Tottenham continue to impress, this time coming from a goal down against Stevenage to win 3-1 in the replay of their Fifth Round FA Cup game on Wednesday night.
This should, perhaps, have been an easier game for Spurs than it turned out to be. The visitors gave White Hart Lane a real scare after just two minutes, when Joel Byrom struck home an early penalty (Ryan Nelsen was judged to have fouled Byrom) to give the League One side an unlikely lead. It could have been even worse for the hosts. Cudicini, who got the nod to start for this game, was called into action again in the 25th minute, when Jon Ashton headed just over.
However, Tottenham, who have been praised for playing some of the most attractive football in the Premier League this season, soon struck back, through striker Jermain Defoe, in the 26th minute. The England international controlled, quite superbly, a 60-yard pass and gave Chris Day in Stevenage's goal absolutely no chance.
Tottenham then scored again in the 55th minute, courtesy a penalty won by Bale and converted by Adebayor. Defoe scored his second of the night in the 75th minute to seal the win.
It must be said that despite the rather comfortable score line, Harry Redknapp's boys were tested, on the night, by the underdogs. In fact, Stevenage enjoyed greater possession (51 percent to Tottenham's 49 percent) and had the same number of shots on goal (7).
In the end, however, Bale's pace down that left flank proved to be one of the deciding factors, as was the movement by Defoe. Stevenage continued to press after going 1-3 down, with Roberts and Craig Reid wasting chances late on.
Tottenham will play struggling Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the quarter-finals, on 17 March. The game will be played at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham 3 (Defoe 26', 75' and Adebayor 55' pen) beat Stevenage 1 (Byrom 4' pen)
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