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Souleymane makes his mark

Posted on 20 July 2011  - 12:00

Souleymane Coulibaly made quite an impact on his first appearance in a Spurs shirt as our Spurs XI team drew 2-2 with Brighton in the Algarve on Tuesday night.

Souleymane Coulibaly made quite an impact on his first appearance in a Spurs shirt as our Spurs XI team drew 2-2 with Brighton in the Algarve on Tuesday night.

The young Ivory Coast striker scored the equaliser within minutes of entering the fray as a second half substitute and later hit the post and forced a fine save out of Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan.

Our team included David Button in goal, Jake Livermore, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Harry Kane. Livermore lined-up at centre-half with Jake Nicholson.

Brighton took an early grip of the game at the Estadio Municipal in Albufeira and took a 2-0 lead inside 40 minutes through Will Hoskins and Torbojrn Adgestein.

We were back in the game within a minute though as Andros Townsend hit a thunderbolt into the top corner.

Coulibaly - pictured above in Ivory Coast action - replaced Jonathan Obika at half-time and took just 10 minutes to make his mark, firing home the equaliser.

Harry Kane then forced a fine save from Brezovan, Coulibaly struck the post and Brezovan completed a hat-trick of saves to deny Coulibaly late on.

"Andros scored a 'worldy' to get us back into the game and there was only one team that was going to win the game in the second half," reported Technical Co-ordinator Tim Sherwood.

"Souleymane did well. He scored, the goalkeeper made one outstanding save out of the top corner from him and he also hit the post.

"He has a one-track mind and that's to go for goal, he gets the ball out of his feet and smashes it. He did well. Massimo was the pick though, he was our man-of-the-match."

The team beat Forest 3-2 on Saturday and Tim has been pleased with the group's work in the Algarve.

"The lads have trained well and applied themselves well in the matches," he added.

"They’ve held their own and outplayed two Championship teams. In the first half against Brighton we were under a bit of pressure because they keep the ball very well, but we bounced back in the second half and took over the game.

"The important thing is they’ve all got something out of the matches."

Next up for our Spurs XI is a friendly against Barnet in the Lee Harrison Testimonial match at Underhill on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.