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Reading beaten in second pre-season match

Spurs 4-1 Reading

Fri 28 August 2020, 17:26|Tottenham Hotspur

Reading were dispatched 4-1 as our second pre-season match of the summer at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ended with another big win and plenty more positives for Jose Mourinho to mull over.

Much like last weekend's victory over Ipswich Town, we took the lead after six minutes through an Omar Richards own goal and never looked back as we went on to win by a three-goal margin. Sumptuous finishes from Dele and Heung-Min Son had us firmly in control at the break before Erik Lamela's equally eye-catching free-kick completed our side of the scoreline seven minutes into the second period.

George Puscas blasted home from the penalty spot for the Royals 10 minutes from time, but it was another useful test in what was our first of two home matches against Championship sides in the space of 24 hours - Birmingham City will be our visitors on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Reading's late arrival due to traffic problems caused the game to be delayed by half-an-hour and, managed by ex-Spur Mark Bowen, they quickly found themselves on the back foot. Ben Davies' long ball down the left flank was met by the onrushing Son who turned inside and saw his shot divert home off defender Richards under pressure from Lucas Moura with six minutes played. Dele picked out Lucas with a fantastic raking pass from deep moments later, but the visitors were able to scramble the ball behind for a corner.

Reading had Tom McIntyre to thank for a goal-line clearance on 16 minutes after Son's shot had squirmed under goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, with McIntyre there again to deny Steven Bergwijn as he tried to take advantage of the rebound.

Our second goal arrived in style on 21 minutes as Dele headed the ball to Lucas outside the area before collecting a one-touch return pass from the Brazilian and clipping delightfully over the goalkeeper from a tight angle inside the box. Lucas Joao and Josh Laurent went close at the other end but it was 3-0 six minutes before the break as Bergwijn found space on the left and picked out Son in the box, with the forward stroking the ball inside the far post on his right foot - another fine finish.

Joao headed over the bar in a good opportunity for Reading shortly before half-time but we started the second half brightly and extended our lead further on 52 minutes when Son was upended 20 yards out and Lamela curled a deft free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner on his left foot.

Jose again made changes with several young players given opportunities to feature, but it was the experienced figure of Toby Alderweireld who slid in to thwart substitute Puscas when he found himself in a good position in our box on the left. However, the visitors did manage to find a goal with 10 minutes to go. Paulo Gazzaniga - the third man to play in goal for us over the course of the game - made a fine save away to his left to claw out Sam Baldock's header, Tom Holmes had an attempt blocked at the far post but when defender Carter-Vickers was adjudged to have handled Yakou Meite's effort on the follow-up, Puscas was on hand to emphatically power the resulting penalty into the net to make it 4-1.

Spurs 4-1 Reading

Spurs: Lloris (c) (Hart 46 (Gazzaniga 74)), Gedson (Aurier 46), Alderweireld, Dier (Carter-Vickers 46), Davies (Sessegnon 46), Hojbjerg (Bowden 75), Dele (Clarke 62), White (Sissoko 46 (Devine 86)), Lucas (Lamela 46), Bergwijn (Cirkin 62), Son (Scarlett 81).

Reading: Rafael Cabral (Southwood 82), Yiadom (Holsgrove 66), Richards (Samuels 82), Morrison (c) (Holmes 46), McIntyre, Moore, Laurent (Araruna 81), Rinomhota (McNulty 86), Olise (Meite 75), Swift (Puscas 58), Joao (Baldock 58). Substitute (not used): Aluko.

Match data

Goals: Spurs - Richards (OG) 6, Dele 21, Son 39, Lamela 52; Reading - Puscas 80 (pen).

Referee: Craig Pawson.

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Weather: Bright, light rain showers, 17 degrees.