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Youngsters make their mark

Posted on 18 July 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has been impressed with the younger players in the squad both at our pre-season training camp and in our first two friendlies.

Youngsters make their mark

Harry Redknapp has been impressed with the younger players in the squad both at our pre-season training camp and in our first two friendlies.

Danny Rose, Jake Livermore and Dorian Dervite have played in both friendlies against Exeter City on Wednesday and AFC Bournemouth on Friday. We won both matches 3-0.

Exeter represented Danny's first team debut alongside goalkeeper David Button, who played in the second half at St James Park but didn't feature at Dean Court.

Most players have featured for 45 minutes in each match but Jake played for 75 minutes against Bournemouth after David Bentley was forced off with an injury in the first half.

"Jake came on the trip and did very well, I've been impressed with him," said Harry. "The lad has showed a terrific attitude.

"Danny Rose has done well, he's got something to offer and the same with Dorian Dervite.

"They've all worked hard and we're just getting fit, that's the priority."

Goals from Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Wilson Palacios secured Friday's success against League Two side Bournemouth.

"It was okay," added Harry. "We changed the team around again at half-time and I thought we did better in the second half.

"We didn't start too well, were a bit sloppy but we looked sharper in the second half. Jermain took his goal well and hit the crossbar, he looked bright."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that David Bentley had to come off with a dead leg in the 19th minute.

"It was a bit of a clumsy tackle that caught him and the physio said straight away that it was starting to stiffen up on him. He'll be okay though."