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League Cup Round Four

Wednesday 12th November 2008

The sides that take to the field on Wednesday night will be much changed from those that fought out a 2-1 win for Spurs just 11 days ago.

With Harry Redknapp taking the opportunity to have some of the younger players on the bench against Dinamo Zagreb, it is likely that some of the fringe players will get a run out on the night.

Liverpool are more likely to field a more experimental side, while Spurs will hope to keep the momentum going, while giving some players, such as Bale and Hutton, a run out to try and pick up some form after returning from injury.

The game itself will be hard to predict and it might see Spurs start with two up front to start and a more regulation 4-4-2 formation.  Liverpool have a deep squad and might still put some first-teamers out, just to try and get some revenge for the league defeat, but the willingness to impress the new Spurs boss might inspire the fringe players to step up their game. 

I don't think there will be much in it either way, but hopefully, it won't go to extra-time and penalties, as that didn't end well the last time we were at home to Liverpool in the League Cup, so I am hoping for a narrow Tottenham win to build the charge on more than one front ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  1    Liverpool  0

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


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Benoit Assou-Ekotto (suspended); Giovani Dos Santos (ankle); - (-); 

LIVERPOOL :  - Martin Srktel (knee); - (-);


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Tottenham Hotspur   4    Liverpool   2      (Half-time score : 3-0)

League Cup Round Four
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Wednesday 12th November 2008
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   33,242
Referee :  Mike Riley (Leeds)
Tottenham kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Cool, dry
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes  (21  Sanchez 74)

  3  Bale
20  Dawson (c)
22  Corluka
  2  Hutton

  4  Zokora
  6  Huddlestone
24  O'Hara
  7  Lennon

  9  Pavlyuchenko       (23  Boateng 90)
18  Campbell      (10  Bent 90)

Unused subs: 
  5  Bentley
14  Modric
16  Gunter
33  Rocha

Liverpool :

  1  Cavalieri

  2  Dossena
  4  Hyypia 
  5  Agger
27  Degen (32  Darby 84)

19  Babel     
21  Lucas     
28  Plessis        (14  Alonso 66)
31  El Zhar

  9  Torres      (22  Insua 56)
24  Ngog

Unused subs:
42  Gulasci
11  Riera
15  Benayoun
23  Carragher

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Pavlyuchenko 38
Campbell 42
Campbell 45
Pavlyuchenko 52


Plessis 49
Hyypia 63

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Pavlyuchenko (foul) 41
Campbell (going into crowd in goal celebration) 42



Plessis (foul) 10
Torres (dissent) 40
Babel (foul) 40
Lucas (foul) 66


Match Report : -  
With eleven days and a few changes to both sides separating the league match from this League Cup tie, Harry Redknapp managed to gee Tottenham up to keep Liverpool from getting revenge for the loss in the league and this game saw Spurs go 3-0 up before running out 4-2 winners.

From the off Spurs were quicker off the mark than the Reds and could have been ahead well before Pavlyuchenko's first goal.  Roman almost got a decent contact with his head to a Lennon cross and then Aaron nearly replicated his goal against Chelsea in the league last season, as he switched Bale's low ball from his right to his left foot and only Degen's block stopped his effort going in in the 19th minute.  From the corner, Jamie O'Hara hit his shot into the floor and as it came up, Vedran Corluka reacted quickly, but could not divert the ball past Cavalieri.

At the other end, Liverpool failed to penetrate the Spurs defence, even though both Bale and Hutton were giving the ball away in wide areas, as they both seemed to be tenderly finding their way back into the team's pattern of play.  Gareth made a good run down the left and pulled his cross back behind the two strikers and Hutton tried to get up in support on the right, but had less success getting the ball into the box.  In the 36th minute, Bale played Frazier Campbell in down the left wing and the loan striker did well to get to the ball and pull it back low across the box to find Pavlyuchenko in the middle of the six yard box, where he drove the ball through the keeper's legs to give Tottenham the lead.

1-0 almost became 2-0 straight away, as Campbell put Jamie O'Hara away through the middle and from a position reminiscent of that he scored the second Spurs goal up at Newcastle in the previous round, he was this time denied by the Brazilian keeper.  This action brought a bout a spell of four yellow cards in less than two minutes.  Babel hacked down Lennon and got a yellow, as did Torres for moaning about it.  Roman slid in on Agger and saw yellow.

The next caution was a joke, as Frazier Campbell celebrated his first goal for Tottenham.  Going into the crowd was enough for Mike Riley to pull out a card, but his joy was justified, when he took O'Hara's through ball and with Cavalieri coming out and clattering Dossena, Campbell only had to tap the ball into an empty net.  He nearly didn't manage that, as he mis-kicked and the ball went in nearer the right hand post than he might have intended, but it put Tottenham 2-0 ahead three minutes before the break.

But that wasn't the end of it.  As the last minute of the first half was being played, O'Hara worked a ball on the left back for Lennon, who produced a right foot cross to the far post, where Campbell was alone and headed in from close range to give Tottenham a 3-0 lead at half-time. 

What Spurs didn't need to do was to let a goal in shortly after the interval, so what do they do ?  Let Plessis jump highest at the far post to head downwards and past Gomes, who was diving from a position on his line, with the ball going through him on the way in.  It was another poorly defended set-piece, which Tottenham still keep getting caught out at.

However, the worry didn't last for too ling, as Zokora went on a long run into the left hand side of the penalty box and his final ball (a shot or a cross I am not sure) came off the keeper and Pavlyuchenko tucked away his latest goal in our colours from inside the six yard box.  He looks to be recovering his goalscoring form of his international and club reputation and is fitting into the side nicely. 

With a free-kick from Bale whistling just past the post off the wall shortly after the fourth goal, it looked like the next goal might be Tottenham's.  However, it took a good block from Alan Hutton to stop Insua's drive after being set up by El Zhar and it was the Egyptian who brought a save out of Gomes in the 67th minute, but that was after Liverpool had got a second goal.  Another set-piece undone Tottenham, with Babel's corner headed home by Hyypia as Gomes did not get near the ball as it came in.

The Spurs keeper showed no concern for himself as Degen raced onto a through pass from Alonso and went very still holding his face after the two hit the floor.  Some time was spent inspecting the damage before he went off to allow Cesar Sanchez his debut as he came on between the sticks for the last 15 minutes.  his first action was taking a low cross, which he did capably, but there was a ball in that he patted down before grabbing at the second attempt, but otherwise, he looked solid.

Spurs made the man at the other end work harder, although Huddlestone's volley flew over and another shot went well wide, it was left to Pavlyuchenko to hit Tom's pass at goal and Cavalieri stopped it, but it was his presence rather than a considered advance that kept it out.

Liverpool's last chance came when a ball down the right side of the penalty area was chased by Degen with Gareth Bale in close attention.  As the ball ran on, Bale slid in and appeared to touch it before his follow-through brought the defender down.  Penalty appeals were waved away and Degen stayed down, but play went on until Degen hopped off the pitch to receive attention, before limping off to be substituted.

O'Hara poked the ball over Darby's head before trying to lob the ball over the keeper, but was off target, then a couple of attacks at both ends failed to produce anything seriously dangerous, the whistle went to see Spurs through to the quarter finals and well worth their win over a weakened and dis-jointed Liverpool side, although Tottenham were less than 100% with a number of players out too.

With the competition reaching the serious stages and with some bigger names hitting the buffers, it might be another good campaign for Spurs, despite the league worries they currently have.



Reaction : -




Having seen Gomes in action (or inaction) last night, he simply has to be dropped. While the rest of the team is growing in confidence, he doesn't show or give any.  I mean he can't even punch the ball straight, as it comes off his knuckles in all directions.

I just hope Harry has seen enough.  I don't like to see anyone injured, but, in this case, maybe it's a blessing.








Other scores this round :
Arsenal 3 Wigan Athletic 0 Tuesday
Derby County 2 Leeds United 1 Tuesday
Manchester United 1 Queens Park Rangers 0 Tuesday
Stoke City 2 Rotherham United 0 Tuesday
Swansea Town 0 Watford 1 Tuesday
Sunderland 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 Wednesday
Chelsea 1 Burnley (win 5-4 on pens.  a.e.t. 1-1 at 90 mins) 1 Wednesday


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