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Seven up for Darren

Posted on 30 July 2008  - 12:00

Darren Bent completed a second hat-trick in as many friendly matches as we made it 10 goals in a week by beating Leyton Orient 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Seven up for Darren

Darren Bent completed a second hat-trick in as many friendly matches as we made it 10 goals in a week by beating Leyton Orient 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The striker picked up where he left off at Norwich City on Monday to make it seven goals in two matches as we repeated the winning scoreline from Carrow Road.

This time, it was all about the second half as we trailed 1-0 at the break to Jason Demetriou's curler before rattling in four goals inside 15 minutes to completely change the course of the game.

Bent rounded it off with the fifth in the 77th minute to make it seven goals in his last two games and nine so far in pre-season.

There was a tale of the unexpected after just four minutes when Demetriou picked up the ball around five yards outside of the area to the left. After ambling forward in a non-threatening fashion he looked up before planting a curler of the highest quality into the top left hand corner.

Young Oscar Jansson in goal could do nothing about it and the majority of a full house at Brisbane Road were given some early cheer by their side.

Gareth Bale made his first start of the pre-season campaign in left midfield ahead of Gilberto, while Adel Taarabt and Aaron Lennon were operating behind Darren Bent in attack, with Tom Huddlestone and Luka Modric patrolling central midfield.

On 18 minutes a Spurs player was carried off on a stretcher, albeit one wearing the colours of the home side. Stiker Simon Dawkins appeared to suffer an ankle injury following a collision with Huddlestone. We hope the injury is not a serious one and wish him a speedy recovery.

After a period defending without suffering too many alerts, Orient could have doubled their lead just after the half hour mark when Tamika Mkandawire forced a route through on goal.

Jansson did well to close him down and force the ball wide for a corner.

Glenn Morris made a brave block to foil Bent after Taarabt played him through on goal, but chances were not coming thick and fast.

Chris Gunter, Gilberto and Taarabt made way at half-time for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jermaine Jenas and Giovani dos Santos.

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The change paid almost immediate dividends. Just 47 seconds into the half, a Dos Santos corner fizzed into the near post from the right, Bale attempted a flick at the near post and Morris was completely foxed. The goalkeeper only managed to parry the ball and Bent was on hand to smash home his fifth goal in two pre-season games.

Just over a minute later a Didier Zokora cross from the right was headed home by the unmarked Lennon from 12 yards out and the game was turned on its head.

The home fans cheered in hope of a leveller a few minutes on, but Jansson was clearly bundled over.

On 51 minutes Modric made his mark when he sweetly controlled a Lennon cross from the right and steered high into net with the assistance of a slight deflection off Brian Saah.

Jenas came mighty close with a spectacular scissors kick from a Lennon cross, but just before the hour the England international threaded a pass to Bent in the area and, despite being forced wide, the striker executed a precise finish.

Jamie O'Hara then came on for Modric and Academy full-back Adam Smith replaced Zokora. Andros Townsend was later introduced for Bale.

Dominance was near total and Orient were being forced to watch something of an exhibition of precise, yet adventurous, passing. Jenas and Dos Santos galvanised the game from a Spurs perspective, with Bent thriving on the increased activity behind him.

He clinched his hat-trick on 77 minutes when some trickery from Dos Santos unlocked the Orient rearguard and he cannoned the ball home from penalty spot range.

Spurs: Jansson, Gunter (Assou-Ekotto, 46), Bale (Townsend, 66), Zokora (Adam Smith, 60), Huddlestone, Lennon, Bent, Gilberto (Jenas, 46), Modric (O'Hara, 60), Taarabt (Dos Santos, 60), Dawson. Subs: Gomes.

Leyton Orient: Morris, Purches, Granville, Mkandawire, Saah, Melligan, Chambers, Dawkins, Terry, Demetriou, Jarvis. Subs: Gray, Giddins, Shields, Cave-Brown, Boyd, Palmer, Pires, Boyd, Robson.