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Happy return for Gower

English Barclays Premiership

Midfielder Mark Gower returned from injury with a double strike as the reserves cruised to a 2-0 win in their final pre-season friendly against St Albans at Clarence Park.

Gower had a busy first period, scoring both goals, hitting the bar twice and missing a penalty. His contribution earned praise from reserve team coach Chris Hughton. "Mark has been out for a few weeks and missed nearly all the pre-season games. He has only really had two days training, so to come through the way he did is a testament to himself," said Hughton.

Hughton described his team's display as a "good performance", but felt the scoreline did not reflect the possession Spurs enjoyed. "You look to get as much as you can out of these games as a whole, but when you have as much possession as we did, the result was no reflection so we are disappointed in that sense.

"We have done a lot of work in the final third in training, so we would expect more with the amount of the ball we had."

Spurs fielded a strong looking side for the annual fixture, with Ian Walker, Mauricio Taricco, Simon Davies, Dave McEwen, Luke Young and John Piercy all featuring. The players with first team experience also attracted praise from Hughton.

"The senior players all came in and applied themselves well," he commented. "You don't know what sort of side you'll be able to put out once the season begins, it could be weaker but it could also be stronger. You never know."

Team: Walker, Hillier, Taricco, Davies, Thelwell, Young, Gower, Fenn, McEwen, Kamanan, Piercy. Subs: Jackson, Kelly, Consorti, Snee.