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FA Cup Sixth Round replay

Monday 19th March 2007

With a pulsating match in the first game of this tie ending 3-3 after Tottenham had led for so long, this match is looked forward to with a great deal of anticipation.

The performance in the first half gave a lot of players a lack of energy to carry it on through the second half, but Lennon's chance when through against Cech and Defoe's blistering shot at the end still could have won it if it had rippled the back of the net rather than rattled the crossbar.

Chelsea had to draw on Mourinho's experimentation to grab the draw and with more formation shuffles than the present Cabinet, the team managed to get the goals to draw 3-3 when Spurs dropped deeper and lost the ability to push the back line further up the field.

When Spurs were rampant and broke with pace and numbers, Chelsea were unable to cope with it and while Paul Terry might be back for this match, there are still areas where profit can be made, such as Lennon on Ashley Cole, who was made to look decidedly average for the second time this season against us.

Chelsea will be out to eradicate the mistakes they made in the first game and the return of John Terry will marshall the troops better and will make Tottenham's task harder, but with the potency of our attack at the moment, it will be difficult for any side to stop us scoring.  Much as we have trouble stopping other sides hitting the net.  Our defence will need to be strong and Dawson and Rocha will have a busy night, but showed they are capable to holding their won against the likes of Drogba and Shevchenko.

It will be another close game and although Spurs should have tied the game up instead of ending with it tied, they could go on to win this one ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Chelsea  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 (broken leg);  Paul Robinson (thigh); Jermaine Jenas (groin); Ledley King (foot); Danny Murphy (Achilles); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee)

CHELSEA :  -  Wayne Bridge (knee); Joe Cole (foot)


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Tottenham Hotspur   1    Chelsea   2      (Half-time score : 0-0)

FA Cup Sixth Round replay
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Monday 19th March 2007
Kick Off :  8.05 p.m.
Crowd :   35,519
Referee :  Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Weather :  -  Cold, some rain/snow/sleet before the game
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Rocha (Stalteri 84)
YP Lee

Malbranque (Defoe 64)

Keane (c)

Unused subs

Chelsea :


Diarra (Ferreira 90)
Terry (c)
A. Cole

Wright-Phillips (Kalou 86)

Shevchenko (Robben 81)

Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Tottenham Hotspur

Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Keane (p) 79


Shevchenko 55
Wright-Phillips 61

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Chimbonda 79 (pushing before the penalty was taken)  




Diarra (foul) 28
Drogba (throwing the ball away) 35
Carvalho (foul) 77
Cech (kicking the ball away) 79


Match Report : -  
Two fine goals from Andrei Shevchenko and Shaun Wright-Phillips condemned Spurs to an FA Cup quarter final defeat in which not all the players on the pitch were on top form and a fan on the pitch after the final whistle gave the night an even more depressing end.

With Mourinho drafting in Mikel to mark Berbatov out of the game, it made it hard for Tottenham to make inroads into the Chelsea defence, although there were a few chances available.  The failure to accept the opportunities in the first game cost us more dear, but in this match, the chances were fewer but not unscoreable.

Berba almost played Keano in early on, when he stood on the edge of the penalty area, with three defenders around him and produced a cute drag-back that nearly went into the Irish striker's path, had not a Chelsea defender intervened.  In typical cup-tie fashion, the play switched to the other end and Drogba set up Ballack, who hit a shot just past the post with Robinson rooted to the spot.  With a quarter of an hour gone, Shaun Wright-Phillips came inside from his left wing position and unleashed a shot that came from behind a defender and fizzed over the top by a foot.

Aaron Lennon started off on the left wing, where he tormented Diarra and brought a booking when he was hauled down by the Chelsea defender.  However, the little England winger switched to the right and found it easy to go past Cole.  It was thus surprising that in the second half, Jol stuck with Lennon on the left wing, which released Cole to make forward runs without the ever-present threat of Aaron's pace to keep him in check.  He did carve out an opportunity for Robbie Keane, but the shot was charged down by Terry and Carvalho.

Rocha was doing well in his battle against Drogba, who towered over him.  The Spurs man showed he can jump well, with some good aerial challenges against the strong Chelsea forward, but he also nipped around the Ivory Coast international to pinch the ball away from him on a couple of occasions.  He frustrated Drogba into throwing the ball away after winning a free-kick for a foul on him and the ref pulled out a yellow card.

With Chelsea coming set-up to keep Tottenham out in the early stages of the game, they created little and Robinson had a quiet half really.  After the break, it was Spurs again who started the brighter.  A corner fell to Chimbonda, who hit a shot that Cech saved at the Park Lane end and the Czech keeper had to be smart to get down to a Malbranque effort to keep it out.

With ten minutes of the second half gone, Diarra broke from right back and burst between two Tottenham players to knock the ball down the line to Shevchenko.  Having taken the ball inside the penalty with one touch, he spun to hit a left footed shot that arrowed into the opposite top corner of the net, leaving Robbo helpless.  Sitting right behind it, the shot was only going to be a goal if it went in there and perhaps it was one of those which might have ended up in row Y, but it didn't.

It seemed like the 3-1 lead that Chelsea clawed back would be the turning point of the match and six minutes later, Drogba chested the ball down for Wright-Phillips to strike a high bouncing ball past the Spurs keeper for 2-0 from the other side of the box.  Dawson almost got to the diminutive winger, but having been drawn out of the back four to make a challenge, he was not back to pick up his man and nobody covered for him.

The tiring programme of games Tottenham have had lately seemed to be taking it's toll.  A few players looked jaded and Defoe's introduction for Malbranque saw Spurs play with three up front and three at the back.  it was a risky change, but

Lennon played a cross in, but Keane couldn't get it under control, while the ball dropped to Zokora, but he hit it wide.  Wright-Phillips did the same at the other end before Jermain Defoe played the ball in to Berbatov, who stepped past a defender and as he prepared to shoot, Carvalho brought him down just eight yards out from goal.  It was as clear a goal scoring opportunity as you would see ... one he scored from in the first game; so, how it was not deemed a red card offence, I cannot conceive.  The Chelsea defender, who spent a large amount of the game on the floor and whingeing at Keane, only picked up a yellow card and Keane picked up the ball to slide it past Cech, despite the best efforts of Terry to use gamesmanship to delay the taking of the spot-kick.  The Blues keeper picked up a yellow card for kicking the ball away after Keane tried to hurry the restart and Chimbonda had got one too for a scuffle with Drogba in the lead up to the penalty being taken.

It was all set for a thrilling last ten minutes until Chelsea brought out the methods which do nothing to endear them to anyone.  While Manchester United play thrilling attacking football, with their aim to outplay the opposition (with Ronaldo's antics one of the few draw-backs), Mourinho's men employ the same ways that Porto used against Celtic in the 2004 UEFA Cup final, which brought wide-spread condemnation.  Feigning injury, time-wasting, harassing the referee and intimidation of the opposition players.  They are a good enough team not to have to do that and while it might be a back-handed compliment to Tottenham that they felt they had to kill off the game in this manner, they will win few friends outside SW25 and the chants of "Next year you'll be supporting Man U" to their fans might not be too far off the mark.  The arrogance and pettiness of their phone0in callers certainly indicated to me that they have little good to say about anyone other than themselves.

Drogba ran his studs down Rocha's heel without the referee Atkinson giving a free-kick to Spurs nor Drogba his second yellow card.  It was astounding that such a weak performance from a referee, who rarely got a decision right, should be considered by those in power as suitable for such a big game.

Tottenham's best chance to get something out of the match came with five minutes of normal time remaining, as the ball came in from the right wing and neither Keane nor Berbatov were placed to get near the low cross.  The four minutes of extra time saw Dawson join the players up front and everything was aimed at his head, making it easy for Chelsea to defend.  A couple of scrambles saw the ball not sit up for the Tottenham front men and the final ball was not accurate enough, as it had failed to be for most of the night.

Spurs had enough possession and enough opportunities to play the ball in to their forwards, but one touch too many or poor delivery, especially from corners and free-kicks, failed to give Chelsea enough difficult situations to defend.  It took two cracking goals to win it for the visitors, but it will hopefully be another step in the learning process for the Tottenham team.



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