Denied the opportunity to gain revenge on West Ham for a couple of poor results last season, a Spurs XI hosted a side from our championship near-neighbours at Chadwell Heath yesterday and ran out comfortable winners by five goals to two.
With the need for a Europa League understudy squad, there are fewer loan deals at the Lane for some of our younger players, so it was a chance for many to get some much needed action.
Souleymane Coulibaly was missing from the line up, so it was left to Harry Kane to notch up a double strike and he was backed up by goals from Dean Parrett, Cristian Ceballos and Yago Falque.
It was Parrett who opened the scoring with a close range follow up from a Kane header and although the Hammers equalised soon after, Falque restored the lead on 25 minutes before Kane’s goals made it 4-1 at half time.
The avalanche was halted slightly in the second half, but Ceballos did add a fifth on 77 minutes before West Ham pulled one back just before the whistle.
“The first half was excellent,” said Tim Sherwood after the game. “The good thing is that the likes of Yago Falque, Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane and Ryan Fredericks have all topped up on their match time.
“Dean Parrett played well and so did John Bostock, so there were plenty of positives for us.”