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Thatcher back as Korsten seals win

Posted on 10 January 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).

It was good news all round as the reserves got back into action after a three-week break.

Most importantly Ben Thatcher made a successful return, as did Luke Young and Dave McEwen. Stevie Ferguson impressed on his debut and we beat Charlton 1-0 with a goal from Willem Korsten.

Full-back Thatcher has been out since November 25 with a groin problem but managed the full 90 minutes — putting him straight in the frame for Saturday’s trip to Everton.

Versatile Young made a 10-minute return in the Premiership win against Newcastle United last week but this friendly represented his first full game since beating Liverpool on November 19.

Boss Chris Hughton announced: "Both Ben and Luke came through the full 90 minutes okay and that is important as regards more options for the first team."

Chris was also impressed with 18-year-old Ferguson, who only started full training last week after his move from East Fife. "He did very well considering he’s just joined us."

Korsten, prolific for the second string all season, bagged the winner after 43 minutes, capitalising on good pressure from the midfield before finishing with aplomb.

The Dutchman also hit the woodwork and missed a one-on-one chance after Ciaran Toner played him through.

McEwen, back after eight weeks out, was denied in two one-on-one situations after the break.

Chris added: "It was a very good work-out and very competitive, which is just what we wanted."

Spurs: Walker, Young, Thelwell, Hillier, Gardner, Thatcher, Toner (Gower 60), Davies, Etherington (Piercy 75), Korsten, Ferguson (McEwen 45).