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FA Cup Fourth Round

Saturday 23rd January 2010


Having dismissed Manchester United form the competition in the previous round, it would be churlish of Tottenham to take League One Leeds United too lightly.

With Spurs having a number of injuries, we can expect some changes to the team and some will be implemented after Wednesday's defeat at Anfield, where a few players failed to perform to the standard expected of them.  But their opponents will be up for it, despite their main priority being to gain promotion from their division to progress up the league ladder.

Manager Simon Grayson has had a galvanising effect on the team, who had just missed out on promotion last season when hit with a big points deduction, but has put them out at the top of the table despite a wobble with two consecutive defeats in the last two matches.  Gone are the days of signing big players for millions of pounds, as Grayson shops for bargain buys and loan players to try to escape the third tier.

Spurs struggled against a dour Hull City side and they might not find fellow Yorkies Leeds adopting the same stultifying tactics.  They play an expansive game with Jermain Beckford the main spearhead, with 16 goals this season, including the one that won the tie at Old Trafford.  Fellow striker Robert Snodgrass has been catching the eye too, as he has a natural knack for finishing moves in the box and Vince Grella joins in to get into the area, with the American being a tricky opponent when running at opponents.  Former Barnet striker Tresor Kandol has found a new lease of life at Elland Road and likes to try a trick or two, as does Beckford.

The goalkeeping situation sees Shane Higgs injured, leaving Casper Ankergren between the sticks and he is a tall goalie, but he is suspect to being badly positioned when shots come in, so the early taking of shots by Defoe might catch him out.  In back up, former Spurs trainee David Martin (son of Alvin) and central defender has successfully moved back to take the gloves and he is on loan from Liverpool at the moment.

The defence features some Premier League experience with both Richard Naylor (Ipswich Town) and Leigh Bromby (Sheffield United), while ex-Gooner Jason Crowe (who achieved infamy for getting sent of in 33 seconds after coming on as a sub in a League Cup tie at HIghbury) never played in the top flight, but had three appearances in cup teams for the Woolwich Wanderers.  Lubomir Michalik played a few games with Bolton Wanderers before joining Leeds and another experienced defender Rui Marques will be missing from the back four as he is away on African Cup of Nations duty with Angola, so, with the defence only having let in 16 League One goals this season and held United goal-less, it will be interesting to see how Tottenham's attack fares against the Peacocks' rear-guard.

In midfield David Prutton is a well-travelled battler and he is one of the elder statesmen of the side, but the player taking all the attention is Jonathan Howson, who is a local product and a youngster who might go on to big things.  Dynamic and energetic, he likes to link up with the attack.  Aussie Neil Kilkenny is a former Birmingham winger and adds width to the Leeds midfield and alongside him, Argentinian Luciano Becchio has become a bit of a fixture in midfield and coming back from injury, his presence in the side will strengthen the resolve in the middle of the park.

Whereas Leeds struggled to get past Kettering Town in the Second Round, their were in a rich vein of form as they approached the Man U match and went through without the home side producing too many difficult moments for them.  Having come off the back of a draw and two defeats, it will be interesting to see how Simon Grayson sets up his team at the Lane.  His tactical insight helped him win that game at Old Trafford and he has hinted that he will try and hit Spurs in their weak points, so expect set-pieces to feature large in their game and perhaps to attack down the flanks.  It will be a throw-back to the days when they were a big club and I expect a tough game from Leeds and I think the end result will be ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur    2      Leeds United    1

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Carlo Cudicini (out - broken wrist); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Aaron Lennon (out - groin); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (out - groin); Tom Huddlestone (out - knee); Ledley King (doubtful - knee); - (-); - (-);

LEEDS UNITED :  -  Shane Higgs (out - thigh); Rui Marques (out - African Cup of Nations); - (-); 


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

FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Saturday 23rd January 2010
Kick Off :  5.15 p.m.
Crowd :   35,750
Referee :  Alan Wiley (Burntwood)
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Dry, chilly
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton         
19  Bassong
20  Dawson  (c)
  3  Bale

25  Rose  (12  Palacios 56)
21  Kranjcar  (10  Keane  71)  

18  Defoe
15  Crouch    (  9  Pavlyuchenko  71  )  

Unused subs: 
27  Alnwick
24  O'Hara

Leeds United :

  1  Ankergen

  2  Crowe      
  3  Kisnorbo      
26  Bromby      
22  Hughes

12  Doyle        (10  Becchio 80)
12  Howson (c)
  8  Kilkenny      
16  Johnson        (32  White 88)

23  Snodgrass

  9  Beckford   

Unused subs: 
36  Martin
17  Michalak
  7  Prutton
18  Robinson
13  Grella

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Tottenham Hotspur

  Leeds United
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Crouch  42
Pavlyuchenko  75

Leeds United

Beckford  52
Beckford (p)  90+5

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Hutton (foul) 90+1




Leeds United

Bromby (foul)  48 
Doyle (continued contraventions of the laws)  51
Crowe (continued fouling)  59
Kisnorbo (foul)  65
Kilkenny (foul)  82 
Johnson (kicking ball away)  88


Match Report : -  
Whilst Jermain Beckford's last minute penalty was a disappointment to Spurs fans, as Leeds secured a late, late 2-2 draw, it was refreshing to see a side come to White Hart Lane and have belief in their own ability to get something from the game and not stick ten men behind the ball and pray for a clean sheet.

To some extent, you would have been able to identify Leeds as the team of old with several incidents a throw back to their "dirty Leeds" days, but they showed some good passing and had the better of the second half of the first period with Spurs suffering from déjà vu in the opening twenty minutes, as Casper Ankergren saved everything that was thrown at him.

It was during that opening salvo that it looked like being Hull City all over again, as Tottenham's attacking opened up Leeds on a number of occasions. It came after an earl misunderstanding between Bassong and Gomes, as they left a through ball for each other and Jermaine Beckford almost got in, but Gomes managed to block the effort near the edge of his box with his legs.  Firstly, Defoe tested Ankergren with a towering lob from 35 yards out, as Bromby hesitated in dealing with a headed through ball from Michael Dawson.  As the ball came down with ice on it, the Dane managed to get his footwork right to tip the ball over, as it looked like it might sneak in below the bar in the sixth minute.  From the corner, Kranjcar hit a drive that the keeper had to dive full length to push aside.

An eighth minute long throw to Crouch was knocked down in front of him to Danny Rose, who controlled the ball before finding a boot in his groin from Doyle, producing a pointing to the spot by referee Wiley.  Amazingly, Wiley did not book the Leeds midfielder for a challenge so high that it was almost down the player's throat.  Anyway, he probably thought that giving a penalty was punishment enough, but I am not sure who for.  Rarely do you know the outcome of a situation before it takes place, but Defoe's record from the spot is becoming worse with each successive effort.  This time he chose to place his shot to Ankergren's left and the keeper got down on the dive to push the ball wide as he stretched to meet the weakly hit shot.

Sebastien Bassong tried to get in on the act in the tenth minute, as he hit the target with a volley, but it lacked any great power and the keeper caught it simply enough.  Defoe ran through onto Crouch's flick to out-pace his marker, but Kisnorbo slid in to throw a block on the shot and the ball went out for a corner and then a 25 yard Bale free-kick got up and over the wall, but lacked sufficient power to trouble the keeper unduly.  He simply pushed the ball wide and allowed his defence to clear it away.  On 20 minutes, a free-kick for a foul on Crouch saw Kranjcar drive in a low shot and through a packed goalmouth, Ankergren spilled the shot to Jermain Defoe, who shot instantly, but Kisnorbo got in the way to lock the ball.

Halfway through the first half, Modric slipped Defoe through the middle and as the striker ran away form the defender Crowe, he was brought down by a sliding challenge from behind that seemed to take the player before there was a touch on the ball.  It was a challenge that would later on be penalise din the middle of the pitch and be worthy of a booking, but here, it was simply ignored.  Indeed, a couple of minutes later a foul on Defoe brought a free kick 20 yards out on the corner of the penalty area and Bale beat the wall once more, but the goalie fisted the ball away to safety. 

After this pressure, Leeds settled enough to start putting together some passes and one saw a chance carved out for Snodgrass to curl a shot at goal, but it was a good height for Gomes to dive and palm away from the danger area.  Just before the half hour, Dawson misjudged a through ball and Beckford was away, but hit his shot across Gomes and it ended up going about two yards wide.  Gomes was forced to save Beckford's next effort as there was a controlled volley that dipped just before the Spurs keeper, but he gathered the ball safely.

It was a bit against the run of play when Tottenham broke up the other end and Gareth bal got right to the touchline on the left wing and oulled the ball back low to Kranjcar on the edge of the area and his low shot caused Ankergren difficulty and he saved with his legs.  However, he could not control where it went and Peter Crouch was waiting to stick the ball in with his twiggy legs.  Relief spread across the home crowd and for all the Leeds fans' singing, they were behind to a piece of top class clinical finishing.

There was one last Spurs chance before the interval, with Defoe leaving a through pass to let Jermaine Jenas to run into the are and side-step one defender before shooing over the bar from as short a distance as seven yards out, with a defender physically throwing himself on the ground in front of the Spurs man. 

Interestingly, the 1991 version of JJ appeared to talk about his FA Cup Winners medal and David Howells spoke for his part of the interview about his time at Wembley for the Final against Forest and his time at Tottenham.  Alan Mullery had preceded this and he also told fans what the 1967 FA Cup Final was like.

At the start of the second half, Defoe had a long chat with the referee and there were a few fingers being pointed.  But Leeds got back into the game in the 67th minute, with a corner not being adequately cleared with the ball bouncing around the six yard box, Beckford slammed it into the net from close range. 

To stiffen up the midfield, Wilson Palacios was brought on for Rose, who had not had enough possession to show his effectiveness, with Modric moving out to the left.  The game was starting to get spread and Bassong hit Ankergren with a header form a corner and then at the other end, Snodgrass was just preparing to shoot when through on the edge of the box, when Palacios slid in to put him off and see his shot end up halfway to the sideline.  On 70 minutes, Harry Redknapp made a double substitution to try and change the way the game was going, with Pavlyuchenko and Keane coming on for Kranjcar and Crouch.  The move worked with Bale playing Palacios away on the left and his low pass into Defoe was dummied by Roman and then JD fed it through to the Russian striker who shot into the ground but wide of the goalie to give Spurs the lead with 75 minutes gone.

It was a well crafted goal and one which meant Spurs had to negotiate the last fifteen minutes without letting another goal in.  Well, they tried to add to their lead, but, in doing so, probably handed Leeds the chance to get something out of the match.  The linesman's flag denied Keane a rare headed goal, when he nodded home Bale's cross and then Jenas picked up the ball well inside the Tottenham half and went on a long run that ended with a 20 yard shot that spun off Kisnorbo and went wide. 

A low ball in by Bale from the left came off Bromby's heel and had to be hacked away by Hughes as he stood on the line and with time ticking down, Hutton laid a short corner into Keane, who shot straight at Ankergren with no great power.  Still Tottenham poured forward and with Bale marauding up the left, he cut inside and instead of finding Pavlyuchenko outside him on the left, the Welshman tried a shot with his weaker right foot an it was blocked.  When the last minute could have been run down in the Leeds half, the ball was switched to the Spurs end and substitute White ran at the Tottenham defence and the ball fell to Beckford, who set up Howson who was denied by a crashing tackle from Dawson.

Fro the throw, the ball came to Beckford wide of the goal on the left, but just inside the penalty area, drawing a tackle form Michael Dawson that looked to take the ball first, but the striker then fell and Wiley pointed to the spot.  it was surprising, as there had been many challenges like this in the game and few were awarded.  Crouch probably has two hand marks on his back from his opponents regularly putting them into him when the ball was approaching.

Whether it was a penalty or not, it was not any more of a foul than Crowe's on Defoe in the first half and it was fairly obvious that Beckford would not repeat what Defoe had done and he sent the ball rising into the roof of the net with Gomes going the right way, but not high enough.

The match restarted, but the final whistle went immediately, leaving Leeds to celebrate like they had won the cup and Spurs facing another midweek game sandwiched between the games with Birmingham City and Aston Villa.  Not the ideal situation if the team are on a serious challenge for the fourth place.

stanford rivers


Fan Reaction : -



Seeing Leeds United back at White Hart Lane rolled away the years.

It could quite easily have been Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner out there in midfield, with Norman Hunter and Jackie Charlton in the back four.  It wasn't, but some of the challenges and off the ball incidents were worthy of the Leeds of old.

"Dirty Leeds" they used to call them and will soon enough if manager Simon Grayson allows that to tarnish the good football they played.  It is not hard to see why they were top of the division and the success they have had, but much obviously relied on the goalscoring of Beckford.  Two goals - one a cool finish in a chaotic goalmouth and the second a last second penalty, which was dispatched in a manner that Jemain Defoe could learn from.

The better the team gets, the more clubs will come looking at their players.  it is a shame that the visiting fans extended a warm reception to Robbie Keane running up the touchline when waiting to come on, but could not do so to Danny Rose, who they identified as a greedy banker (I think they said).

They were worthy of a draw, but may not have welcomed another match as they seek to regain top spot in the League One table, being displaced by Norwich as they fought to a 2-2 draw at the Lane.

The replay will be an interesting affair, with Leeds perhaps having to play an even more open game and Spurs may hit on the break, as Leeds did today.

east stan




Other scores this weekend :
Accrington Stanley 1 Fulham 3 Saturday
Aston Villa 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 2 Sheffield United 0 Saturday
Derby County 1 Doncaster Rovers 0 Saturday
Preston North End 0 Chelsea 2 Saturday
Everton 1 Birmingham City 2 Saturday
Reading 1 Burnley 0 Saturday
Cardiff City 4 Leicester City 2 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Sunderland 1 Saturday
Southampton 2 Ipswich Town 1 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 4 Newcastle United 2 Saturday
Notts. County 2 Wigan Athletic 2 Saturday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Crystal Palace 2 Saturday
Scunthorpe United - - - -day
Stoke City - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Arsenal - - - -day


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