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XI beat Os

Posted on 4 October 2011  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon played 45 minutes as our Spurs XI beat Leyton Orient 3-1 in a friendly at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

Aaron Lennon played 45 minutes as our Spurs XI beat Leyton Orient 3-1 in a friendly at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

It was the winger's second 45-minute stint since damaging his groin against Manchester City in August 28, having started against Shamrock Rovers last week.

'Azza' played the first half against a determined O's side alongside the likes Oscar Jansson, Ryan Fredericks, Jake Livermore, Massimo Luongo, Tom Carroll, Yago Falque and Harry Kane.

Experienced striker Jamie Cureton made his mark in the early stages, rattling the crossbar with a dipping volley before opening the scoring with a lovely curling effort into the top corner in the 12th minute.

We levelled in the 19th minute when Kane's shot was deflected into the path of Falque and eventually Cameron Lancaster, who lashed into the roof of the net from six yards.

John Bostock, on early for the injured Kane, was then brought down in the penalty area and picked himself up to chip home the spot-kick for 2-1 after 27 minutes.

Cureton went close again and Carroll fired just wide from 25 yards as it stayed 2-1 at half-time.

Tim Sherwood made three changes at half-time with William Ekong, Alex Pritchard and Dean Parrett entering the fray for Lennon, Carroll and Livermore.

Parrett, Pritchard and Falque combined to set-up Kevin Stewart at the near post for 3-1 in the 55th minute.

Jansson then made saves to deny Billy Lobjoit but we dominated the possession and Kudus Oyenuga fired the final chance wide two minutes from time.

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"Aaron played 45 minutes, so that's a positive and it's important that we keep the likes of Jake and Tom Carroll ticking over, they've done well in the Europa League and we don't want them to lose that fitness," said Tim Sherwood, our Technical Co-Ordinator.

"Yago Falque got the full 90 minutes into his legs and that fitness is important for him.

"We played some great stuff in the second half with Dean, John Bostock, Massimo and Alex Pritchard all moving the ball so quickly. They know each other's games so well and that's the benefit."

Spurs XI: Jansson; Fredericks, Livermore (Ekong, 46), Veljkovic, Stewart; Luongo, Carroll (Parrett, 46), Falque; Lennon (Pritchard, 46), Cameron (Oyenuga, 73), Kane (Bostock, 22).