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Two out of two

The lads made it two wins from two training ground games in Spain with a 4-2 win over C.D. Denia on Saturday evening.

The lads made it two wins from two training ground games in Spain with a 4-2 win over C.D. Denia on Saturday evening.

Adel Taarabt and Jermaine Jenas struck for us in the first half, while an own goal and a Darren Bent strike ensured victory as the lads stepped up their preparations ahead of the new campaign with many of the squad playing between 60 and the full 90 minutes.

Denia play two divisions higher than previous opponents Tavernes, competing in the Segunda Division B Group 3, the third tier of Spanish football, and certainly demonstrated they were of a higher quality.

They could have led after 20 minutes when Michael Dawson was forced to head off the line from a curling strike destined for the top right corner.

Nevertheless we controlled possession for large spells and were eventually rewarded for our endeavours with two goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half. However, any hopes of taking a two-goal advantage in at the break were dashed in the final minute of the half when Denia reduced the deficit.

Two changes were made at the interval when goalscorer Jenas and John Bostock made way for Robbie Keane and Giovani dos Santos and within nine minutes our two-goal cushion was restored thanks to an own goal after good work from Andros Townsend on the left flank.

Our fourth goal was not long in coming with Giovani setting Bent up for a simple tap in on 59 minutes.

Denia claimed a consolation strike shortly after Jonathan Woodgate, Tomas Pekhart and Oscar Jansson had entered the action along with Bostock who returned to play out the final 30 minutes.

Here's how the goals went in:

30.26: Gomes quick roll out to Jenas who runs unchallenged past the halfway line before playing the ball right to Lennon whose low centre is met by Taarabt, who turned his marker inside out and applied a low finish at the near post. 1-0

38.16: Jenas exchanges passes with Taarabt and then Bent to go through on goal and slot into the net. 2-0

44.27: Volley from outside the penalty area bounces through a crowded box and eludes Gomes. 2-1

54.23: Townsend slips past the full-back to deliver a teasing cross from the byline on the left, which the defender pokes into his own net. 3-1

59.31: Giovani evades offside trap to latch on to Taarabt through pass, goalkeeper rushes out of his box and the Mexican international generously squares the ball for Bent to tap into an empty net. 4-1

70.38: Fiercely struck free-kick from the left finds the net. 4-2

Spurs: Gomes (Jansson 63), Gunter, Dawson (Zokora 63), Archibald-Henville (Woodgate 63), Townsend, Lennon (Bostock 63), Huddlestone, Jenas (Keane 46), Bostock (Giovani 46), Taarabt, Bent (Pekhart 63).

Taarabt scores

Taarabt congratulated

JJ scores

Bent makes it 4-1

Luka Modric looks on