Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Defoe Fires Spurs on to Glory Trail; Extra Time Strike Clinches Victory

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Defoe Fires Spurs on to Glory Trail; Extra Time Strike Clinches Victory

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Tottenham Hotspur 1

Southend United 0

(After extra time)

JERMAIN Defoe sent Tottenham into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup but the Premiership side were pushed all the way by Southend at White Hart Lane, writes MIKE MCGRATH.

Defoe slid in with five minutes left in extra time as the visitors sensed another famous upset.

It was harsh on Efetobore Sodje, who was magnificent at centre-back, and goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, who denied Spurs with a string of saves until Defoe struck.

Spurs clearly took their opposition seriously. Boss Martin Jol showed the visitors respect by selecting a strong side, although he did rest skipper Ledley King.

The bottom side in the Championship had Kevin Maher and Mark Gower, former Tottenham players, in their starting XI and Gower offered a threat on the left in the early exchanges.

Gower's progress at White Hart Lane was hampered with the likes of David Ginola in the side and, with perhaps a point to prove, he looked determined to make an impression.

He whipped in an early cross, had a near-post effort saved by Paul Robinson and late in the first half curved a long-range effort wide of the upright as the underdogs started with energy, as they did in the last round when they defeated Manchester United.

Shrimpers striker Lee Bradbury made his presence felt with his aerial challenges with Michael Dawson, returning from suspension, and the visitors enjoyed their share of possession. As is the way playing a Premiership side, though, the more established team were a threat with their pace.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto had Spurs' first effort on goal, curling his free-kick around the wall but seeing the effort saved after Steed Malbranque had been tripped by Alan McCormack. Malbranque had an effort from a similar position, 25 yards out, in the 13th minute but Flahavan saved again.

Spurs were inches away from breaking the deadlock midway through the first half from a move sparked by Danny Murphy playing in Defoe on the left.

The England striker found Mido and his volley smacked against the underside of the bar and away to safety. …

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