English FA Cup

January 27, 2012



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Tottenham Hotspur

English FA Cup

19:45 +00:00, January 27, 2012

Vicarage Road Stadium, England

Referee: C Foy

  • 93'

    And that's your lot folks. Spurs progress to the last 16 of the FA Cup courtesy of Van der Vaart's winner. Watford can take heart from pushing them all the way, and will are unlucky not to have earned at least a replay. Thanks for joining me!

  • 92'

    Yeates goes for glory from 30 yards with a free-kick. Easily saved by Cudicini.

  • 90'

    Adebayor is replaced by Pavlyuchenko for Spurs.

  • 89'

    They'll be three extra minutes.

  • 89'

    Hodson picks up the first yellow of the night for a foul on Lennon.

  • 87'

    Lennon to Van der Vaart, whose lay-off invites Parker to shoot. Good save from Loach.

  • 86'

    The home crowd are urging Watford forward now.

  • 84'

    Watford are still in the ascendancy. But all the while they press, a breakaway from Spurs is a possibility.

  • 83'

    Deeney gets forward on the right, but his cross is poor.

  • 82'

    Another chance for Watford! Yeates' on-target effort hits Dawson in the face.

  • 80'

    Whichelow replaces Garner for Watford. Defoe off for Pienaar for Spurs.

  • 79'

    So close again for Watford! Nosworthy's shot from six yards is saved by the feet of Cudicini. Sordell's follow-up is blocked.

  • 78'

    Scott Parker of Spurs grapples with John Eustace of Watford

  • 77'

    On the balance of play, Watford deserve to be level in this match. They've been the better side in the second half.

  • 75'

    Lovely stuff from Sordell, who creates space to send over a cross and win a corner. He's had a fine game for Watford.

  • 74'

    Watford's Garner with one of the wildest shots you're likely to see. New ball please.

  • 74'

    Buaben's shot from 20 yards isn't powerful enough to trouble Cudicini.

  • 73'

    Spurs hack clear after Sordell is brought down by Livermore. The referee waves appeals away for a free-kick.

  • 71'

    Livermore gets in the way of Sordell, and Spurs break forward.

  • 69'

    Eustace up at the far post, and his header hits the post!

  • 68'

    Deeney fizzes a shot wide from the edge of the box. Watford are not giving this one up.

  • 68'

    Mark Yeates replaces Murray for the home side.

  • 67'

    Sordell tries to cross from the right and wins Watford a corner.

  • 66'

    Cudicini does well under a high ball from the Watford left.

  • 65'

    Lennon pulls the ball back to Van der Vaart, who crashes a sidefooted shot against the bar from 10 yards.

  • 64'

    Good spell this for the home side.

  • 63'

    Sordell tries to play a ball through for Watford, but Spurs scramble clear.

  • 61'

    Van der Vaart tries to find Defoe, but his pass is cut out on the edge of the box.

  • 59'

    Adebayor really is having a shocker. He gives the ball away yet again.

  • 58'

    Lennon into Adebayor on the edge of the box. His casual flick concedes possesion.

  • 56'

    Rose flashes a shot across the goal from wide on the left.

  • 55'

    Rafael van der Vaart celebrates his goal against Watford

  • 54'

    Walker runs at the Watford defence, but he ends up beating himself.

  • 53'

    Walker up at the far post for Spurs, and his header is tipped over the bar by Loach.

  • 52'

    Van der Vaart lines up a free-kick from 25 yards. The ball takes a wobble on his run-up and he bends a shot wide.

  • 50'

    So close to the equaliser! Murray's placed finish is tipped onto the post by Cudicini.

  • 49'

    Eustace pulls away from his man and drives a left-footed shot just over the bar. Good effort.

  • 48'

    Sordell puts Dawson under pressure, and the Spurs defender concedes a corner.

  • 47'

    Buaben blazes one over the bar from 20 yards.

  • 46'

    And we're away with the second half. Spurs have a change to report - Lennon replacing Modric.

  • 45'

    Halftime at Vicarage Road and Spurs go in with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of Van der Vaart's soft goal.

  • 44'

    "One shot, they've only had one shot," sing the Watford fans. They've got a point.

  • 43'

    Van der Vaart's shot somehow bounced over Loach's dive.

  • 42'

    GOAL Great break from Walker, and Van der Vaart takes possession to fire a low shot past Loach from 20 yards. Shocker from the Watford keeper. Spurs lead!

  • 41'

    Modric with a woeful attempt to find a team-mate on the opposite flank. Straight out for a goal-kick.

  • 40'

    Van der Vaart tries to up the tempo in midfield, playing a couple of one-twos to force Spurs forward.

  • 39'

    Spurs have had 64 percent of possession so far, but they're yet to create a meaningful opening.

  • 38'

    Watford come forward on the break and look for a corner. Goal-kick.

  • 36'

    Rather flat atmosphere at Vicarage Road so far.

  • 35'

    Nice move from Watford, and it leads to a shooting chance for Buaben...five yards wide.

  • 33'

    Sordell runs at Dawson, but the Spurs defender keeps his concentration and blocks the shot.

  • 32'

    Spurs waste the free-kick, and Watford clear comfortably.

  • 31'

    Rose brought down on the left edge of the Watford box. Free-kick to Spurs.

  • 29'

    Van der Vaart with a lay-off to Defoe on the edge of the box, but he can only manage a weak finish into the hands of Loach.

  • 28'

    If ever a game could really use a goal. This was it.

  • 27'

    Murray's ball in is headed away by Parker at the far post.

  • 26'

    Livermore penalised for a foul on Garner. Watford have a free-kick on the corner of Spurs' box.

  • 25'

    Deeney with a lovely angled ball into the box, but Garner misses his kick from 10 yards. Should have hit the target there.

  • 24'

    Hodson tries his luck from 25 yards, but his volleyed effort dribbles wide.

  • 23'

    The balance has shifted back to Spurs now, who appear to have rediscovered their passing game.

  • 22'

    Hodson's cross from the right is too strong, and goes out for a throw-in.

  • 20'

    Van der Vaart tries a diagonal pass to Defoe, 40 yards away on the opposite flank, but it's just too strong for the England striker.

  • 19'

    Walker runs at the Watford defence, but he can't stop himself going over the byline.

  • 18'

    After a cracking start, Spurs have gone a little flat. Watford are arguably on top at the moment.

  • 16'

    Buaben goes for gold from 25 yards...not far wide. Great effort.

  • 15'

    Great ball in from Deeney. Sordell beats Cudicini to the near post, but his stabbed effort is wide.

  • 14'

    Adebayor gives up possession yet again on Spurs' right. Sloppy from him so far.

  • 13'

    Strangely low-key atmosphere at Vicarage Road so far. This game needs an early goal.

  • 12'

    Adebayor tries to slide a pass into Defoe, but he can't find the angle.

  • 12'

    Livermore with a cross into the Watford box. Headed clear comfortably by the home side.

  • 10'

    Slick surface at Vicarage Road tonight. We've already seen a couple of Spurs players slip over.

  • 9'

    Watford gaining in confidence as the match goes on here.

  • 7'

    Better from Watford. Murray with a shot on the angle and Cudicini can only parry. Sordell quick to pounce, but Spurs scramble clear through Dawson.

  • 6'

    Finally Watford break. Sordell cuts inside, but his weak shot doesn't trouble Cudicini.

  • 5'

    Watford can't get near to the ball at the moment. Spurs look very confident indeed.

  • 4'

    Spurs enjoying the early possession. Defoe, Adebayor and Van der Vaart getting plenty of touches.

  • 2'

    Neat interplay from Spurs as they approach the Watford goal, but Adebayor is caught in possession.

  • 1'

    And we're away at Vicarage Road! Watford in their traditional yellow shirts, Spurs in their traditional white.


    One to watch for Watford is striker Marvin Sordell. The England Under-21 international is their top scorer this season.


    Gareth Bale is out tonight with a thigh strain apparently - picked up in training this week.


    Tottenham starting XI: Cudicini, Walker, Kaboul, Dawson, Rose, Parker, Van der Vaart, Modric, Livermore, Adebayor, Defoe // Subs: Friedel, Lennon, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar, Assou-Ekotto, Pienaar


    Watford starting XI: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Doyley, Eustace, Deeney, Buaben, Murray, Sordell, Garner // Subs: Bond, Dickinson, Yeates, Iwelumo, Forsyth, Jenkins, Whichelow


    Good evening all and welcome to our live commentary of Watford v Tottenham in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Tonight's game is LIVE ON ESPN.