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Tom's tough test

Tom Huddlestone certainly knew he was in a game at Bolton.

Tom Huddlestone certainly knew he was in a game at Bolton.

The midfielder was back in his secondary role as central defensive cover for the trip to the Reebok Stadium - and 90 minutes against Bolton hitman Kevin Davies.

With the wind swirling around it was always going to be a tough afternoon's work for Tom and central partner Sebastien Bassong.

"Davies is a very good player and everything goes through him, they certainly know his strengths," said Tom back at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

"I thought myself and Sebastien did okay against him. He's a real handful but I thought we did fairly well.

"In the first half we weren't really at the races," he continued, reflecting on Saturday's 2-2 draw as a whole. "They got an early goal which was a poor one from my point of view to concede.

"After that, we didn't create too many chances, but had the majority of the possession.

"Before the game we wanted to win but to come from behind twice against a team like Bolton, it's not the easiest place to go so to come away with a point and a fairly decent performance is the main thing."

It was then pointed out to Tom that he must still be getting used to NOT being on international duty after 34 caps at Under-21 level for England as the majority of the squad disappear on international duty this week.

"I had four-and-a-half years with the Under-21s, that was enjoyable but I'm too old now," said Tom, whose last cap came against France in March.

"The next step is the senior squad so hopefully I'll be able to kick on and get in that squad.

"I've been in the last two preliminary squads but not managed to get in the final 23. I'm going along the right path hopefully."