Jonathan Woodgate has played his first 90 minutes of football since returning to fitness in a Spurs XI friendly with QPR at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday.
It was the defender’s third appearance in training matches since the turn of the year having been out with a groin injury since November 2009. He was also on the first team bench for our Premier League win at Blackburn a week ago.
But ‘Woody’ could do little to prevent a young Spurs side slipping to a 2-1 defeat against an experienced R’s outfit.
The visitors included former Spurs players Radek Cerny and Pascal Chimbonda in their starting XI, along with the likes of Fitz Hall, Dan Shittu, Martin Rowlands, Akos Buszaky and Hogan Ephraim – who hit both their goals.
The teams went into half-time with the scores at 0-0 with little by way of chances for either side in the first 45 minutes.
But Ephraim broke the deadlock around the hour mark, pouncing on a defensive mix-up and leaving Woodgate in his wake before hitting a low effort that squirmed under Mirko Ranieri.
Ten minutes later, the former West Ham trainee had doubled his side’s lead, playing a neat one-two with Antonio Germain before running in on goal and taking it round Ranieri to slot home.
We hit a consolation through a well-taken goal by sub Alex Pritchard five minutes before the end, but Ranieri was forced to make another late save before the final whistle blew.
Spurs XI: Ranieri; Fredericks, Woodgate, Nicholson, Byrne; Carroll, Luongo, Dawkins, Waller-Lassen (Pritchard, 46); Oyenuga, Lancaster