Tottenham opened their pre-season with a draw at Swindon. After Gareth Bale had given them an early lead, starting the season where he left off last year, Swindon equalised with fifteen minutes remaining when a shot from Williams deflected off Steven Caulker and looped over Brad Friedel.
Andre Villas-Boas was complimentary to Swindon in his post-match remarks, congratulating them on their performance, acknowledging that they had played well as had the three young players who are on loan from White Hart Lane, central defender Grant Halll, central midfielder Massimo Luongo and winger Alex Pritchard. Luongo and Pritchard had impressive games with the midfielder bringing an excellent save from Friedel in the second half while Pritchard was lively throughout.
Speaking to the @SpursOfficial twitter feed, Villas-Boas commented on Spurs display and was satisfied with their first outing of the season with what he described as some “good moments’.
“We had some good chances. We’re trying to build up physically, some good points to take and we won’t stop working hard.”
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris commented on the match and the pre-season preparations. He stressed the importance of being involved in the early preparations unlike last season when he had joined Tottenham in late August from Lyon.
“It is a good thing for me to start pre-season because last year I came very late and missed all of it.”
Although Spurs were stronger in the first half, Swindon still caused a few moments of alarm requiring Lloris to be at his best and he appreciated the opportunity to be involved in the game, acknowledging the need to continue working hard in training.
“It’s important to work hard in training but to play a game against a tough team is good for us to be ready for next season.”
Tottenham continue their pre-season preparations with a match against Colchester United on Friday evening.