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Carling Cup final as it happened

RESULT Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea (After extra-time)


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By Caroline Cheese

1803: Some people are calling that final dull, but I didn't think it was that bad meself. You can mull over the finer details with Alan Green on BBC 5 Live's 606, which is on right now folks. Thanks a million times and more for all your excellent chat today. Ta ta now.

1801: Jonathan Woodgate may have picked up the man of the match award at Wembley but your Player of the Day is Robbie Keane, beating Dimitar Berbatov by a whisker. Frank Lampard brings up the rear, sparing Paul Robinson's blushes.

1757: "The best winners know how to lose properly. I was so disappointed to see the reaction of two or three of the Chelsea players at the final whistle. It was disgraceful and completely wrong."
BBC 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

"Hopefully this is start of something special, hopefully we can kick on now. This was a massive test for us and a dream come true to come out as winners. I dreamt of this moment as kid and I'm speechless."
Tottenham striker Robbie Keane

1754: "For 24 hours, the Tottenham players might be able to forget the diet but that's all. Juande Ramos will already be thinking of finishing the league season well. Spurs can't allow this win to be the end of their season."
BBC 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1750: That was the first victory in an English cup final for a team outside the 'big four' since 2004. Robbie Keane congratulates Juande Ramos by tipping a bottle of champage on his head. Lovely stuff.

1749: Tickertape, champagne, fireworks... you know the scenes. Tottenham begin the long night of celebrations. The Chelsea fans are long gone.

1747: Intrepid BBC 5 Live reporter Jacqui Oatley manages to grab Juande Ramos for a chat on the occasion of his first piece of silverware for Spurs. "It's the fans who are really happy," is all Ramos gets the chance to say in his broken English before he is dragged off to join in the celebrations.

1744: The Tottenham team are shaking hands with wellwishers as they make the same journey up the Wembley steps. Skipper Ledley King is limping as he makes his way towards the trophy. He kisses it once before lifting it high to an enormous cheer from the Spurs fans. Jonathan Woodgate is handed the man of the match award. And deservedly so.

1743: John Terry leads his team-mates on the slow trudge up the stairs to collect their losers' medals.

1742: "Spurs win the Carling Cup and deservedly so. It was a victory for Ramos' ambition over the caution of Grant. And the Spaniard, with two Uefa Cup wins on his CV, shows his pedigree again. Questions will be asked about Grant's team selection and tactics, while White Hart Lane has a new hero in Ramos."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1741: "I don't really go for corners. I just saw the chance and put my head on it. I think we were the best team."
Tottenham scorer Jonathan Woodgate

1738: FULL-TIME (extra-time) Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
The Tottenham celebrations begin after Jonathan Woodgate's extra-time winner from a mistake by Petr Cech. Didier Drogba, John Terry and Cech run straight to the referee to have a pointless moan which is all very unseemly.

1736: Chelsea have a corner... Paul Robinson comes and doesn't collect - but a desperate barge from Joe Cole means he gets the free-kick. Into the last minute at Wembley.

1736: "Everyone's in on the act on the Chelsea bench as time runs out. Avram Grant stays motionless while Steve Clark gets involved urging on the players and Henk Ten Cate is involved with the fourth official. Who's actually calling the shots?"
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1735: After a spell of possession, Chelsea eventually work the ball to Juliano Belletti who balloons a shot high over the bar. Terrible. Three minutes of added time remaining.

1733: Didier Zokora gallops forward from midfield once again, but this time, instead of shooting or passing or doing something sensible like taking it to the corner flag, he passes the ball to absolutely no one.

1732: From a long ball, Joe Cole has a shot on goal but it's easy for Paul Robinson. Chelsea have three minutes to force penalties.

1730: "Didier Drogba's giving Teemu Tainio a lecture on on-field behaviour. You're having a laugh surely?"
BBC 5 Live summariser Mark Lawrenson

1727: Salomon Kalou cuts the ball back to make space but Paul Robinson saves the shot with his feet. Brilliant save.

1726: As you might expect, Chelsea are dominating possession and their fans are calling for a penalty when Didier Drogba goes down under a challenge from Jonathan Woodgate. Drogba is offside anyway.

1723: "Finishing line in sight for Spurs and what would be a deserved win. Chelsea's players start the last 15 minutes with rousing words from captain John Terry - maybe suggesting they play on Paul Robinson's nerves."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1722: Tottenham have five at the back while Chelsea are playing 4-4-2, with Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba together up front.

1720: Gus Poyet gets a warning from the referee during the break for some back-chat directed at the fourth official. We're up and away in this second period of extra-time.

1717: HALF-TIME (extra-time) Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
Tottenham must hold out for 15 minutes if they are to win their first silverware since 1999...

1715: Jermaine Jenas is left breathing heavily after a barnstorming run down the right. He wins a throw-in for his troubles. Great work from the England man.

1712: A defensive move from Tottenham boss Juande Ramos as fans' favourite Robbie Keane is replaced by defender Younes Kaboul.

1711: "Chelsea's fans give Joe Cole a rousing reception as he comes on - reflecting the fact that he should have been on about 30 minutes ago. If Chelsea win Grant will be praised, if they lose that decision might come back to haunt him."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1710: Frank Lampard whips in a free-kick from the left which is tipped over by Paul Robinson. Nothing doing from the corner. I think that's the first time I have mentioned Lampard in this game.

1708: Here comes Joe Cole, replacing Jon Mikel Obi. A bold substitution from Avram Grant.

1707: "That must have hurt Woodgate a bit. Comedy goal."
Rooney_Ronaldo on 606

1706: "When the ball was played in, there were only three Spurs players to Chelsea's seven. Cech came for the ball for some reason. He didn't need to come for it. He created the chance for Woodgate."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Mark Lawrenson

1703: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
Disaster for Chelsea. Petr Cech was the Chelsea hero at the end of that second half but he's undone all that good work. He comes to collect Jermaine Jenas' floated free-kick but punches it straight on to Jonathan Woodgate's face and the ball bounces over the line.

1700: We're under way in the first period of extra-time...

1654: FULL-TIME Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Another chance for Tottenham goes begging at the death. It was a difficult one though, Robbie Keane firing an overhead kick over from a few yards out. Into extra time we go.

1653: A late goal from Morten Gamst Pedersen hands Blackburn a 4-1 win over Bolton in the Premier League.

1652: "Spurs are in the ascendancy, backed by a support that senses a great chance to knock Chelsea off their perch - fans were holding their heads in their hands all around Wembley as Zokora took several touches when one would have done before firing straight at Petr Cech. And yet, like a great champion keeping back on last knockout blow, Chelsea are refusing to give way to Spurs' supremacy."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1651: Three minutes of added time start now...

1650: "Why take off Essien? He was clearly better than Lampard. Grant really has no clue."
Bluestopfan on 606

1647: Michael Essien floats a long ball over the Tottenham defence to Didier Drogba, but the striker is just caught on the back foot and can't stretch out a leg to bring the ball down. That's Essien's last contribution as he comes off to be replaced by Michael Ballack.

1645: Petr Cech to the rescue again as Dimitar Berbatov turns sharply on the edge of the box and shoots. This is a pulsating end to the game. Six minutes remaining.

1644: "Tottenham are looking the more likely. That was a great opportunity for Zokora - he should have put the ball in the net when the ball rebounded to him."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1642: Oh my word. I'll say it again. Oh my word. Chelsea's offside trap is sprung by Didier Zokora. The midfielder's initial shot is well saved by Petr Cech and he puts the rebound over the bar. Zokora has his head in his hands - as does every single Tottenham fan, I would think.

1641: "We (Chelsea) are just playing too deep. With the likes of Anelka, Drogba and Kalou why aren't we pushing for the win?"
Moobabe on 606

1636: "Spurs are back in it and Chelsea are furious. As Spurs celebrated a brilliantly executed penalty by Berbatov, Petr Cech raced from his goal to have words with the linesman, as did John Terry - although there is no surprise there. Terry's desire to referee the game as well as captain Chelsea is a major flaw. It's game on again. Spurs are pumped and they must guard against over-excitement."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1636: A second change from Juande Ramos sees Teemu Tainio replace Steed Malbranque.

1633: Chelsea make their first change with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming off to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.

1632: "The referee got it exactly right. The ball moved only slightly but it was enough. Let's hope it brings this game alive."
BBC 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1630: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Wayne Bridge handles the ball as he challenges Aaron Lennon in the box - a great spot by the referee's assistant. Dimitar Berbatov waits for Petr Cech to commit himself before putting the ball in the opposite corner. That's spiced it up a bit hasn't it?

1629: Penalty to Tottenham.

1629: David Bentley makes it 3-1 to Blackburn against Bolton from David Dunn's deflected cross.

1627: "Good change from Juande Ramos - although the petulant Pascal Chimbonda may not agree. On comes Tom Huddlestone, but the key move is switching Aaron Lennon up against Juliano Belletti. Spurs need more invention from somewhere because Berbatov and Keane are now being kept in check by Terry and Carvalho - and all the time is that lurking threat of a Chelsea counter-attack. You can sense inside Wembley that we are now reaching a crucial phase of the cup final."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1624: Blackburn take a 2-1 lead against Bolton thanks to a second Benni McCarthy penalty after David Dunn is taken out by Gary Cahill. Clear pen.

1622: Pascal Chimbonda is the man to make way as Tom Huddlestone comes on. The Frenchman is seething, ignoring Juande Ramos and stalking off down the tunnel. Childish. Steed Malbranque is at left-back, Aaron Lennon on the left wing, Jermaine Jenas on the right and Huddlestone in the middle.

1621: "Three crosses came in from Spurs just then and two didn't clear the first man."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Mark Lawrenson

1619: Looks like Tom Huddlestone will be coming on shortly as Juande Ramos looks to shake things up. Meanwhile, Didier Drogba looks OK again but remains out wide on the left and it's raining quite heavily.

1617: Didier Drogba has picked up a knock so he's gone out left for the moment, with Nicolas Anelka going central. Meanwhile, Aaron Lennon is so isolated on the right wing, he has come infield to see if he can say hello to the ball.

1611: "Where has Jermaine Diego Armando Jenas been? (see 1108 entry)"
redandblackT1899 on 606

1608: Kevin Davies equalises for Bolton at Blackburn from Ivan Campo's deflected pass.

1606: Carling promised to donate up to 20,000 to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK if people were back in their seats in time for the start of the second half at Wembley. It hasn't worked. Wembley is half-empty as Tottenham kick off the second half. No changes on either side.

1600: "I still have faith Spurs can win this. We have dominated, shame Zokora can't stop giving away free-kicks! Come on you Spurs!"
The goose in London, via text on 81111

Spurs striker Robbie Keane is top of the first-half pops with 7.15, just edging out Chelsea scorer Didier Drogba. No prizes for guessing who's on a meagre 5.02.

1553: "A criticism of Robinson was that he was too central. Drogba kicks it pretty straight and Robinson doesn't see it until it's past him. He had to decide which post he wanted to occupy and he didn't do that. The game needed a goal and it will be interesting to see how both teams react in the second half."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1549: HALF-TIME Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
Didier Drogba's free-kick puts Chelsea ahead after Tottenham have the better of most of the first half. Time for Juande Ramos to earn his corn...

1548: "Spurs' worst fears are realised as all their pressure and chances come to nothing and Chelsea deliver the sucker punch. Didier Drogba's free-kick has really been taken the wind out of the Spurs fans' sails. Chelsea's supporters had, like their team, been strictly second best until just after the half-hour, but it's the old story - fail to put Avram Grant's side away and they will come back to bite you. Big test for Spurs now."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1546: A lovely passing move from Tottenham. Robbie Keane slips the ball through for Dimitar Berbatov but the Bulgarian slips, allowing Petr Cech to collect.

1542: "It's a good free-kick but you have to look at Robinson's position."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Mark Lawrenson

1539: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea
Didier Zokora gets the first yellow of the game for a foul on Didier Drogba, who steps up to put the 25-yard free-kick in the gaping hole to Paul Robinson's left. Major question mark over the keeper's positioning there. Major.

1539: "Anelka is lost on the left really. It's a waste of talent."
BBC 5 Live commentator Mike Ingham

1534: A clumsy challenge by Didier Zokora on Shaun Wright-Phillips gives Chelsea a free-kick from 25 yards. Didier Drogba blasts it high and wide.

1533: Good stat from BBC 5 Live's Mike Ingham: Tottenham and Chelsea have scored 25 goals between them in this competition but Drogba and Berbatov haven't scored any of them.

1530: Robbie Keane chests the ball down for Steed Malbranque, whose fierce left-foot shot is turned around the post by Petr Cech.

1529: "I reckon it'll be one of those 'Spurs play well in the first half but waste a bunch of chances while Chelsea soak up the pressure and spank us in the second half' type of games."
SpursOfGloom via text on 81111

1526: Benni McCarthy's penalty puts Blackburn ahead against Bolton after Gretar Steinsson is adjudged to have brought down David Dunn.

1525: "Spurs are bossing it. Chelsea are a shambles. Not happy."
thepiedpiper on 606

1521: ""I would like to see Tottenham move the ball about quicker, if they do they'll cause Chelsea problems."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1520: John Terry pulls back Dimitar Berbatov to give away a free-kick. Jermaine Jenas floats it into the box where an unmarked Jonathan Woodgate is unable to get any direction on his header. Poor marking from Chelsea.

1516: "I'm at work til 5pm so I'm not watching it until I get in, please don't mention the score."
Jimmy del Ray, Clacton, via text on 81111

1511: "Looks like whenever Spurs have the ball, Chelsea are putting 10 men behind the ball with Drogba up front on his own. Not very adventurous compared to how Spurs are playing."
[AIG] = Alex is GOD on 606

1510: Pascal Chimbonda's looping far-post header hits the top of the bar and moments later, Dimitar Berbatov heads wastefully wide from a Robbie Keane cross. I say again: it's all Tottenham.

1507: The Chelsea forward line are pretty much bystanders at the moment though because it's all Tottenham in the opening minutes.

1505: Nicolas Anelka is playing on the left of an attacking trio for Chelsea, with Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right and Didier Drogba in the middle.

1502: Juliano Belletti gives the ball away and Robbie Keane is clean through but his shot is deflected narrowly wide by John Terry. From the corner, Didier Drogba clears under pressure from Ledley King. Calamitous start from Chelsea.

1502: Referee Mark Halsey blows his cup final whistle and Chelsea kick off the Carling Cup final.

1459: I'm not sure it was the best rendition ever but it was very professional. Couple of minutes to go until kick-off...

1457: "The national anthem will be sang by Natasha Marsh. This will be the best rendition of the national anthem because she's from Watford."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser and former Watford boss Graham Taylor.

1454: Here come the teams and there go the fireworks along with some very impressive flames. The players aren't too sure where they're meant to stand which ruins their dramatic entrance a bit. Michael Ballack looks very, very unhappy as he shakes hands with Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney. Nothing to do with Mawhinney of course.

1452: "The exclusion of Joe Cole from Chelsea's line-up is a major talking point among the media. Avram Grant has gambled on playing both Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka and left out his semi-final match-winner. The Wembley surface is being heavily watered just 10 minutes before kick-off. Let's hope there are no pitch problems that have dogged new Wembley."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1449: There's Tottenham hero Ricky Villa at Wembley, showing a familiar sleight of foot as he makes his way through the crowd to get to his seat.

1448: "I'm going to go for a Chelsea 3-1 win after going 1-0 down through Keane or Berba, Drogba to bag two and Anelka to finish off. What you think about that people?!"
Joe via text on 81111

1445: "I'm not surprised that Terry and Lampard are in the first XI, but there is a question mark with Terry considering how little he has played over the last two months."
BBC Radio 5 Live summariser Graham Taylor

1440: Incidentally, should you wish to keep up with defensive throw-ins and the like, you can always follow today's action via our minute-by-minute commentary. The same goes for Blackburn v Bolton, which also kicks off at 1500 GMT.

1436: "Just seen a clip of poor Jamie O'Hara after hearing the team selection, the poor kid is in tears! Harsh I think, he's done enough to deserve a start."
Jez via text on 81111

1430: "What?! Why isn't Joe Cole starting?! Why is Mikel playing over Ballack who's been amazing this season? What is Avram Grant doing?"
Bef, an annoyed Chelsea fan, via text on 81111

1429: "These are the only games I really miss. It's going to be difficult to watch. I think Chelsea are favourites. They play finals every year, we haven't played many, so it's about how we're going to cope with the emotions."
Spurs assistant boss Gus Poyet on BBC Radio 5 Live

1426: BBC 5 Live correspondent Mike Ingham reckons Chelsea will play in a 4-1-2-3 formation. He also believes Avram Grant is making a statement that Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack cannot play together.

1423: So John Terry, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka all start for Chelsea - but Joe Cole, Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack miss out. For Tottenham, Ledley King is fit to skipper the side while Paul Robinson keeps his place in goal, but midfielder Jamie O'Hara misses out on the squad altogether. Your thoughts?

1422: FULL-TIME Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

1421: GOAL Reading 1-2 Aston Villa
Nicky Shorey gets a consolation for Reading...

John Terry and Frank Lampard
Terry and Lampard both start for Chelsea

Chelsea: Cech, Belletti, Carvalho, Terry, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Essien, Lampard, Mikel, Anelka, Drogba.
Tottenham: Robinson, Hutton, Woodgate, King, Chimbonda, Lennon, Jenas, Zokora, Malbranque, Berbatov, Keane

1414: TEAM NEWS Chelsea John Terry, Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba start for Chelsea.

1411: GOAL Reading 0-2 Aston Villa
Villa break quickly and substitute Marlon Harewood provides a fine finish to wrap up the points for the visitors. More doom and gloom for Reading I'm afraid.

1410: TEAM NEWS Spurs Ledley King and Paul Robinson start.

1404: That last quiz was dedicated to BBC Sport's perennially gloomy Forest fan Jonathan Stevenson, who is currently taking a swig from his Forest water bottle while wearing his favourite Forest polo shirt. Sad really. Anyway, it's less then an hour to go folks... Are the nerves jangling?

1403: Well done JVGazeley on 606 who was first with the correct answer, which is of course Nottingham Forest. They were also the last team to do it. Chelsea will emulate them today if they beat Spurs.

1358: Shall we have a quick quiz? Name the first team to win the League Cup back to back. You've got five minutes.

1356: "A subdued Wembley atmosphere is lifted by the on-pitch arrival of an individual who is apparently "the voice of Chelsea Football Club". He announces Chelsea will soon be "back to back winners of the Carling Cup" and introduces the 1970 anthem Blue Is The Colour - which it certainly is judging by the response from the Spurs fans. Out comes "the voice of Spurs" to join the shouting match. Boring and pointless at a major cup final."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1351: "Ricardo Carvalho looks like Captain Darling from Blackadder."
Jeimuzu on 606

1349: "Stephen Hunt is single-handedly keeping Reading in the game with pace up front and deperate defending."
ctfish on 606

1343: Both team coaches have now arrived at Wembley. Phew. BBC 5 Live reports that Ricardo Carvalho looked glum as he got off the bus. What can it all mean?

1342: "Re 1331: Spurs wouldn't be anywhere near a cup final if Christian Gross was still manager."
brooownie on 606

1338: "My friend who has just arrived at Wembley says the rumour is that Chelsea will start 4-4-2 with Drogba, Anelka, Terry and Lampard all starting."
mightycomeonchelsea on 606

1333: Hurrah. The techies have sorted out the minute-by-minute commentary for Reading v Aston Villa just in time for the start of the second half. I'm still going to have half an eye on it though.

1331: "Re 1319: Would the tube not be quicker than walking? Why can the teams not use conventional public transport?"
JVGazeley on 606

Spurs probably would have got the tube if Christian Gross was still manager.

1327: Lawro says the latest word is that John Terry and Frank Lampard will start for Chelsea today.

1323: If you're planning to drive to Wembley, can I humbly suggest you don't? The traffic lady on BBC 5 Live says it's jams a go-go on the approach to the stadium.

1321: "Spurs to win today, I'm a Gooner but I want a loss today to throw the Blues off the title! Huddlestone hat-trick!"
Charles T via text on 81111
Interesting philosophy that.

1319: Apparently, the Chelsea and Tottenham team buses are caught in traffic on the way to Wembley. Honestly. They should have walked.

1319: HALF-TIME Reading 0-1 Aston Villa

1315: GOAL Reading 0-1 Aston Villa
Gabby Agbonlahor skips away from the defender on the right and squares the ball for an unmarked Ashley Young to stroke the ball high into the net. Reading's defence all at sea there.

1303: It's a harsh penalty for handball against Kalifa Cisse from Shaun Maloney's long-range shot and perhaps justice is done. Gareth Barry blasts his penalty high and wide.

1302: Penalty to Villa.

1259: I know. You're frustrated. I'm frustrated. The minute-by-minute commentary for Reading v Villa remains bust. Still, if you want to relive Villa's 4-1 win over Newcastle on 9 February, you're in luck. I can tell you that Reading midfielder James Harper has just had a sly nudge at Villa boss Martin O'Neill on the touchline. Cheeky...

1257: "Despite being a Hammer... I actually want Spurs to win. I don't quite know why."
Jack_ClaretAndBlue on 606

1250: A goalmouth scramble at the Madejski Stadium but the ball eventually pings off Gabriel Agbonlahor's foot and into the hands of Marcus Hahnemann.

1244: "I haven't been to bed yet, I couldn't get to sleep thinking about this match, my whole life has come to this moment, this match will make or break me."
boydy262 on 606

Is he/she talking about Reading v Aston Villa do you think?

1238: Any Tottenham players off their game today better beware. While managing Rayo Vallecano, Juande Ramos became so exasperated by one of his players, he took him off, leaving his side playing with 10 men. "We won 2-0 at the end," he said later.

1232: "In a near-deserted Wembley Stadium, they are testing out the pyrotechnics and the flame throwing prior to the pre-match events. It should be an elaborate one if this is anything to go by."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1230: Good timekeeping at the Madejski Stadium. They're up and away bang on time.

1226: Remember earlier when I promised you'd be able to keep up with Reading v Aston Villa via our minute-by-minute text commentary? Well, turns out it's not ruddy working. This country. So stay tuned and we'll have a bit of that as well as more cup final build-up...

1225: "I promised my girlfriend I'd go watch her dancing show if Chelsea win today. I'm a big Chelsea fan but I honestly don't want to go watch that show so for once Chelsea should do me a favour and lose."
MeanMugg on 606

And they say Tottenham want to win this more than Chelsea...

1224: "It'd be nice to beat Tottenham because I think they think they're going to win. It'll be 1-0 to Chelsea."
Actor and Chelsea fan Phil Daniels on BBC 5 Live

1219: "Ramos has improved them but we have the depth and the attack to trouble Tottenham's poor defence."
JT_BlueForever on 606

1207: I'll tell you who is at Wemberlee and that's former England boss and Watford legend Graham Taylor. "There's only going to be the one winner. Obviously," he tells BBC Radio 5 Live in his opening remarks. Let's hope he warms up a bit. He's also tipping Spurs to win 2-1.

1204: "Football + (responsible) afternoon drinking = What Sundays were invented for!"
JohnSelf on 606

1157: Anyone actually going to the game today? Or are we all going to be watching it on the telly (or listening to the commentary on the BBC's excellent Radio 5 Live which is also available through the equally excellent BBC Sport website)?

1152: "I think you will find that Woodgate now plays for Spurs after leaving Boro in the transfer window."
caleyrule on 606

Next thing you'll be telling me Jermain Defoe won't be warming the bench for Spurs at Wembley today.

1150: If you were listening to BBC 5 Live's Fighting Talk yesterday, you would have heard comedian Michael McIntyre's rallying cry for Spurs. If you missed it, here's the highlight: "Win it because the Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is a love rat and Lee Young-Pyo, who occupies that position for Spurs, is a man of honour."

1146: "You really have been away haven't you! Michael Dawson is injured... But it's OK, Woodgate and Hutton will be there with King I hope!"
Nick H via text on 81111
Ha ha, you can't fool me. Woodgate plays for Middlesbrough I think you'll find.

1139: Some interesting decisions for both managers today. Will Frank Lampard and John Terry start for Chelsea? Will Ledley King return to partner Michael Dawson at the heart of the Spurs defence? Will Paul Robinson get the nod in the Tottenham goal? Your thoughts...

1128: "I've had Chas 'n' Dave playing since seven this morning and am convinced Juande can "win the cup for Tottingham"."
Matt, Slough, via text on 81111

1125: "Re 1108: Your mate is a liar. At best Jenas is a good Steve Guppy."
Dani, Huddersfield, via text on 81111

1121: "Cup final fever and London derby passion. Does it get any better than this? COYS."
englishspur on 606

I'm not sure that it does englishspur.

1113: I know, I know. There are two Premier League games today. Don't worry, you'll be able to follow the action via our live text commentaries and I won't be able to resist dropping a few updates in here. If only to use the words "Lancashire hotpot".

1108: I've been away since mid-January (got to stop going on about that now) during which time my colleague informs me that Jermaine Jenas has become "the new Maradona". He is prone to exaggeration admittedly. Anything else I should know?

1100: "Football is like a war," says Tottenham boss Juande Ramos. "You either live or die, so there is no sentiment." Crikey. Juande is clearly taking the Carling Cup very seriously indeed. And why not? It's back at Wembley. It's the first chance for Ramos and Chelsea counterpart Avram Grant to pick up some silverware for their clubs. It's huge (although maybe not as huge as war. Sorry Juande).

see also
Tottenham v Chelsea
22 Feb 08 |  Football
Chelsea v Tottenham League Cup facts
21 Feb 08 |  League Cup
Classic Chelsea v Spurs photos
22 Feb 08 |  Football

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