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Tim happy despite XI defeat

Posted on 7 November 2011  - 12:00

Tim Sherwood was more than satisfied with the quality of football on show despite a 3-1 defeat for our Spurs XI team against Ipswich Town on Monday.

Tim Sherwood was more than satisfied with the quality of football on show despite a 3-1 defeat for our Spurs XI team against Ipswich Town on Monday.

The friendly at Spurs Lodge was always a close encounter but the visitors took control with a quickfire three-goal blast in the space of 12 minutes in the second half.

Cameron Lancaster responded with a fine individual goal five minutes from time and that threatened to spark a late comeback, but Harry Kane was denied by Arron Lee Bennett in the Ipswich goal and Lancaster slid an even later chance wide.

Ryan Fredericks, Jake Livermore and Yago Falque joined Kane in the line-up having all featured in Thursday night's Europa League clash in Russia against Rubin Kazan.

Alex Pritchard struck the woodwork from Kane's cross on the half-hour as chances were few and far between in a nevertheless competitive first half.

The chances started to flow on the hour mark as Luke Hyam fired over for Ipswich and then Kane volleyed over from Falque's cross.

Ipswich opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when Ronan Murray curled into the top corner from 25 yards.

Oscar Jansson had to be at his best to tip around a repeat effort from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas but it wasn't long before Town scored again as Jideofo Maduako climbed high to head home Emmanuel-Thomas' free-kick.

Jack Marriott then capitalised on defensive hesitation to poke home the third goal with 80 minutes on the clock.

Lancaster scored a worthy consolation in the 86th minute when he picked up the ball centrally, 30 yards from goal and powered past four Ipswich players before firing into the top corner.

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"The first half had a fantastic tempo about it," said Tim, our Technical Co-Ordinator.

"It was as good a game as we've had this season and that is what we're looking for in these matches.

"We made a few changes and lost our way a little, but we're not just going to leave players on the bench, we want them to all have minutes in these games.

"Overall, it was a good work-out for us."

Spurs XI: Jansson; Fredericks, Livermore (Nicholson, 46), Yeboah (Veljkovic, 60), Stewart (Barthram, 70); Ceballos, Parrett, Luongo (Bostock, 50), Pritchard (Lancaster, 65); Falque; Kane.