Norwich 2 Tottenham 1: Dempsey's late penalty gaffe send AVB crashing out
22:02 GMT, 31 October 2012
Mark Bunn saved a late Clint Dempsey penalty to ensure Norwich picked up a surprising win over in-form Tottenham at Carrow Road.
Gareth Bale put the visitors in front midway through the second half but a Jan Vertonghen own goal and a Simeon Jackson tap-in sealed Norwich’s victory.
After a stuttering to start to life with Spurs, manager Andre Villas-Boas had certainly been on a roll.
Deflection: Jan Vertonghen (right) diverted Alex Tettey's shot beyond Hugo Lloris
Pure delight: Norwich celebrate Jan Vertonghen's own goal
Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Snodgrass, Fox (Tettey 68), Butterfield (Jackson 68), Surman (Holt 82), Howson, Morison. Subs not used: Rudd, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Barnett.
Goals: Vertonghen 84 (og), Jackson 87.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Defoe 90), Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore (Huddlestone 46), Carroll (Vertonghen 79), Falque, Bale, Dempsey. Subs not used: Cudicini, Lennon, Townsend, Smith.
Goal: Bale 66.
Referee: Jon Moss.
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Indeed, since the final whistle boos
which accompanied their draw with Norwich back in September, Tottenham
racked up an impressive record of five wins from six Barclays Premier
League games, including the notable scalp of Manchester United, to move
up to fourth in the table.
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Missed opportunity: Clint Dempsey saw his late penalty saved by Mark Bunn
Man of the moment: Bunn is congratulated by team-mates
With the game threatening to develop
into a decent cup tie, largely thanks to Bale, the Welshman threatened
once more, his rasping 25-yard drive only narrowly wide.
Jonny Howson did a least raise hope
of better things to come after the break for the Norwich fans even if
his strike from 20-yards failed to trouble Lloris as it swerved wide.
Indeed, seconds after the restart
Norwich produced their best move of the match as Andrew Surman had a
close-range shot blocked by Steven Caulker. But with Tom Huddlestone on
at the break the balance of play was soon swinging back in Tottenham’s
Letting fly: Bale unleashes the opening goal
Shake on it: Yago Falque is the first to congratulate Gareth Bale after the Welshman broke the deadlock at Carrow Road
Spanish youngster Yago Falque
produced an exquisite ball for Bale who this time tested Bunn with his
near post effort. With the spectre of extra-time starting to loom
Tottenham took the lead
Fittingly it fell to Bale to finally end Norwich’s resistance. Given far
too much time to turn the Spurs winger unleashed a low drive which flew
into the bottom corner.
Villas-Boas sent on defender Jan
Vertonghen in an attempt to secure the victory as the game entered its
final stages. The substitution had the opposite effect as the Belgian
international turned Alex Tettey’s shot into his own net to give Norwich
an unlikely equaliser.
Moments later another substitute,
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson bundled the ball home to give his side
the lead. Having lost their advantage within two minutes Tottenham then
had the chance to take the game into extra-time when Marc Tierney was
harshly judged to have brought down Kyle Walker.
Up stepped Clint Dempsey but his effort was well saved by Bunn.
Bundle: Norwich's Robert Snodgrass is tackled by Falque and Tom Carroll (floored)
On the run: Norwich's Jacob Butterfield escapes Jake Livermore and Carroll