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2 vs 1
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January 27, 2013 9:00 AM EST
Elland Road — Leeds, West Yorkshire
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 29943‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Leeds United 2-1 Tottenham

The home side took a two goal lead through Varney and McCormack strikes and even though Dempsey pulled one back for Spurs, Neil Warnock's team held on for a memorable FA Cup win.

By Ryan Benson at Elland Road

  • Jamie Ashdown
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jamie Ashdown

    Made good saves aplenty from Dempsey, Bale and Sigurdsson in a decent display. The former Portsmouth man was unlucky not to get a clean sheet, but could do nothing to stop Dempsey’s header.

  • Lee Peltier
    2
    0
    3.50

    Lee Peltier

    The Leeds back line did well to keep the Spurs attack out for most of the match and Peltier was crucial to that as he stuck his foot in whenever he could and won a good number of headers from his own area. He generally kept Dempsey marshalled well, with the American having a rather quiet afternoon, although he will disappointed the Spurs man escaped him for his second-half goal.

  • Samuel Bryam
    2
    0
    3.00

    Samuel Bryam

    The 19-year-old is an integral part of this Leeds side due to his ability to play right-back or right-midfield just as easily as the other, and although a long afternoon looked on the cards against Bale, he did very well. From early on he was keeping as tight as he could to the Wales international, and he got so little change from the Leeds man Bale eventually swapped with Lennon, who too did not do a great deal against him.

  • Tom Lees
    3
    0
    3.50

    Tom Lees

    The England Under-21 international started off a little nervous as he completely lost his man, Sigurdsson, following a Vertonghen cross. However, after that he looked more settled and helped keep the Icelandic midfielder at bay. The youngster did well to clear a number of crosses from the wing, too.

  • Aidan White
    2
    0
    3.00

    Aidan White

    Posed problems by Lennon in the first half, but the England international still rarely got past the full-back. Eventually, Lennon and Bale swapped flanks, and despite allowing Bale to get past him round the outside too easily on one occasion, he was never embarrassed.

  • Michael Brown
    2
    0
    3.50

    Michael Brown

    It was a fairly typical display from the notoriously aggressive midfielder as he threw himself about, but he was surprisingly quiet in terms of bad tackles. The former Wigan man will claim an assist for Varney’s opener, but Diouf is likely to rebuff that after a clever flick soon after. Nevertheless, his constant closing down of Huddlestone was effective in limiting his influence.

  • Paul Green
    2
    0
    3.50

    Paul Green

    Very effective performance from the Irishman. Deployed in midfield, he was tasked with getting back and supporting the defence whenever he could, and he was everywhere. He put in several tackles around his own area and gave Byram a hand at times, while he also dispossessed the visitors in their own area. One of the unsung heroes of the win.

  • Rodolph Austin
    4
    0
    2.50

    Rodolph Austin

    The Jamaican midfielder looked composed on the ball and passed well when in possession, but some of his tackling left a lot to desire as he was not forceful enough. Dominated the Premier League midfield of Southampton in the League Cup this season, but he was a long way off that today.

  • El-Hadji Diouf
    9
    0
    4.00

    El-Hadji Diouf

    The Senegalese forward was involved in virtually every Leeds attack and was essential for both goals as his flick played in Varney before looping a ball over the top for McCormack in the second period. Caught in possession a few times, but overall he was among the best players on the pitch.

  • Luke Varney
    2
    0
    3.00

    Luke Varney

    The forward receives his fair share of criticism from Leeds fans, but that won’t be the case today. From the opening stages he looked lively and full of running before opening the scoring for the hosts. Cut inside and shot on a number of occasions too, and generally looked dangerous against Naughton. He was considerably quieter once Naughton was replaced, however.

Substitutions

  • Jason Pearce
    1
    0

    Jason Pearce

    Came on in the dying stages to secure the win, but did not touch the ball much.

  • Davide Enrico Somma
    2
    0

    Davide Enrico Somma

    The South African has been out for a long period of time and made a cameo for the final seconds.

  • Brad Friedel
    3
    3
    3.00

    Brad Friedel

    The 41-year-old American did not have that much to do, but he had little chance for either Leeds goal. He did, however, make a crucial save to deny McCormack netting Leeds’ third in the second half.

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    3
    2
    2.50

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    The full-back did not have much to do defensively as the hosts rarely attacked down the right. However, Assou-Ekotto often seemed reluctant to get forward and support Bale or Lennon, regardless of who was ahead of him and he supplied few crosses.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    2
    6
    1.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Found McCormack troublesome at times as the Scot often span away from him, with the Spurs defence sitting very high. The Belgian continued to look vulnerable with passes played beyond him and Leeds should have taken advantage of that more than they did.

  • Kyle Naughton
    0
    7
    2.00

    Kyle Naughton

    Produced some pretty bizarre defending for Leeds’ opener, failing to clear Brown’s lofted ball and allowing the ball to slip through for Varney to score. Never looked particularly comfortable against Diouf or Varney and will want to put this match behind him as soon as he can.

  • Steven Caulker
    2
    8
    1.00

    Steven Caulker Flop of the Match

    Caught in a mix-up with Naughton for Varney’s goal and then saw the ball go over him before being beaten by McCormack for Leeds’ second half. With Spurs defending so high, Caulker’s pace and turning speed looked impossibly slow and had he been playing a better side, he would have been punished considerably more.

  • Aaron Lennon
    1
    2
    2.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Playing against his former club Lennon looked lively early on, but he began to grow frustrated as the match went on. He did not have much luck against either full-back as his team-mates continuously looked towards Bale rather than himself.

  • Gareth Bale
    4
    2
    3.50

    Gareth Bale

    The first half proved a quiet 45 minutes as he rarely got past Byram, but in the second half it was a completely different story as he was the fulcrum of anything Spurs did in the final third. His crossing was excellent, applying the assist for Dempsey’s goal and his general trickery posed big problems.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    1
    7
    1.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    After an impressive spell at Swansea last season, Sigurdsson has been disappointing since joining Spurs, and today was no different. He really should have given the visitors the lead in the first few minutes with a header from Vertonghen’s cross, but he headed straight at Ashdown. After not doing a great deal

  • Scott Parker
    1
    3
    3.00

    Scott Parker

    The midfielder was as combative as ever and did a good job of restricting the likes of Austin at creating attacks. He also proved effective as defending from the front at times, nipping in to steal the ball from Diouf and Brown on the more memorable occasions.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    1
    3
    2.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Due to the constant attentions of Michael Brown, a lot of his creative influence was stifled, but he still well generally, even if he was restricted to more straightforward balls. Produced one magnificent tackle on Varney in the penalty area, but was soon replaced by Dembele.

  • Clint Dempsey
    13
    4
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Dempsey was given the chance to impress as the head of Spurs’ attack, and with support at a premium in the first half he was quiet, but after half-time he was much more involved and that showed with his brilliant headed goal.

Substitutions

  • Kyle Walker
    1
    4
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Replaced Naughton with about 30 minutes to go and he looked a bit improvement. Kept Varney in his pocket and produced some good corners.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Came on for Huddleston to input some drive in the midfield and he was far more effective than the Englishman, but he still could not inspire a turnaround.

  • Jonathan Obika
    1
    3
    2.00

    Jonathan Obika

    Spurs' only striker option on the bench and he should have equalised in the final ten minutes, but when one-on-one he put the ball over the bar.

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