Spurs 3-0 Forest - report from Hotspur Way
09 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Victor Wanyama picked up his first game time as a Spurs player as we saw off Nottingham Forest 3-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Hotspur Way today (Saturday, July 9).
The Kenyan international started the game alongside Ryan Mason in central midfield as we got our pre-season campaign off and running in solid fashion against the Championship side, with Heung-Min Son, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard on target.
The match – which saw Mauricio Pochettino field a mixture of first team and Development Squad players – was only three minutes old when Son made his mark, winning the ball just outside the box on the right side and firing beyond Dorus de Vries from the angle. The Forest stopper did make contact with the ball but couldn’t keep it out.
A good start became even better four minutes later as youngster Luke Amos picked out Carroll with a cross from the right and the midfielder finished well with an innovative first-time, left-footed shot that flew inside the near post.
Forest’s best chance of the first half arrived just before the interval as Jamie Paterson’s low drive from the edge of the box coaxed a fine save from Michel Vorm, diving low to his right.
Britt Assombalonga had the ball in the net for the visitors five minutes into the second period but his effort was ruled out for off-side while, at the other end, Nacer Chadli (pictured, above) fired over the bar from 20 yards out.
We continued to control the possession as the game wore on with Harry Winks next to go close before Pritchard’s shot on the turn was kept out by Forest’s young substitute goalkeeper Jordan Smith.
Nabil Bentaleb saw a drilled, left-footed effort tipped low around the post as we kept the pressure on in the closing stages, with our third goal arriving two minutes from time.
Bentaleb was again involved as his deft flick over the Forest back line was latched onto by Pritchard. The ball ran slightly wide for the attacker as he turned onto it but he adapted well and crashed his shot low inside the far post from the right side of the box to round off the win.