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Posted on 24 October 2007  - 12:00

Our reserves produced a second half performance to remember to completely turn around Tuesday night's encounter against Portsmouth.

Our reserves produced a second half performance to remember to completely turn around Tuesday night's encounter against Portsmouth.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time - Pompey perhaps just edged the first half - our young team responded in style to run out 3-1 winners at Leyton Orient FC.

In a totally one-sided second half, goals from Troy Archibald-Henville, Jacques Maghoma and Jake Livermore secured maximum points and it would hve been more but for the agility of Pompey keeper Asmir Begovic.

All the more impressive was that the victory came from a young Spurs team up against a Pompey side packed with experience.

Wayne Routledge was the elder statesman in our team at the ripe old age of 22 whereas Pompey fielded eight players with league experience including the likes of Lauren, Djimi Traore, David Nugent - who nicked a goal off Jermain Defoe on England duty not too long ago - and Matt Taylor.

Preparations were hit before the start when Portsmouth's coach arrived late due to traffic congestion and the game was delayed 15 minutes to 7.15pm. Instead of being caught cold, the visitors stormed out of the blocks and took an 11th-minute lead when Arnold Mvuemba, given room, fired low across David Button and in off the post. To make matters worse, re-organisation was soon needed as Yuri Berchiche limped out of the action seven minutes later.

The first half to and fro'd with both keepers called into action and Tomas Pekhart somehow failing to connect with Routledge's fine cross when a goal looked a certainty.

Danny Rose came on in the second half for his first taste of competitive action for the reserves and would play his part in the turn around.

Simon Dawkins saw plenty of the action in the second half and had tried his luck three times by the time we'd levelled 10 minutes in. The third of those efforts was tipped around the post by Begovic and from the corner, Archibald-Henville got ahead of his marker Duffy and his near-post flick glanced off Duffy's head before nestling in the far corner.

Begovic denied Dawkins again but it wasn't long before we went ahead with a wonderfully-crafted goal. Livermore released Rose down the right and Rose's cross was an open invitation for someone to score, gratefully accepted by Maghoma, 67 minutes on the clock.

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We continued to push forward with Livermore having more and more of an influence as he and Routledge got on the same wavelength to some affect.

The next action saw Routledge almost take the crossbar off with a thunderbolt from 30 yards and the two combined again after 74 minutes, Routledge this time laying the ball back for Livermore to pull the trigger and force the save of the night from Begovic, a fingertip out of the tip corner.

Songo'o and Ndebe Nlome reminded us that Pompey were still in it but the next goal still looked more likely at the other end. Not if Begovic had anything to do with it though - producing a double save to keep out Livermore and then Dawkins following up.

Nugent angled Pompey's last chance wide of the target as the clock ticked into injury time - just enough time for Livermore to put the seal on both his and the team's performance with the third goal.

Daniel Hutchins threaded the pass through the eye of a needle and Livermore this time coolly dinked the ball over Begovic and gently in off the post. The perfect ending.

Spurs: Button, Riley, Hughton, Livermore, Archibald-Henville, Berchiche (Mtandari, 18), Routledge, Maghoma (Hutchins, 72), Pekhart, Dawkins, Obika (Rose, 46). Subs: L Butcher, Hutton.

Portsmouth: Begovic, Lauren, Traore, Duffy, Oastler, Pack (Kilby, 85), Songo'o, Mvuemba, Nugent, Ndebe Nlome, Taylor. Subs: Odiji, Govas, Jordan, Cowan-Hill.