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January 5, 2013
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: M. Naylor
• Attendance: 35766
C. Dempsey 14', 37'
G. Bale 33'
Thanks for sticking with me today for Goal.com's play-by-play coverage. I'm Adam Mazrani and we'll see you all again next time!
That's the full time whistle and that was pretty routine for Tottenham really. Coventry battled way but they really never stood a chance particularly after Dempsey had got the early goal. Gareth Bale was excellent throughout and ran the League 1 visitors ragged - he really is in top form at the moment. So it's Spurs who go through to the next round and Andre Villas-Boas will be a very happy man tonight.
90' + 2'
The Coventry fans are jumping up and down, thinking they've grabbed a consolation through Gary McSheffrey but the flag was up for offside very early against him. Only two more minutes left here of added time.
We're into stoppage time now.
Adebayor should perhaps think about giving up. The big man rises to crash home a header that will finally bring him the goal he craves...only for him to miss the ball completely. Not very long to go now. Fans are beginning to leave.
Dempsey is really pushing for his hat-trick now and his free-kick just screws past the post with Murphy scrambling to get across.
Spurs beginning to power up again and Townsend rips a strike into the side netting. They have been truly dominant today. Andre Villas-Boas will be pleased.
Big shouts for handball against Edjenguele from a Assou-Ekotto cross but the referee takes sympathy on Coventry says no. Then Dempsey finds some space and produces a strike that would have been his hat-trick goal only for Wood, not for the first time today, to block.
Coventry have a sniff of grabbing a consolation but Leon Clarke fails to control a Carl Baker cross and the chance is gone. A goal would be the least their fans deserve.
Tom Carroll is coming on in a bit for Spurs. There's a lot of hype about this kid at White Hart Lane. Can he provide the perfect ending to this afternoon for the home side?
The tempo has completely dropped now and no surprises that has happened after Gareth Bale has left the field. Coventry are still fighting hard but unfortunately, they just don't have the quality to make any inroads. Clint Dempsey has an ambitious effort that goes nowhere near.
That was Bale's last action of the game as he is replaced by Andros Townsend. Coventry will be glad to see the back of the Welshman. He has been absolutely outstanding today and is one of the primary reasons for Spurs' comfortable lead.
That was Gareth Bale at his effortless best. He picks up the ball just inside his own half and proceeds to tear through the Coventry backline before producing a cutting strike that brings a great save from Murphy.
Double chance for Coventry! First some good approach play sees Barton in space and his shot is well blocked by Caulker out for a corner. From the set piece, Edjenguele's header is pushed out by Friedel into a space where any touch will take it over the line. Instead it is hurried away and Tottenham's clean sheet is preserved.
Yellow CardCarl Baker
Adebayor has really had a poor afternoon today. He's just halted another promising Tottenham break, with the impressive Edjenguele robbing him of the ball. He will be disappointed as he will have fancied getting on the scoresheet against Coventry today. Instead, he's looked rather leaden footed and off the pace.
Bale goes oh so close to his second of the afternoon with a fizzing free kick that had Murphy rooted to the spot. However, it just flies wide. Tottenham just beginning to up the tempo a little and when they do that, Coventry just can't seem to cope.
Spurs' best chance of the second half and yet again, it's come from a corner. Steven Caulker thunders in with a header and should really find the net but instead it flashes wide. Mark Robins will be disappointed that his side have looked so vulnerable from set pieces today.
The pattern of the second-half looks set. Tottenham a little lax in possession but still retaining a sense of control that is enough to stop Coventry in their tracks whenever they smell an opportunity. "Forward!" screams a Spurs fan. There's just no pleasing some, even at 3-0 up.
Excellent play once again by Bale who produces a gorgeous back hell that sets Assou-Ekotto away. The full-back collects the ball, jinks into the box and threads a ball for Huddlestone to strike only for it to be blocked by the defender.
Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere is rather lacking at the moment. In fact it's Coventry who are making a bit more headway at the moment. On the break though, Spurs look a real threat but Adebayor's having a poor afternoon and he's just ran the ball out of play when on a run.
Adebayor runs through on goal and looks set to put his side 4-0 up only to be eased off the ball by Edjenguele. The striker is claiming a foul but in reality, that was just a combination of very good defending from the Coventry man.
We're back underway. No changes at half-time for either side.
The teams are just coming out now and we're moments away from the start of the second half. Can Coventry give their fans something to cheer about or will Tottenham run riot? Remember, when Coventry travelled to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, it was only 1-0 at half-time - the score eventually finished 6-1 to the Gunners.
Half-time at White Hart Lane. Tottenham can look forward to the fourth round draw, it seems safe to say.
Two minutes of stoppage time to be played here. Tottenham are comfortable once again.
Coventry are just beginning to exert a bit of pressure here. McSheffrey brings the ball forward and his delivery is cleared by Caulker for a corner. From the set-piece, Clarke brings the ball down and is set to pull the trigger only for the referee to pull it back for a suspected foul on Caulker.
Coventry almost grab a goal! Suddenly Spurs are opened up and a slip from Naughton sees Leon Clarke with almost the penalty box to himself. However, he takes too long to set himself and the Spurs defender manages to clear the ball while lying on the floor.
Coventry force only their second corner of the game but Friedel isn't threatened at all by Moussa's inswinging delivery. Mark Robins will not be happy with his side's efforts I'd imagine. The goals they have conceded have hardly been fantastic.
GOAL! 3-0. It's all falling apart for Coventry now and again rather surprisingly, it's come from a Tottenham set piece. It's poor defending from Coventry that sees a Spurs corner be met by Dempsey, who flicks it into the net for his second goal of the afternoon. Coventry have to be careful now, otherwise this could get embarrassing.
Adebayor is just frustrating the Tottenham fans a little here. He's looked a little off the pace and out of tune with his team-mates and he's just miscontrolled a Huddlestone pass and let the ball run out for a goal-kick. He hasn't had the most productive of seasons so far, the man from Togo.
GOAL! 2-0! Bale has got the goal his performance deserves but it hasn't come from a driving run and angled shot. Far from it. Instead, a Clint Dempsey shot is deflected into the path of Bale, who collects it well enough and volleys it past Murphy into the net. Game over?
Dempsey is continuing to just pick pockets of space in the Coventry backline and his goal-bound effort is heroically blocked by Wood. On the counter-attack, McSheffrey just has a sniff of a breakaway chance that is quickly snuffed out by the ever-improving Kyle Naughton at left-back.
"I love Steffen Freund, Steffen Freund loves me," sing the Spurs fans. The Spurs assistant coach responds, waving to the fans. Aww - That from our man at White Hart Lane, Jamie Dunn.
The tempo has certainly dropped on Spurs' part but whenever they want and particularly whenever Gareth Bale has the ball at his feet, they look like they can score at will. Coventry haven't been too bad in all honesty but against opposition in such good form, there's not much they can do. However, it remains still 1-0 and the Sky Blues will still be hopeful of just nicking a goal.
Dempsey looks all but certain to give Spurs a 2-0 lead only for his shot to be blocked by his own team-mate, Emmanuel Adebayor! It looks like it's only a matter of time before the home side extend their lead at this rate. They have shown no mercy.
Coventry just seemed to have calmed things slightly. In fact they've even managed to get their foot on the ball a little more, particularly through the impressive Moussa. However, as I say that, Bale's just roared into the box once more but this time his right-footed shot is a little further away and brings jeers from the visiting fans.
A rare foray into the Spurs box for Coventry but Brad Friedel quickly comes out to gather. From his throw, Bale rips past a couple of defenders a la his performance against Inter Milan before producing an effort that just darts past the post. He is the outstanding player on the pitch at the moment and Coventry just can't handle him.
The Coventry fans are still the ones you can hear loudest but you have to think that the chances of their team coming back here are slim to say the least. Dempsey's just gone close to his second goal of the goal, with Murphy turning his near post strike out for a corner.
Tottenham are really turning the heat on now. Coventry are hanging on for dear life and are being penned in as Bale and Adebayor continually threaten Brian Murphy's net. Huddlestone ends a full-on two minute Spurs onslaught by unleashing a rocket left-footed shot....that goes out for a throw.
GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Coventry. He's just spurned a few chances and now Clint Dempsey has got his goal. A Sigurdsson free-kick is swung in and the American does something we've seen him do for Fulham for years, being in the right position at the right time to prod home a Gareth Bale flick on. Coventry's FA Cup dream already looks rather bleak.
Spurs threaten for the first time and a goalmouth scramble ensues when Assou-Ekotto swings a ball in, Adebayor challenges, the ball is blocked out only for Dempsey to take two strikes at goal, both of which Coventry eventually force away. Bale's also beginning to have an impact now.
Yellow CardJames Bailey
Spurs seem to be content to let the ball bounce in their own penalty box. That's intriguing really, considering you'd imagine that would be the only real chance of Coventry threatening an upset.
Tom Huddlestone's just ballooned a shot well over the bar after a Bale corner was cleared. Apparently he's said he won't cut his hair until he scores again. Judging by that effort...it may take a while.
"One Gary Mabbutt, there's only one Gary Mabbutt," sing the Coventry fans about the former Spurs defender in a nod to the 1987 FA Cup final they won 3-2. It's all Tottenham so far but no chances of note in the opening five minutes." That from our man at the ground.
Bitty start here. A lot of fouls, Adebayors just won one after being felled by Gary McSheffrey. Spurs enjoying the majority of the ball as you'd expect.
Tottenham meanwhile last won the FA Cup in 1991 so some would say it's about time they won it again. Their team certainly suggests they are taking this competition seriously. For the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey, this is a big day. Their careers at Spurs haven't quite taken off since their summer moves and against League 1 opposition, they will surely be fancying their chances of a goal or two.
Around 10 minutes or so to kick-off now. The Coventry fans are, as you'd expect, in fine voice. I do personally hope that Coventry eventually get back up to the Premier League, it does feel rather strange seeing them languish in League 1. That move to the Ricoh Arena didn't quite have the impact that was hoped...
Right you are Jamie, that is an extremely strong team sent out by Villas-Boas. I'm surprised to see Bale playing. You'd have to think he'll have an impact against League 1 opposition. Good to see Scott Parker continuing his recovery from an Achilles injury - he was one of England's most impressive players at Euro 2012 and provides Tottenham's midfield with something different to Sandro.
Who better to talk you through that team news than our man at White Hart Lane, Jamie Dunn: "Andre Villas-Boas has pulled very few punches with this Tottenham team. Gareth Bale is back in the side after serving a suspension, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto returns at left-back. Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Mousa Dembele all drop to the bench, but with the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey stepping in, Spurs look strong. Coventry, meanwhile, have lost top scorer David McGoldrick. The Nottingham Forest loanee has moved on to Ipswich Town, with Leon Clarke coming into the side."
Tottenham Friedel; Naughton, Caulker, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Huddlestone, Parker; Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Bale; Adebayor. Subs: Lloris, Vertonghen, Lennon, Defoe, Dembele, Townsend, Carroll. Coventry Murphy; J Clarke, Wood, Edjenguele, Adams; McSheffrey, Baker, Jennings, Bailey, Moussa; L Clarke. Subs: Dunn, Cameron, Fleck, Elliott, Barton, Christie, Thomas
As you've no doubt read about a million times in the last few days, this is a re-run of the famous 1987 FA Cup final which saw Coventry City collect their first and to this date only major trophy by beating Spurs 3-2 at Wembley. It's been a steady decline for the Sky Blues since then however. They now lie in League 1 after dropping out of the Premier League in 2001. Remember those days of Dion Dublin and Darren Huckerby up front at Highfield Road? Who remembers Noel Whelan? The next Alan Shearer we were told.
Hello there and welcome to Goal.com's play-by-by of Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City in the third round of the FA Cup. I'm Adam Mazrani and unfortunately, you'll have to deal with me for the next couple of hours or so while I take you through what should be a comfortable victory for the home side. It's FA Cup third round day people!
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