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League Cup Round 4

Wednesday 8th November 2006

Unfortunately, there has been little time to do a preview, but with Port Vale riding high in League 1, this would seem to be a more difficult game than the one against MK Dons, but with players hungry to prove their worth to Martin Jol's first team, I think Spurs will win this game, but not without the Valiants putting up a valiant showing.

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur  3    Port Vale  1

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


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Teemu Tainio (hernia); Calum Davenport (groin); Paul Stalteri (knee); Lee Barnard (foot); Anthony Gardner (knee); Pascal Chimbonda (knee); Ledley King (knee)

PORT VALE :  Jason Talbot (suspended)


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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)

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.tottenhamhotspur.com   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London website - 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   3    Port Vale   1    [after extra time] 
(Half-time score : 0-0; 90 minutes score : 1-1)

League Cup Round 4
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Wednesday 8th November 2006
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   34,560
Referee :  Steve Bennett (Orpington)
Weather :  -  Mild, but rain showers in latter part of match
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :


Young-Pyo Lee

Murphy (Ghaly 70)
Davids (c)
Malbranque (Lennon 63)

Barcham (Berbatov 66)

Unused subs

Port Vale :



Jeff Smith (Cardle 104)
Sonner (Gardner 104)

Sodje (Husbands 104)

Unused subs

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

  Port Vale
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Huddlestone 80
Huddlestone 98
Defoe 107

Port Vale

Constantine 64

Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  

Dawson (foul) 101 



Port Vale

Miles (foul) 41
Walker (foul) 47
Harsley (foul) 86 


Match Report : -  
Not without a bit of trouble, Tottenham took extra time in overcoming Port Vale in this League Cup tie to gain a ninth game unbeaten and having taken the chance to blood some youngsters in the process.

With a considerable number of changes from the Chelsea match - only Michael Dawson remaining from Sunday's line-up - it made the pattern of play for Spurs a different one to Sunday, but they adapted really well and created a number of chances, but they were not taken.  With reserve striker Andy Barcham making his debut, alongside other first timers in the first team, Steed Malbranque and central defender Dorian Dervite, Phil Ifil was in at right back, with Young-Pyo Lee at left back.

Barcham nearly made a dream start, as he took the ball around Goodlad, but found a defender in the way when he hit the ball towards goal.

Phil Ifil started for the first time in a while and in the sixth minute, his cross was hit on the volley by Defoe, but a defender blocked it, but a clear opportunity presented itself to Jeff Smith, when Leo Constantine's touch wrong-footed Michael Dawson and the wide-man hit a shot on goal, but only found the side-netting.  Defoe looked sharp, but perhaps a little anxious to score, making power a priority rather than placement and thus missing chances and being denied by Goodlad in the Vale goal, who appeared to have a personal vendetta against the Spurs forward.  He hit one wide, then the keeper had to scramble back to push away a lob after 23 minutes, as Jermain saw him off his line and just before the break, the goalie stopped another effort.

Lee was frustrating with his crossing early in the game, but with a quarter of an hour gone, he struck a shot from Murphy's short corner and Goodlad pushed it out and the follow-up phase of play saw Dervite strike his shot over the bar.  That was where a good opportunity for Port Vale ended when Constantine got between our two centre-halves and he was unable to control his shot and the ball sailed too high.  Barcham had played half a game against Harlow Town on Monday night, but showed his appetite for the game, although the ball rarely fell for him to show what he can do.  He did battle for a ball on the 'D' and produced a shot that Walker had to hack away from the goal.

Ifil had a hand in two incidents at either end, with a deflection off Abbey's free-kick, which looped safely into Cerny's hands, while he got forward up the right wing to hit a high cross, which almost dropped under the crossbar, but Goodlad was there again to tip over.   Huddlestone was a strong presence in midfield and opponents bounced off him as they tried to dispossess him and he also got forward enough to trouble the Port Vale defence and hit a low shot that skidded off the grass to go just wide, with Goodlad stranded for once.  This left Spurs without anything to show for their first half domination at the turnaround.

Davids continued the onslaught on the Port Vale goal after the break with a 25 yard shot wide (as most of his efforts on goal were tonight), while Constantine popped up to throw himself into a spectacular volleyed scissor kick that went wide, with Cerny diving to cover the attempt.  Goodlad was in action again when Defoe produced a shot with little back-lift, but the keeper threw out a strong hand to palm the ball out for a corner.

Just after the hour, the expected replacement of Malbranque, who had tackled well and passed effectively in his first time in a Spurs shirt, with Aaron Lennon.  It was thought that this change would swing the game in Tottenham's favour, but when a clearance was headed back into the Spurs box by Sodje, Leo Constantine stretched out a longer leg than Dawson to direct the ball through Cerny's legs and into the net to give the League 1 side a shock lead.

When Barcham hit s shot over the top a minute later, this precipitated the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov for the youngster.  His first involvement was to get on the end of Huddlestone's flighted free-kick which the goalie kept out with a stretching save.  Then Ghaly came on for Murphy and all the subs had been used up with 70 minutes gone.  When Ifil started to hold his leg, it looked a hasty move by Jol, but the defender carried on and played through the pain.  His fellow defender Dervite was gaining in confidence and strode forward to strike a shot over from 25 yards, while Goodlad once more produced a fine stop to keep Defoe's drilled shot out and then the Spurs man struck another shot wide.

When Huddlestone played another straight-ish free-kick into the area, there looked no danger, but it went over everyone's head, with Dervite the closest to it from a Spurs point of view.  Constantine got closer and touched the ball, which then bounced up off the post, the keeper's hand and into the net for the Tottenham midfielder's first goal.  With ten minutes left, it proved a turning point in the match for Spurs.

Defoe showed that his eagerness to score was concentrating on trying to bust the net, but his shot went over before the end of the 90 minutes and the game was taken into extra time.

Spurs looked the stronger side and Ghaly's languid style looked effective when he produced a good ball in to Berbatov, who struck the ball first time from close range, only to see Goodlad throw out a hand to palm the ball over the top with a super reflex save in the first minute of extra time.

However, Tottenham were not to be denied and with eight minutes of the half hour gone, Tom Huddlestone picked up the ball after Dervite had done an impressive bit of skill lobbing the ball over a Vale attacker three times.  The big man strode forward and 30 yards out he decided to hit a drive on goal and a deflection took the ball past Goodlad to give Tottenham the lead.  The relief was palpable among the players and the crowd.

An out of character moment came when the defence kept playing the ball back to Cerny, whose final ball out went to a Vale player, who was robbed and as the ball ran loose, Dawson dived in to foul an opponent with a rash challenge, for which he got a yellow card.

A triple substitution by Vale just before half-time in extra time almost had the same effect as Tottenham's third replacement, with Harsley going down under challenge and having to have a lot of treatment.

A minute into the second period, the game was sewn up.  Phil Ifil took the ball on the right wing about halfway into the Port Vale half.  He looked up, swung in a cross that was curling away from the goal on the edge of the six yard box and all Jermain Defoe had to do was make contact, which he did with a side-foot volley, to make it 3-1.  He could have made it four, but, as had happened all game, when Lennon played the striker in, his low shot was kept out by Goodlad's leg to keep the score respectable.

The victory had come in the end, but Port Vale had shown a good work ethic and Martin Foyle had set them out to make things difficult for Tottenham.  They did have chances, but the lack of clinical finishing left them hoping the one goal would be enough, but in the final analysis, it was the class and extra fitness of Spurs that won out.  With such a large number of newcomers in the side, it was a useful work out for them and a win to take Spurs through to the quarter-final of the competition, which still has some good teams left in (Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool), but others who are beatable (Wycombe, Southend, Charlton, Newcastle).

We will see on Saturday who we will have to beat to progress any further.






Other scores this weekend :
Chelsea 4 Aston Villa 0 Wednesday
Chesterfield 3 Charlton Athletic (aet. Won 4-3 on penalties; score 2-2 at 90 mins.) 3 Tuesday
Everton 0 Arsenal 1 Wednesday
Notts. County 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1 Tuesday
Birmingham City 0 Liverpool 1 Wednesday
Southend United 1 Manchester United 0 Tuesday
Watford 2 Newcastle United (aet. Won 5-4 on penalties; score 1-1 at 90 mins.) 2 Tuesday


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