Carlisle 0 Tottenham 3: Super solo goal from Townsend fires Spurs into fourth-round
22:44 GMT, 26 September 2012
There was no champagne in the manager’s fridge, no king prawns or vol-au-vents for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas to celebrate another important victory.
But he was offered a cheese and ham toastie and a pint of bitter by opposite number Greg Abbott.
It was all part of Abbott’s unique welcome to Brunton Park on a rare night in the limelight for the Carlisle boss and his team of freebies and local youngsters.
Secured: Andros Townsend fires home Tottenham's second goal
Power: Jan Vertonghen opens the scoring for Spurs
Carlisle: Gillespie, Simek, Livesey, Murphy, Chantler, McGovern (Symington 61), Thirlwell (Noble 61), Berrett, Robson, Higginbotham (Beck 60), Cadamarteri.
Subs Not Used: Collin, Madden, Edwards, Potts.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen (Walker 65), Townsend, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Falque, Dempsey (Obika 75), Mason (Carroll 70).
Subs Not Used: Gomes, Lennon, Defoe, Sandro.
Goals: Vertonghen 37, Townsend 53, Sigurdsson 89.
Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).
But the League One outfit could not upset their Premier League visitors.
Jan Vertonghen’s first goal since his
12million move from Ajax, a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a
delightful strike from Andros Townsend after he beat five men, gave the
Portuguese manager a comfortable victory. And that well-deserved
‘If he wants a glass of white or red
wine he might be struggling,’ said Abbott. ‘But we’ve got bitter in the
fridge and we’ll put the toastie machine on and see what we can rustle
‘He can have what he wants. He and his
team have done things properly and deserved to win. You can’t deny
that. They were excellent.
‘I was really pleased with how we
acquitted ourselves, but the gulf in class showed and once we went
behind to a pretty soft goal it was tough.’
Despite claiming his third successive
win and giving starts to youngsters Iago Falque, Ryan Mason and Adam
Smith, as well as Townsend, it was the man Villas-Boas decided to leave
out that caught the most attention.
France keeper Hugo Lloris, a 12m summer signing from Lyon, was dropped as Carlo Cudicini played instead.
No you don't: Jermaine Defoe's attempt is foiled by Clint Hill
Comfy: Spurs eased to victory against Carlisle
The Spurs boss avoided the question
and sent assistant Steffen Freund out after the game. And he preferred
to concentrate on the victory which earned an away tie at Norwich City.
‘It wasn’t easy in the first half,’
Freund said. ‘Carlisle played very well and it wasn’t easy to create
chances. We are pleased to get through.’
The highlight of the night was
Townsend’s goal. Having given Chris Chantler the run-around all evening,
he went on a 50-yard solo run past the former Manchester City junior
and four other defenders before drilling a low left-foot shot past
Tussle: Sandro (left) fights with Esteban Granero for the ball
Foot race: Danny Cadamarteri vies for the ball with Steven Caulker
Gillespie, the Football League’s
youngest keeper, had earlier enhanced his growing reputation with fines
saves to deny Clint Dempsey and Falque.
But when Townsend floated a free-kick
into a crowded penalty area eight minutes before half-time, Vertonghen
nudged the ball through the melee and past Gillespie.
Carlisle had few chances to upset the
visitors, with veteran Danny Cadamarteri firing in two efforts at
Cudicini and Kallum Higginbotham wasting two good chances.
Unfamiliar settings: Andre Villas-Boas (right) looks a tad cold
Long time, no see: Out-of-favour stopper Heurelho Gomes was on the bench
Abbott threw on 150-a-week
18-year-olds Mark Beck and David Symington for the last half hour but
the pair, whose goals sank Ipswich Town in the last round were unable to
repeat their heroics, although Cudicini kept out a late Beck header.
After Gillespie had denied Mason his
first Spurs goal from yet another dangerous Townsend cross, the visitors
grabbed a cruel third two minutes from time when Sigurdsson headed in
Hustle: Peter Murphy (left) challenges Tom Huddlestone
Scrap: Caulker fights off Cadamarteri