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FA Cup Third Round Replay

Wednesday 17th January 2007

Here we are again then.  The prospect of extra time and penalties on the cards.  And it could be another long night.

While Cardiff might not be the best side in the Championship, they are a side who must not be taken lightly.  I have always liked Dave Jones as a manager.  He believes in playing the game right and while his side will put in a lot of energy and close Spurs down as much as they can, when they get the ball, they will try and play some passes.

Ledley has a sweet left foot, although he failed to show it when he had the chance to hit the target with a volley in the first game and Chopra is a player with Premiership experience.

Many of the other Bluebirds' players are ones who have played at the level they are at the moment or above, but some have a workmanlike attitude which Spurs will have to match to get the upper hand.  Having played some incisive football at times against Newcastle, the need to score goals (and not the "beautiful goal") will be paramount in gaining a place against Southend in the next round.  And more importantly, not conceding goals cheaply like we did on Sunday.

It will be another battle, as Cardiff try to regain some of their early season form and gain a notable scalp in the process.  While Tottenham have suffered two home defeats on the trot, they will be keen to make sure it is not an unwanted hat-trick and they will just edge it on a night when the atmosphere should be passionate and hopefully, no more than that ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  1    Cardiff City  0

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


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

CARDIFF CITY : -  Paul Parry (foot); Kerrea Gilbert ()


BBCi - 22.00  (highlights)
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Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
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)

Internet :   Live webcast  - subscribers only
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BBC London - click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Tottenham Hotspur   4    Cardiff City   0      (Half-time score : 3-0)

FA Cup Third Round Replay
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Wednesday 17th January 2007
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   27,641
Referee :  Mike Riley (Leeds)
Weather :  -  Mild, dry but chilly later
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :



Malbranque (Ghaly 65)
Zokora (Tainio 75)

Berbatov (Defoe 70)
Keane (c)

Unused subs: 
YP Lee

Cardiff City :



Flood (Cooper 56)
Scimeca (c)

Chopra (Ferretti 75)

Unused subs:

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

  Cardiff City
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Lennon 27
Keane 30
Malbranque 41
Defoe 81

Cardiff City


Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  



Cardiff City

Thompson (persistent fouling)   


Match Report : -  

What had looked a tricky tie in the first match, seemed an easy task in the replay despite the game being played in a veritable war zone with helicopters, riot police and police horses along with enough fluorescent jackets to man a dozen normal games down the Lane.

With three minutes remaining in the match, Cardiff had their first shot on target and it lacked enough power to trouble Robinson.  Ferretti had wriggled into the area before scuffing his shot, but by then, the game had been dead for a considerable amount of time.

That was thanks to two goals in three minutes, which saw Cardiff players arguing among themselves, as the lack of success stretching back to 11th November kicked in and Spurs strolled through the second half despite the physical approach from the Bluebirds.  The visitors had stamped the way they were going to take the game to Spurs in the first minute, when Gooner Gilbert went right through Keane from behind.  He seemed to have psyched himself up by saying he would get stick from the Tottenham crowd as an Arsenal player, but I am not sure how many people would have heard of him without him publicising himself.  he couldn't take the stick but wanted to hand it out, including a rabbit punch to Anthony Gardner after a first half clash.  He was regularly rounded by Spurs players and showed a lack of composure when distributing the ball.  I am sure he will be welcomed back at Highbury.

Dimitar Berbatov unleashed a shot that skipped a ball-width past the post with Alexander stranded after 10 minutes, then Zokora hit a trademark shot wide four minutes later.  Spurs were opening up Cardiff on Gilbert's wing, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto making strides down the left wing and Malbranque got on the end of the full-backs pull-back, but Alexander got to it and Keane couldn't reach the rebound first.

However, the goal was imminent and on 26 minutes, a Cardiff set-piece led to Aaron Lennon hitting the opener.  Breaking forward at pace, the little winger passed to Zokora in the left hand channel, where he passed towards Robbie Keane, who was offside.  Chopra had chased back to take Zokora after he had laid the ball off and the Cardiff defence stopped expecting a whistle for the foul on Didier or for offside against Keano, but he let the ball run and Lennon was there to slot the ball between the keeper and his near post to give Spurs a useful first goal in the game.

It seemed to encourage Tottenham to push on for a second and Berba had one ruled out for offside, but the Bulgarian strolled into the penalty area, turned Loovens and calmly picked out  a low pass to Keane, who whacked the ball high into the roof of the net from about four yards out.  It was a sublime piece of unselfish and stylish play by Dimitar, who is coming into his own as he shows that forwards do not always need to score themselves.  Perhaps Keane could take a leaf out of his book.  Too many times, he tries to do something clever without it coming off and when other players cannot supply him with a pass exactly where he thinks he wants it, he remonstrates with them. As captain, it is not the best way of encouraging team-mates.

The shots were flying in, with Malbranque trying his luck from the edge of the box and McNaughton stuck out a leg and nearly diverted it into his own net, if not for the Bluebirds goalie making a good reflex save.  But Steed didn't have to wait too long for another opportunity, when a good break, with some neat one touch football, freed BAE on the left and his low pass inside was struck early and powerfully from 20 yards out, leaving Alexander groping for the ball as it flashed past him at his right hand post.  Malbranque is becoming a useful member of the team, as he has a nice touch, good passing ability and he works much harder than I realised he did when with Fulham.

With a 3-0 half-time lead in a FA Cup tie, it is not a time for Spurs fans to hold the greatest confidence, but the opposition today rarely threatened our goal and the more likely threat would be to our fans from the exuberant Welshman who sung incomprehensible songs and seemed to think that the fact that they were singing when 0-3 down was a particularly good thing.

Anyway, on the pitch, it was more of the same as Hud picked out Chimbonda's run, but the full-back did not read that the ball was going over the defender's head and when it did, he was not prepared for the shot that went wide.  Defoe was one of many substitutions made in the second half, showing that he is confident in his goal-scoring ability by trying to set up Keane, who was put off as he was going to shoot.  Three minutes later, Jermain showed him how it should be done, as Ghaly ran forward and smashed a shot that Alexander could not hold.  As the ball ran loose, Defoe was onto it the quickest and while the keeper got something on his shot, the ball still was up for grabs and Jermain found it at his feet in front of goal and prodded it in for 4-0.

Keane did come close after Tom Huddlestone picked him out with just one of numerous delightfully judged passes he played throughout the game.  Robbie's volley was hit true and hard, but Alexander was equal to it and pushed it away.

The game showed that Tottenham can go on to kill teams off and it was a useful exercise for tougher opponents in the future.  The passing was good and the movement better, with players looking eager to make an impact on the game.  The tempo in the first half carried Tottenham to a 3-0 lead, but the pace dropped in the second half and Spurs were still unable to get Aaron Lennon into the game as much as they would have liked, but the Cardiff resilience was weak and now we face familiar opposition in Southend in ten days time.  Between now and then, we will have a good idea on how the course of our season will run, but more performances like this will help shape that future.


Kirk Hammerton




Other replay scores this mid-week :
Coventry City 0 Bristol City 2 Tuesday
Fulham 4 Leicester City 3 Wednesday
Ipswich Town 1 Chester City 0 Tuesday
Manchester City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Tuesday
Middlesbrough 4 Hull City 3 Tuesday
Newcastle United 1 Birmingham City 5 Wednesday
Oldham Athletic 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Tuesday
Plymouth Argyle 2 Peterborough United 1 Tuesday
Barnsley 0 Southend United 2 Tuesday


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