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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2007, 17:53 GMT
Cardiff 0-0 Tottenham
By Sam Lyon

Teemu Tainio and Michael Chopra
The impressive Michael Chopra [right] holds offTeemu Tainio
A relentless display in wet and windy conditions earned Championship side Cardiff an FA Cup third-round replay against Premiership Tottenham.

Michael Chopra came closest in a lively Bluebirds performance, clipping under Paul Robinson but wide of the post from Lee Young-Pyo's poor backpass.

However, Spurs also had their chances, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov both denied by home keeper Neil Alexander.

Neither side could find a winner though as a frenetic tie ended goalless.

It was a fair result from a pulsating clash, and represents the first time this season that Spurs have failed to win a cup tie following nine straight wins.

The match began in bright fashion for the visitors, Defoe flashing wide from the angle after latching onto Berbatov's flick.

However, Cardiff were rarely overrun and had their best chance on 15 minutes when Chopra ran onto Lee's back-header and slipped under Robinson, only for the ball to drift wide.

Spurs' passing was wayward for much of the match and the Bluebirds' endeavour bore fruit with a series of half-chances.

The visitors, who once again looked vulnerable without skipper Ledley King at the back, were fortunate to stay on terms in the first half as Chopra and Steven Thompson, twice, failed to make the most of headers in a good spell for the hosts.

606 DEBATE: Give your thoughts on the match

At the other end, Alexander did well to beat away Berbatov's deflected effort before the break but it was undoubtedly Spurs who were the more relieved when the tie entered half-time goalless.

Cardiff's determined approach did not let up in the second half, but Spurs' quality began to shine through and twice Defoe could have notched an opener.

The diminutive striker should have done better when he drilled wide when clear of the defence just after the restart, but he could do little about Alexander's fine point-blank stop from six yards on the hour as the hosts held on.

And although Chopra and Willo Flood continued to battle in attack, the hosts' early endeavours began to take their toll and Cardiff were forced to defend deep for much of the closing stages.

However, despite the introduction of Aaron Lennon and Robbie Keane, the Premiership outfit failed to break down the Bluebirds' resistance and, other than a speculative 25-yard overhead kick from Steed Malbranque which flew wide, Cardiff were comfortable.

The Welsh side even forced a late rally of their own that had Spurs defending desperately, but they could not find a winner and will face the London side again on Wednesday, 17 January.


  • Cardiff City manager Dave Jones:
    "My players should be proud of themselves because they worked their socks off.

    "And the Cardiff fans were terrific and never stopped singing from start to finish.

    "Even though there were no goals it was an entertaining cup tie and we could have sneaked it, although they had a couple of chances as well."

  • Tottenham manager Martin Jol:
    "I feel it is a positive result to take them back to White Hart Lane on a replay, maybe the maximum we could have hoped for from a difficult tie.

    "We created three or four chances but didn't take them, so you have to keep a clean sheet and we did that.

    "We were favourites before the game and we will be again at home. Cardiff have a very passionate crowd but they will find ours is passionate too and we fancy our chances against anyone at the Lane."


    Cardiff: Alexander, Gilbert, Purse, Loovens, McNaughton, Flood, McPhail, Scimeca, Ledley, Chopra, Thompson.
    Subs Not Used: Forde, Johnson, Cooper, Campbell, Blake.

    Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, Davenport, Lee (Gardner 88), Malbranque, Huddlestone, Tainio, Murphy (Lennon 67), Berbatov, Defoe (Keane 82).
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Zokora.

    Att: 20,376

    Ref: H Webb (S Yorkshire).

  • SEE ALSO
    Cup photos
    07 Jan 07 |  Football


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