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Preston   1 - 5   Tottenham

By Paul Fletcher

Preston v Tottenham

Preston 1-5 Tottenham

Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick as Tottenham easily booked their place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

An unmarked Crouch volleyed Tottenham in front before Jermain Defoe extended their lead with a header after Andy Lonergan saved his initial shot.

Crouch slotted the ball into an empty before Chris Brown tapped home from eight yards to give Preston hope.

But Robbie Keane struck Tottenham's fourth before Crouch completed the scoring with an audacious backheel.

It was Tottenham's greater quality in attack that was the difference between the two sides, with Harry Redknapp's team showing a clinical edge that was beyond their opponents.

Preston, who lost at home for the first time since April, certainly had opportunities to score but were all too often thwarted by in-form Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

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Prior to Crouch's 14th-minute opener a header across goal from Billy Jones was superbly saved by Gomes, while the Brazilian made two decent first-half stops to thwart long-range efforts from Jon Parkin.

Ross Wallace also picked out an unmarked Jones with a cross from the left but the former Crewe defender scuffed his finish and the ball drifted wide.

It was the home team who had made the early running but Spurs gave an indicator of their attacking quality when a strike from a tight angle by Giovani dos Santos struck the crossbar.

And slack marking from Preston was punished when Crouch connected with Gareth Bale's cross to volley home off the post for the opener after 14 minutes.

Redknapp happy with attacking philosphy

Jermaine Jenas then picked out Defoe, who brilliantly dribbled his way through the Preston defence before shooting from 12 yards and although Lonergan made a good save he could not prevent the England striker from heading home the rebound.

The home team might have forced their way back into the game minutes after the restart but an unmarked Stephen Elliott could not control a driven low cross from Jones and the ball flew wide.

And as the match wore on Tottenham, despite seven changes from the team that lost 3-0 to Chelsea, gradually started to assume control of possession.

Tom Huddlestone forced a decent save from Lonergan with a controlled low strike across goal and the Preston keeper also parried a well-struck shot from substitute Aaron Lennon, who came on as a first-half replacement for the injured Santos.

Preston were only able to occasionally threaten, though Gomes pulled off a brilliant athletic save to deny Wallace a goal with a curling free-kick.

Crouch eager to secure starting spot

Wallace forced another save with yet another long-range strike and Parkin went down under pressure while chasing the rebound but Preston's penalty appeals were turned down.

But the decisive third goal came from Tottenham, with Crouch enjoying the easiest of finishes after a low pass across goal from Lennon.

Preston manager Alan Irvine introduced strike duo Neil Mellor and Chris Brown and they had an immediate impact with the former passing for the latter to slot home.

But Spurs substitute Keane collected a pass from Huddlestone before guiding the ball beyond Lonergan as the visitors extended their lead.

And Crouch finished the scoring with the goal of the tie - a volleyed backheel of superb execution from Lennon's cross.


Preston manager Alan Irvine:
"It is harsh on us but we have got to learn the lessons.

"We have got to be clinical with our chances and cannot afford to give opponents of their quality so many openings as they will carve you open.

"We knew the quality of their strikers and that we would need to defend well. I think we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit."

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"Preston is never an easy place to come and I felt it would be a tough game.

"A year ago we would never have won a game like this, but we took our goals well and always looked dangerous.

"We have got to keep going and hope that we get a decent draw in the next round of the competition."

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Preston 1-5 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Brown 83
  • Crouch 14
  • Defoe 37
  • Crouch 77
  • Keane 87
  • Crouch 90+2

Preston

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 02 Hart (Chaplow 51)
  • 05 Mawene
  • 14 Chilvers
  • 19 Jones
  • 27 Nolan yellow card
  • 08 Shumulikoski
  • 11 Carter
  • 25 Wallace
  • 26 Parkin (Brown 78)
  • 29 Elliott (Mellor 78)

Substitutes

  • 22 Henderson,
  • 38 Proctor,
  • 04 Chaplow,
  • 09 Brown,
  • 33 Mellor,
  • 36 Smyth,
  • 37 McLaughlin

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 16,533
PRESTON
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Preston 50%
  • Tottenham 50%

Attempts on target

  • Preston 7
  • Tottenham 13

Attempts off target

  • Preston 8
  • Tottenham 7

Corners

  • Preston 3
  • Tottenham 6

Fouls

  • Preston 9
  • Tottenham 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:10 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:55 Neil Mellor delivers the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 90:00+1:17 Aaron Lennon provided the assist for the goal.
  • 90:00+1:17 GOAL - Peter CrouchPreston 1 - 5 Tottenham A goal is scored by Peter Crouch from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-5 Tottenham.
  • 90:00+1:01 The ball is sent over by Robbie Keane. Aaron Lennon crosses the ball,
  • 88:42 Darren Carter produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 88:08 Ross Wallace fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Wallace crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:44 Tom Huddlestone provided the assist for the goal.
  • 86:44 GOAL - Robbie KeanePreston 1 - 4 Tottenham Robbie Keane fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 1-4 Tottenham.
  • 86:01 The ball is delivered by Eddie Nolan, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
  • 85:04 Ross Wallace crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 84:23 The ball is sent over by Ross Wallace.
  • 84:16 A cross is delivered by Richard Chaplow.
  • 82:52 Assist on the goal came from Neil Mellor.
  • 82:52 GOAL - Chris BrownPreston 1 - 3 Tottenham Chris Brown grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-3 Tottenham.
  • 82:11 Centre by Billy Jones, blocked by Gareth Bale.
  • 80:28 The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Keane. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 79:48 Substitution Vedran Corluka replaces Michael Dawson.
  • 77:22 Substitution Jon Parkin leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Brown.
  • 77:22 Substitution Neil Mellor comes on in place of Stephen Elliott.
  • 76:39 The assist for the goal came from Aaron Lennon.
  • 76:39 GOAL - Peter CrouchPreston 0 - 3 Tottenham Peter Crouch fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 0-3 Tottenham.
  • 76:37 The ball is delivered by Aaron Lennon,
  • 74:54 The ball is sent over by Ross Wallace, Header on goal by Stephen Elliott from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 72:59 Effort on goal by Peter Crouch from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 71:54 Michael Dawson fouled by Jon Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 70:45 Ross Wallace takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes. Shot by Stephen Elliott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 69:40 Substitution Robbie Keane replaces Jermain Defoe.
  • 69:29 A cross is delivered by Billy Jones, blocked by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 69:21 The ball is crossed by Eddie Nolan.
  • 67:33 Wilson Palacios challenges Jon Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Ross Wallace from the free kick, Heurelho Gomes makes a fantastic save.
  • 67:26 Centre by Ross Wallace.
  • 62:42 Jermain Defoe challenges Ross Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ross Wallace, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 62:26 Ross Wallace sends in a cross, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.
  • 61:06 Billy Jones delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 59:41 Centre by Stephen Elliott, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 57:21 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan. Corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, Billy Jones makes a clearance. Effort from the edge of the area by Tom Huddlestone goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 57:21 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Brilliant save by Andy Lonergan. Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance made by Billy Jones. Effort from the edge of the box by Tom Huddlestone goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 56:37 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 55:45 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance made by Youl Mawene.
  • 55:08 David Bentley takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:08 Booking Alan Hutton is cautioned.
  • 54:57 Liam Chilvers challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 53:47 David Bentley produces a cross, Eddie Nolan gets a block in.
  • 53:16 Jon Parkin challenges Alan Hutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.
  • 52:52 Jermain Defoe is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
  • 52:01 Foul by Jon Parkin on Michael Dawson, free kick awarded. David Bentley takes the free kick.
  • 50:47 Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Richard Chaplow coming on for Michael Hart.
  • 49:14 Ross Wallace crosses the ball, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 47:50 Michael Hart produces a cross, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 47:13 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Chilvers.
  • 45:45 Veliche Shumulikoski concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
  • 45:30 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:07 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:18 The referee blows for offside. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:00+0:28 Eddie Nolan produces a cross, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Jon Parkin from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 44:48 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 44:05 Michael Hart delivers the ball, Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 41:51 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Youl Mawene.
  • 41:31 Inswinging corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael Hart makes a clearance.
  • 40:54 Corner taken by David Bentley from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Billy Jones.
  • 40:36 Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Michael Hart gets a block in.
  • 39:26 Shot from outside the box by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the target.
  • 38:45 Tom Huddlestone challenges Jon Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Carter.
  • 38:24 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Liam Chilvers.
  • 37:57 The ball is delivered by Eddie Nolan, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 36:57 GOAL - Jermain DefoePreston 0 - 2 Tottenham Jermain Defoe grabs a headed goal from close range. Preston 0-2 Tottenham.
  • 36:40 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 34:53 Ross Wallace crosses the ball, Effort on goal by Billy Jones from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
  • Correction - 33:24 Darren Carter has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 33:24 Effort from outside the penalty area by Darren Carter goes wide left of the target.
  • 32:50 Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance made by Youl Mawene.
  • 32:39 Peter Crouch delivers the ball, clearance made by Billy Jones.
  • 32:19 Centre by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 31:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Veliche Shumulikoski from the right by-line.
  • 31:35 The ball is crossed by Michael Hart, Gareth Bale gets a block in.
  • 30:00 The ball is sent over by Michael Hart, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 27:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Bentley, Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.
  • 26:38 The ball is delivered by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.
  • 26:31 The ball is swung over by Ross Wallace, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:47 Centre by David Bentley, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:48 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Wallace, clearance by Michael Dawson.
  • 22:39 Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley from right wing, clearance by Jon Parkin.
  • 22:39 Booking Eddie Nolan receives a caution.
  • 22:23 Eddie Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton.
  • 21:49 Michael Hart delivers the ball, save by Alan Hutton.
  • 20:52 Aaron Lennon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 20:24 Jermain Defoe produces a cross, save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 18:53 Foul by David Bentley on Eddie Nolan, free kick awarded. Eddie Nolan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:34 Gareth Bale delivers the ball, Liam Chilvers makes a clearance.
  • 17:15 Ross Wallace sends in a cross, save by Alan Hutton.
  • 17:11 The ball is sent over by Michael Hart, clearance by Alan Hutton.
  • 16:40 Eddie Nolan delivers the ball.
  • 15:53 Substitution Dos Santos Giovani leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Lennon.
  • 15:40 A cross is delivered by Ross Wallace, Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 13:36 Assist on the goal came from Gareth Bale.
  • 13:36 GOAL - Peter CrouchPreston 0 - 1 Tottenham Goal scored by Peter Crouch from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 13:25 Gareth Bale crosses the ball,
  • 13:10 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Hart.
  • 13:02 Centre by David Bentley.
  • 12:27 The ball is swung over by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
  • 11:05 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Veliche Shumulikoski results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Tom Huddlestone from the free kick, blocked by Eddie Nolan.
  • 8:25 Unfair challenge on Dos Santos Giovani by Ross Wallace results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Bentley, clearance by Michael Hart.
  • 7:58 The ball is swung over by Michael Hart, Billy Jones takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 7:47 The ball is crossed by Eddie Nolan.
  • 6:16 Foul by Tom Huddlestone on Jon Parkin, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Ross Wallace from the free kick.
  • 5:41 Jermain Defoe is caught offside. Andy Lonergan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 5:14 Stephen Elliott sends in a cross, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 4:33 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Dos Santos Giovani takes a shot.
  • 4:33 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Dos Santos Giovani takes a shot.
  • 4:01 Wilson Palacios fouled by Jon Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:56 Shot from 35 yards by Wilson Palacios went wide of the left-hand post.
  • 2:47 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance by Youl Mawene.
  • 2:24 Alan Hutton delivers the ball, Youl Mawene makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 1:20 Darren Carter has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 1:20 Darren Carter has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 0:34 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace to the near post, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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