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STEVENAGE 0, SPURS 3

Posted on 25 July 2006  - 12:00

A guide to the action as Jermain Defoe (2) and Dimitar Berbatov fired us to a 3-0 friendly win at Stevenage Borough on Tuesday night.

A guide to the action as Jermain Defoe (2) and Dimitar Berbatov fired us to a 3-0 friendly win at Stevenage Borough on Tuesday night.

THE KEY ACTION FROM BROADHALL WAY...

4mins: Step over from Berbatov allowed Keane to play in Defoe, opted to go across goal and Nutter did well to scramble away.

4mins: SAVE. Potter did well to palm out Ghaly's thunderbolt from 25 yards.

6mins: Interplay between Keane, Defoe and Berbatov led to Berbatov cutting the ball back for Defoe darting across goal from right to left, opted to go for right foot and couldn't get enough on it to trouble Potter.

8mins: SAVE. Tainio fed ball into Defoe, central, 25 yards out, had time to pick his spot and went for curler that was heading for top corner until Potter flicked over at full stretch.

8mins: SAVE. From corner, Dawson climbed highest to meet Keane's take and looping header caused a problem for Potter, who had to turn over again.

11mins: Keane fed overlapping Tainio down right, pinpoint cross met by Berbatov who couldn't guide header on target.

15mins: Ghaly skied effort from 20 yards.

18mins: SAVE. Great break from back to front started with Assou-Ekotto picking out Keane from the left-back position, Keane exchanged passes before sending Berbatov through on goal, left side of the area, Potter out to make one-on-one block.

19mins: CLOSE. Thorpe met Boyd's deep cross and powered header just wide from 10 yards.

24mins: SAVE. King led break out of defence and squared to Davids, he took the ball on before letting fly from 25 yards, Potter there again to tip wide.

27mins: SAVE. Davids inside to Keane, left corner of box, instant curler tipped over by Potter.

31mins: SAVE/MISS. Keane threaded ball into Defoe, Potter managed to get hand on his right-foot flick but the save only presented the ball to Ghaly following in for what looked like a tap in from six yards but somehow he side-footed wide.

33mins: GOAL - DEFOE. The breakthrough at last! Patient build-up this time saw Davids play the ball wide to Assou-Ekotto, he drove in low cross that Defoe controlled with his back to goal, quick turn and smashed into top corner from eight yards.
Stevenage Borough 0, Spurs 1

35mins: SAVE. Potter this time used his legs to block Berbatov from close range.

38mins: SAVE. Defoe played in Berbatov, left side, one-on-one, Potter somehow managed to divert wide with his foot.

38mins: SAVE. From short corner, Keane played in by Davids, close range, went for dink but Potter out to smother it.

39mins: SAVE. Guess what? Potter again, this time diving low to his left to push away Berbatov's low drive from the edge of the box. Berbatov then dinked rebound just wide.

Half-time: Stevenage Borough 0, Spurs 1

Half-time: SUB. Spurs - Routledge for Ghaly.

47mins: Defoe effort from 20 yards deflected just wide.

53mins: CLOSE. Berbatov beat Nutter and cut back to Defoe from the byline, ball slightly behind Defoe but he managed to flick it just wide.

54mins: SAVE. Here we go again - Defoe picked out Routledge's run behind the defence, perfectly timed run and weight on pass, Routledge in front of goal but Potter out to block.

55mins: SAVE. Defoe into box, left side, looked to side-foot home but Potter able to block low to his left.

58mins: CHANCE. Davids break centrally, fed wide to Berbatov, he picked out Keane 16 yards out, angled his effort a yard wide.

59mins: SAVE. Keane drive from 20 yards that Potter clung onto diving low to his right.

64mins: Huddlestone dragged shot wide from 30 yards.

75mins: SUB. Ifil for Keane.

79mins: CLOSE. Defoe effort looked on target only for Oliver to deflect it just wide.

80mins: PENALTY/GOAL - BERBATOV. Berbatov pulled down by a combination of Oliver and Gaia as he prepared to shoot - Berbatov picked himself up to slot home the spot kick.
Stevenage Borough 0, Spurs 2

82mins: SUB. Barnard for Berbatov.

85mins: SUB. O'Hara for King.

87mins: PENALTY/GOAL - DEFOE. Lewis tripped up Defoe, another penalty - Defoe slotted from the spot this time.
Stevenage Borough 0, Spurs 3

Added time: CHANCE. Routledge burst down the left, stood up fine cross that Barnard met but angled header just wide.

Full-time: Stevenage Borough 0, Spurs 3

Stevenage Borough: Potter, Fuller, Nutter, Oliver (Goodliffe, 84), Gaia, Bulman (Henry, 50), Thorpe, Miller (Lewis, 84), Boyd (Hatton, 68), Dobson (Mackie, 68), Stamp (Nurse, 61). Subs: Julian, Osei, M Wright, Atieno, Gier, Binns, C Wright.

Spurs: Cerny, Tainio, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Dawson, King (O'Hara, 85), Ghaly (Routledge, 46), Davids, Berbatov (Barnard, 82), Keane (Ifil, 75), Defoe. Subs: Forecast, McKenna, Daniels.