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Tottenham and Postecoglou see value in Melbourne friendly days after Premier League finale

Ange Postecoglou wanted to ensure fans got what they paid for when Tottenham took on Newcastle in Melbourne.

Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou says it was important for his side to give it their all for the benefit of the fans in Melbourne after they took on Newcastle in a friendly.

The match was played just days after the final Premier League matchday of the season, with both sides jetting off to Australia hours after they had finished playing.

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Nevertheless, it was a good showing from Spurs and the Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

They played out a 1-1 draw, although most of the stars people had come to watch were withdrawn well before full-time.

Newcastle then went on to win a penalty shootout and officially end their campaign ahead of a busy summer of international football.

It has been a long trip for Postecoglou and his men, but the Australian manager was always determined to try and please the spectators Down Under.

He said: “It was important because 80,000 people turned up. They come here with the expectation of seeing a Premier League side play and it’s important we deliver that.

“Second half we made a lot of changes, gave some young boys a little bit of the experience and then unfortunately we lost on the surprise penalties, I didn’t know they were coming!

“The main thing to take out of it is that we’re representing one of the biggest clubs in the world and I would hate to think anything was thinking we weren’t taking it seriously for everyone that came out tonight.

“For a lot of them it’s their only chance to ever see our team play. I think we represented the club well which is the most important thing.

“I’ve been on the other side of the fence and sometimes you get disappointed when overseas clubs come and are going through the motions and I just wanted to make sure we didn’t do that tonight.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.