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Forward thinking

Gus Poyet has refused to get too carried away with Sunday's friendly rout of Roma.

Gus Poyet has refused to get too carried away with Sunday's friendly rout of Roma.

David Bentley and Darren Bent bagged two goals each and Aaron Lennon the fifth in a 5-0 victory against last season's Serie A runners-up and Italian Cup winners.

It capped a pre-season spell of seven wins and a draw in eight friendlies and silverware via the Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament.

Friendly is the key word though and First Team coach Gus knows it's all about the real thing - the big kick-off in the Barclays Premier League at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

"It was important to win in that style to keep the confidence high because we've had a good pre-season but it doesn't mean everything is done - nothing is done," he said.

"It was important for the players to show all the fans at White Hart Lane exactly what they are capable of but now we have to do it in the Premier League.

"We are in good shape, we can't complain. We've had a good pre-season, we've done everything possible to be fit and for the players to understand how we want them to play. They are doing that.

"The big game is at Middlesbrough on Saturday. We will try to win every game, it doesn't matter the competition, we'll give it our best."