Cardiff City (Away)
FA Cup Third Round

Sunday 7th January 2007

Riding high at the top of the Championship, a few weeks ago, Cardiff would have fancied their chances of an FA Cup shock when they take on Spurs at Ninian Park.

A crop of good young Welsh talent has helped propel the Bluebirds up to the top of their league, with veteran manager David Jones in charge of the team finally getting the return out of the players.

They are not a team of stars, as many of them have failed to hit the high spots elsewhere.  Scimeca had his time at Forest and Villa, Purse with Birmingham and Chopra was hailed as the new Shearer at Newcastle, but they have dropped down to find their feet at Cardiff.  Blended with native stars Joe Ledley and winger Paul Parry.  Willo Flood is another player who took a step backwards from Manchester City to find regular first team football and the hard-working Irish midfielder will bother the Tottenham players with his all action style.

Among their ranks, Kevin Campbell has been brought in to add experience to the young side and Dutchman Glenn Loovens brings a dash of continental colour to the defence, with his tough tackling style and height to counter the big man Spurs play up front.  Two Scots have also starred for the Welsh side, with Neil Alexander providing a surety of handling in defence, while Steven Thompson will give height to the attack and his experience in the front line in the SPL for sides such as Dundee United and Glasgow Rangers will give him the impetus to prove a handful for the Spurs defence.

On loan from the Gooners, full back Kerrea Gilbert will be looking to impress, with veteran defender Alan Wright of Villa and Sheffield United on the other flank, if required.

Cardiff are well organised and good on the break.  Whether they will be able to turn it on against Spurs on the day will depend on how the recent run of results has affected them, as they have dropped to eighth after leading the division.

Spurs lost there in the early 1970s, but I do not think there will be a repeat of that result, for all of Cardiff City's surge towards the Premiership.  It will be close, but I consider a Fourth Round place just achievable after a passionate display from the home side...

PREDICTION : -  Cardiff City  1   Tottenham Hotspur   2

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


CARDIFF CITY :  Paul Parry (hamstring); Luigi Glombard (hamstring)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Teemu Tainio (ankle); Jermaine Jenas (ankle); Aaron Lennon (knee); Paul Stalteri (knee); Mido (groin); Ledley King (foot); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (groin)


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Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
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North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

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Cardiff City   0   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 0-0)

FA Cup Third Round
Venue : -  Ninian Park
Sunday 7th January 2007
Kick Off :  4.00 p.m.
Crowd :   20,376
Referee :  Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Weather :  -  Wet, wet, wet
Teams : - 
Cardiff City :



Scimeca (c)


Unused subs

Tottenham Hotspur :

Robinson (c)

Lee (Gardner 88)

Murphy (Lennon 67)

Defoe (Keane 82)

Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Cardiff City

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Cardiff City


Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  
Cardiff City



Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  

With the constant rain and being in Cardiff, it could have been like the League Cup final of 2002 all over again.  However, the team of then and the team of now are different animals and today's side gritted their teeth and were up for the battle, which was just as well, as they returned to London with a 0-0 draw and another match to play.

It will of course necessitate the movement of the League Cup semi first leg, but home advantage might prove of use to Spurs if they can reproduce some of their better home form.  This game, once more, showed their away form as a dismal return for the amount of possession they had and the few chances made, but there was still enough opportunities to stop the need for a second match.

With Danny Murphy coming in and Zokora on the bench, the midfield was set up to work and pass the ball.  Lennon's place on the substitute's list gave hope that he would be able to make inroads into the home defence if required, although the continued absence of Ledley King causes concern despite Davenport doing well in his place.

In the early stages, Tottenham looked happy to try things to open a way to goal.  Defoe produced a cheeky back-heel to Berbatov, but it was a yard too long and there were some other touches that you might have hoped to see when we were a few goals ahead.  Jermain looked keen to play on the shoulder of the last man and this tactic has pros and cons.  The judgement of offside is often a close call, so, when he got flagged when put through and was onside, he could not really complain a few minutes later when his run was a little early and he got away with it, latching onto Berba's pass, but shooting across goal and wide.

YP Lee almost handed Cardiff with a goal, when his headed back pass across his penalty area by-passed Davenport and fell for Chopra to seize on, but Robinson rushed out to close him down and the resulting shot was poked goal-wards, but went wide.  Spurs came closer halfway through the first period, when the ball bobbled about the box until it came to Berbatov, who shot, but Purse got his body in the way and took most of the sting off the shot.  However, he also deflected it and Alexander had to change the direction of his dive to keep it out and then pounced on the loose ball before Jermain could get to it.

Spurs experienced a period of pressure when Cardiff won a couple of corners and flung some crosses across the face of goal, but there were not the supporting players to get on the end of them.  Tottenham's only response was a snatched shot by Malbranque, who hit his effort high over the bar.

Half time came and was an opportunity for the players to get out of the rain for fifteen minutes.  On their return to the pitch, they found a Cardiff side willing to get the ball forward quickly and one such ball into the area fell for Steven Thompson, but his shot was rushed and went well wide.  The same happened at the other end, but was a better chance.  A ball through the heart of the defence from Malbranque sent Defoe away and he took his shot after a touch and dragged it across the keeper from the right to miss the left hand post by a foot.  It looked like one of those shots that he puts away when he strikes it early and rifles it past the keeper without them having the chance to move.  Except it didn't end up where they normally do.

Cardiff didn't resort to long balls forward, but tried to play the ball wide and Chopra was one who managed to get out to the flank, putting in crosses and one fell to Joe Ledley at the far post on the left, from where he struck a volley that went well over the bar, when he had a bit more time than he thought.

The partnership of Berbatov and Defoe looked like they could break through, but when the Bulgarian flicked a ball on, the little England striker just failed to get to it before Alexander grabbed it.

Half chances arrived for Thompson, who blazed over and for Malbranque, who swivelled to hit a scissors kick a couple of feet wide of the goal with the keeper scrambling to get to it and despite a late flurry of attacking intent from City, the game fizzled out as a damp squib.

Games such as these are always a banana skin, but slippery as it was today in the soaking wet, Tottenham live to fight another day.  Whether there will be many more days in the FA Cup will depend on the replay, but the home side showed that although they like to play football, the killer touch was missing in this display and they need to do more in the final third if they intend to push Spurs harder on 17th January.




Other FA Cup Third Round scores this weekend :
Birmingham City 2 Newcastle United 2 Saturday
Blackpool 4 Aldershot 2 Saturday
Bristol City 3 Coventry City 3 Saturday
Chelsea 6 Macclesfield Town 1 Saturday
Chester City 0 Ipswich Town 0 Saturday
Crystal Palace 2 Swindon Town 1 Saturday
Doncaster Rovers 0 Bolton Wanderers 4 Saturday
Derby County 3 Wrexham 1 Saturday
Everton 1 Blackburn Rovers 4 Sunday
Hull City 1 Middlesbrough 1 Saturday
Leicester City 2 Fulham 2 Saturday
Liverpool 1 Arsenal 3 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Aston Villa 1 Sunday
Nottingham Forest 2 Charlton Athletic 0 Saturday
Peterborough United 1 Plymouth Argyle 1 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Wigan Athletic 1 Saturday
Preston North End 1 Sunderland 0 Saturday
Queens Park Rangers 2 Luton Town 2 Saturday
Reading P Burnley P Saturday
Sheffield United 0 Swansea City 3 Saturday
Southend United 1 Barnsley 1 Saturday
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Manchester City 1 Sunday
Tamworth United 1 Norwich City 4 Saturday
Torquay United 0 SCBC 2 Saturday
Watford 4 Stockport County 1 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 3 Leeds United 1 Saturday
West Ham United 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Saturday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Oldham Athletic 2 Saturday


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