In their final game before Sunday’s Anglo-Dutch clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the Kuip, the last of the Rotterdammers’ preseason friendlies, Feyenoord marched over the amateurs of Barendrecht Tuesday evening, scoring six goals in the process. More important than strikes however was the way Patrick Paauwe and Pierre van Hooijdonk came through the game, proving that they are ready for the new campaign. Big Pete even managed to net twice.

The game was a great chance for the two Dutch internationals to measure their fitness and coach Van Marwijk was pleased with both. Paauwe lasted a full hour, while Van Hooijdonk played all but the last ten minutes, which clearly buoyed the trainer. 'For those lads every minute on the pitch is a plus at this stage.’ Van Marwijk also saw new boy Anthony Lurling, again showing his worth to the team with a phenomenal workrate, grab two goals in a five-minute spell near the end of the first half, the second after fine work by Leonardo, who was otherwise most often unable to find the right cross on the night. Not to be outdone, a similarly capricious Kalou suddenly found his feet early in the second half, dribbling his way into the box before setting up Paul Bosvelt to tap in the third. The Ivorian was less successful with his next trick, scuffing a penalty that he obviously took too flippantly. The consequences were instantaneous, as Kalou was immediately replaced by Pinas. Feyenoord were awarded a second penalty a little later and this time old hand Van Hooijdonk stepped up to stroke the ball were it belonged in the corner of the goal for his side’s fourth. Big Pete then doubled his tally by netting a Pinas cross before leaving for a well-earned shower. Just before the ref blew for time, Feyenoord banged in a sixth from a most unusual direction, when the Pole Rzasa got his name on the goal sheet. Barendrecht-Feyenoord 0-6 (0-2) Lurling (0-1), Lurling (0-2), Bosvelt (0-3), Van Hooijdonk (pen)(0-4), Van Hooijdonk (0-5), Rzasa (0-6) Lodewijks; Emerton (70' Collen), De Haan, Paauwe (60' Sprockel), Van Haaren (46' Rzasa); Kalou (70' Pinas), Ono, Bosvelt, Leonardo (75' Dos Santos); Lurling, Van Hooijdonk (80' Elmander)
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