Match Preview: Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur
Elland Road, Beeston, Leeds, Yorkshire (Capacity: 39,460)
Wednesday 3rd February 2010, Kick Off 19:45
FA Cup, Fourth Round Replay
Leeds United: 2nd in League One (3rd Flight), 60 points from 81
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 42 points from 72
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Assistant referees: Dave Bryan and Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Graham Salisbury
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Elland Road for this FA Cup Fourth Round Replay after Leeds United's dramatic last-gasp equalising penalty at White Hart Lane earned a well-deserved 2-2 draw for the Yorkshire side. Peter Crouch put Spurs ahead just before half-time only for Jermaine Beckford to pull Leeds level shortly after the restart. Roman Pavlyuchenko looked to have secured Spurs passage to the Fifth Round in the 75th minute but a Michael Dawson error gave Jermaine Beckford the chance to score from the penalty spot in the sixth minute of added time.
Spurs had a comfortable 4-0 win over Peterborough United in the previous round with goals from Niko Kranjcar (2), Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, while Leeds United had a fantastic win at Old Trafford over Manchester United with Jermaine Beckford scoring the only goal of the game.
The winners of the replay, which will be settled on the night with extra time and a penalty shoot-out, if required, will face an away trip to Bolton Wanderers in the Fifth Round.
Tottenham Hotspur have won the FA Cup eight times (1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982 & 1991) while Leeds United's only FA Cup win came in 1972 against Arsenal. Spurs were losing FA Cup Finalists in 1987 against Coventry City while Leeds have been on the losing side at Wembley three times (1965, 1970 & 1973).
This will be the eighth meeting between the two clubs in the FA Cup with Spurs winning three, Leeds one and three draws in the previous seven matches. The last FA Cup meeting came in the 5th Round replay in February 1999 with Spurs winning 2-0 at White Hart Lane with goals from Darren Anderton and David Ginola.
The current Tottenham squad features several ex-Leeds United players:
Aaron Lennon, who's hopes to return for the match after injury were dashed with the news that he needs an operation, was with Leeds as a schoolboy and played 38 times for them before his transfer to Spurs in June 2005 for £800,000.
Robbie Keane came to Leeds from Inter Milan in 2001, initially on loan, and played 46 times for them scoring 13 goals before his transfer to Spurs in 2002 for £7 million.
Jonathan Woodgate joined Leeds from Middlesbrough as a schoolboy in 1996 and played 104 matches scoring 5 goals for Leeds before his move to Newcastle United. Woodgate had further moves to Real Madrid and back to Middlesbrough before joining Spurs in January 2008 for £7 million.
Danny Rose was a product of Leeds United's youth system and he joined Spurs for a reported million pounds in July 2007.
Tottenham's first team coach, Joe Jordan, was a striker with Leeds United from 1970 to 1978 where he made 170 appearances, scoring 35 goals.
Patrick Kisnorbo and Neil Kilkenny face a battle to be fit for Leeds after missing out through injury on Saturday. Max Gradel and loanees Gary McSheffrey and Shane Lowry are ineligible.
Ledley King is out of the frame for tomorrow night's (Wednesday, February 3) FA Cup replay at Leeds United. The central defender played two games in the space of five days against Fulham and Birmingham City and will not be considered for Elland Road. Ledley joins the likes of Aaron Lennon (groin) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (hip) on the sidelines with longer-term injuries Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (pelvis, wrist). Roman Pavlyuchenko remains a doubt with a groin injury.
Harry reported on Tuesday. "Ledley's not fit for tomorrow but could be okay for the weekend. "Pav has still got a problem with his groin, he's not 100 per cent right at the moment but hopefully he'll be okay. "Aaron Lennon's still not fit, Benoit's still not ready, so we're one or two down in terms of numbers but it will be an opportunity for a couple of youngsters to come and sit on the bench. "I will speak to John McDermott (Academy Manager) and Alex Inglethorpe (U18s coach) to see what players deserve that opportunity."
Of the new recruits, Eidur Gudjohnsen is not available for the replay because he didn't play in the original fourth round tie against Leeds. However, he will be available if we progress.
Players leaving Spurs on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season include Robbie Keane (Celtic), Alan Hutton (Sunderland), Giovani Dos Santos (Galatasaray), Kyle Naughton (Middlesbrough) and Jamie O'Hara (return to Portsmouth).
• Leeds are one of two remaining representatives from League One.
• Tottenham are one of 11 Premier League clubs still alive in the FA Cup, ahead of these midweek replays.
• At second in their division, Leeds are 42 places lower than Spurs, who are fourth in the top-flight.
• Prize for the winners is a trip to Premier League Bolton in the last 16.
• A stoppage-time penalty from Jermaine Beckford earned Leeds another chance to see off Tottenham.
• Tottenham are unbeaten in six league and cup matches against Leeds (W4, D2).
• The Yorkshire club have not beaten Spurs since a 2-1 home victory in the Premier League on 4 November 2001, when Ian Harte and Harry Kewell scored their goals, after Gus Poyet had opened the Londoners' account.
FA Cup records and best performances
• Tottenham lead 3-1 in the FA Cup head-to-head standings with Leeds.
• Leeds' one victory was in the quarter-finals in 1972, the one and only time they went on to win the trophy.
• Tottenham's fourth round victory 10 years later, was one step on the road to Wembley and to Spurs lifting the trophy for one of the eight occasions they have done so in their history.
• This is the third time out of five that a replay has been required to resolve an FA Cup tie between the pair.
• The 2-0 home win over Colchester on Saturday was Leeds' first victory in six league and cup matches since they knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup in the third round on 3 January.
• Avoided defeat in 19 of 21 home games this season, 15 of which have been won.
FA Cup form
• Aiming for successive giant-killing acts, as they undertake their best run in the competition, since reaching the quarter-finals in 2002/03.
• Lost just one in their last 10 (all competitions).
• A 2-0 win at Blackburn on 19 December is their only victory in eight league and cup games on the road.
FA Cup form
• Tottenham are trying to avoid a fourth round exit for the third year running.
• Last knocked out by a lower league club in 2006; Leicester of the Championship.
• Last humiliated by a third level club 22 years ago; Port Vale defeated them 2-1 in the fourth round at Vale Park in January 1988.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Leeds United (W 2-0 Colchester United H):
Ankergren, Naylor, Michalik, Lowry (Johnson 71), Bromby, Doyle, Howson, McSheffrey (Gradel 82), Beckford, Becchio, Snodgrass.
Substitutes: Martin, Crowe, White, Robinson, Grella.
Yellow Card: Michalik
Goals: Beckford 38 (pen), 55
Tottenham Hotspur (D 1-1 Birmingham City A):
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley (Jenas 89), Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric, Defoe (Keane 78), Crouch.
Substitutes: Alnwick, Hutton, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose.
Yellow cards: Palacios, Defoe
MARK LAWRENSON'S PREDICTION (BBC):
To follow later.
Saturday's match will be the 96th meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United.
Here are the results of the previous 95 matches with Spurs' score shown first:
18-Oct-1924Division 1 25,000A L 0 - 1 09-Mar-25Division 1 8,000H W 2 - 1 Seed, Lane 19-Dec-25Division 1 19,200H W 3 - 2 Thompson, Osborne, Elkes 01-May-26Division 1 16,158A L 1 - 4 Elkes 04-Dec-26Division 1 24,470A D 1 - 1 Dimmock 23-Apr-27Division 1 17,745H W 4 - 1 Sanders (2), Handley, Dimmock (pen) 12-Dec-31Division 2 15,689A L 0 - 1 23-Apr-32Division 2 17,285H W 3 - 1 O'Callaghan, Hunt GS, Greenfield 18-Nov-33Division 1 19,681A D 0 - 0 31-Mar-34Division 1 29,547H W 5 - 1 McCormick, Hunt GS (3), Evans W 22-Dec-34Division 1 23,662H D 1 - 1 Evans W 04-May-35Division 1 7,668A L 3 - 4 Bolan, Morrison, Hunt DA 15-Nov-47Division 2 41,563H W 3 - 1 Burgess, Baily, Duquemin 03-Apr-48Division 2 24,891A W 3 - 1 Rundle, Baily, Flint 08-Sep-48Division 2 33,793A D 0 - 0 13-Sep-48Division 2 37,640H D 2 - 2 Cox, Jones 10-Sep-49Division 2 48,274H W 2 - 0 Bennett, Baily 14-Jan-50Division 2 50,476A L 0 - 3 09-Jan-54F.A. Cup 3 41,645A D 3 - 3 Walters, Bennett (2) 13-Jan-54F.A. Cup 3 Replay35,023H W 1 - 0 Bennett 25-Aug-56Division 1 51,212H W 5 - 1 Blanchflower, Medwin, Smith R, Brooks, Robb 02-Mar-57Division 1 33,895A D 1 - 1 Stokes 26-Oct-57Division 1 33,860H W 2 - 0 Medwin, Smith R 08-Mar-58Division 1 23,429A W 2 - 1 Smith R (2) 25-Oct-58Division 1 38,691H L 2 - 3 Iley, Smith R 14-Mar-59Division 1 17,010A L 1 - 3 Norman 26-Dec-59Division 1 36,037A W 4 - 2 Harmer, Smith R, Allen 28-Dec-59Division 1 54,170H L 1 - 4 Mackay 17-Oct-64Division 1 41,464A L 1 - 3 Greaves 27-Feb-65Division 1 42,350H D 0 - 0 08-Sep-65Division 1 48,156H W 3 - 2 Mackay, Greaves 15-Sep-65Division 1 41,920A L 0 - 2 20-Aug-66Division 1 43,844H W 3 - 1 Mullery, Greaves, Gilzean 17-Dec-66Division 1 29,852A L 2 - 3 Greaves, Gilzean 12-Apr-68Division 1 56,587H W 2 - 1 Greaves, Chivers 17-Apr-68Division 1 48,933A L 0 - 1 09-Nov-68Division 1 38,995A D 0 - 0 18-Jan-69Division 1 42,396H D 0 - 0 09-Aug-69Division 1 35,804A L 1 - 3 Greaves 14-Feb-70Division 1 41,723H D 1 - 1 Cooper og 19-Aug-70Division 1 39,927H L 0 - 2 09-Jan-71Division 1 43,867A W 2 - 1 Chivers (2) 25-Aug-71Division 1 25,099A D 1 - 1 Gilzean 29-Jan-72Division 1 46,774H W 1 - 0 Chivers 18-Mar-72F.A. Cup 6 43,937A L 1 - 2 Pratt 26-Aug-72Division 1 41,191H D 0 - 0 06-Jan-73Division 1 32,404A L 1 - 2 Gilzean 01-Sep-73Division 1 42,091H L 0 - 3 01-Jan-74Division 1 46,545A D 1 - 1 McGrath 04-Dec-74Division 1 25,832A L 1 - 2 Duncan 28-Apr-75Division 1 49,886H W 4 - 2 Knowles (2, 1pen), Conn, Chivers 20-Sep-75Division 1 27,372A D 1 - 1 Pratt 10-Apr-76Division 1 40,365H D 0 - 0 11-Sep-76Division 1 34,725H W 1 - 0 Jones 19-Feb-77Division 1 26,858A L 1 - 2 Armstrong 16-Sep-78Division 1 36,062A W 2 - 1 Lee, Taylor 20-Jan-79Division 1 36,838H L 1 - 2 Hoddle 20-Oct-79Division 1 25,203A W 2 - 1 Jones, Armstrong 01-Mar-80Division 1 35,331H W 2 - 1 Falco, Hoddle 13-Sep-80Division 1 21,947A D 0 - 0 07-Feb-81Division 1 32,372H D 1 - 1 Archibald 12-Dec-81Division 1 28,780A D 0 - 0 23-Jan-82F.A. Cup 4 46,126H W 1 - 0 Crooks 08-May-82Division 1 35,020H W 2 - 1 Brooke, Burns og 15-Sep-90Division 1 31,342A W 2 - 0 Howells, Lineker 02-Feb-91Division 1 32,253H D 0 - 0 14-Dec-91Division 1 31,404A D 1 - 1 Howells 07-Mar-92Division 1 27,622H L 1 - 3 Allen 25-Aug-92FA Prem 28,218A L 0 - 5 20-Feb-93FA Prem 32,040H W 4 - 0 Ruddock, Sheringham (3, 1pen) 20-Nov-93FA Prem 31,275H D 1 - 1 Anderton 17-Apr-94FA Prem 33,658A L 0 - 2 15-Oct-94FA Prem 39,362A D 1 - 1 Sheringham 14-May-95FA Prem 33,040H D 1 - 1 Sheringham 09-Sep-95FA Prem 30,034H W 2 - 1 Howells, Sheringham 02-May-96FA Prem 30,024A W 3 - 1 Armstrong, Anderton (2) 14-Dec-96FA Prem 33,793A D 0 - 0 15-Mar-97FA Prem 33,040H W 1 - 0 Anderton 01-Nov-97FA Prem 26,441H L 0 - 1 04-Mar-98FA Prem 31,394A L 0 - 1 26-Sep-98FA Prem 35,535H D 3 - 3 Vega, Iversen, Campbell 13-Feb-99F.A. Cup 5 39,696A D 1 - 1 Sherwood 24-Feb-99F.A. Cup 5 Replay32,307H W 2 - 0 Anderton, Ginola 10-Mar-99FA Prem 34,521A L 0 - 2 28-Aug-99FA Prem 36,012H L 1 - 2 Sherwood 12-Feb-2000FA Prem 40,127A L 0 - 1 30-Sep-00FA Prem 37,562A L 3 - 4 Rebrov (2), Perry 24-Feb-01FA Prem 36,070H L 1 - 2 Ferdinand 03-Nov-01FA Prem 40,203A L 1 - 2 Poyet 01-Apr-02FA Prem 35,167H W 2 - 1 Iversen, Sheringham 24-Nov-02FA Prem 35,718H W 2 - 0 Sheringham, Keane 12-Apr-03FA Prem 39,560A D 2 - 2 Sheringham, Keane 23-Aug-03FA Prem 34,354H W 2 - 1 Taricco, Kanoute 10-Jan-04 FA Prem 35,365 A W 1 - 0 Keane 23-Jan-10F.A. Cup 435,750H D 2 - 2 Crouch, Pavlyuchenko 02-Feb-10 F.A.Cup 4 Replay A
LAST TIME WE MET...
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-2 LEEDS UNITED
FA Cup Fourth Round, White Hart Lane, 23rd January 2010
Jermaine Beckford dispatched a stoppage-time penalty to earn League One Leeds a replay against Tottenham to cap a sensational FA Cup fourth-round tie at White Hart Lane. The striker was coolness personified as he picked himself up from Michael Dawson's foul to drill his spot kick into the corner and earn the visitors a dramatic draw six minutes into injury time. And it was little more than Leeds deserved as they twice came from behind to deny a side ranked 41 places above them easy passage into the next round. It was Beckford who had cancelled out Peter Crouch's close-range opener with a typical poacher's effort minutes into the second half.
And it was Beckford again who denied substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko what would have been a headline-grabbing winner for the Russian front man. Leeds, on course for promotion to the Championship thanks to their revival under manager Simon Grayson, do not do dull this season. Now, having seen off Manchester United in sensational style in the previous round, they will have another chance to do the same to Tottenham when the sides meet again on 3 February. Every one of their players played their part - not least keeper Casper Ankergren, whose penalty save was just one of a string of fantastic stops in the opening 20 minutes that kept Leeds in it.
Twice early on the Danish keeper's palms were warmed as Jermain Defoe and then Niko Kranjcar fired in good efforts from range, and Ankergren then produced his best save of the night when he flung himself low to his right to keep out Defoe's spot-kick after the striker had been felled by Michael Doyle. Gareth Bale was the next to be frustrated as his free-kick was beaten away on the stretch, before the keeper - with the help of Patrick Kisnorbo - somehow denied Defoe six yards out after Kranjcar's free-kick had been spilled. And after Defoe had been denied a second penalty when he looked to have been clearly bundled over in the box by Jason Crowe, Tottenham's frustration was near to boiling point. It was then, having survived the early bombardment, that Leeds suddenly came out of their shell.
Leeds boss Simon Grayson, who was at Anfield to watch Liverpool beat Spurs 2-0 on Wednesday, had deployed his troops similarly, favouring a packed midfield at first. But following the hosts' bright start he signalled to Robert Snodgrass that he had more license to roam, and it almost yielded immediate benefits. It was the forward who brought the first save of note out of Heurelho Gomes with a curling effort that had to be brilliantly turned away, and after watching Beckford flash a left-foot effort wide, Snodgrass turned provider as his pass set up his strike partner to again force a fine save with a dipping volley. Ironically, it was during Leeds' best passage of the half that Spurs took the lead, Crouch pouncing to tuck in on the rebound after Kranjcar's shot had been spilled.
But the Spurs players entered the half-time break knowing they had plenty of work to do - and so it proved when, just minutes after the restart, Beckford made the most of Jermaine Jenas's hashed attempt to clear a corner by scrambling home the equaliser from all of a yard. It was the first goal Tottenham had conceded at home since 12 December, but Leeds were more than good for it and with the visitors matching the hosts with a performance full of endeavour and no little skill, Redknapp reacted by bringing on approximately £40m worth of talent from the bench in Wilson Palacios, Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane. The turnaround was almost immediate. Pavlyuchenko cleverly stepped over Palacios's pass after a fine break from the midfielder and then collected Defoe's through-ball to slide into the corner with aplomb, putting Tottenham ahead and sending the home fans into raptures. It was a terrific finish to a flowing move, and looked like not only settling a frantic tie but also proving a memorable winner for a striker who for so long has looked to be heading out of White Hart Lane.
The action was far from over, though, and Leeds saved their most dramatic moment until the last. Beckford was the match-saver, driving into the box and falling under Dawson's challenge before showing a mental strength beyond his experience in firing home the resulting penalty. The Leeds bench celebrated as if they had won the Cup - but few could deny them their moment of glory following a performance that provided yet more evidence that the club is once more on the up. As for Tottenham, they will have to fit another Cup tie into their schedule as they look to combine a push for a Champions League place alongside their hunt for a first piece of silverware since the Carling Cup win of 2008.
Gomes, Hutton, Bale, Bassong, Dawson, Jenas, Modric, Kranjcar (Keane 71), Rose (Palacios 56), Crouch (Pavlyuchenko 71), Defoe
Substitutes: Alnwick, Naughton, Dervite, O'Hara.
Yellow Card: Hutton
Goals: Crouch 42, Pavlyuchenko 75
Ankergren, Crowe, Kisnorbo, Bromby, Doyle (Becchio 80), Kilkenny, Howson, Johnson (White 88), Hughes, Beckford, Snodgrass
Substitutes: Martin, Michalik, Prutton, Robinson, Grella
Yellow Cards: Crowe, Kisnorbo, Bromby, Doyle, Kilkenny, Johnson
Goals: Beckford 52, 90+6
Referee: Alan Wiley, Attendance: 35,750