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Gus: Ideal start

Gus Poyet described our 8-0 win against Tavernes as 'the ideal start' to pre-season friendly action.

Gus Poyet described our 8-0 win against Tavernes as 'the ideal start' to pre-season friendly action.

Tavernes - who play in the Divisiones Regional de Futbol in Spain - provided stubborn opposition initially and we only had Aaron Lennon's bullet header to show for our first half dominance.

That dominance turned into goals in the second period as Giovani dos Santos marked his first game in a Spurs shirt with two, Tomas Pekhart bagged his first and second senior goals for the club, Jamie O'Hara also weighed in with two and Steed Malbranque completed the scoring.

"The players had 45 minutes each, we've no injuries and it was a good win - that's good new for everyone," reflected First Team coach Gus.

"It's always tough to score the first goal in these games, the opposition is always very determined, but we showed good movement throughout and eventually it became easier.

"The attitude pleased me the most - the lads took it seriously and that's what we asked for.

"It was about playing football again and fitness and when you play local teams like this and start scoring goals you can relax but that wasn't the case. We drove on looking for more."

Meanwhile, Gus responded to speculation in Sunday's media linking him with an assistant's role at Manchester United. "It's nothing," he stated. "It was a surprise to read it.

"I want to stay at Spurs, I want to stay with this manager, this group of players and this club because I'm very happy.

"When you are in England and you are lucky enough to be with one of the big teams you are always going to get speculation. It happens, that's football - I've been around long enough to ignore it!"

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