SPURS THROUGH IN CUP

Tottenham Hotspur has defeated Carlisle United quite comfortably by 3-0 in a Capital One Cup match played at Brunton Park on Wednesday. With this victory, the Spurs have made their way into the final 16 of the competition, reports Tottenham FC news.

As expected, Andre Villas Boas made a number of changes in the first XI that has played against QPR. A total of eight changes were made and many reserves players were given the starting chances. The most surprising of them all was the inclusion of the third choice goal keeper Carlo Cudicini in the first XI.

Hugo Lloris was supposed to be handed over the opportunity on the place of Brad Friedel, but, Villas Boas surprised everyone by sidelining Lloris. The promising youngsters Ryan Mason and Adam Smith were also included in the first XI.

The Carlisle team made a good start to the match and played well for the first half an hour. But, as the match progressed, their game deteriorated a bit. Tottenham took the lead in the 37th minute of the match. It was a coordinated effort by the two new signings of Tottenham. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave a brilliant cross to Vertonghen who was too good to miss the opportunity. The Belgian defender had no problems whatsoever in finding the back of the net and the Spurs got ahead in the match.

Carlisle got deeper into trouble when Andros Townsend beat a couple of defenders to enter the box and then, got past the goalie with a low shot. It was a big blow for Carlisle.

The performance of Tottenham defenders was quite impressive in the match. They hardly gave any opportunity to the Carlisle team. Sigurdsson secured the victory of the Spurs with a goal in the 89th minute.

Tottenham Hotspur will play its next match against Manchester United on 29th of September at Old Trafford.

 

Lennon eager to impress

Although he missed a large chunk of the last season due to injury, only returning to the Tottenham squad for the final few games, Aaron Lennon will undoubtedly have been very disappointed to miss the cut for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad.

This disappointment will have been compounded by the knowledge that although injury limited him to only 23 league appearances, he did manage more Premier League minutes than James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young and Adam Johnson, all of whom were included in the squad.

Furthermore his statistical record of creating a chance every 41 minutes of Premier League football was bettered only by Young and Johnson making his omission all the more surprising.

Indeed, Tottenham’s finest form of last season was during the period where Lennon was available, starting on the right wing opposite Gareth Bale, with Scott Parker and Luka Modric in the centre between them. Lennon’s pace and trickery were as dangerous a weapon as any as Tottenham made a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

It is no coincidence that the marked drop in form towards the end of the season coincided with a period on the sidelines for Lennon, forcing Modric out to the right wing and thereby disrupting the balance of a midfield which had been so successful.

The 25 year old will however be keen to move on from both the disappointment of missing his country’s trip to Poland and Ukraine and that of losing out on Champions League football to rivals Chelsea despite his side’s fourth place finish last term.

The diminutive winger has so far featured several times in his club’s pre season tour of America, narrowly missing an opportunity to score the winning goal as his side drew 0-0 with Premier League rivals Liverpool in Baltimore.

Nevertheless, Lennon will be relieved to return to the starting line up for his club and will be hoping for a season without any further injury worries during which he can make an impact on both the Premier League and the national side once again.

REDKNAPP UNSURE ONLENNON

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has said that he will make a late decision regarding the participation of winger Aaron Lennon in the match against Bolton on Wednesday night. The loss of Aaron Lennon from the first team action has been viewed as one of the reasons for Tottenham’s serious dip in form over the last couple of weeks. However, the England winger has returned to first team action only recently, which has put his participation in the match against Bolton in doubt. Following the 4-0 defeat of Newcastle during the weekend, Tottenham can move into pole position with a win over Bolton.

Along with Aaron Lennon, players like Scott Parker and Louis Saha are also struggling to make it to the game. However, Harry Redknapp will be satisfied with the performances of his players away from home. Due to the increased space away from home, Tottenham find it extremely easy to hit teams on the counter-attack. Due to the presence of Gareth Bale, there are likely to miss the services of Aaron Lennon, who is one of the fastest players in the Premier league. Tottenham will have only two matches following the Bolton encounter. Hence, Redknapp will be aware of the fact that any dropped points will be extremely costly.

“Bolton away is always tough. We’ve been there enough times over the years and it’s always a difficult place to go. They are playing well, Owen (Coyle, manager) has got them going at the moment. It will be a hard game but we’ve got to go there and be positive. You can’t predict results. Manchester United had an eight-point lead after (Manchester) City got beat at Arsenal, you thought that was the end of them, you thought it was all over. You just can’t tell,” Redknapp said about the Bolton game.

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