

89mins: GOAL. Barcham cut in from right, left three defenders in his wake before striking back across Speroni with his left foot from edge of box.
Spurs 5, Palace 0

Full-time: Spurs 5, Palace 0

LINE-UPS
Spurs: Cerny, Pamarot, Daniels, Lee, Gardner (Mills, 60), Routledge (Barcham, 46), McKenna, O'Hara, Reid, Barnard, Rasiak (Martin, 65). Subs: Forecast, Lewis.

Palace: Speroni, Fray, Straker, Riihilahti (Lyons, 60), Swaibu, Wilson, Black, Leigertwood (Starkey, 60), Grabban, Macken (Peprah-Annan, 46), Hall. Subs: Wilkinson, Spence.