Swindon Town  1 (0)                                                                                     Tottenham Hotspur  1 (1)
Tuesday 16th July 2013                               Kick off 19:00
County Ground
Williams  74
Bale  15





Crowd :   10,465 Weather :  Warm, sunny
Referee :  Mr. S. Cooper (-) Assistant Referees :  - (-)
Fourth Official :  - -
Swindon Town : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit

  2  Nathan Thompson
  5  Darren Ward
  Grant Hall
  3  Nathan Byrne

  7  Alex Smith (  9 James Collins 61)
  4  Massimo Luongo
  Louis Thompson (17 Mark Francis 68)
11  Alex Pritchard

16  Andy Williams 
10  Miles Storey (  8  Jack Barthram 63)

Unused subs: 
Conor Walden
  Jay McEveley
15  Harry Agombar
  Kayden Jackson
20  Leigh Bedwell

  25  Hugo LLORIS  (24  Brad FRIEDEL 46)

28  Kyle Walker  (39  Adam Smith 46)
57  Kevin Stewart  (  5  Jan Vertonghen 46)
20  Michael Dawson  (33  Steven Caulker 46)
16  Kyle Naughton  (  3  Danny Rose 46 [35  Zeki Fryers 86])

42  Nabil Bentaleb (  8  Scott Parker 46)
  6  Tom Huddlestone  (46  Tom Carroll 46)

22  Gylfi Sigurdsson (52  Laste Dombaxe 46)
11  Gareth Bale  (  7  Aaron Lennon 46)
44  Cristian Ceballos  (31  Andros Townsend 46)

18  Jermain Defoe  (45  Jon Obika 46)

Unused subs: 

59  Jordan Archer

Caretaker Manager :  Mark Cooper Manager :  Andre Villas-Boas
Sponsor :   Samsung Shirt sponsor :  Hewlett Packard
Kit Supplier :  adidas Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

Tottenham's opening pre-season friendly ended in a 1-1 draw as Swindon Town put up a feisty display and managed to keep Tottenham out apart from Gareth Bale's super strike.
Spurs put out a side that was a mix of first teamers and fringe players as they sought to get the stiffness out of their legs from a summer's rest and some weeks of pre-season training. And they were soon in stride, as Kyle Walker played Gareth Bale in from the right hand side and his shot brought a save from Wes Foderingham in the Swindon goal, with the keeper just managing to knock the loose ball away before our Welsh midfielder got to it with just a minute on the clock.

A minute later, Michael Dawson won a header and a flick on from Jermain Defoe struck the bar with a flick that was tipped on by Foderingham. The first half was a bit of a procession with Defoe shooting wide from a narrow angle, Nabil Bentleb pulling a save out of the goalie with a low shot, then, Gylfi Sigurdsson put Bale through the right side and he cut onto his left foot and drove the ball into the top corner beyond the keeper's reach. So, it was 1-0 to Tottenham in the 15th minute.

Spurs continued to attack, with Defoe denied by Foderingham, Sigurdsson's header from Huddlestone's free-kick was touched wide by the keeper and young striker Cristian Ceballos looped a header on to the top of the net as the pressure was piled onto the Swindon defence as they tried to force a second goal. With the half coming to a close, Swindon finally got the ball up the other end and Hugo Lloris had to be alert to block Louis Thompson's shot with his legs, before two Spurs loan players linked to carve out another chance, with Massimo Luongo put Alex Pritchard in to bend a shot just wide of the Tottenham goal just before the interval.

And that fifteen minute break saw Spurs field a completely different eleven for the second half, giving the maximum number of players a run out. The changes probably didn't help Tottenham, as Swindon came into the game more. Gylfi curled an effort a couple of feet wide while Pritchard did the same with a free-kick.

A further former Spurs man entered the fray, with recently released Jack Barthram coming off the subs bench and shortly after, Luongo's 30 yard shot was well tipped over the bar by Brad Friedel. More changes followed and with fifteen minutes left, Andy Williams was released through the middle and his shot took a deflection off Steven Caulker to fly over Friedel to level it up at 1-1.

Tottenham finished strongly and Laste Dombaxe was played in by Tom Carroll, but the substitute couldn't find a finish from a tight angle and hit the side-netting. Vertonghen fired a 30 yard effort well over the crossbar and Andros Townsend fired a 25 yarder too high before the final whistle.

This ended up a useful run out, with Spurs dominating the first half, then throttling back to allow the home side back into the match and please their supporters with a draw. Spurs will be grateful to have got through the game without any injuries and will move on to continue their build up to the start of the season.

Gary Sampson


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