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Match Report - Stevenage Borough v Tottenham Hotspur - 13 Jul 2001


Gus Poyet made a memorable start to his Spurs career - but even his first half masterclass was upstaged by Steffen Freund's first goal for the club.

Any T-Shirt manufacturer on site would have made a killing by knocking up a few thousand 'I saw Steffen score' shirts and the midfielder's delightful strike, a perfectly executed dink over the goalkeeper, capped what was just about the perfect start to pre-season.

Few fans could have failed to have been impressed by Poyet. He rifled a blistering effort just over in the opening exchanges before curling his opener in off the post from a 20-yard free-kick after just eight minutes.

He was there again to bury a Les Ferdinand knock down 20 minutes later and with just 30 minutes on the clock he completed his hat-trick with a volley into a corner after another Ferdinand assist.

Both sides played different teams in each half with both Poyet and Goran Bunjevcevic making their debuts in the first half.

Bunjevcevic looked a class act on the ball but would have been less pleased with his contribution in the home side's brightest moment - he dragged down Williams for a penalty that Hamsher slotted home.

It was 5-1 at the interval and the second half was more evenly contested until a late burst produced three more goals.

The sixth was the one to remember. Iversen released Freund who coolly clipped the ball over Hassell for his first goal - in all competitions - in a Spurs shirt having joined us in January 1999.

Young striker Yannick Kamanan grabbed the last two to complete a job well done.