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Stevenage force FA Cup replay

Hard-working Stevenage churned out an impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur to earn an FA Cup fifth round replay.

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Hard-working Stevenage churned out an impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur to earn an FA Cup fifth round replay.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight affair at the Lamex Stadium and despite having the ball in the back of the net, the away side failed to make the breakthrough.

Manager Harry Redknapp made six changes from the side that defeated Newcastle United 5-0 last weekend with Ryan Nelsen making his full debut while Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Carlo Cudicini, Jake Livermore and Jermain Defoe were drafted into the starting XI.

On a bobbly playing surface, the first serious effort didn’t arrive until the 24th minute after Louis Saha drilled wide from just inside the box.

Kyle Walker then glanced Rose’s cross just wide while Saha appeared impeded in the area, but his penalty claims were waved away after some good work by Livermore.

In the final five minutes before half-time, Dawson came close to powering home a header home, only for Scott Laird to hack off the line before the same player’s looping header appeared destined for the net, but Cudicini did well to prevent the goal.

In the second half, Gareth Bale’s 25-yard drive forced a good save from Chris Day as Spurs looked to opening the scoring.

And the North London giants had the ball in the back of the net after 55 minutes after Rose burst down the left, but his cross could only be palmed into the path of Saha. The Frenchman tucked away only for his effort to strike Scott Parker on the line, who was deemed offside.

Stevenage took the offside effort as a wake-up call as the home side looked to surprise Spurs. First Joel Byrom’s strike flew just over before Cudicini palmed Darius Charles’ away with Nelsen on hand to clear before Chris Beardsley could poke home.

Saha then tested Day in the 75th minute after some work by Defoe and Bale, but the January arrival couldn’t get enough power on his shot to test the Stevenage keeper.

Substitute Aaron Lennon made a number of dangerous runs in the opposition box as the game drew to a close before crossing for Parker in the final minute of added time which just evaded the England international as Stevenage held on to secure a replay back at White Hart Lane next month.

What Redknapp had to say.

“I expected it to be tough, honestly,” said Redknapp.

“I knew how hard it was going to be. The pitch was bumpy and the ball was bobbling everywhere, it was a difficult game to play football.

“We have all been here. I have been here so many times in the past, nothing surprises me.”

Ben McAleer

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Tottenham U19s beat Club Brugge at the end of a gruelling campaign at the Terborg Tournament

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According to a report by Tottenham Hotspur’s official website, the heroics of our U19 midfielder Paris Maghoma helped secure a much-needed 1-0 win against Brugge in the Terborg tournament in Holland.

We endured a challenging time in the group stages and it is great that we somehow managed to clinch a 5th-place finish at the end of it. This does come as great news for our younger players and from here on, they can only go forward.

In general, our U19 side has been quite promising in recent times and the display against Brugge was certainly yet another encouraging sign. Our defence was quite commendable and Brooklyn Lyons-Foster made quite a mark after returning from an injury he had sustained in March.

The likes of Troy Parrott and midfielder Elliot Thorpe came close to scoring but they failed to convert the chances. However, the U19s were lucky enough to have Maghoma in the mix since his goal ultimately proved to make all the difference.

All in all, it goes without saying that this was a good learning experience for the youngsters. They managed to sandwich a victory against Heerenveen between losses to Midtjylland and Atletico Paranaense but the win against Brugge is certainly a brilliant way to end the academy season.

Scott Parker’s men will now brace themselves for the new season and some of the players will be pushing for greater opportunities as well. However, given the way they have performed, it looks like the future is bright for the lot.

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Chelsea U18 0-3 Tottenham U18 – Blues handed first home defeat in three years as Spurs youngsters impress

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Tottenham U18 caused a nasty upset against our London rivals Chelsea, as our youngsters beat the Blues at Cobham in an exciting 0-3 victory. To have notched up such a huge victory against a side that has been exemplary in all aspects of the game is truly commendable.

Reo Griffiths, Rodel Richards and Dilan Markanday scored some stunning goals to put us in the driving seat and it is safe to say that we deserved that win. As if beating Chelsea was not enough, this win marks the Blues’ first home defeat at Cobham in the last 3 years.

A win is definitely important for us at this stage but more than anything else, the calmness and maturity displayed by our U18 side deserves praise. Our defenders did a brilliant job at the back and our attackers left no stone unturned to threaten and dominate the home side’s backline.

Griffiths scored a screamer of an opening goal to put us in the lead. Although we were the better team in the first-half, Chelsea were awarded a penalty right after the break. A few nervy moments followed but De Bie made a brilliant save to deny the hosts.

The save proved to be a turning point in the game since Chelsea could not come back into the game despite fighting hard. Eventually, Rodel Richards chipped in with the second goal in the 74th minute which was followed by Dilan Markanday converting Tariq Hinds’ cross to smash the third and final goal of the match.

Markanday was truly a standout performer for the side and he was a constant threat to Chelsea. He was aided by a flurry of crosses and ample support from right-back Maxi Tainio and the duo linked up quite well to deliver stunning results on the field.

As a Tottenham fan, it is heart-warming to see our youngsters perform like this and here’s to hoping they continue their fine form.

 

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“We do things the hard way”, “Sell Llorente and Sissoko please” Tottenham fans vent out anger after shock 2-2 draw

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Rochdale scored an extra-time equaliser as they earned an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley following a 2-2 draw at Spotland.

Tottenham thought they had won the game when Dele Alli had controversially earned a penalty and Harry Kane made no mistake, stepping up and firing past the goalkeeper. But 30-year-old Steve Davies sent the home crowd into ecstasy by netting the leveller two minutes into stoppage time.

The game didn’t start in our favour as Rochdale made the most of the relaid pitch to score a fantastically worked opener through Ian Henderson. It was Henderson’s 6th FA Cup goal of the season and interestingly, no player has scored more.

Fernando Llorente had Spurs’ best chance of the opening 45 minutes but spurned it from inside the area when he should have at least hit the target.

However, Lucas Moura, starting his first game for Spurs since making a winter transfer deadline day move from Paris Saint-Germain, equalised after the break. Moussa Sissoko found Moura in space and the Brazilian took a touch before hammering home his first goal for the club.

In the 88th minute, Alli was fouled in the box by Harrison McGahey and Kane stepped up to smash home to give Spurs the lead. But minutes later, Davies set Spotland bouncing again when he calmly found the bottom corner in the injury time to send Dale to Wembley for the replay.

After a fantastic 2-2 draw at Juventus in the Champions League, this wasn’t exactly the performance Spurs fans had hoped for.

Hugely disappointed with the performance when we could have won at Rochdale and moved into the quarterfinals. Here is how our fans reacted after the blow of the final whistle.

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