Westlake boost for the Blues

Two first-half goals were enough for Spurs to overcome Ipswich Town reserves at Portman Road last night, but there was a boost for the Blues as Ian Westlake played the entire 90 minutes on his comeback from injury.

Two first-half goals were enough for Spurs to overcome Ipswich Town reserves at Portman Road last night, but there was a boost for the Blues as Ian Westlake played the entire 90 minutes on his comeback from injury.

In fact the returning all-action midfielder nearly put Town ahead early on, but just failed to convert a cross from Dean McDonald.

Westlake then fed Adam Proudlock, but his chip went wide.

The former Sheffield Wednesday striker then got on the end of a ball from Scott Barron and fired against a post. Spurs scored against the run of play when Lee Barnard bundled in a corner on 22 minutes and the striker had a simple tap-in for the second 12 minutes later after a cross evaded the Ipswich defence.

Barnard could have netted a hat-trick but shot just wide after the hour mark as Spurs began to take control of the match.

Proudlock, who was a threat throughout, nearly netted a consolation late on, but his shot was blocked after he was set up by substitute Billy Clarke.

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As well as Westlake, Gerard Nash, who had knee surgery in the summer, completed 90 minutes.

TEAMS

Ipswich Town Reserves: Supple, Moore, Barron (Clarke, 62) Westlake, Collins, Nash, Peters (Haynes, 62) Lordan, McDonald, Proudlock and Craig.

Subs not used: Casement and Ainsley.

Tottenham Hotspur Reserves: Forecast, Pamarot, McKie, McKenna, Kelly, Lee, Lewis, O'Hara, Barnard, Barcham (Martin, 74) and Daniels. Subs not used: Henville, Smith, Seania and Button.

Referee: M Bull

Attendance: 931.

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