Football: KIDS HELP GET JOL OUT OF JAIL; CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND ACTION AND ANALYSIS Bale Does Business but Defoe's No Use Tottenham 2 M'Boro 0
Byline: Martin LIPTON
MARTIN JOL'S big gamble put paid to Boro's braves at White Hart Lane last night and kept the Dutchman in his job as fuming Gareth Southgate lost his cool.
Jol would have been on his way out if his decision to take off local hero Jermain Defoe with 20 minutes left had backfired after brilliant Brad Jones had defied Tottenham with a series of stunning stops.
Chris Riggott and novice sub Tom Craddock missed chances either side of the break for Southgate's injury-stricken side, who must have been sensing a glorious triumph.
But Robbie Keane's first touch after replacing Defoe sent 18-year-old Gareth Bale scurrying away to round Jones and score, as Boro demanded an offside decision against Aaron Lennon.
Goalkeeping coach Paul Barron was sent off by referee Keith Stride, but when Lennon then crossed for Tom Huddlestone to head home there was no way back for Boro.
From the start, Boro's patched-up side, with Lee Dong-Gook the lone striker and Egyptian Mohamed Shawky making his debut as a holding midfielder, were under the cosh as the home side looked to keep Jol in his job.
Three early Spurs corners were repelled and while Fabio Rochemback unleashed a stinging drive from 25 yards that brought a fine stop from Paul Robinson, it was otherwise all Tottenham.
Jermaine Jenas, played in on goal by Defoe, clipped his shot horribly wide and then when Teemu Tainio slid through to the England striker, he was denied by a brave block from Jones.
Then Jones pulled off a superb stop, diving down to his right, to thwart Younes Kaboul's flicked head from an excellent Bale free-kick, with Dimitar Berbatov hooking narrowly wide as Tottenham kept pressing for the opening goal. …