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July 17, 2013 5:00 AM EST
The County Ground (Shanklin, Hampshire)
 

Swindon Town 1-1 Tottenham: Spurs held despite Bale stunner

The Welshman struck an unstoppable effort from range in the first half but the League One side battled back in the second period and Andy Williams' deflected strike claimed a draw

Gareth Bale
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By Stephen Darwin at the County Ground

Tottenham slumped to a draw in their first pre-season game of the 2013-14 campaign against League One outfit Swindon Town despite the best efforts of Gareth Bale.

The 24-year-old winger scored a terrific first-half opener, although a deflected second-half strike from Andy Williams pegged back Andre Villas-Boas' side.

Bale was joined by the likes of Hugo Lloris, Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker in the Spurs starting XI as Portuguese boss Villas-Boas opted for a strong line-up at the County Ground.

And the visitors started brightly, with Bale forcing Wes Foderingham into a save in just the second minute before Defoe headed against the bar from the resulting corner.

Spurs were dominating possession in the early exchanges and, after Nabil Bentaleb's tame shot was comfortably held by Foderingham, Villas-Boas' side did take the lead through that man Bale after 15 minutes.

The Welshman, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, cut inside from his starting position on the right wing and unleashed an unstoppable left-footed drive past Foderingham and into the top corner.

Foderingham, who had saved well from Defoe moments earlier, was called upon again with 21 minutes gone, this time diverting Huddlestone's whipped free kick from the left round his post as the ball bounced dangerously inside the six-yard box.

Having been unable to get on the ball for much of the first half, Swindon did manage to force a couple of chances before the break, with Louis Thompson forcing Lloris to save well with his feet before Alex Pritchard arrowed a shot high and wide when well placed in the box.

Villas-Boas swapped 10 players at the interval, with the likes of Scott Parker, Aaron Lennon and Jan Vertonghen all being introduced for the second half and only Gylfi Sigurdsson remaining from the starting side.

And the Iceland international came close to putting Spurs two up inside the opening minutes of the second period, curling a shot from distance just wide of Foderingham's left-hand post.

Swindon followed with a couple of chances in quick succession as Pritchard sent a curling effort from just outside the box inches wide of replacement goalkeeper Brad Friedel's left-hand post before the American was again called into action to tip over Massimo Luongo's dipping shot from range.

Sigurdsson was again involved as he raced through into the Swindon box but, with Jon Obika unmarked and waiting for a tap-in in the box, the former Reading midfielder only managed to pick out Foderingham with his lofted ball across.

Spurs would ultimately pay the price as they struggled to assert themselves in the second half, with Williams grabbing the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining as he charged forward and struck a shot that deflected off Steven Caulker and looped over Friedel and in.


Swindon

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Wesley Foderingham
Goalkeeper
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15
Nathan Thompson
Defender
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Darren Ward
Defender
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Grant Hall
Defender
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44
Nathan Byrne
Defender
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54
Alex Pritchard
Midfielder
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27
Massimo Luongo
Midfielder
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Alex Smith
Midfielder
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Louis Thompson
Midfielder
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Miles Storey
Striker
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-
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Tottenham

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25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
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2
Kyle Walker
Defender
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20
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59
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16
Kyle Naughton
Midfielder
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42
Nabil Bentaleb
Midfielder
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8
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22
 - 
11
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-
 - 
18

Substitutes

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Leigh Bedwell
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
 - 
9
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Harry Agombar
Midfielder
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-
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Kayden Jackson
Midfielder
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Substitutes

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24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
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4
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5
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3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
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28
Scott Parker
Midfielder
 - 
46
Thomas Carroll
Midfielder
 - 
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
 - 
17

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