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Andre Happy With Friendly Opener
ANDRE HAPPY WITH FRIENDLY OPENER
Posted 19 July 2012 08:53am
Andre Villas-Boas said 'the main objective was achieved' after a 2-0 win against Stevenage in our first pre-season friendly on Wednesday night.
A debut goal for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yago Falque's late strike in the second half secured victory over the hard-working League One side at the Lamex Stadium.
Head Coach Andre gave 22 players a run out with only Kyle Walker, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Harry Kane playing more than 45 minutes.
Jan Vertonghen joined Gylfi in making his Spurs debut in the second half and the match marked the return from injury of both Michael Dawson, who played the first half and Tom Huddlestone, who came on for the final half-hour. That was the midfielder's first action since last August following ankle trouble.
"The players haven't stopped training since we started pre-season on July 9th," said Andre.
"Bearing in mind the physical effort they are putting into training, coming here and doing what we are trying to do was very gratifying.
"The main thing was to pick up match minutes and the main objective was achieved. We all go home satisfied and tomorrow (Thursday) we continue to train."
Always in control, chances were actually few and far between in the first half but we created more after the break and the goals arrived after 55 and 88 minutes.
"We were more incisive in the second half," added Andre.
"Our possession was good in the first and second half, but the space opened up a little more in the second half and we managed to get behind them."
And there was praise for Gylfi, who took his goal superbly, latching onto Andros Townsend's cutback, turning and firing low into the corner.
"He has tremendous goalscoring attributes that he showed last season at Swansea," said Andre. "He managed to turn his marker and shoot. It was a great goal and important for him."