Doncaster Rovers (Away)
League Cup Second Round

Wednesday 26th August 2009


I don't know a lot about Doncaster Rovers, it must be said, but they do have ex-Spurs keeper Neil Sullivan in goal, who is now approaching the veteran stage of his career.  He may be past his best, but still has plenty of experience to defy Spurs, with on loan Wolves defender Jason Shackell in front of him, alongside Dutch defender Jos van NIeuwstadt.

In midfield there is another ex-Tottenham man in Quinton Fortune, who has returned to England from Belgian football to add more experience to the Donny squad.  One of he more creative players among the squad will miss the game and the ex-Bournemouth man Brian Stock has been attracting lot so interest from Premier League clubs.  In attack, the pairing of James Hayter (another former Bournemouth player) and Northern Ireland international Dean Shiels will be looking to give the stand-in Spurs defence something to think about.

Even with a few changes made, Spurs should progress to the next round of the competition that has become a lucky one for them in recent years

PREDICTION : -  Doncaster Rovers  1     Tottenham Hotspur   3


DONCASTER ROVERS :  - Brian Stock (ankle); James Coppinger (knee); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Michael Dawson (out - Achilles); Gareth Bale (out - ankle);  Jermaine Jenas (out - calf); Heurelho Gomes (out - thigh); Ledley King (rested); - (-);


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Doncaster Rovers   1   Tottenham Hotspur    5      (Half-time score : 0-3)

League Cup Round 2
Venue : -  Keepmoat Stadium
Wednesday 26th August 2009
Kick Off :  7.45 p.m.
Crowd :   12,923
Referee :  Russell Booth (Mansfield)
Weather :  -  Rain before the game, but mild and cloudy
Teams : - 
Doncaster Rovers :

13  Smith

  3  Roberts
  Lockwood  (23  Fairhurst 46)
11  Hird

  8  Stock  (c)  (29  Fairhurst 58)
10  Spicer
  Oster  (19  Fortune 58)

  7  Guy

Unused subs: 
  1  Sullivan

22  Shiels

Tottenham Hotspur :

23  Cudicini  (35  Button 82)

  2  Hutton
22  Corluka (c)
19  Bassong  (28  Boateng 59)
16  Naughton

  5  Bentley
  6  Huddlestone  (
25  Rose 72)
24  O'Hara
17  dos Santos

15  Crouch
  9  Pavlyuchenko

Unused subs: 
  7  Lennon
12  Palacios
18  Defoe

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Doncaster Rovers



Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Doncaster Rovers

Woods (p) 61

Tottenham Hotspur

Huddlestone 9
O'Hara 11
Crouch 37
Bentley 53
Pavlyuchenko 69

Cards : -  
Doncaster Rovers



Tottenham Hotspur 



Match Report : -  
With three first half goals, Spurs turned around a rousing start by Doncaster Rovers to put them on the way to a Third Round League Cup place with some clinical finishing.

A much changed Spurs team were finding it hard to establish their credentials inside the first five minutes of the game, relying on Carlo Cudicini to pull off two outstanding saves to stop Doncaster getting a foothold in the game.  His first stop from James Hayter's volley was top class and his reflexes to stop the ball from six yards out were razor sharp considering the game was only 80 seconds old.  The back-up keeper pressed his place for a regular start when he produced another similar save four minutes later, this time disappointing Oster, who struck Chambers' right wing cross sweetly towards the keeper's left hand post.

When a goal came it was against the run of play, as Tottenham had been unable to break out of their own half until Tom Huddlestone robbed the ball as a pass by Adam Lockwood failed to reach its target in Sam Hird, courtesy of the rain on the turf slowing it down.  This allowed Tom to stride forward and place his shot out of the reach of keeper Ben Smith to put Spurs 1-0 up in the ninth minute.

Before Rovers could re-group, it was 2-0 to Spurs.  David Bentley did well on the right to produce a low ball into the path of Jamie O'Hara, via Crouch's touch, who had time to put the ball in the top corner of the goal in the 11th minute.  It was a considered finish that put Tottenham into a comfortable position and allowed the side to go forward with vigour.

Bentley put a cross over from a free-kick that Corluka headed without too much power, letting Smith save the ball in front of the line, but then Doncaster came back into the match.  Hayter knocked the ball on for Oster to shoot to Cudicini's left and the goalie was sharply down to turn the ball wide of the goal.  The roles were reversed with 15 minutes on the clock, but this time Carlo did not need to save, although the ball narrowly missed the target.

Getting a rare start in the side, Giovani dos Santos showed what Ipswich fans had witnessed last season, when he drifted in from the right to fire a shot on goal, but it was blocked for a corner, but from it, Bentley's short ball allowed the Mexican to come in from the right flank to hit a shot that Smith saved.  The loose ball ran out to Roman Pavlyuchenko, but it must have got to him a bit quicker than he expected as he could only hit it way over the bar from about 10 yards out from goal. 

A sweeping move that saw Bentley put Kyle Naughton away down the right and his cross was kicked out by Hird for a corner, which Bentley put onto Peter Crouch's head to nod past Smith despite having his shirt pulled by Woods.  3-0 and not even half-time.  With another corner routine and the Doncaster defence tied up watching Crouch again, the ball was pulled back to O'Hara on the edge of the box to volley sweetly, but his shot hit the side-netting.  The maker of that chance, David Bentley, was on the end of the next cross from Gio, but the ball went over the bar.  In the last minute of the half, Alan Hutton made ground on the left and his low cross headed towards Crouch who shot wide from close in.

The second half started the way the match had begun. Doncaster forward Guy broke free of a grapple from Bassong to bend a shot over Cudicini only to see it miss the goal by inches.  Tottenham hit back, with Jamie O'Hara and Hutton working a chance on the left, that ended with the midfielder bending a shot onto he top of the net.  Spurs then sealed their passge through to the next round with a fourth goal in the 53rd minute.

Giovani played with his marker on the left wing and his skill earned him the space to put a cross to the far post, where Bentley collected the ball and put a left foot curler into the top corner to record a fine goal.  Harry Redknapp took Sebastien Bassong off to rest him, with Kevin Prince Boateng coming on in his place, although a reshuffle in the side meant he didn't literally slip into the centre-half slot.  However, with a minute, he found himself there and a low cross saw him slip and the ball hit his arm that was propping him up as he slipped.  The referee had no sympathy and despite letting Rovers have a shot from the advantage, pulled the game back to give a penalty.  Martin Woods slotted past Cudicini to give the home side a foot back in the door.

With the game almost done and dusted, Rovers showed that they would continue to play their football rather than resorting to the long ball, as it paid off with a shot against the bar by Guy bounced back agonisingly out of reach of Hayter who was following up.  Smith made a save from Pavlyuchenko at the other end, but was helpless when Huddlestone picked off the ball in his own half, played it on to Boateng.  The German-Ghanaian picked out a long pass along the ground that found Pavlyuchenko's astute run and he took the ball to the edge of the box before sliding it through Smith's dive.

Spurs were then reduced to long shots, as Roman and Bentley both hit shots too high, while Doncaster went closer with a Webster header bounced away off the post.  There was just enough time to allow Giovani to come inside from the right to hit a trademark shot just wide and to show what he is capable of.

Fielding a weakened team, the players who came in showed that they are capable of doing a job if they are called upon and with games against lesser teams, they may be needed to do so.  Good of Harry to give David Button few minutes of first team action to get him used to it should he be needed and the 5-1 win puts the team into the next round with a confidence that winning brings.

benny the ball





Fan Reaction : -



I had wondered why there were only six subs on the bench last night, until I heard that not only had Spurs got through, but also that the missing substitute would have been Pascal Chimbonda, had he not been released to talk to Blackburn ROvers about his transfer for over 2 million.

Double Bubble !!

Gary Taylor





Other results from this round :
Norwich City 1 Sunderland 4 Monday
Gillingham 1 Blackburn Rovers 3 Tuesday
Hartlepool United 1 Burnley  (a.e.t.) 2 Tuesday
Hull City 3 Southend United 1 Tuesday
Leeds United  (a.e.t.) 2 Watford 1 Tuesday
Nottingham Forest  (a.e.t.) 2 Middlesbrough 1 Tuesday
Peterborough United 2 Ipswich Town 1 Tuesday
Portsmouth 4 Hereford United 1 Tuesday
Port Vale 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Tuesday
Preston North End 2 Leicester City 1 Tuesday
QPR 2 Accrington Stanley 1 Tuesday
Reading 1 Barnsley 2 Tuesday
Southampton 1 Birmingham City 2 Tuesday
Swansea City 1 Scunthorpe United   (a.e.t.) 2 Tuesday
Tranmere Rovers 0 Bolton Wanderers 1 Tuesday
West Ham United (a.e.t.) 3 Millwall 1 Tuesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers (win 6-5 on penalties) 0 Swindon Town 0 Tuesday
Cardiff City 3 Bristol Rovers 1 Wednesday
Bristol City 0 Carlisle United 2 Wednesday
Newcastle United 4 Huddersfield Town 3 Wednesday
Leyton Orient 0 Stoke City (a.e.t.) 1 Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion (a.e.t.) 4 Rotherham United 3 Wednesday
Blackpool 4 Wigan Athletic 1 Wednesday
Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2 Thursday

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