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+Cup Night Verdict

Posted on 3 March 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

A last eight date with Newcastle United now looms following a comprehensive 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup 5th round replay on Wednesday evening.

It was easy to suspect the game would be anything but straightforward, given the nature of this season's competition so far and the performance of Forest in the original tie. But the boys did the job, showed patience, stuck to their task and there was really only going to be one winner once Noe Pamarot powered his header into the back of the net just before the hour mark.

Further goals from Robbie Keane - skipper for the night - and substitute Mido put a deserved gloss on the scoreline and sent the Spurs masses home happy with a song in their hearts.

There were seven changes made to the side that defeated Fulham in the Premiership on Saturday. Pamarot was given a first start at centre half alongside Anthony Gardner, while Thimothee Atouba returned at left-back. Pedro Mendes and Reto Ziegler were recalled in midfield, with the two goalscorers from the weekend - Keane and Fredi Kanoute - were rewarded with places in attack.

It was a vibrant and pretty full City Ground with a lot of a latecomers due to the horrific traffic in the east midlands. 'One Des Walker' was one of the opening refrains from the superb travelling support of over 5,000.

The first real chance was carved out on 19 minutes when Atouba spotted a gap through which to pop the ball and give Kanoute half a chance from the left of the Forest area. Fredi, however, looked almost as surprised as the home defenders and did not manage to trouble keeper Paul Gerrard.

Forest began to apply a little ten minute squeeze on the game before, on the half hour mark, Kanoute teed up Keane with the chance to open the scoring. Atouba fed the ball in from the left, for the big striker to chest the ball in the direction of his smaller partner, but not enough purchase was placed on the shot to really concern Gerrard.

Three minutes before the break a well worked corner routine saw Simon Davies float the ball to the edge of the area where the waiting Ziegler volleyed just wide. Just before this a Kanoute dash and low cross forced Wes Morgan to concede the corner, only just clearing the upright with his interception.

There was then nearly an alarm at the other end when Paul Evans bundled a path through to goal and Paul Robinson was forced to display just why he is England's No.1.

Early sparring was pretty much the story of the first ten minutes of the second half, neither side really prepared to cut loose in seeking an advantage in the contest. We certainly had the upper hand in terms of possession, but attacks were regularly breaking down in the final third.

There was a chance from a free-kick on 57 minutes - an Andy Melville foul on Keane - but Kanoute could not reproduce the goods from Saturday - although his shot did spark a goalmouth scramble.

There was joy, however, on 59 minutes when a Ziegler corner into the near post was met with a diving header by Pamarot and the ball flew past Gerrard at pace, giving the keeper no chance at all. Noe celebrated with a dive in front of the Spurs fans - uncontained glee at scoring his second goal for the club.

Ziegler was afforded a great chance to increase the advantage when Davies set him clear on 70 minutes. He did not profit but, a minute later, his corner was flicked on by Brown and landed at the feet of Keane who drilled the ball into the net to make it two.

Robbie has now scored in each round so far - Brighton, West Brom replay, Forest replay - and maintaining this record up at Newcastle would not go amiss.

Mido was introduced for a further taste of FA Cup action just after the second goal in place of Kanoute, followed by Michael Carrick for the struggling Mendes. He proceeded to score his first FA Cup goal in stoppage time when a Brown piledriver cannoned back off the underside of the bar and the big striker nodded home his third goal for Spurs.

Mission accomplished!