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League Cup - Round 4

Tuesday 27th October 2009

Not a lot of time to do a match preview, but both sides look likely to be less than 100% for this League Cup tie.

Spurs will play Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Naughton, Pavlyuchenko and Cudicini might all get on pitch time, s Harry shuffles his pack to try and put out a side good enough to take Spurs through in a competition he regards as a winnable one.

Everton have been having a tough time in the league and then carried that through to the Europa League last week with a 0-5 defeat by Benfica.  Spurs have been going well, but came unstuck against Man U, Chelsea and now Stoke.  Everton will be in our faces and will make it a tough task to try and play, but the side Spurs put out should be hungry enough to go out and prove they want to be part of the team in the coming months.

There might be a bit more experience in the Tottenham side and I take them to shake off the defeat by Stoke and show the reaction that Harry Redknapp requires to go through to the quarter-finals.

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  2    Everton  1

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


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Aaron Lennon (out - ankle), Luka Modric (out - broken leg), Jonathan Woodgate (out - concussion), Ledley King (out - illness); Jermain Defoe (out - suspension; 2nd of 3 games); Niko Kranjcar (out - cup-tied); Giovani dos Santos (out - ankle); - (-);

EVERTON :   Leighton Baines (doubtful - calf); Diniyar Bilyadletinov (doubtful - groin); Joseph Yobo  (doubtful - head); Yakubu  (doubtful -heel); Victor Anichebe (out - knee); Phil Neville (out - knee); Steven Pienaar (out - knee); Phil Jagielka (out - knee); Mikel Arteta (out - knee); James Vaughan (out - knee); Leon Osman (out - foot); - (-);


The League Cup Show  (BBC 1) - Wednesday 22.55 - 23.55 (highlights)  Also available online.
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here

Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
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 :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




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

League Cup Round 4
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Tuesday 27th October 2009
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   35,843
Referee :  Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Everton kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Mild, dry.
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  2  Hutton
19  Bassong
20  Dawson
32  Assou-Ekotto

  5  Bentley
12  Palacios
  6  Huddlestone 
  3  Bale

  1  Keane (c) 
  9  Pavlyuchenko

Unused subs: 
  1  Button
16  Naughton
22  Corluka
30  Dervite
34  Parrett
  8  Jenas
38  Kane 

Everton :

24  Howard

23  Neill
15  Distin
  5  Heitinga     
  2  Hibbert     

19  Gosling
26  Rodwell
17  Cahill (c)     
25  Felliani 

22  Yakubu 
  8  Saha  (11  Jo 46)

Unused subs: 
31  Coleman
34  Duffy
35  Agard
37  Baxter
38  Wallace

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

All purple

Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Huddlestone 32
Keane 57



Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  





Hibbert (foul) 34
Heitinga (foul) 36
Cahill (dissent) 76  


Match Report : -  
With the threat of two weakened teams taking to the field in this Fourth Round League Cup tie, the prospects were not good, but two stronger than expected teams played out an entertaining game, which saw Tottenham progress as 2-0 winners.

As Spurs once more proved they have some strength in depth compared to a club from Merseyside, the game could easily have ended differently, had not Heurelho Gomes not made three very good saves and another alert stop from a back header by Hutton.  But Tottenham scored twice and on another day might have had a couple more, so 4-2 might not have been an unfair score-line, as Everton went for it, but in a controlled way.

Unfortunately, the inability of their strikers to stand up to a semi-physical challenge did not help their cause, with their players happy to hit the turf, but on most occasions, referee Mason waved play on after he had a shaky first half.

Having worked some pace on the right, Gosling played in a low ball into the box inside the first three minutes, then it popped up for Louis Saha to manufacture a hooked shot that looked as though it's flight might deceive Gomes, but he shifted his feet well to stretch upwards and use his long arm to tip the ball over the bar. 

Spurs woke up and started attacks of their own, with Pavyluchenko taking advantage of Robbie Keane blocking Heitinga's clearance to race through, but he took his shot early to try to catch Howard off guard, although he failed to hit the target from outside the box.  The Russian was also off target when he darted ahead of his marker to meet Hutton's low cross into the near post from the right.  He tried to stab at it to get it go behind him towards goal, but was too far in advance of the upright and the ball went wide in the 25th minute.

While Bentley was making ground on the right, Everton were trying to capitalise, but the Spurs wide man chased back and conceded a corner with a good tackle.  From it, Saha made a run to the taker and distracted the Spurs defence, leaving Heitinga to run in unmarked and having a free header, but he glanced it wide with the goal right in front of him.

With five minutes to half time, Tottenham should have been ahead, as a ball into the middle of the penalty box was mis-kicked twice by Sylvain Distin and the second one took the ball into the path of Keane, who was lurking behind him.  Robbie dinked the ball over the keeper as he came out at the Irishman's feet, but the ball bounced back off the post, with no luck coming our way then, as it went past Gareth Bale as he followed in.

A minute later, Bentley showed what he can do, with some space on the right, he picked out a cross which was too high as Keane, who was the first man in the box, jumped for it, thus putting off Pav, who let the ball bounce past him and it sat up nicely for Tommy Huddlestone to rifle left footed past Howard, who had little chance to stop it.  It was a little like the chance that fell to Bassong on Saturday, but Hud is a better finisher and his shot flew in with great pace after he adjusted well to the height of the ball as it came to him.

The referee finally got the hang of what to do when someone clears a player out from behind, with a booking for Hibbert, then one for Heitinga, who dragged down Keano as he looked like he might get beyond the Dutchman.  From the resulting free-kick for the Heitinga foul, Bentley showed the quality of delivery he can produce with a dead ball fizzed in that Bassong only needed to get the slightest touch on to steer it past Tim Howard.

With some weird penalty shoot-out between some kids and Chirpy in goal was the half-time entertainment, but the more interesting thing was watching the substitutes warm up and trying to work out who was who.  The inclusion of Harry Kane on the bench was a good one in view of needing a forward and giving him some experience of being in the first team squad, while Dean Parrett has been there before and David Button was a surprise sub, as he had been at Crewe Alexandra on loan at the weekend.  Of the Everton subs, you had to beware that Jose Baxter didn't try to flog you some cannabis or pass of some hookey notes to you, but Jo came on for Saha to try to inject a little urgency into the Toffees attack.

It almost worked straight away after half time, as a long ball forward was touched back by Jo for Tim Cahill to strike arising shot that was at a good height for Gomes to dive full-length and push wide just 30 seconds into the half.  At the other end, the link-up between Pav and Keane didn't seem to be working, with Roman failing a couple of times in the first half to set Robbie up and vice-versa in the second.  In fact, Keane was looking less than sharp and when a pass through the middle of the Everton defence put him through, he failed to run away from the closing markers and also failed to get his shot away early enough, letting Hibbert get back to make a well-timed challenge on him.  Keane stayed down holding his ankle in pain (or embarrassment).

Gomes once more came to Tottenham's rescue, when Yakubu played Jo through and he held off the challenge of Bassong to hit a low shot to Gomes' left and the Brazilian got down well to push the ball wide of the goal and recovered to get the loose ball in his hands.  Within a minute, Palacios had threaded a pass through to Keane, who moved forward and then cut in from the left side of the box and Distin completed a disappointing night by sticking a leg across him to bring him down.  Mason pointed to the spot and Robbie grabbed the ball and marched to the spot.

Putting in his trademark stutter in his run-up, Keane put the ball to Howard's left, but did so without any power and the keeper flopped to stop the ball, but did not hold it.  Bentley won the race to the loose ball and his shot was blocked by the goalie, it went up in the air and fell to Bale, who's effort was once more stopped by a defender, with Howard having his back to the action.  But fortunately for Tottenham, the looping ball dropped out of the air to Keane.  This time, the rising volley billowed the net to put Tottenham 2-0 ahead in the 58th minute.

Once more Everton came back, with Fellaini getting past Assou-Ekotto on our left, before hitting a low drive that Gomes got down to to stop, but when Hutton made ground up the Everton left, it looked like he was going to shoot, after Bentley had passed him in on the edge of the box.  However, the Scot choose unselfishly to play a pass along the line of the six yard box, with nobody reading his intention and the ball passing harmlessly wide.  Heitinga denied Keane again with a well-timed tackle, before Bentley tried his luck from outside the box only to see the shot go wide, quickly followed by a volley that ended up in the same finishing location.

Bale showed his ability when he drifted past Hibbert inside the area and fired a low ball into towards the middle of the goal and Distin sliced his clearance wide, when it looked for a moment, he might have put it into his own goal.  The final opportunity in added time fell to Bentley from BAE's left wing far post cross, but, trying to be Marco van Basten, David hit it firs time on the volley and the ball flew over the top.

Everton did not lay down and roll over, but David Moyes' silence after the game because of this being his side's third game in six days says more about his inability to field a strong side and suffering a third straight defeat.  The players who turned out in a strange purple kit didn't seem like a typical Moyes side, as there was not the committed effort, but they did pass and move well and made the most of the contact there was from Tottenham tackles.

But on the night, the deeper squad won the day and Spurs move through to the quarter-final for the third consecutive season.  Just who they face there will be revealed on Saturday.  But with players returning, it might be a good time to have to take on any of the remaining seven Premier League sides still in the competition.

charlie mason


Fan Reaction : -



A good job that the Spurs team have been keen to follow up penalties, as Robbie Keane's in the second half must have been one of the worst Spurs penalties of all time.

Thought Bentley did well after the first fifteen minutes, when he couldn't clear the first man, but he did display that he is more than just an offensive player, with some tackling back.  If only he cut out some of the flashy bits and kept it simple, he would be a more effective player.

Bale put in a lot of effort and also delivered some good crosses from the left, while Hutton did his reputation no harm with a storming performance on the other side of the pitch.  Pave was the odd one out, as he failed to score, but did show some more mobility up front closing down and his long absence might be responsible for his lack of touch.  Didn't give up when things weren't going his way.

It was a shame that Harry couldn't get the kids on, but it was the more experienced players who saw Tottenham through, with Dawson and Gomes both playing well to keep the clean sheet that the team deserved.

benny the ball




Other scores this round :
Barnsley 0 Manchester United 2 Tuesday
Blackburn Rovers 5 Peterborough United 2 Tuesday
Portsmouth 4 Stoke City 0 Tuesday
Sunderland 0 Aston Villa  (won 3-1 on penalties) 0 Tuesday
Arsenal 2 Liverpool - Wednesday
Chelsea 4 Bolton Wanderers 0 Wednesday
Manchester City 5 Scunthorpe United 1 Wednesday



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