English FA Cup

January 5, 2013


Tottenham Hotspur

3 - 0

Coventry City

English FA Cup

15:00 +00:00, January 5, 2013

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: Michael Naylor

Freund targets Cup glory

Steffen Freund set his sights on the FA Cup after watching Tottenham cruise into the fourth round with an easy win over Coventry.

Spurs assistant boss Freund reached the semi-finals on two occasions during his five-year playing spell at White Hart Lane and he now wants to go even further with the north London club.

"We know what we want to do in the league, we have won the Cup eight times before and we would like to go all the way this year,'' Freund said. "It was a professional performance. In the first half it was a different class. It was a great performance and we deserved the win.

"We didn't have to remind the players to be professional. They are really good. They put the opposition under pressure, they played with a high tempo and created chances.''

Coventry manager Mark Robins, who won the FA Cup with Manchester United as a player 23 years ago, admitted his team were facing an uphill struggle once Villas-Boas named the likes of Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker in his team.

"We always knew it would be difficult but it got more difficult when we saw the team sheet,'' Robins said. "When you come to places like this you always hope the team you play against has a bit of a dip and that they take a few liberties, but they didn't.

"Spurs were magnificent today. Scott Parker led it and everyone followed suit. Whenever we got the ball, they were quicker than us and they got it back. It was a shame we didn't get a goal to take some heart from.''

Dempsey's first-half performance in particular was one to savour for the home fans.

"It was great to see Clint scoring twice,'' Freund said. "He needs goals. Adebayor scored last time so it's great for the squad that we have strikers that are scoring.''

Adebayor may not have the chance to score for the club for most of the rest of the month, however, as the saga over whether he will take part in the African Nations Cup drags on. Adebayor, who is involved in a row with the Togo federation over unpaid bonuses, has until midnight on Wednesday to register himself for the tournament, which runs from January 19 to February 10.

"It's only speculation at the moment,'' Freund said. "We are ready to wait for Adebayor's decision.''

Scoring Summary

Tottenham Hotspur Coventry City
Clint Dempsey (14') 
Gareth Bale (33') 
Clint Dempsey (37')