It is hard to tell whether Saturday’s sterile draw at the Lane provides any pointers towards a possible outcome of the encounter. One thing is certain — both teams can do better.
It is generally accepted that the Spurs team is lacking a little confidence, the one positive to be taken from an unproductive spell is that goals have not been conceded and a few points have been put on the board.
But this is Cup football, a different story altogether, and any cliché you care to come up with.
Spurs’ challenge will be minus the muscle of loan recruit Andy Booth but, on the positive side, the high-speed trickery of Matthew Etherington (pictured) may come into play.
A huge boost to the men seeking to inflict on Charlton only their 2<sup>nd</sup> defeat in 17 games in all competitions is the return of the flying full-back Stephen Carr, who has been absent with a groin injury since late December (see Carr is back!).
How the team has missed Carr’s pace and power play down the right flank, his sheer presence will lift players and fans alike. A further tonic to the team ahead of the crunch tie is Chris Armstong’s return to the squad.
Sergei Rebrov had been expected to plough a lone furrow at the Valley, but that may no longer be the case as one of our three injured frontmen returns to the first team fold.
Spurs traditionally have no motivational problems when it comes to the FA Cup but, as an added Spur, the comments of Charlton’s Steve Brown and Sasa Ilic might just be pasted on the dressing room wall before the game. Both chose to speak out about Spurs after the league game in a negative vein.
Let’s hope after four goalless games, it’s a case of foot in mouth and ball in net!
Rarely will the resolve of team and fans be put more to the test than during the imminent FA Cup fourth round tie against Charlton at the Valley.