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FA Cup Fourth Round

Saturday 27th January 2007

Once more, the luck of the draw throws Spurs up against Southend United again, just five weeks after facing each other in the Carling Cup.

Southend have found it hard in the Championship this season, sitting at the bottom of the league although they are unbeaten in four away matches since we last met.  Steve Tilson is a good young manager, who has caught many an eye as he has done wonders with Southend on a limited budget and with the prospect of a new ground being built on the horizon and a big payday in this match, there might be better times ahead for the Shrimpers.

At the moment, much of the hype around the team surrounds Freddie Eastwood and where he will end up this transfer window.  Rumoured moves to Watford and Aston Villa have so far failed to materialise, so he might have to knuckle down and serve his time at Roots Hall, where he has claimed to be happy.  His performance in the League Cup game did not live up to the stories of his derring-do, so he will be out to prove that he can upset Premiership defences.

With Mark Gower and Kevin Maher both returning to the Lane, they will be keen to turn in another good performance too, as Darryl Flahavan did in goal back in December.  The side showed good organisation and were solid in defence, but lacked a cutting edge in attack that night.  For Tottenham they will need to make sure that they do not fail to take the chances that they make.  Especially with Berbatov likely to be missing with his groin injury and Keane off form at the moment.  Defoe will probably start on the bench, but apart from Mido, we have no other option in attack.  Perhaps it is time for the midfield to step forward and assist in the goal-scoring stakes.

With Tottenham having lost the chance to build up a suitable lead for the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, they will be keen to progress in this competition as well, just in case they need another route to a European place.  It won't be easy again, so I go for a narrow victory and a place in the Fifth Round ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Southend United  1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Anthony Gardner (shin); Paul Stalteri (knee); Ledley King (foot); Edgar Davids (groin & flu); Teemu Tainio (ankle); Dimitar Berbatov (groin)



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Tottenham Hotspur   3    Southend United   1      (Half-time score : 1-0)

FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Saturday 27th January 2007
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   33,406
Referee :  Rob Styles (Waterlooville)
Weather :  -  Clear, sunny, chilly
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


YP Lee

Ghaly (Malbranque 73)

Keane (c) (Defoe 79)
Mido (Huddlestone 85)

Unused subs: 

Southend United :


McCormack (Guttridge 89)

Gower (Hooper 82)
Maher (c)

Bradbury (Harrold 67)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

  Southend United
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Keane 12
Jenas 50
Mido 76

Southend United

Eastwood (p) 69

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Ghaly (not retreating 10 yards at free-kick) 44
Mido (dissent) 68
Keane (dissent)  73


Southend United

Barrett (foul)  80



Match Report : -  
With the Shrimpers back in town, it looked like the extra time win in the Carling Cup quarter final might prove a tough one to repeat, with Southend hoping to go one better this time.  However, an early goal left Tottenham in charge of their own destiny and today, they kept the lead to the end.

With a few changes made, including the resting of Robinson and Chimbonda, the benching of Defoe and Huddlestone and the injury to Berbatov, it was a fresh side who took to the field in the white shirts.  It helped Spurs that Jermaine Jenas returned from two months out, giving the team an energy in midfield, alongside the dynamic Zokora, which he hadn't been on Wednesday. With Gardner on the bench, it gave new signing Ricardo Rocha the opportunity to get a taste of English football for the first time.

it was a good start from Spurs, who went at Southend from the off.  Mido flicked a header over from a Jenas free-kick and Mido linked with Stalteri on the right, but the full back could not find a Spurs shirt with his ball in.  The goal came shortly after the Stalteri opportunity, with Rocha winning the ball at the back and Didier Zokora picking it up and running two thirds of the length of the pitch before laying it off to Keane.  The ball was into the path of the Irish striker and he hit a low shot that deflected off Hammell to take it past the Southend keeper and give Tottenham the lead.  It was about the same time as Berba scored on Wednesday, but this time it launched a wave of attacks in the first half that, worrying, Spurs failed to turn into goals.

United almost got back into it within a couple of minutes, as Eastwood found space on the right wing and as Rocha stood off him, the ball in came to Gower at the far post.  Luckily for Tottenham, their former midfielder could not get a clean contact on it and his mis-hit volley was comfortable for Cerny to cope with.  Playing an rare full game, the Czech keeper put in a sound performance.  With little to cope with, he did it all well and showed good concentrating, even though he had trouble with responding to the Park Lane's chants of "Cerny, Cerny, What's the score ?"

Keane had another good opening created by Ghaly getting to the by-line and dragging the ball back to him, but Robbie dragged his shot across goal.  Then Lennie had a shot blocked by Barrett, who then denied Keane a scoring chance when he managed to get to the ball first from Lennon's cross.  Mido nearly back-heeled Stalteri in on the right, but the full back too a little too long deciding what he was going to do with it and was smothered by Flahavan.  Even though he has little chance to get a game lately, Stalts had a good game and found a lot of space on the right, linking well with Lennon in the second half when he switched to that side.

Lee was getting forward on the other flank and with the crowd urging him to shoot, he did do, pulling a low save out of Flahavan.  The goalie was deemed to have stopped a low Keane drive after he he tricked his way around Barrett close to the line, but the shot appeared to have gone straight into the side netting.  It would have been a bit cruel had Spurs scored from the corner and when Dawson met it at the near post, his flick took the ball to the far stick, where Rocha came in, but headed at full length back across goal rather than in.

However, the Portuguese defender started the move which nearly led to a second goal.  Producing a fine tackle in terms of timing and keeping possession, he wrapped his foot around the ball as Campbell-Ryce went past two players and prepared to shoot.  Having won the ball, he fed Zokora, who ran the length of the pitch once more, setting Ghaly free on the right.  His low ball in was flicked goalwards by Keane at the near post and Flahavan did well to get a hand on the ball to divert it onto the crossbar and over.

Unfortunately, whenever the game threatened to burst into action, the referee decided to intervene.  Whether that be getting in the way of Lee, when bursting forward in the second half (and it is quite a journey round Rob Styles), through to giving a caution to Ghaly for not being 10 yards away when Southend took a free-kick by kicking it straight at him.  When Spurs tried to take a quick free-kick, he told them to wait for his whistle.  Consistency.  Pah !!  His second half penalty decisions were baffling to say the least.  But more of that later.

Just before the break Keane wasted a great chance when he was picked out with great accuracy by Ghaly's pass, but volleyed over hastily, when he could have taken an extra touch and kept it down.

1-0 at the break did no really reflect the balance of play, but it left Southend with a chance of getting back into the game.  2-0 would have given a better gap and within four minutes of the restart, that was the score-line.  Lennon nicked the ball off Campbell-Ryce, who was a pale imitation of the England winger, then ran up the left wing, producing a waist high cross into the area, where Jenas arrived to get his studs to the ball and it bounced down and in at the far post.  A better contact might have given Flahavan a better chance to save, but the ball nestling in the back of the net was just reward for Jermaine's welcome return to the side.  He covered a lot of ground considering he has had not match practice and showed a great desire to be involved.  In fact, there was a funny incident when Keane was substituted.  Taking the captains armband off, he looked at a loss as to who he should give it to.  With Spurs lining up a free-kick with Jenas, Lennon and Mido standing over it, Jermaine and Aaron both shaped to sprint towards Keane to take the armband and Jenas looked as pleased as punch when he made it there first !!

Radek Cerny had to be on his toes as three minutes after the goal ,he had to produce a fine save from Maher who took Campbell-Ryce's chest down and hit a fierce shot on goal that the Czech tipped over the bar with a good fingertip to it.  A minute later, the Shrimpers keeper was producing a similar save to deny Jenas as he broke forward.  Lennon was tearing up the left wing and the Southend players had no answer to his runs.  One ball to Zokora who supported outside him was a little heavy, but Didi did well to pull the ball back low for Keane, who got a shot in, but it was blocked away for a corner.

With 68 minutes gone, a free-kick was given after Styles had given the advantage to Southend and then dragged play back for a foul.  Eastwood fired the ball in, but the wall did it's job and the ball ballooned up into the area, where Harrold jumped for the ball and as it came down it fell against Ghaly's arm.  Ball to arm if anything, but obviously it was a penalty in Styles world.  Mido got booked for dissent in trying to argue his countryman's case, but Eastwood's job from the spot was done efficiently and it was suddenly 2-1 and game on.

Within a minute, there was another shout for a penalty.  Keane twisted and turned in the area and as he went to shoot, Hunt came into him from behind and knocked him off balance making him shoot well over from ten yards out.  Not a penalty in Styles world.

Luckily, on the day, it wasn't a vital decision.  Jenas let the ball flow out to Lennon who had now switched to the right wing.  Having space and a defender who stood off him, Aaron produced a fine low ball into the six yard box and Mido got in front of his marker to glance the ball up and into the net off the underside of the bar.  He turned it in quite well and when he picked up a back injury late in the game, it was a shame, as he had shown a bit of hunger and looked a better player for it.

The Egyptian striker had a free-kick taken low down by Flahavan and then Defoe, on as a sub for Keane got under a Lennon cross and the ball flew up into the Paxton Road stand.  He looked sharp and had another chance poking at the ball in the area, but the effort was blocked for another corner, as was Tom Huddlestone's shot, which was the only one out of about four on target after he replaced Mido.

Spurs still did their level best to give Southend another consolation.  Cerny and Dawson were playing one-twos in the area and Cerny got away with a dribble, but Daws' loss of control let Hooper in, but luckily Cerny got back to save.

A comprehensive win in the end and one that will help ease the worries over any potential lack of depth to the squad.  It provided a useful run out for some of the players who have not played regularly and showed that with Lennon in the side and with Jenas and Zokora showing good pace and running at players, the emphasis of the team's ability to attack gives them more opportunity to keep the ball away from their own goal.




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Having been given a roasting by Aaron Lennon, Southend made their journey back East to the sea with only a relegation fight left to look forward to.  But they were the ones who reaped the backlash from Wednesday night's draw with Arsenal, as Jol rung the changes to free up the runners in the side.

With Zokora playing in a withdrawn role in the League Cup semi, it was left to Lennon to make the incisive runs into the Arsenal defence.  Today, it was Zokora's run from the edge of his own penalty area to the edge of theirs that created the first goal.  We saw the Southend defence back off, just as ours had on Wednesday night.

For all the organisation Steve Tilson had instilled in his side, they had no answer to Lennon's pace and trickery.  It was exemplified in the closing minutes, when the ball was played up to him and he left the ball to run past Barrett, who could only put in a crude block on him to stop him getting through on goal, earning a yellow in the process.

But although Lennon took the man of the match award, it was the return of Jenas that gave Tottenham the engine in midfield they had been missing.  The pairing of Zokora and Huddlestone should work fine, but over the last few games it has mis-fired.  Whether that is from not having enough games together or following team instructions, I am not sure, but there is a more dynamic feel to the side when Jenas is there.  I'm not saying that there is not a place for Hud in the side, as he proved that his passing is second to none, as he came on to spray the ball about with pin-point accuracy.  It is about getting the blend right for the game ahead of us.

Keane was more like his old self today, but also was guilty of wasting the ball on a few occasions, when he tried the outrageous, when the simple might have been better until we had established a decent lead.  Mido was more involved too, but perhaps that is because he is on his way and wanted to prove his worth.  He did well to get into a position to score the third goal as any good striker should.  Between the two goals, Jenas showed he has not lost the ability to get forward and get into the box when he got a touch onto Lennon's cross to divert it past Flahavan.

The penalty was a joke, especially when the ref, with a perfectly good view, failed to give one when a Southend defender fell onto Keano's back as he was about to shoot.  But then a lot of us know all about Mr. Styles.

Into the Fifth Round, the season continues to add the games to our fixture list, but hopefully, it will mean that there is some added confidence in the side to take into Wednesday's second leg at Highbury.  A similar performance over 90 minutes might give the home side a few more worries.





Other scores in the Fourth round :
Barnet 0 Plymouth Argyle 2 Saturday
Birmingham City 2 Reading 3 Saturday
Bristol City 2 Middlesbrough 2 Saturday
Crystal Palace 0 Preston North End 2 Saturday
Derby County 1 Bristol Rovers 0 Saturday
Fulham 3 Stoke City 0 Saturday
Ipswich Town 1 Swansea City 0 Saturday
Luton Town 0 Blackburn Rovers 4 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Portsmouth 1 Saturday
Norwich City 1 Blackpool 1 Saturday
West Ham United 0 Watford 1 Saturday
Arsenal 1 Bolton Wanderers 1 Sunday
Chelsea 3 Nottingham Forest 0 Sunday
Manchester City 3 SCBC 1 Sunday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 West Bromwich Albion 3 Sunday


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