More minutes in the tank as Mourinho’s men sink Reading

Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Reading

Jose Mourinho gave a number of his squad valuable game time during Spurs’ 4-1 warm-up win over Sky Bet Championship outfit, Reading, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A late arrival and subsequent delayed start due to traffic problems on the M4 was perhaps partially responsible for a sluggish opening from Reading. Son’s strike deflected in the direction of Lucas but was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Omar Richards.

Son’s scuffed attempt was hacked off the line by Tom McIntyre after Lucas had picked him out from the right. Meanwhile, Reading began to steady the ship and almost drew level when Lucas Joao fired the wrong side of an upright.

Ruthless Spurs soon doubled their advantage. Dele delightfully lifted over the advancing Rafael following a neat exchange with Lucas.

Josh Laurent’s low attempt was comfortably held by Hugo Lloris. Then the former Shrewsbury Town man fired into the side netting as the visitors continued to display a spring in their step.

But for all their efforts, Reading were undone again before the break. Steven Bergwijn found Son – the South Korean steadying himself, before planting a neat, right-footed strike beyond Rafael from eight yards.

Lucas Joao nodded over after Andy Yiadom had crossed – the Portuguese frontman perhaps should have done better as the Royals continued to toil fruitlessly.

Six minutes after the restart it was four. Substitute Erik Lamela’s exquisitely executed dead-ball from a central position left Rafael clutching thin air – this after a heavy challenge on Son had resulted in the free-kick.

A string of substitutions affected the rhythm of the game. George Puscas toe-poked wide for the Royals when a little more composure was required.

But Reading were to register. Cameron Carter-Vickers handled after Paulo Gazzaniga had saved from Sam Baldock – Puscas emphatically ramming home the resulting spot-kick.

Spurs continue their preparations ahead of the new Premier League campaign, taking on Birmingham City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, August 29 (3pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris (Joe Hart 46’) (Paulo Gazzaniga 75, Gedson Fernandes (Serge Aurier 46’), Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier (Cameron Carter-Vickers 46’), Ben Davies (Ryan Sessegnon 46’), Harvey White (Moussa Sissoko 46’) (Alfie Devine 86’), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Jamie Bowden 75’), Dele Alli (Jack Clarke 63’), Steven Bergwijn (Dennis Cirkin 63’), Lucas Moura (Erik Lamela 46’), Heung-Min Son (Dane Scarlett 81’)

Goals: Omar Richards (own-goal) 6’, Dele Alli 21’, Heung-Min Son 40’, Erik Lamela 51’

Reading: Rafael (Luke Southwood 84’), Andy Yiadom (Jordan Holsgrove 67’), Omar Richards (Felipe Araruna Hoffmann 84’), Michael Morrison (Tom Holmes 46’), Liam Moore, Tom McIntyre, Josh Laurent (Imari Samuels 84’), Andy Rinomhota (Marc McNulty 86’), John Swift (George Puscas 58’), Michael Olise (Yakou Meite 75’), Lucas Joao (Sam Baldock 58’)

Goals: George Puscas (penalty) 80’


Brian Jeeves

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