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27 September 2012
• Brunton Park, Carlisle, Cumbria
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 12625
J. Vertonghen 37'
A. Townsend 53'
G. Sigurðsson 89'
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME. A comfortable win for Spurs in the end against a spirited Carlisle.
The fourth official indicates three minutes of added time.
Goal Gylfi Sigurdsson
GOAL! And there's Sigurdsson to seal it! Falque holds up the ball well up top before finding Walker and the right-back slides it in to the Icelandic midfielder who makes no mistake.
Beck goes close with a header for Carlisle but can only hit Cudicini from six yards.
Another cross into the box from the home side easily dealt with by the visitors. The north London side cruising home here.
Carlisle dominating possession for a brief spell but do not look likely to pierce Spurs' defenisve line tonight.
And Obika nearly gets a chance just minutes into his cameo appearance. The striker chases down Gillespie well and the goalkeeper will have been relieved to see his kick bounce off the Spurs man and safely into his arms.
Andre Villas-Boas uses his third and final sub, replacing Clint Dempsey with Jonathan Obika.
And that will be Mason's last contribution, the youngster making way for Tom Carroll.
Somehow, Carlisle goalkeeper Gillespie has managed to prevent Tottenham notching a third. He keeps Mason's close range header out well before stopping Sigurdsson on the rebound.
Tottenham controlling possession against a deflated Carlisle now. That second goal really took the wind from the hosts' sails.
Spurs also getting in on the substitute act as goalscorer Jan Vertonghen makes way for Kyle Walker.
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott throwing it all in now. Beck, Noble and Symington take to the field in place of Higginbotham, Thirwell and McGovern.
Carlisle have a corner but it is easily repelled the impressive Caulker. Tottenham looking equally imperious in defence as they are going forward.
Brilliance from Townsend, who could well stake a claim for a first-team spot with this performance.
Goal Andros Townsend
GOAL! Absolutely brilliant strike from Andros Townsend. The winger speeds down the line past two men before cutting inside and shooting low into the corner. Carlisle have it all to do now.
Cadamarteri is getting an earful from Higginbotham here and rightly so. The forward takes on a shot from fully 20 yards instead of playing his team-mate in on goal and, after the effort trickles wide, is subjected to well-placed criticism from his colleague.
Ryan Mason, purveyor of long distance efforts, has another go for Spurs but sees his shot blocked.
Tottenham get the second half under way.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME. Spurs not at their free-flowing best but grabbed a deserved lead and did enough to hold Carlisle at arm's length.
The fourth official indicates just one minute of injury time to be added on.
Higginbotham tries to bring some urgency to matters after a nice build-up but shoots wide from distance.
Carlisle have a brillant chance to get back into the game almost immediately, but Robson dallies in the box when the ball falls to him from a corner and misses the chance to shoot.
Goal Jan Vertonghen
GOAL! Jan Vertonghen strikes for the visitors, nodding in a fine cross from fellow summer arrival Sigurdsson.
Murphy is fit to continue and the game gets back under way.
A short break in play now as Murphy receives treatment on the pitch.
Higginbotham provides a dangerous-looking cross for the hosts but Townsend is back to clear.
Dempsey is all over these Spurs chances! The attacker gets onto a rebound following a parried Falque strike but again fails to find the net and can only hit a Carlisle defender.
And Dempsey should probably net here! The American fails to control a header from Townsend's cross, sending it over the bar.
Spurs win a corner thanks to more good work by Townsend but it is cleared valiantly.
A lovely, flowing move involving Dempsey, Sigurdsson and Townsend results in Mason shooting wide. Decent build-up from Spurs.
Adam Smith has a pop for the visitors after Townsend's lay-off but, as has been typical of the night so far, it is off target.
Carlisle get a shot on target through Cadamateri but it goes well wide.
Caulker plays a poor pass back to his goalkeeper which almost goes out for a corner kick. Spurs looking nervy against Carlisle's pressing.
The Icelandic midfielder involved again now, shooting just wide. Carlisle looking like stubborn opponents here against their Premier League visitors.
Sigurdsson makes a trademark run into the box from deep but is eventually shepherded out of play. Spurs growing into the game.
Falque is denied brilliantly by Gillespie again after getting an effort away in the box. Will this be the personal duel of the night?
Ryan Mason looks hungry for a debut goal, but can't control an effort from 25 yards out which flies well over.
Spurs are in on the action now as Iago Falque has a shot well saved by Gillespie in the Carlisle goal. Nice and open, this.
The hosts have started with real fire in their bellies here. Higginbotham is the first to go close, shooting over after the ball breaks from a corner. The Cumbrian side should be no pushovers, that's for certain.
First infraction of the night goes to Everton legend Danny Cadamarteri for a handball.
Carlisle get the game started.
The players are out on the pitch, we're just moments away now!
Just five minutes till kick-off at Brunton Park Stadium, which is expected to be at capacity for tonight's game.
Meanwhile, the visitors surprisingly opt for Carlo Cudicini in goal rather than recent arrival Hugo Lloris, who does not even make the bench. Andros Townsend gets a chance out wide whilst fellow academy graduates Iago Falque and Ryan Mason are handed starts.
Just the one change for the hosts, with Kallum Higginbotham coming in for Joe Garner. The Watford loanee suffered a dead leg at the weekend but would have been unable to take part anyway due to being cup tied.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Smith, Caulker, Dawson, Vertonghen Townsend, Sigurdsson, Huddlestone, Mason, Falque, Dempsey. Subs: Gomes, Lennon, Defoe, Walker, Sandro, Obika and Carroll.
Carlisle: Gillespie, Simek, Robson, McGovern, Livesey, Murphy, Cadamateri, Thirlwell, Berrett, Chantler, Higginbotham. Subs: Collin, Noble,Madden, Edwards, Potts, Beck, Symington.
Welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Carlisle United's League Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur hosted by me, David Lynch!
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