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Gylfi Sigurdsson nets his first Tottenham Hotspur goal in friendly victory at Stevenage
10:09am Thursday 19th July 2012 in Sport
Gylfi Sigurdsson made a scoring start to his Tottenham career as he netted in a 2-0 victory at Stevenage.
The Icelandic star was one of seven half time substitutions made by Andre Villas-Boas and he wasted little time in making his mark, opening the scoring ten minutes after the break with a fine strike.
Yago Falque was also on the scoresheet late on to complete the result for Spurs in their first game of the pre-season campaign.
It was a night of positives for the White Hart Lane side as Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone returned from injury while Jan Vertonghen also impressed on his first outing since arriving from Ajax.
Chances were at a premium in the opening period but the visitors were able to control proceedings and forced the only save of the half after 25 minutes.
Harry Kane was leading the Spurs attack and it was his shot which forced Chris Day into a save after Steven Pienaar’s work had created the opening.
Kane was one of four players to be given a further quarter of an hour to impress after the interval – alongside Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker – but it was Sigurdsson who opened the scoring.
The former Swansea City man was the beneficiary of Andros Townsend’s good work as he swiftly controlled and fired the ball beyond replacement keeper Steven Arnold.
Tom Carroll proved lively as he forced Arnold into a magnificent save and he was involved again in playing in Townsend to find Kane but the forward missed the target.
Townsend impressed at the Lamex Stadium and could have got himself on the scoreboard after being put through by Sigurdsson but Arnold was again up to the challenge as the score remained at 1-0.
A second goal was on the cards though and it duly arrived late on courtesy of Falque.
Adam Smith found the Spaniard down the right flank but Falque opted to cut inside and took aim at the corner of the net from just inside the area to complete a positive opening to the warm-up schedule for Spurs.