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MK Dons 0-5 Tottenham

Defoe put this week's controversies behind him

Jermain Defoe and Mido scored two goals apiece as Tottenham eased past MK Dons in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Mido scored the opener after 34 minutes, latching on to Reto Ziegler's cross and firing home from six yards.

Defoe scored either side of the break, the England striker dinking the ball over Dons keeper Adolfo Baines before tapping in his second from close range.

Mido made it four after Baines could only parry Defoe's shot and Robbie Keane made it a rout in injury time.

Spurs began the game on the back of a five-match unbeaten run but it was the League Two side who made the brighter start.

In the seventh minute, Dons striker Clive Platt forced Radek Cerny to save at the second attempt with a skimming drive.

Defoe then forced Baines into a diving save with a stinging shot from the edge of the penalty area.

In the 26th minute, Lloyd Dyer sent a free-kick over Cerny's crossbar and the left winger was enjoying a fine first half against Paul Stalteri.

A minute later, Dyer's pace left Tom Huddlestone with no option but to bring him down and the Spurs midfielder was shown a yellow card.

Such was Dons' early dominance that Mido's first was somewhat of a surprise.

The Egyptian striker, who scored the winner against West Ham on Sunday, was first to Ziegler's centre as the home defence hesitated.

Three minutes later Izale McLeod was prevented from scoring an equaliser by a great block tackle from Calum Davenport.

And Cerny had to be alert as the striker tried his luck with a near-post effort.

However, Mido turned provider in the 42nd minute, his clever pass finding Defoe in space and the England striker lifting the ball over Baines for Tottenham's second.

Any hopes of a comeback for MK Dons were shattered within five minutes of the restart when Tom Huddlestone chipped the ball into the path of Defoe, who finished with aplomb.

Defoe's partnership with Mido was now beginning to function with some potency and in the 59th minute the pair combined to make it four.

Defoe once again sprinted clear of the home defence shot but his shot was saved well by Baines.

However, the ball ran clear to Mido who threaded the ball through a forest of legs and into the back of the net.

In the 78th minute, MK Dons should have reduced the deficit but McLeod hit the post from eight yards and then sent the rebound over the bar.

Defoe was eventually replaced by Robbie Keane with 10 minutes remaining and the substitute added a fifth for Spurs in the final minute of normal time.

- BBC Website

Nice one chaps, not a bite nor Big Blue to be seen for miles........ :D

Port Vale in the next round.

6 games without a loss, including 2 wins in Europe. Here's hoping for a few more league wins.... :o

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As a Spurs fan of over 50 years I thought I had rid myself of all that football yobery when I left the UK. But not only did I find a whole bunch of drunken, abusive West Ham fans in a bar in Bangkok once, but of course there are incidents of football hooliganism perpetrated weekly in downtown Pattaya.

Then I find this gentle and dedicated Spurs thread, for us long suffering lovers of what was once, and maybe one day will be again - be a great team (Well, we're all entitled to our dreams aren't we?).

Now I am all for a bit of harmless joshing, but surely, in this far flung corner of the Earth we can do without people flaming us on our own little thread?

Excuse my ignorance - but who are the "Mighty Blues"? I Googled, and all the answers were music related. I assume the poster is a Chelsea supporter - but there are many other teams who wear blue, so I'm rather confused.

Back in the real old days, there was no segregation of fans at matches, we used to go and watch other teams play when our team was away, there was no bad language, no abusive yelling, and everyone applauded good play. I used to go and watch Spurs, West Ham, Arsenal, Leyton Orient and other London teams from the age of about 8, with my mates - never had an adult with us, and never felt in danger.

It beats me why this "Mighty Blues" supporter feels they need to denigrate a group of people who support a different team, and feels the urge to come on here and flame. If he wants to support his team on the TV forum, why doesn’t he start his own thread instead of crashing ours? He must be a sad, inadequate person indeed.

(BTW, in case you're wondering the post was deleted. :o )

Anyway, yes well done guys for the other night - let's have a good cup run to warm the cockles of an old man's heart! :D

Great post Mobi, I too remember going to the ground albeit Old Trafford and in the early 80's with no adult assistance, everyone there looked after me.

I've seen nobheads in Los covered in football generally behaving as they would at home. I don't have a problem with this, as long as would stay at banter and a healthy sing along. Too many people just can't contain that state of "merry-ness" and, inevitably, it spills over into rowdiness then to violence.

I mean in Los, drunken violence...? :D No need.

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Tottenham v Club Brugge

UEFA CUP

Group B: Tottenham v Club Brugge

Date: Thursday 2 November

Kick off: 1945 BST

Venue: White Hart Lane

Coverage on BBC Radio Five Live and this website

Tottenham boss Martin Jol may rest some of his first-team players, with his side facing Chelsea at the weekend.

Paul Stalteri (knee), Teemu Tainio (hernia/foot), Lee Young-Pyo (ankle) and Steed Malbranque (groin) are definitely out.

Calum Davenport has travelled to Germany to see a specialist and may need an operation on his groin.

Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora has recovered from a mild case of malaria and is in the squad.

Come on you Spuuuuurrrrrsssss!!!!!!!!!

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Tottenham 3-1 Club Bruges

Berbatov is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring for Spurs

Tottenham kept up their 100% record in Uefa Cup Group B, coming from behind to beat Bruges and stay top of the table.

Ibrahim Salou turned and rifled home from 20 yards to give Bruges an early lead but Dimitar Berbatov's stylish volley levelled matters minutes later.

Spurs dominated and got their reward after 63 minutes when Robbie Keane finished crisply after Berbatov flicked a volley into the Irishman's path.

The outstanding Berbatov then headed home to crown a superb Spurs display.

Spurs, who visit Bayer Leverkusen later this month, now have the knockout stages firmly in their sights - although they did have to battle back from succumbing to an early goal by Club Bruges.

The north London side had not conceded in Europe this season but the Belgian team immediately set about ruining that statistic, making a lively start.

Gaeton Englebert's snap-shot forced keeper Paul Robinson to tip the ball around the post within three minutes and the Belgian side took the lead 11 minutes later.

Ibrahim received the ball 20 yards out, with his back to goal, but turned Michael Dawson quick as a flash and fired the ball past a helpless Robinson.

The shock of going behind seemed to spur Tottenham into action and within minutes they had drawn level.

Jermaine Jenas floated in a free-kick, Pascal Chimbonda got his head to it and Berbatov back-pedalled into position on the edge of the area before volleying sweetly past Stijn Stijnen in the Bruges goal.

As the half progressed, Tottenham began to assert their authority, sweeping forward at every opportunity.

Aaron Lennon, starting on the left, caused the Belgian side problems with his pace, while Berbatov's clever distribution was also a constant threat.

A fast-flowing move involving Keane, Lennon and Berbatov should have been finished off by Hossam Ghaly but the defender blasted the ball over the bar.

Jenas should have done better from Berbatov's cute flick but the England international hit the outside of the post.

After the break it was all Tottenham but for all their possession and deft play, they could not find the finishing touch.

But Bruges were beginning to crack and when Englebert spooned a clearance from Berbatov's header back over his own crossbar, it seemed only a matter of time before Spurs went ahead.

And after 63 minutes, they were rewarded for their pressure with a superb goal.

Once again the Bulgarian Berbatov was the architect, his volleyed flick on the turn falling into the path of Keane, who - without breaking stride - found the corner of the net with a first-time strike from the edge of the area.

Tottenham showed no signs of sitting back and Berbatov soon increased their lead, getting in between two Bruges defenders to head home Ghaly's cross from the right.

Still Bruges were unable to get off the back foot as Tottenham continued to press forward and Robinson was barely troubled after the opening quarter of the game.

The England goalkeeper had a job to keep warm on a chilly night at White Hart Lane but Tottenham's performance will have warmed the heart of head coach Martin Jol as Spurs moved within touching distance of reaching the knockout stages of the Uefa Cup.

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Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Ghaly, Zokora, Jenas, Lennon (Murphy 80), Berbatov (Mido 80), Keane.

Subs Not Used: Cerny, Davids, Defoe, Huddlestone, Gardner.

Goals: Berbatov 17, Keane 63, Berbatov 73.

Club Brugge: Stijnen, Pedersen, Clement, Maertens (Vandelannoite 80), Gvozdenovic, Matondo, Vermant, Blondel, Englebert, Ibrahim, Balaban (Ishiaku 90).

Subs Not Used: Verbauwhede, Dreesen, Van Heerden, Leko, Roelandts.

Booked: Matondo.

BBC website

Lovely game , no yellow cards conceded by Spurs.

Lennon is pure class , once he starts scoring goals he will be amongst the best England has to offer.

Berbatov has to be the signing of the season , puts the likes of Shevchenko and <deleted>[sp] to shame. Speaking of Chelsea.................. :D

Bring them on..... :o

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Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea

Lennon was superb for Tottenham

Tottenham came back from a goal down to beat 10-man Chelsea thanks to a sublime goal from Aaron Lennon.

The visitors took the lead when Claude Makelele fired in a superb half volley from 25 yards out.

Michael Dawson brought Spurs back into the match with a well-placed header, before Lennon capitalised on Robbie Keane's good work with a crisp finish.

Chelsea were down to 10 men when John Terry picked up a second yellow after an altercation with Pascal Chimbonda.

Both sides produced some outstanding football on a chilly Sunday under the floodlights of White Hart Lane.

But until midway though the first half, it was Chelsea who played the champagne stuff while Spurs looked on enviously and chased shadows.

Paul Robinson's goal was under siege early in the half and Robben was guilty of not making the most of Spurs' fragility when he dallied on a through ball allowing Ledley King to make a vital interception.

The resulting corner was cleared but only as far as Makelele. The holding midfielder is not renowned as a potent threat to goal but on this occasion he connected beautifully with a half-volley from outside the area.

It left Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho grinning from ear to ear, most probably out of bemusement at having watched such a rare event.

The immediate aftermath saw the Blues tear Spurs apart with Michael Ballack forcing a save from Robinson with a low drilled free-kick before Frank Lampard made his England colleague tip over following his stinging shot.

So when Dawson's goal came, it not only revived the home team's spirits but also swung the game their way.

Dimitar Berbatov, whose form has been as indifferent as his side's after joining in the close season, almost put Tottenham into the lead, but his mazy run and shot trickled just wide of Henrique Hilario's left-hand post.

And just before the break Lennon provided a sublime ball from the right that was met by Keane who headed on to the top netting.

If the crowd thought the first half was eventful, then they had a treat in store in the second.

With seven minutes of the half gone, Keane dazzled substitute Khalid Boulahrouz, who came on for Paulo Ferreira, and fired in a great cross into the area that was controlled and then coolly finished by the diminutive Lennon.

It was fantastic technique from the England star and was just reward for his valiant work.

Chelsea began to look more desperate as Spurs grew in confidence and that anxiety resulted in fouls committed.

For the Blues this proved costly when Terry was shown his second yellow and sent off for what seemed like an altercation with Chimbonda.

Chelsea still pressed and were unlucky not to see Arjen Robben's curled effort fly in instead of rebound off Robinson's right-hand upright.

Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou also went close, but Spurs held on to record their first league win over Chelsea in 16 years.

BBC

Surely this is the sign of a late great season for Spurs..... :o

Plus I predicted correctly , bet I was the only one as well......... :D

Big Blue........where are ya ? Who are ya........ :D

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Chon.. well played, and a great game to watch. I predicted 2-2.. (I think?)..Still, no problem.. as a Man Utd supporter I'm rather pleased with the result :o

Cheers ! Yes I bet a few Man U fans won't mind too much... :D

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Chon.. well played, and a great game to watch. I predicted 2-2.. (I think?)..Still, no problem.. as a Man Utd supporter I'm rather pleased with the result :o

Cheers ! Yes I bet a few Man U fans won't mind too much... :D

too bloody right mate :D well done spurs!!!

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Fantastic result for Spurs

However I have to agree with jose when he said there was little wrong with Drogba's goal and why was John Terry carded?

Enjoy it while you can you Spurs fans..you have Reading away next week !!!!!!! and we are on a roll (of defeats) so things have gotta change.

I am really looking forward to next weekend, should be a pasionate game!!

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Still waiting for someone to explain Drogba's disallowed goal? Any of you spurs explain, or you still celebrating cause it took you 16 years to get a result? lol

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Fantastic result for Spurs

However I have to agree with jose when he said there was little wrong with Drogba's goal and why was John Terry carded?

Enjoy it while you can you Spurs fans..you have Reading away next week !!!!!!! and we are on a roll (of defeats) so things have gotta change.

I am really looking forward to next weekend, should be a pasionate game!!

I'll be there ! Should be a cracker [ as Frank Carsone would have said... :o ]

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Full credit to Spurs. Deserved a win at long last. I wasn't too upset. It was the best Chelsea had played all season, and it was a cracking game. I think the ref disallowed Drogba's goal because he blew just before he hit it. Whether he meant to or not is not part of it. We've had our good luck as well as our bad luck. Terry's sending off. I think the lad farted.

Aaron Lennen. God if we'd had, had him for the World Cup.eeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrr

we did didn't we?

Oh yes, that's right. Just didn't play him.

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