Pavlyuchenko no reserve

19 March 2009 09:36
Roman Pavlyuchenko has insisted that his run-out for the reserves on Monday was just a one-off.

The Tottenham striker stated that he only played to maintain his match sharpness as he helped the club's second string to a 4-0 win over Chelsea.

The Russian international was named on the bench for Spurs' 2-1 away win at Aston Villa on Sunday with Darren Bent preferred in attack.

The former Charlton ace netted his 15th goal of the season against Martin O'Neill's men, something which could keep the 27-year-old Pavlyuchenko on the bench again when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane.

"My friends told me about information about my dismissal to the reserves," he told Sport Express.

"It doesn't correspond to reality at all. I really played for the reserve team along with several players who didn't take part in the match with Aston Villa, and it was necessary to get playing practice.

"However it doesn't mean that I will play in the reserves on a regular basis. I keep training with the first team."

Source: SKY_Sports