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  • Date:19 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:14:00
  • Venue:Broadhall Way
  • Attendance:6,332
Goal!

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92:40 +2.40

Effort from outside the penalty box by Don Cowan goes wide left of the goal.

91:11 +1.11

The ball is delivered by Lawrie Wilson, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

90:42 +0.42

The ball is crossed by Younes Kaboul, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

87:11

Luke Freeman goes off and Phil Edwards comes on.

86:20

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jermain Defoe goes wide of the left-hand post.

85:49

Foul by Don Cowan on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

84:38

Louis Saha fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Niko Kranjcar takes the free kick.

80:50

Aaron Lennon comes on in place of Danny Rose.

78:21

Foul by Ronnie Henry on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Niko Kranjcar.

76:45

The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, save by Chris Day.

74:34

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.

74:06

Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

72:40

Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Freeman. Don Cowan replaces Darius Charles. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

70:57

Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, save made by Chris Day.

69:50

The official flags Scott Parker offside. Chris Day takes the free kick.

69:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar by Darius Charles. Free kick taken by Niko Kranjcar.

68:44

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Darius Charles.

67:53

Danny Rose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Freeman. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel.

67:07

Darius Charles fouled by Jake Livermore, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel, save made by Carlo Cudicini.

66:22

Ben May comes on in place of Chris Beardsley.

63:08

Kyle Walker leaves the field to be replaced by Niko Kranjcar.

62:17

Joel Byrom takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

60:23

Effort from just outside the area by Joel Byrom goes over the target.

59:37

Shot from outside the box by Luke Freeman misses to the left of the goal.

59:01

Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Darius Charles results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Livermore.

58:20

Long range effort by Gareth Bale goes wide right of the net.

57:36

Shot by Joel Byrom. Blocked by Kyle Walker.

55:52

Effort from outside the box by Louis Saha goes wide right of the target.

54:19

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose, save by Chris Day. Louis Saha takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in. The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Parker. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

52:16

Michael Bostwick has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

50:04

The ball is crossed by Scott Laird, save made by Carlo Cudicini.

47:02

The referee blows for offside against Louis Saha. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

46:02

Corner taken by Danny Rose played to the near post, save by Chris Day.

45:57 +0.57

Mark Roberts has a volleyed shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

45:46

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

45:36 +0.36

Joel Byrom takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

45:15 +0.15

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.

42:35

Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Jon Ashton results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Younes Kaboul.

41:17

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Kyle Walker misses to the left of the target.

40:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Joel Byrom. Joel Byrom is booked. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

39:40

Joel Byrom takes a inswinging corner. Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Louis Saha gets a block in.

38:55

Foul by Kyle Walker on Chris Beardsley, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Luke Freeman, Scott Laird takes a shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.

38:13

Foul by Jermain Defoe on Lawrie Wilson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel, clearance by Michael Dawson.

37:34

The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Michael Dawson takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in.

37:29

Scott Parker sends in a cross, blocked by Lawrie Wilson.

35:53

Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Ronnie Henry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Darius Charles gets a block in.

34:58

Shot by Louis Saha. Save made by Chris Day.

33:28

A cross is delivered by Ryan Nelsen, Header from close range by Kyle Walker misses to the right of the target.

32:00

The ball is sent over by Joel Byrom.

30:32

Danny Rose delivers the ball, Chris Day makes a comfortable save.

29:24

Shot from outside the area by Chris Beardsley misses to the left of the goal.

25:18

Danny Rose has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

24:01

Michael Dawson fouled by Chris Beardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.

23:30

Louis Saha has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

16:09

Danny Rose produces a cross, Close range shot by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the goal.

15:16

Luke Freeman concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

12:04

The referee blows for offside against Louis Saha. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

11:03

A cross is delivered by Scott Laird, save made by Carlo Cudicini.

9:13

Mark Roberts challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.

7:46

Danny Rose takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

7:20

Darius Charles is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.

5:13

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joel Byrom, Header by Chris Beardsley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

3:36

Foul by Darius Charles on Younes Kaboul, free kick awarded. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.

1:35

Unfair challenge on Luke Freeman by Kyle Walker results in a free kick. Luke Freeman delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Smith relishing FA Cup chance New Stevenage manager Gary Smith has spent a large part of the last three years longing to be part of the FA Cup and he now has the chance to pull off one of the biggest giant-killings in the prestigious competition's history when his team host Tottenham on Sunday. Smith took charge of Stevenage just three weeks ago after Boro chairman Phil Wallace decided to appoint the 43-year-old despite reported interest in the position from high-profile figures like Paul Ince and Martin Keown. The Harlow-born manager may be relatively unknown in England, but on the other side of the Atlantic, he is one of the most well-known and respected coaches in the game. In 2008 while employed by Arsenal, Smith was sent to the United States to set up an academy at MLS franchise the Colorado Rapids, with whom the Gunners had developed a partnership through Stan Kroenke. The club quickly realised his potential and promoted the Englishman to head coach. The move proved a fruitful one as Smith defied the odds and won the MLS Cup - the American version of the Barclays Premier League - on a budget that was minute compared to the likes of the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. Although he is the first to admit the American game has developed greatly over the past few years, Smith missed being part of the FA Cup during his time stateside, and is glad that he has a chance to write another chapter in the competition's long history of upsets this weekend. "When I was in America I always tried to keep an eye on what was happening in the FA Cup," Smith said. "I tried to see the draw and keep an eye on the games, although that was a bit of a challenge some times. "It made me a little bit homesick when I was watching the draw or one of the games. Cup competitions are not a strength of American soccer. "Here we have the FA Cup, and that's historically one of the greatest cup competitions in the world so to be part of it now and to be in the last 16 is a wonderful achievement and one that I hope we can all look back on with pride come Sunday evening." Although Smith's grandparents lived within ear-shot of White Hart Lane, his loyalty always resided in the red side of north London, giving Sunday's game against Spurs extra importance for the boss of the npower League One side. His attachment to Arsenal goes back to his days as a budding midfielder when he tried, and failed, to earn a contract at Highbury as a youth player. A journeyman career followed as a player with several lower league clubs before he joined Arsenal as a scout in 2007 after spending time on the coaching staff at Wycombe and Watford. Smith is still a passionate supporter of Arsenal, their philosophy, and their manager, but he begrudgingly concedes that there has been a power-shift in north London over the last 12 months. "Spurs are 10 points clear of Arsenal so you would have to say there has been a slight shift this year," he said. "I certainly lean towards the Arsenal side of north London, but I am very respectful of how this Spurs team has evolved over the last two or three years since Harry Redknapp has been in charge." Redknapp insists talk of him becoming the next England manager will not distract him or his players from their attempt to achieve a league and cup double. The Football Association are looking for a new national coach following Fabio Capello's resignation and Redknapp is the clear favourite to fill the role after his excellent work at White Hart Lane. After just over three years at the helm, the 64-year-old has taken the club from rock bottom to third in the table and there is now a real possibility that Spurs can win their first championship since 1961. Redknapp may have spent the last four days halfway across the world in Dubai, but he has been unable to escape the paper talk and public clamour for him to replace Capello. The former Portsmouth and Southampton manager would be interested in taking the job but the FA appear to be willing to wait until the end of this month, or even the end of the season, before making their move. Until that time comes, Redknapp insists he remains totally focused on his role as Tottenham manager. "It is not a distraction, not at all," Redknapp said. "I have just been thinking about Stevenage all week. "My focus has to be on trying to get Tottenham as high as I can in the table. "I can't start thinking about anything else really."

Formation:442Manager: Gary Smith

Stevenage

Formation: 442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Chris Day
  • Ronnie Henry
  • Jon Ashton
  • Mark Roberts
  • Scott Laird
  • Lawrie Wilson
  • Joel Byrom
  • Michael Bostwick
  • Luke Freeman
  • Darius Charles
  • Chris Beardsley
  • SUBS
  • Alan Julian
  • Phil Edwards
  • Stacy Long
  • Craig Reid
  • Jennison Myrie-Williams
  • Ben May
  • Don Cowan

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Match Report

Boro take Spurs to replay Stevenage defied the odds and put on an impressive display to hold Tottenham to a goalless draw in the two sides' FA Cup fifth-round clash at the Lamex Stadium. The npower League One side started the day 47 places below Spurs in the league ladder, but they more than held their own with some dogged tackling and confident passing in midfield to send the tie to a replay. Carlo Cudicini saved well from Scott Laird's header in the first half and Joel Byrom blasted just over in the second period, while Tottenham had a goal ruled out for offside. Tottenham, the highest ranked club left in the competition, were huge favourites to win against Boro, who only two years ago were playing non-league football. Just eight days ago, Spurs waltzed past Newcastle with a fine display of attacking football, but today they were looked out of sorts and never settled in to their rhythm. Credit must go to Stevenage, however. The Hertfordshire club, who are in contention for their third successive promotion, were given a massive reception from the 7,100 fans inside the packed out stadium and they responded with a gritty display. Stevenage bombarded the Spurs box in the opening few minutes and the visitors were rattled. Boro thought they should have had a penalty when Michael Dawson appeared to handle when jumping with Michael Roberts but referee Phil Dowd waved play on. Moments later Cudicini dropped the ball while going for a lob in to the box but he quickly recovered to collect. Spurs, who were playing in a 3-5-2 formation, failed to create a chance in a scrappy opening 15 minutes but Danny Rose found space down the left after skipping past Ronnie Henry but Jermain Defoe shot wide under pressure. Stevenage were dictating most of the play and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp spent most of the opening 25 minutes on the touchline barking at his players. Louis Saha suddenly found space in the box but he could only fire wide. The bobbly pitch, which was starting to cut up, and good tackling from the Stevenage players, meant Spurs struggled to produce their usual enterprising attacking football. Rose was proving a lively presence down the left, though. The England Under-21 international clipped a dangerous ball across the box but Livermore's glancing header went just wide. Saha felt he should have been awarded a penalty eight minutes before the break when he went down in the Boro box while going for a volley but Dowd ignored his pleas. Cudicini tipped Laird's header wide soon after at the other end before Joel Byrom entered the book for a nasty challenge on Scott Parker. Jon Ashton fouled Defoe on the edge of the box in the 43rd minute and Younes Kaboul hammered the set-piece just inches wide. Tottenham came out with much more purpose at the start of the second half and almost took the lead through Gareth Bale. The Welshman, playing behind the two strikers, strode past two Boro defenders and hammered a brilliant shot which former Tottenham goalkeeper Chris Day did well to tip around the post. Saha wriggled free in the box, met Rose's cross and fired home through a sea of players, but the linesman flagged to disallow the goal for offside after the ball touched Parker, who was on the line, on the way in. Stevenage fought came forward once more and went close to scoring through Luke Freeman, who blasted a shot a couple of yards wide. Byrom hammered a shot from the edge of the area that whistled just over Cudicini's goal. The Italian then dropped another Byrom shot but Ryan Nelsen came to his rescue. Bale, now operating down the right, galloped free and fired a low call across the box but Saha tried a backheel that failed miserably, dribbling in to Day's arms. Stevenage were not content with holding on for a draw though and they came forward through Freeman, who fired straight in to Cudicini's arms. Cowan's clever backheel sent May free in the final minute but Kaboul tracked back to clear. Three minutes of injury time were added and both teams went for a winner but neither could score and the tie went to a replay.

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