Sunday February 19, 2012 5th Round Finished Broadhall Way

  1. Stevenage hold sloppy Spurs to draw

    Stevenage hold sloppy Spurs to draw

    Tottenham were held to a 0-0 draw by a defiant Stevenage side at the Lamex Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stevenage Football Club
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - What did you make of Tottenham's performance? Let me know on Twitter now. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. A fine performance from Stevenage as they hold Spurs to a 0-0 draw. The game goes to a replay at White Hart Lane.
    • 90+3' Lennon receives the ball from Kranjcar on the right but his cross is too high for Parker. Stevenage rush up the other end and Cowan drags a shot wide.
    • 90+2' Stevenage hit Spurs on the break and Wilson sees a cross headed clear. For a second there the Premier League side looked vulnerable.
    • 90' We will have three added minutes.
    • 88' Freeman is replaced by Phil Edwards as Stevenage make a late change.
    • 87' Spurs spray the passes around and after Lennon spurs the chance to shoot he squares for Defoe, who drills his effort wide of the upright.
    • 85' Just five minutes remaining now for Stevenage to hold on, or even sneak an unlikely winner.
    • 83' Lennon almost makes an immediate impact when Saha meets his cross but the header from the Frenchman is blocked.
    • 82' Lennon replaces Rose so Bale drops into left-back - his third different role of the match.
    • 80' Rose is down requiring treatment after clashing with Wilson and Bale takes the chance to get some further instructions from Redknapp.
    • 78' Bale chips a ball into the box but Day is alert to come off his line and grab it. Stevenage have been impressive today.
    • 76' At the opposite end, a weak effort from Freeman dribbles into the gloves of Cudicini.
    • 75' Chance for Spurs! Bale breaks down the right and pulls the ball back. Saha tries to backheel it at goal when leaving it for the onrushing Parker was a far better option.
    • 74' Stevenage make a change as Don Cowan replaces Charles, who had been pretty quiet this afternoon.
    • 73' Defoe slips a pass into Parker, who in turn tries to find Adebayor. However, the ball is cut out by a Stevenage shirt.
    • 72' Bale hangs in a corner from the left but Day leaps into the air to catch the ball.
    • 71' Just 20 minutes remaining now and Spurs are living rather dangerously given a goal now could well result in their elimination. They have only created a handful of chances.
    • 70' Freeman has another free kick in an identical position and on this occasion Laird gets a flick-on before Tottenham clear. That was much better.
    • 69' Freeman swings in a free kick from the right but it is too high for his team-mates and Cudicini gathers with ease.
    • 68' Beardsley comes off to be replaced by Ben May.
    • 67' Bale tracks Lawrie Wilson for 30 yards before producing a fine sliding tackle.
    • 66' Tottenham are indeed a 4-4-2 with Kaboul coming in at right-back and Bale and Kranjcar patrolling the wings.
    • 64' Here is a change as Kranjcar replaces Walker. Spurs could well shift to 4-4-2 as a result.
    • 63' Byrom with another shot and Cudicini spills it, only to see Nelsen tidy up and clear!
    • 62' Byrom with another effort from range as his effort from 20 yards swerves violently towards goal and only just the wrong side of the woodwork.
    • 61' Freeman snatches at his shot and the former Arsenal youngster watches his effort skew wide of the target.
    • 60' The ball bobbles just as Bale takes aim and the Welshman gets his shot all wrong as a result.
    • 59' Excellent defending from Walker as he blocks a strong drive from Byrom on the edge of the box.
    • 57' Saha, no doubt stung by a sense of injustice, cuts in from the right and fires a shot well off target.
    • 55' Tottenham think they have scored but the goal is disallowed! Excellent work from Rose as he bursts down the left and swings in a low cross, and the ball pops up to Saha who lashes the shot home. However, Parker accidentally touched it in on the line and is rightly ruled offside. That's rather unfortunate.
    • 53' Charles lays the ball off to Bostwick 30 yards from goal and the midfielder drives yet another effort of target. He loves a shot, it's just a shame he is incapable of hitting the target.
    • 52' I am not sure using Bale through the centre is working too well, particularly as Spurs are lacking a player like Modric to find him with regularity. Still, he continues in the role.
    • 50' Spurs have quietened down a touch since that Bale chance though.
    • 48' A good start to the half for Spurs then, who have not brought on Kranjcar yet despite getting him ready on the sidelines.
    • 47' Spurs appear to be sticking with their 3-4-1-2 formation at the start of this second half. Livermore gets the ball and prods it forward to Bale, who advances 15 yards and forces Day into a fantastic save to tip his rifled effort around the post.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - Redknapp will be making a change as Kranjcar is stripped and ready.
    • - Let me know what you thought of that first half on Twitter now. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. A good cup tie so far this afternoon and Spurs are being held by the League One side.
    • 45+1' The corner comes in and Beardsley is so brave when throwing himself to the ground to try and head home, only for Dawson to almost take his head off when clearing.
    • 45+1' Stevenage pour forward and play the ball around nicely, but the move ends when Bostwick has a strong dive deflected behind for a corner.
    • 45' A rather unconvincing header from Walker puts Cudicini in trouble but Beardsley's attempts to win a corner are fruitless.
    • 44' A free kick to Spurs out on the left and this time Kaboul goes for the pile-driver, only to see his effort fizz wide of the far post.
    • 43' Replays show that Beardsley's firm volley actually struck Saha on the chest so it was never a penalty. Correct decision.
    • 42' Joel Byrom goes into the book for a poor challenge.
    • 41' Stevenage win a free kick on the left and Luke Freeman's delivery is headed up into the air by Laird. Beardsley challenges Cudicini in the air to concede a corner.
    • 40' Stevenage win a free kick on the left and Luke Freeman's delivery is headed up into the air by Laird. Beardsley challenges Cudicini in the air to concede a corner.
    • 39' Parker takes a shot corner back to Rose and a high cross from the left-back is met with a firm header from Dawson, who sees his effort cleared. It was heading wide in any case.
    • 38' The ball is laid off to Defoe and his low drive is closed down superbly by Laird. Excellent defending.
    • 37' Bale has his first proper chance to have a run at Stevenage from a central area and plays in Defoe with a neat pass. The striker is brought to ground and Spurs have a free kick in a dangerous position.
    • 36' Superb from Saha as he controls with his chest and spins away from Scott Laird in the process but the striker loses his footing just as he attempts to shoot and the ball loops up into the arms of Chris Day.
    • 34' Spurs go close! Bale is given plenty of time to ping out a fantastic pass to Rose on the left and when the cross comes in he finds his fellow wing-back Walker arriving at the back post. The defender gets his head to the ball but only glances it wide. He should really have scored.
    • 32' If Spurs want to shake things up, and well they might, they do have Niko Kranjcar and Aaron Lennon on the bench. Also Bongani Khumalo, who could make his debut more than a year after joining the club.
    • 30' Beardsley fires a shot wide as Stevenage's top scorer fails to test Cudicini in the Tottenham goal.
    • 29' Referee Phil Dowd has words with Ashton and Defoe, while replays show that the Stevenage defender hurled his opponent to the floor when the official was looking elsewhere.
    • 28' A chance for Bale as he sizes up a shot from 20 yards but as pulls the trigger his effort is blocked on the edge of the box.
    • 27' Defoe and Jon Ashton have had words and that looks to developing into quite a battle.
    • 26' Rose takes possession on the edge of the box and his right-footed effort flies all the way out for a throw-in. A horrid effort.
    • 25' Stevenage have acquitted themselves very well indeed so far today: not many teams manage to keep Bale as quiet as they have.
    • 23' Saha collects the ball in the box and spins before executing a neat shot that rasps wide of the far post. That was as close as Spurs have come so far.
    • 21' The oles ring out at the Lamex Stadium as Stevenage throw a few passes together.
    • 20' Michael Bostwick gets away from Jake Livermore all too easily but his low effort is blocked by a team-mate. Now Nelsen does well to clear under pressure.
    • 19' Bale has played through the centre a few times of late but he has been a bit quiet so far today, and has drifted out to the left on occasions.
    • 17' Nice work from Danny Rose as he skips away from Ronnie Henry and drives in a dangerous cross. However, Defoe can't turn the ball at goal at the near post.
    • 15' It has been a rather unimpressive start from Tottenham here, and they are grappling with an unfamiliar formation.
    • 13' Louis Saha appears set to collect a ball over the top from Younes Kaboul but he is adjudged to have fouled the man he skipped round.
    • 11' Darius Charles tries to spin away from two Spurs players but Ryan Nelsen does enough to prevent him from wriggling away.
    • 10' It appears Spurs are three at the back, with Walker and Danny Rose operating as wing backs and Gareth Bale in an advanced position in the centre of midfield.
    • 8' The camera pans to Jamie Redknapp - a man described on one website as England's "kingmaker" today as he will be consulted by his father over whether to take the England job. What a scary thought.
    • 6' Chris Beardsley rises above his marker to meet a corner from the right but gets under the ball slightly and directs his header past the post.
    • 4' Well it has been a confident start from Stevenage so far. A makeshift Spurs team look a touch rattled.
    • 3' Stevenage regain possession though and Michael Dawson catches the ball with his arm when attempting to challenge Mark Roberts. Carlo Cudicini then spills a high ball before recovering.
    • 2' Kyle Walker concedes the first free kick of the day for Spurs. However, Spurs clear from the poor delivery from Stevenage.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 13:55 All over at Crawley, and no upset as Stoke progress - will we see something different in Hertfordshire? Crawley sunk by 10-man Stoke
    • 13:50 It was only a year ago that Stevenage beat Newcastle United 3-1 in the FA Cup third round - can they do something even more extraordinary today and reach the quarter-finals? Let me know your predictions and thoughts on Twitter. Tom Adams @tomEurosport
    • 13:45 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp: "I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't the popular choice [for England]. I know I am, it's been everywhere, in every paper every day. But it's not an easy one. This week we have Stevenage in the FA Cup, then we have Man United, then we have Arsenal, then we have Chelsea. We have some fantastic games. It's an important time for me with Tottenham."
    • 13:40 Stevenage manager Gary Smith: "We have some very good players here. You don't get to this stage of the season, in this sort of position, without quality individuals. We are going to need some fortune, but we are capable of causing an upset at home. I do believe that. A victory would be unbelievable. I would hope that in a one-off game we will have every chance of really pushing Tottenham to their limits. And who knows? The magic of the Cup sometimes sprinkles a little bit of that pixie dust..."
    • 13:35 Today's ref is Phil Dowd of Staffordshire.
    • 13:30 This is, at a stretch, a local derby - North London versus Hertfordshire commuter belt. Stevenage chairman Phill Wallace has said he is confident there will be no taunting of Harry Redknapp. Full story.
    • 13:25 We're in the latter stages of Crawley v Stoke, and it appears there will be no giant-killing at the Broadfield Stadium Crawley v Stoke: LIVE
    • 13:20 STEVENAGE: Day, Wilson, Laird, Charles, Ashton, Byrom, Roberts, Freeman, Beardsley, Bostwick, Henry... Subs: Julian, Edwards, Long, Reid, Myrie-Williams, May, Cowan. TOTTENHAM: Cudicini; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Nelsen, Rose; Livermore, Parker, Bale; Defoe, Saha... Subs: Friedel, King, Khumalo, Kranjcar, Lennon, Luongo, Dawkins.
    • 13:15 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the FA Cup fifth round tie between Stevenage and Tottenham from Broadhall Way.
  • Summary

    • 83' Lennon almost makes an immediate impact when Saha meets his cross but the header from the Frenchman is blocked.
    • 75' Chance for Spurs! Bale breaks down the right and pulls the ball back. Saha tries to backheel it at goal when leaving it for the onrushing Parker was a far better option.
    • 63' Byrom with another shot and Cudicini spills it, only to see Nelsen tidy up and clear!
    • 62' Byrom with another effort from range as his effort from 20 yards swerves violently towards goal and only just the wrong side of the woodwork.
    • 47' Spurs appear to be sticking with their 3-4-1-2 formation at the start of this second half. Livermore gets the ball and prods it forward to Bale, who advances 15 yards and forces Day into a fantastic save to tip his rifled effort around the post.
    • 45+1' The corner comes in and Beardsley is so brave when throwing himself to the ground to try and head home, only for Dawson to almost take his head off when clearing.
    • 36' Superb from Saha as he controls with his chest and spins away from Scott Laird in the process but the striker loses his footing just as he attempts to shoot and the ball loops up into the arms of Chris Day.
    • 34' Spurs go close! Bale is given plenty of time to ping out a fantastic pass to Rose on the left and when the cross comes in he finds his fellow wing-back Walker arriving at the back post. The defender gets his head to the ball but only glances it wide. He should really have scored.
    • 23' Saha collects the ball in the box and spins before executing a neat shot that rasps wide of the far post. That was as close as Spurs have come so far.
    • 17' Nice work from Danny Rose as he skips away from Ronnie Henry and drives in a dangerous cross. However, Defoe can't turn the ball at goal at the near post.

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