Leyton Orient   1   Tottenham Hotspur    5      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Venue : -  Brisbane Road
Wednesday 30th July 2008
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   8,920
Referee :  - (-)
Weather :  -  Warm, dry
Teams : - 
Leyton Orient :


Purches (c) (Cave-Brown 62)
Saah (Robson 86)
Mkandawire (Palmer 46)
Granville (Shields 74)

Terry (Pires 67)

Dawkins (Boyd 19)
Jarvis (W Gray 46)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :


Gunter  (Assou-Ekotto 46)
Bale (Townsend 66)
Dawson (c)
Gilberto (Jenas 46)

Modric (O'Hara 61)
Zokora (Adam Smith 61)
Taarabt (Dos Santos 61)


Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Leyton Orient

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Leyton Orient

Demetriou 4

Tottenham Hotspur

Lennon 46
Modric 48
Bent 52
Bent 70
Bent 77

Cards : -  
Leyton Orient



Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  

With a slow start, Tottenham seemed to be missing the Spanish sun, although the hot, steamy night ended on a high note for Spurs and especially Darren Bent, who helped steer the side to their second 5-1 win in a couple of days.

A mix and match side was fielded, with two more games this week and another on Sunday, before a week's rest ahead of the Roma friendly.  It was Darren Bent, who played up front on his own, with five midfielders, including Bale and Lennon in support.

But before they could get into the match, Orient took the lead, just as they had last season.  A tackle in midfield took the ball off Luka Modric and was then fed out to Jason Demetriou and from fully 30 yards out, he blasted a shot past Oscar Jansson, starting in goal for Tottenham.   The Os player was not closed down and was allowed to hit his curling shot with time to spare and this is something the team need to defend better, as it cost quite a few goals last season.

That was after four minutes and it took a while to settle down, but Spurs gradually began building moves and from a corner in the 11th minute, Bale found Huddlestone at the near post and the ball almost squeezed home, with the goal-scorer Demetriou hacking the ball to safety.  Both sides suffered a blow just after the 15 minute mark, when Simon Dawkins was sadly carried off the pitch on a stretcher, with ankle damage that might keep him out of Orient's opening matches as he is on loan at Brisbane Road from Spurs.

There were few chances, as Tottenham tried to hold onto the ball and Orient tried to battle their way through to goal.  Zokora had a chance to head home when Bale flighted a free-kick in, but got it wrong and missed the goal, then Michael Dawson and Jansson doubled up to block Mkandawire as he looked like he might be in on goal just after the half hour.  Bent was energetic and set up Adel Taarabt, but he couldn't get on the end of the striker's pass, but when the roles were reversed just before the interval, Bent just got to the ball ahead of keeper Glenn Morris, but the effort was blocked by his legs and the ball was cleared away.

So, behind at the break, Spurs needed to step things up in the second period and so it proved, as they took the game by the scruff of the neck and put Orient to the sword.  It took less than a minute to pull level.  Dos Santos put in a corner, with a defender going for it and distracting Morris, who could only direct the ball straight to Darren Bent, who shot home from close range to make it 1-1.

A minute and a bit later and Spurs were ahead.  Zokora made a pacy break up the right wing and for once, his cross found a Tottenham head ... surprisingly that of Aaron Lennon, but the little winger notched his second headed goal of pre-season to put Tottenham in front.

Another move on the right, this time with Lennon ghosting past challenges to pull a cross back from the dead ball line to the far side of the box, where he found Luka Modric coming in.  The Croat took one touch and then blasted the ball past Morris, via a deflection of Brian Saah, to record his first goal in Tottenham colours in the 52nd minute.  The midfielder was denied another goal three minutes later, when Morris palmed away a fierce shot.

It was almost exhibition stuff at times, with a move in the 57th minute involving Lennon crossing to the edge of the area, where it was met by Jermaine Jenas' overhead kick that missed going in by a narrow margin, but was too high.  However, Jenas was involved in a slow move, that opened up the Orient defence and put Bent through on the right side of the box and he ran off a defender and shot past the keeper from a narrow angle to make it 4-1 and signal the time for changes, with Modric and Zokora going off for a break, with the game won.

The rest of the game was played at a slower pace, with Tottenham adding another goal and it was another for Darren Bent; his second hat-trick in two games.  Giovani held the ball and turned his marker in the box to pull the ball back for Bent and it came off a defender, popping up nicely to allow him to hit it first time, powerfully into the top of the net from about ten yards out.  There was still just under 15 minutes to go at this stage, with Orient having their best chance of the second half a few minutes after the fifth goal had gone in.  Substitute Pires shot from 25 yards out and Jansson made a good flying save to push the drive over the bar.

Bent missed a chance when he hit a shot the keeper straight at the keeper and with time running down, Jamie O'Hara brought a stretching save from Morris in the Orient goal with a low dive to stop his drive from 20 yards out.

A useful work out, but one which will mean little in the long run.  Orient are obviously grateful recipients of the money this game brings in and Spurs are grateful for the Os staging the Spurs reserve matches at their ground.  But with another win and some good passing and control of the second half, Spurs keep up their good pre-season run.





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