put in a very good performance to win away at Sunderland in the FA
Premier League semi-final at the Stadium of Light.
Spurs almost took an early lead, when Parrett
set up Ryan Mason for a curling shot that went past goalkeeper Misiewicz,
but just inches wide. The Black Cats keeper was playing like he
was on a hot tin roof, as Spurs went forward to seek the breakthrough.
He raced off his line to block Townsend's 11th minute burst into the
area and then two minutes later, he pushed Danny Rose's far post header
wide after good work from Townsend on the right.
Sunderland battled back into the game and Ryan
Noble had a chance to square to an unmarked Sunderland team-mate, but
Nathan Byrne raced back to cut out the ball, then his brother Liam put
the resulting corner onto his head, but he did not make contact with the
ball, although it dropped for O'Mahoney, but shi shot was wide. It
was O'Mahoney who brought Oscar Jansson into action to block his shot
from a quickly taken free-kick with his legs in the 20th minute.
Coming up to the half hour, Danny Rose took the ball and worked a
shooting opportunity, but his 25 yard shot bent narrowly wide.
The first goal of the game went Tottenham's way
in the 39th minute, when Ryan Mason hit a free-kick into the Sunderland
defensive wall and a handball was given. The same player stepped
up to coolly put his shot into the opposite corner to Misiewicz's dive.
With the advantage, Tottenham then hit the home side on the break three
minutes before the interval. Smith picked off Reed's pass and from
the edge of his own area, played the ball forward to Andros Townsend.
Running up the line, he made ground into the Sunderland half, before
passing square to Jon Obika. The striker might have shot at goal,
but with Townsend continuing his run, he laid the ball into his path to
fire into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards out.
The second half was only six minutes old when
Tottenham might have gone further ahead. Danny Rose's cross shot
was guided goal-wards by Obika, as he ran in, but he could only knock it
over the bar from close range.
It was obvious that Sunderland would pile on
the pressure to get back into the match and in the 58th minute,
Hourihane picked up a clearance and fed Wood, but taking a touch too
many, he could only prod the ball towards Oscar Jansson, who saved
easily. Just after the hour, Ryan Noble shot wide from inside the
area and they finally got a goal in the 71st minute, when Byrne was
harshly deemed to have pushed Reed in the back and Ryan Noble shot home
from the penalty spot, with Jansson having no chance of stopping the
ball as it hit the top right hand corner.
Two minutes later, Spurs had an appeal for a
penalty waved away when Obika's cross saw Kay take Mason first in
getting the ball. Danny Rose could only head Townsend's deep cross
into the side netting in the 79th minute, then, three minutes later,
Smith bombed down the right to get beyond Townsend and while Obika could
not reach his cross, Parrett did and hit a fierce shot from 12 yards,
which the keeper managed to beat out.
With a minute of normal time left, Liam Noble
took Hourihane's short corner and curled a shot off the crossbar, while
Kay dragged a last minute shot wide after Bagnall's cross dropped kindly
for him, leaving Spurs to go through to face Arsenal in the final.
Sunderland - Misiewicz, Bagnall,
Adams, Liam Noble, Kay, McArdle, O'Mahoney, Reed, R. Noble, Hourihane,
Martin Waghorn (Wood 46).
Subs not used : Wilson, Hunter,
Spurs - Jansson, Smith, Byrne, Butcher,
Caulker, Townsend, Cox, Parrett, Rose (M'poku 81), Mason, Obika
Subs not used : Butler, Kasim, Ekim,
Attendance : - ,