OPPONENTS Colchester United
DATE Saturday 30th January 2016
VENUE Weston Homes Community Stadium
PREVIEW No preview produced.
PREDICTION Colchester United    0         Tottenham Hotspur    3
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Colchester United  1 (0)                                                                       
FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 30th January 2016
Weston Homes Community Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  4 (1)

Kick off 12:45
Davies (o.g.)  79m 50s Chadli  26m 22s
Dier  63m 34s
Chadli  78m 04s
Carroll  81m 56s




Crowd :   9,920 Weather :  Sunny but cold
Referee :  Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  - (-)
Fourth Official :  - -
Colchester United kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
Colchester United : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Jake KEAN

24  Richard BRINDLEY
27  Alex WYNTER (15 Frank KENT 6)
29  Tom EASTMAN (  3  Matthew BRIGGS 21)

  2  Owen GARVAN
  8  Alex GILBEY
10  George MONCUR
11  Gavin MASSEY
  Darren AMBROSE (45  Marvin SORDELL 61)

  9  Chris PORTER (c)

Unused subs: 
33  Elliot PARISH
Elliott LEE
Macauley BONNE


  13  Michel VORM

16  Kieran TRIPPER
15  Eric DIER 
27  Kevin WIMMER
33  Ben DAVIES 

  6  Nabil BENTALEB
28  Tom CARROLL 

11  Erik LAMELA (19 Mousa DEMBELE 55)
23  Christian ERIKSEN (25 Josh ONOMAH 73)
22  Nacer CHADLI   

10  Harry KANE (c) (  7 Heung-Min SON 68)

Unused subs: 
  1  Hugo LLORIS
20  Dele ALLI

Manager :  Kevin Keen Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Weston Homes plc Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Puma Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

A FA Cup tie away to a lower league side is not something that Tottenham have been familiar with over the last few years.  Normally, we draw a top half Premier League team and have trouble negotiating our way through to the next round.  The short trip up the A12 was obviously to Tottenham's liking in the Essex sunshine, albeit not as warm as the Barcelona climate where the team had spent the week.  It was the temperature that they raised on the pitch that made it a simple task to see off Colchester United 4-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, with a fine display of control and passing that left the home team chasing the ball for a lot of the 90 minutes.

Kevin Wimmer was given a start as he will be required in the absence of Jan Vertonghen over the coming few weeks, having Eric Dier alongside him for experience and Trippier and Davies filled the full back slots.  The team was similar to that which beat Leicester City in the replay in the previous round, with Harry Kane perhaps surprisingly being included from the off.

Tottenham set about Colchester from the start. The home team kicked off, but Spurs soon won the ball and a cross towards Nacer Chadli at the far post from Trippier almost gave Tottenham a very early goal inside 30 seconds, but the Belgian's header went wide. Chadli also got on the end of a ball, turning his man and hitting a low shot that the keeper had to get behind and then had the ball whipped away from him as Trippier's low cross into the goalmouth caused havoc. Lamela found some space coming in from the right and bending a shot past the defender in front of him to see the ball cannon off the outside of the post. Captain Harry Kane was keen to get on the score-sheet and hit the side netting with one effort, nearly poked home a low ball from Trippier at the near post and then Davies' cross found his head, but Kean dived across goal to knock it away.

Most of these chances came after Colchester had to replace both of their central defenders Alex Wynter and Tom Eastman after they clashed heads going for a bouncing ball in the third minute. Wynter left the pitch on a stretcher for hospital attention as he appeared to be having a fit on the pitch, while Eastman needed stitches in his cut head, before eventually having to be substituted after 20 minutes.  Both sets of physios had run on to give treatment to the players and they were clearly worried about the situation.

Eriksen had already tested Kean with a snap-shot from inside the box when a ball ran loose from a Colchester defender and then he saw the ball fly over the crossbar when the Dane was set free on the break and he tried to lift it over the keeper, but overdid it.  In the 27th minute, Spurs hit the net with their 11th attempt on goal. Erik Lamela ran infield from the left and played the ball right to Chadli, who was unmarked. As he got to the edge of the area, he let fly a shot that had Jake Kean diving, but hopelessly so, as the ball dipped past him and gave Tottenham the lead. The goal had been coming and Nacer took the goal very well, as he has been doing lately.

Tottenham were breaking well and they should have made more of the attacks they had. Colchester started to move forward with a bit more threat, winning a couple of corners, but they failed to test Vorm, although Dier had to block a shot from Moncur and Trippier one from Ambrose.  When Spurs moved forward, Bentaleb swung in a cross from the right, but it almost caught the keeper out, with Kean needing to back-peddle and push it over the top.

Carroll thrashed a shot over the bar, Trippier played a superb ball across the six yard box and Harry Kane missed a sitter at the far post, but was given offside anyway. Colchester's biggest cheer of the afternoon to that point came for a tackle on Harry Kane and it was almost matched by the home fans when Bentaleb smashed a drive over the bar in injury time.

The first half had been dominated by Spurs, with Vorm having little to do, other than a couple of rushes to the edge of his box, as Colchester struggled to hold onto the ball and make any significant inroads into the Spurs penalty area.

At the start of the second half, with the sun shining from behind them, Erik Lamela had two chances when put in on goal. The first saw Kane loft the ball over the defence and on the left of centre, just inside the box, a challenge from a defender put the Argentine off just enough and he side-footed the ball past the keeper, but also past the post. His second chance came in a similar way, with Eriksen setting him through, but this time he was tackled to deny him a shooting opportunity.

A dangerous corner caused Tottenham problems, with the ball coming back and Massey hit a low shot to Vorm's near post, but the keeper got behind it to save.

Colchester came out fired up after the break. They were looking to get behind Spurs and Ambrose put in a teasing cross that Porter couldn't reach. But Spurs were still pushing on goal, with Kane squaring behind Chadli, who did well to turn and smash a shot against the crossbar on the hour. Harry made a poor effort on goal when he tried to curl a shot on goal, but it dribbled past the post without deviating.

Spurs added to the lead in the 64th minute, when Dier hit a 35 yarder and Matthew Briggs turned his back on the ball, allowing it to come off that back and deflect into the net past a stranded goalkeeper.

Colchester had their best moment when Bentaleb sold Eric Dier short and the defender slipped to leave a ball played through to substitute Sordell and he was through on Vorm, but shot across the keeper, but the ball bounced out off the foot of the post. It was a costly miss, as a good move saw the ball worked to the right wing for Trippier to put a pacy cross into the near post, where Nacer Chadli stooped to head his second goal of the game, beating Kean, who looked like he should have done better.

However, Colchester hit back straight away and Massey was played in on the home side's left, just inside the penalty box and he took his shot early across the keeper, but it again hit the post. This time, it hit Ben Davies running back to clear and gave the U's some hope with ten minutes to go.

Two minutes later, the hope was extinguished, as an intricate passing move down the left saw Chadli drill in a low ball for Tom Carroll to get on the end of it in the six yard box to force it home past the goalie.

Tottenham were still looking for more goals, with Son making good ground on the right to get to the dead ball line, then hitting the ball into a crowded goalmouth, but the ball was kept out on this occasion. But the fourth goal had knocked the stuffing out of Colchester and the crowd were heading for the A12 long before the two minutes of added time were starting.

Carroll had a good second half and rounded it off with a goal, while Chadli lived up to his claims about being considered as a forward should Kane get injured by taking his two goals well.  Trippier had a better first half than second, but still popped up to provide Chadli's second goal.   There were few players who didn't contribute, with everyone either closing down when we didn't have the ball or making space when we did have it.  The team realised that they would have to put in the hard work to establish their superiority in the match.  Colchester were unlucky to lose both centre-halves in a sickening clash of heads so early on and we hope that they will both be OK, as at one stage it looked very nasty for Wynter.

The game looked fairly straightforward on paper and in the end that was how it turned out. 69% possession and 27 shots on goal, but only eight were on target. Colchester managed 13 shots themselves, but only got one on goal and that wasn't the goal they scored.  The nature of the victory did allow Pochettino to rest some players and to bring some off to ensure they didn't have to play the full 90 (+10) minutes before facing Norwich City on Tuesday.

A bit further up the A12 and onto the A11 Carrow Road may be, but a performance the same as this should be enough to warm the coldest feet on Tuesday night.

Frank Shipham




Colchester United are known as the U's from their original sponsors who were a local plumbing company and nicknamed the club after one of their best selling trap bends.


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What you thought
East Stan Loved the TV coverage when the camera panned around the Colchester United sections of the crowd.  If he had been wearing blue and white instead of red and white, it would have been the easiest game of "Where's Wally ?" ever.
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Other scores during this week :
Derby County 1 Manchester United 3 Friday
Arsenal 2 Burnley 1 Saturday
Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 4 Saturday
Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2 Saturday
Portsmouth 1 Bournemouth 2 Saturday
Crystal Palace 1 Stoke City 0 Saturday
Liverpool 0 West Ham United 0 Saturday
Reading 4 Walsall 0 Saturday
Nottingham Forest 0 Watford 1 Saturday
Oxford United 0 Blackburn Rovers 3 Saturday
Shrewsbury Town 3 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Saturday
Bury 1 Hull City 3 Saturday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Peterborough United 2 Saturday
MK Dons 1 Chelsea 5 Sunday
Carlisle United 0 Everton 3 Sunday


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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