Friendly: Spurs 4 Reading 1
The match was scheduled for 3pm but ended up starting at 3.30 because of holdups on the M4 (for Reading).
Once the kick-off started the first half was a good game, the second was more of a tryout. Son marked his fifth birthday at the club with a goal in a 4-1 friendly win over Reading. Son, who signed on August 28 2015 (from Bayer Leverkusen) showed his worth with an excellent display. He was sharp and always eager to go for the ball. We brushed aside the Championship opposition.
Yes, the magnificent Son was on the scoresheet in the first half, along with Dele Alli and an own goal, with Erik Lamela adding a fourth after the break. George Puscas scored a late penalty for Reading.
Own goals were our second-top scorer behind Harry Kane following the Premier League’s restart last season, and our luck continued with Omar Richards miskicked a clearance into his own net after just after 5 minutes.
Alli produced some excellent football in the 21st minute as he elevated the ball over Readings goalkeeper Rafael after Lucas Moura’s through-ball. Moura, himself, was involved in a beautiful third goal six minutes before the break as he passed to Steven Bergwijn, who gave to Son to fire home.
The interval came for that much-needed refreshment (me, not the players) and then ready for the second half.
The Half-time brought changes, and one of them, Lamela, made an immediate impact as he lifted a free-kick over the wall and into the corner for the fourth goal.
Reading weren’t to be left out as they got on the scoresheet in the final 15 minutes when Puscas powerfully converted a penalty; this was given for handball on the line by Cameron Carter-Vickers.
As I said, an excellent first half, but more of a kick-round and a showcase for Mourinho to pick or dismiss for the up and coming season. Next up will be Birmingham City, tomorrow (Saturday at 3pm).
A good amusement for a Friday afternoon (when most were at work) for the supporter starved of football. Granted, this wasn’t a substitute, but a starter for things to come.
Now we can have a good nights sleep, knowing we have won another friendly positive result. All done in the best possible Spurs taste.
One side note; at half time they showed you the game from 2007 against Reading (at White Hart Lane) where we won 6-4, I remember it well. And it was nice to look back at the old stadium and some great players.