Spurs draw 0-0 with Stevenage

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Tottenham Hotspur drew 0-0 away from home against Stevenage in the fifth-round of the FA Cup after a poor performance from the Premier League side.

Tottenham’s first half performance was extremely poor as the League One side frustrated them and gave Redknapp’s side no time on the ball.

Spurs were limited to very few chances, as Louis Saha came close with a half chance that flashed across the Stevenage goal, and then had a penalty appeal turned down after his boot was taken off by a tackle from a defender before he had the chance to bury his finish.

The Tottenham midfield was non-existent and Jermaine Defoe was anonymous up front, as Saha and Danny Rose were the only two players to produce anything creative in the first half.

Harry Redknapp was visibly annoyed on the touchline by his team’s lack of composure and it was Stevenage who ended the half on top as Saha needed to block a shot from Chris Beardsley, and the striker nearly had a golden opportunity with a diving header inside the six-yard box only for Michael Dawson to hack the ball clear.

Spurs started the second half with a bit more purpose and their efforts were nearly rewarded with a goal in the 46th minute when Gareth Bale broke from midfield and shot from outside the box, only to see the ball turned wide with a brilliant save from former Tottenham goalkeeper Chris Day.

Tottenham had the ball in the back of the net in the 55th minute when Saha’s close range shot came off Scott Parker in an offside position on the line before it hit the back of the net; the linesman spotted Parker however and the goal was chalked off.

Joel Byrom nearly put Stevenage a goal up in the 63rd minute when his shot from outside the box was spilled by Carlo Cudicini and luckily for the Italian ‘keeper, Ryan Nelsen was on hand to clear the danger.

Redknapp introduced Niko Kranjcar in the 64th minute to try and add a better touch to the midfield but Stevenage continued to frustrate the visitors.

Aaron Lennon was brought into the game in the 81st minute for Danny Rose and the English winger provided some problems down the right wing for Stevenage but his end product never anyone in the box.

Stevenage had the chance to counter in stoppage time but substitute striker Don Cowan found himself up front on his own and hacked a poor shot wide of goal.

The tie will now be replayed at White Hart Lane, a match that Stevenage’s hard work well deserved as they frustrated Spurs and didn’t allow them to play; Harry Redknapp will surely be ruing a missed opportunity against a side two leagues below his own club’s.


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