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FA Cup

  • 19 February 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 6332

Live Commentary

  • Although Tottenham were not up to scratch you cannot take anything away from the League One side who stepped up to the dauting challenge well today and fully deserved the result.
  • Tottenham never really hit their stride in the game, only really showing glimpses just after the half-time break. They seemed disrupted by the vocal crowd and the no-nonsence attitude of the home side.
  • All over here, Stevenage have held off a poor looking Tottenham side earning themselves a replay at White Hart Lane.
  • 90' + 3'
    Aaron Lennon again makes room to cut a cross in front of the goal it zips just over Scott Parker's head and Wilson clears well up the field.
  • 90' + 1'
    Cowan starts a counter attack with a nippy run down the middle, he plays it to his right towards Wilson who floats a ball into Cowan and May in the middle but none of the strikers can get the the delivery and the threat is stopped by the Tottenham defence.
  • 89'
    As the game comes closer to an end Tottenham still do not look in a rush to create a chance, slowly moving the ball across the midfield.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionLuke Freeman Philip Edwards
  • 85'
    Aaron Lennon does make use of his pace as he skips a challenge to put the ball into the box, unfortunately for Tottenham the first man to the ball is Laird who clears the danger.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionDanny Rose Aaron Lennon
    The substitution of Aaron Lennon may just take advantage of those tired legs out there.
  • 79'
    Tottenham are starting to take the upper hand as tiredness sets in amongst the Stevenage ranks, but Wilson was determined to keep Danny Rose away from the ball keeping up with the youngster to see the ball roll out for a goalkick.
  • 74'
    A nice little piece of play by Defoe and Bale down the right wing saw Saha presented with a beautiful chance at the near post after being set up by Bale. He tries to flick it with his heel but he cannot get enough on it and the attempt is saved easily. If the Frenchman had let the ball run a charging Scott Parker would have had a brilliant opportunity to slot the ball home.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionDarius Charles Don Cowan
  • 70'
    Younes Kaboul shows a great turn of pace down the right and delivered a ball into the box, the decent delivery couldn't find a teammates head and the attack fizzles away.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionChris Beardsley Ben May
  • 64'
    SubstitutionKyle Walker Niko Kranjcar
    Niko Kranjaer replaces Kyle Walker, Harry Redknapp will be looking to try and push his side further up the pitch after a rather stagnent opening 60 minutes.
  • 63'
    Byrom lets off a corking shot from just outside the box even though it is aimed right at Cudicini he fails to deal with it well spilling the ball into the box. Luckily for the Italian Ryan Nelson is there to clean up but Beardsley wasn't far behind him.
  • 60'
    Stevenage work the ball across the edge of the box after a throw-in on the right. Freeman takes it on the left side of the pitch and attempts a shot which is again watched go into the crowd by Cudicini.
  • 59'
    Gareth Bale cuts in from the right wing lining up a shot, yet uncharacteristically the Welshman's shot is poor and it bobbles tamely wide.
  • 56'
    Louis Saha puts the ball in the back of the net from three yards out, but it wont count. As Louis Saha proded it home from close range it hit Scott Parker who was strangely standing on the goalline in an offside position. Sloppy from the captain there.
  • 52'
    Bostwick has a shot from distance again, keen to take on the half chance, but he slices it and watches it curl well away from Cudicini's goal.
  • 47'
    Gareth Bale gets an early chance as he runs down the middle of the park without a challenge, he takes the shot from 25-yards out. The shot is good but Chris Day does well to get down to his left and push it away.
  • 46'
    Stevenage get us back underway here, Tottenham really need to step up a gear here and put the game to bed in order to avoid a replay at White Hart Lane or a defeat.
  • Danny Rose has been one of the few bright sparks from this match, his energy down the left wing has been good but with minimal movement in the middle of the park he has very few options when it comes to delivering the ball.
  • Harry Redknapp will not be happy with the first half performance, they have been rattled by the straight forward style of play by the home side. He will be looking for his side to showcase some of the quality of football they have been playing this season.
  • The first half comes to an end, Tottenham have not shown signs of the superiority in the Football League, with Stevenage causing them as many problems.
  • 45'
    Bostwick is teed up by Beardsley and lines up a poweful shot. Scott Parker makes sure Cudicini is untroubled with a good block sending the ball out for corner. The corner is dangerous as Beardsley gets low to try and meet it at the back post, the ball is taken off of his head by Michael Dawsons boot.
  • 43'
    Younes Kaboul takes the set piece, it is hit with venom but the direction is just not there and it is well wide.
  • 42'
    Jermaine Defoe gets clipped as he looks to control a bouncing ball, the freekick is in a dangerous position five yards from the edge of the box.
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Joel Byrom
    Joel Byrom sees yellow after a strong challenge on Kyle Walker,
  • 39'
    Stevenage have a chance a Charles looks for the opportunity to shoot on the edge of the box, he passes it to Freeman who finds it just as difficult to get a shot away. This indecision results in Tottenham winning back the ball.
  • 38'
    A queue of players stand behind the ball all wanting to take a freekick after Saha was bought down three yards outside the box. Walker takes the freekick, but Laird is out as soon as the ball is touched to block the attempt.
  • 35'
    Louis Saha controls a powerful cross to put the ball into space behind the Stevenage defence, as he strides to take his shot Roberts stands on his foot and Saha's shot resultantly loops into the air for Day to collect. The referee fails to see the challenge and doesn't give him the penalty he wanted.
  • 33'
    Danny Rose again looks bright down the left as he gets to the byeline, whipping in a cross into the 6-yard-box. The ball is met by Kyle Walker but he can't get enough of a connection on the ball to steer it goalwards and the header is well wide.
  • 30'
    Tottenham try the same tactic as Stevenage Younes Kaboul pumps a ball into the edge of the box, Gareth Bale looks to control it but it is just to far ahead of him and it bounces into the arms of Chris Day.
  • 24'
    Louis Saha turns to get his shot away from a tight angle to the left of the goal. He tries a shot across the face of goal but the angle is to tight as Chris Day watches sail wide of his goal.
  • 22'
    Harry Redknapp is looking animated on the touchline as he screams to inspire his side who have failed to get going in this tie.
  • 20'
    Beardsley does well to control a high ball with his chest, knocking the ball down to Darius Charles who takes a touch to set himself up, but Ryan Nelson does well to get a foot in to stop Charles from shooting.
  • 17'
    Danny Rose makes a mazey run to get ahead of Ronnie Henry on the left wing, he then smashes it into Jermaine Defoe at the near post but the striker cannot get a decent touch on Rose's cross.
  • 12'
    Ronnie Henry, the man dealt the role of dealing with Gareth Bale, has done his job well so far making a couple of early tackles to stem the threat of the tricky Welshman.
  • 8'
    Stevenage's tactic seem to be clear so far, the long ball has been executed a couple of times, bypassing the congested Tottenham midfield.
  • 6'
    A soft delivery from Stevenage on the right wing, bounces awkwardly for Younes Kaboul, who has to give them a cheap corner by nodding into touch unchallenged. The corner is whipped into Beardsley, but his header is way off target.
  • 3'
    Kyle Walker drags down Freeman as the two battle to control a long ball 30 yards from the Tottenham goal. The delivery is poor and is cleared with ease.
  • 1'
    And Tottenham get the game underway here at a small but loud Lamex Stadium.
  • Few can expect Stevenage to take anything from this match, with Tottenham playing as well as any other team in the Premier League, but the partizan crowd may play apart in disrupting a potentialy complacent Spurs side.
  • Ryan Nelsen has also been given his first start for the club today, after his January move.
  • With Gareth Bale and Scott Parker starting today Harry Redknapp has shown that he is not taking this tie lightly, although he has given Carlo Cudicini and Danny Rose an opportunity to shine in the FA Cup against the League One side.
  • Tottenham: Cudicini; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Nelsen; Rose, Parker, Livermore, Bale; Saha, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Lennon, Kranjcar, King, Khumalo, Dawkins, Luongo.
  • Stevenage: Day; Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird; Wilson, Byrom, Bostwick, Freeman; Charles, Beardsley. Subs: Julian, Edwards, Long, Reid, Myrie-Williams, May, Cowan.
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