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Carling Cup as it happened

Tottenham 4-1 Burnley


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2210: It's only half-time in the tie, but you can pencil Tottenham in for the final on 1 March because there ain't no coming back from that for Burnley at Turf Moor. Join Danny Baker on BBC Radio 5 Live right now for a 606 full of banter, chat and football stories, and come back tomorrow for the next Carling Cup semi, Derby County v Manchester United. I'll see you then, probably.
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2205: "Spurs played some decent stuff in the second half, but there is a vulnerability there. I expect United, should they go through, to have no problems in the final."
Will, via text on 81111

2203: Player Rater always is a bit slow to catch up with the second half, but sure enough, it will come. At the moment, Chris Eagles on 7.95 is still leading, but Second Half's Jamie O'Hara on 7.90 is hot on his heels. Remember, you can still vote. Repeat, you can still vote.
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2201: "First David Beckham texts in (2135), now Roy from Cork (2148)? I thought Keano would be walking the dog..."
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2159: "They are slow starters Tottenham, but watch out in the second half. The introduction of Jamie O'Hara changed the game and they stepped it up, they are certain to go through now after that half. I'm still wondering how it happened to be honest."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

2158: I think Roy in Cork (2148) summed it up nicely - rarely have I seen such differing 45 minutes. Burnley were by far the better team in the first half, dictating play, while Spurs raced out of the blocks after the break and slammed in four goals in only 21 minutes. Shame to say it, but this tie is finished.

2155: Full-time Tottenham 4-1 Burnley

2153: Ade Akinbiyi has a chance to shoot 18 yards out, but turns back on to his left foot and looks for a pass and Burnley have to settle for a corner, which Spurs eventually clear. A minute to go.

2151: We are now into four minutes of stoppage time.

2150: "What was Zokora doing shooting on goal, I thought they banned him?"
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2148: "This match is the definition of the phrase 'a game of two halves'."
Roy, Cork, via text on 81111

2146: Burnley bring on striker Ade Akinbiyi for Martin Paterson, who I've been impressed by, in case you were wondering.

2144: Fraizer Campbell is played through down the left by Roman Pavlyuchenko and as Brian Jensen races off his line to thwart the striker, he pulls it back to Didier Zokora, who promptly spanks the ball over the keeper-less goal from 18 yards. Hopeless.

2144: Michael Duff's evening gets worse as he is cautioned for a foul on Roman Pavlyuchenko.

2143: Less than 10 minutes to go and Spurs are not giving Burnley a sniff now - they do not want to switch off and concede a silly late goal, giving the Clarets some hope for the return leg. Owen Coyle wanted to still be in it at Turf Moor, but I'm not sure he's got his wish.

2140: "Burnley boss Owen Coyle is getting properly angry now. He's been in and out of his dugout like a yo-yo and barking orders, but can't seem to inspire his side. And a comedy moment from the fourth official there, slipping on an icy bit of the touchline and almost ending up on his backside."
BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane

2139: Spurs are knocking the ball around as if this tie is already won and Didier Zokora loses possession momentarily after a slip in concentration, but Burnley's players look too tired to take advantage. Is it all over already, this semi-final?

2137: As has been pointed out, how close we were (2135) to receiving a text from David Beckham. So close.

2135: Burnley take off veteran Robbie Blake, with Burnley-born Jay Rodriguez coming on to replace him.

2135: "Did the manager tell Burnley to just stop defending? Sure seems that way."
David, Peckham, via text on 81111

2133: Aaron Lennon suddenly has the freedom of White Hart Lane and another dangerous cross is cleared, before Vedrun Corluka is brought down by Robbie Blake on the edge of the box. Jermain Defoe, meanwhile, is busy texting up in a box of his own. Not enough happening, JD?

2132: Burnley's Stephen Jordan was booked for words exchanged after the fourth goal.

2131: "The one thing I would like to know right now is what Harry Redknapp said to his boys at half-time? I mean they have just outclassed Burnley in this second half."
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2128: GOAL Tottenham 4-1 Burnley
They are falling apart at the seams now, Burnley, which is such a shame after their excellent first-half display. The basics are forgotten as Jamie O'Hara swings over a free-kick from the right and Michael Duff glances the ball into his own net without a Spurs player in sight.

2125: GOAL Tottenham 3-1 Burnley
Gareth Bale finds Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian makes a bit of a dummy of Clarke Carlisle, dribbling easily past the defender before rifling a fabulous shot into the far corner from 16 yards. Great finish, but poor defending. What a turnaround.

2124: Not really sure how to explain that. Martin Paterson is played into the Spurs box down the left but Heurelho Gomes does well to come out and make the save, the ball falling for Chris McCann to chip goalwards, but the ball is cleared away.

2122: Fraizer Campbell somehow evades a couple of Burnley players on the inside left channel and cuts inside, but his shot from 30 yards provides Brian Jensen with a routine save.

2121: "O'Hara has done more in 10 minutes than Bentley has done in about 10 games!"
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2119: Agonising. Robbie Blake finds space on the edge of the Spurs box and curls a delightful shot just wide of the far post. Would have been an absolute cracker.

2117: "Going in front finally provokes a response from the home fans who have been pretty quiet so far. "Are you West Ham in disguise?" - erm, well their strips are kind of similar..."
BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane

2115: He's like Jekyll and Hyde. Aaron Lennon has found his range and some - what on earth did Harry say to him at the break? He crosses on to the head of Luke Modric, but the Croatian's aerial prowess is not his strong point and it drifts way off target. Spurs are buzzing.

2114: Spurs are flying and Roman Pavlyuchenko heads a corner unconvincingly goalwards, this time Brian Jensen collecting comfortably.

2112: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Burnley
Goalkeeping howler at the Lane, and it's not Heurelho Gomes! Spurs are all over Burnley and Roman Pavlyuchenko's mis-hit shot is deflected into the path of Jamie O'Hara, who volleys the ball goalwards and it squirms through the body of Brian Jensen in the Burnley goal, shocker.

2110: Much more like it from Spurs. Aaron Lennon's (better) cross from the right is mis-kicked by Luka Modric into the path of Jamie O'Hara, who sees his volley deflected just wide. He doesn't get a corner, but there's no doubt that was deflected. Poor decision. The crowd are back into this, as well.

2108: Vedrun Corluka's sloppy clearance falls straight to Wade Elliott 25 yards out, but his shot flies over the Tottenham crossbar.

2108: News just in from Spain: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 away in the King's Cup. Still another leg to go there, though, as there is in this one.

2107: GOAL Tottenham 1-1 Burnley
That didn't take long, did it? Master manager Harry Redknapp works his magic as Jamie O'Hara swings in a corner from the right and Michael Dawson thumps a header into the top corner past Brian Jensen.

2105: David Bentley has suffered the ignominy of being taken off at half-time, with Jamie O'Hara replacing him. We're back under way.

2104: "Just seen Defoe interviewed at half-time. Glad to see his 'cold' appears to have cleared up."
Steve, Portsmouth, via text on 81111

2101: Would you be terribly surprised if I told you the Burnley players were smashing their Spurs counterparts on the one that really matters - Player Rater? It's true. Chris Eagles is flying high (stop it) on a dazzling 8.27, while poor Spurs left-back Gareth Bale languishes on 4.33. Want to change the world? Then vote, vote and vote again.
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2059: "Wow. Burnley do play pretty attractive football. And they are outplaying Spurs in every department. Another goal for them and they look like they will win."
Adam in Darlington, via text on 81111

2056: "That half provided one of the best displays I have seen in the Carling Cup for a long time."
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2053: "Spurs haven't been in great form of late and they need to step this up a bit. Burnley haven't let them settle and they've handled Tottenham's major threats comfortably. Overall Burnley have been a more confident package."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Steve Claridge

2050: Well, well, well. They aren't very good at following scripts are they, this Burnley team? They just produced a terrific 45 minutes, easily the better of the two teams and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has got a lot of talking to do. In particular, David Bentley and Gareth Bale need to buck their ideas up. I wouldn't bet against seeing Giovani dos Santos at some stage.

2048: Half-time Tottenham 0-1 Burnley

2047: Robbie Blake's corner is headed away by Gareth Bale. Boy do I regret that build-up now.

2047: With seconds left of the first half, Burnley have a corner...

2046: "Despite the fact it's blimmin' arctic, the Burnley fans are in good spirits, as you'd expect. They've just chanted "Are you Arsenal in disguise?" followed by "Are you Chelsea in disguise?" They would mention Fulham next, but I guess that's not quite as impressive."
BBC Radio 1's David Garrido at White Hart Lane

2044: Fair to say it's not Aaron Lennon's half. He runs out of pitch down the right and the ball runs out of play, he boots the ball away in frustration and then nearly falls over on an icy part of the touchline. Oh dear.

2042: "(See 2036) I heard a rumour Usain Bolt was going to Man City."
Matt in Hertford, via text on 81111

2041: David Bentley, who has had a truly shocking half, gives the ball away and another Burnley cross from the right is dealt with by Heurelho Gomes.

2039: Stephen Jordan has defended Aaron Lennon really well so far, as Steve Claridge points out on BBC Radio 5 Live. "He's showing him on the outside, telling Lennon to go around the outside, and he's dealing with him comfortably when he gets there," says Claridge.

2038: Part One achieved for Burnley - they've not only taken the lead, but they have quietened the Tottenham crowd a little, too.

2036: "Why can't Lennon cross a ball? It's good having the speed, but with no end product it's pretty useless."
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Yeah. Might as well sign Usain Bolt. Imagine that.

2034: Luka Modric picks out Aaron Lennon with a cracking pass out to the right, but Lennon again wastes it with a cross that's too far ahead of the Tottenham attackers.

2032: Burnley have another problem as Chris McCann goes down with injury. They can ill afford to lose the midfielder, what a headache for manager Owen Coyle.

2031: Joey Gudjonsson limps off for Burnley and Kevin McDonald, hero of the victory over Arsenal, replaces him.

2028: "What the hell has happened to Gareth Bale? He was meant to be Ryan Giggs and Roberto Carlos rolled into one but he's forgotten how to pass and tackle! He looks out of his depth."
Grampus8, Greenhithe, via text on 81111

2026: Spurs should score. David Bentley's corner is headed back across goal by Jonathan Woodgate and Roman Pavlyuchenko hits it goalwards from close range, but he doesn't get a proper contact and Brian Jensen makes a fabulous save low to his right. Cracking contest.

2025: Better from Spurs. Michael Dawson rampages out of defence and tees up Fraizer Campbell down the right, his cross is headed behind by a Burnley defender with Roman Pavlyuchenko waiting to pounce.

2024: Chris Eagles is running this game. He gets into space down the right, turns inside with Gareth Bale helplessly watching on and crosses for Robbie Blake to flash a header inches wide of Heurelho Gomes' far post.

2023: "Am sat in hotel bar in Brussels with Elton John on the big screen - I cannot convince the barman to change the channel so will be relying on you guys to keep me updated. Come on you Clarets!"
Ian (a Rossendale Claret), via text on 81111

2020: Chris Eagles is set to pull the trigger from 30 yards again, only for Jonathan Woodgate to make a very good challenge.

2020: "Chris Eagles is a Premier League player playing in the Championship."
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2017: David Bentley tries another ambitious shot from 35 yards that bounces and drops into the arms of Brian Jensen. Harry Redknapp can only shake his head ruefully on the Spurs bench.

2015: GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Burnley
Chris Eagles makes that goal in quite brilliant fashion, he speeds in between Gareth Bale and David Bentley down the Burnley right, races into the box and sends his cross to the far post where Martin Paterson has the simple task of tapping into the net. Now that livens things up a bit.

2014: Play rocks up the other end and Wade Elliott doesn't quite connect with a left-foot shot that he drags a couple of yards wide. It's still pretty open.

2013: David Bentley lashes in a right-foot shot from 30 yards that Brian Jensen gets down well to save. Spurs' best moment of the game so far.

2011: Aaron Lennon has had a fair bit of the ball down the Tottenham right so far, but his delivery is very hit and miss and another cross cannons into a Burnley defender.

2008: "Gio Dos Santos awaits on the bench, unleash the highlights reel."
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2006: Five minutes gone and most of the play has been in the Spurs half. Very confident start from Burnley, they are not over-awed by any stretch of the imagination.

2004: Chris Eagles has another shot from outside the box that almost hits the corner flag, but it's after another nice move from the Clarets.

2003: Burnley have no intention of sitting back and defending here. A Spurs attack breaks down and Wade Elliott races forward, teeing up Chris Eagles to run at the Spurs defence, but his left-foot shot from 20 yards sails wide.

2001: Both teams have a pre-match huddle. Ridiculous. Eventually we kick off.

1959: "Owen Coyle has proved he has the tactical awareness to turn over Premier League opposition. I'll put my mortgage on Spurs 0-1 Burnley."
stagumph, St Albans, via text on 81111

1957: The teams are out in north London, we're about to get going.

1956: Jermain Defoe, looking like an extra from Oliver, walks out on to the White Hart Lane pitch to reacquaint himself with the Spurs fans. He gets a terrific round of applause from the Tottenham faithful, who love him to pieces.

1954:Tottenham are without suspended duo Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jermaine Jenas, while Ledley King is rested. Jonathan Woodgate captains the side, with Aaron Lennon starting on the wing. Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko are paired up front. Stephen Jordan returns at left-back for Burnley and Chris McCann is passed fit to start, but Kevin McDonald only makes the bench.

1952: No Hossam Ghaly for Spurs tonight - not on the bench, even. Remember, he was booed when he was due to come on on Friday against Wigan, after he threw his shirt to the ground on his last appearance in a Tottenham shirt. The fans have not forgiven him and Harry Redknapp has listened to them.

1949: "We'll have to be at our best tonight to make sure we can take advantage of being at home in the second leg. We know they've got a lot of quality but we'll be positive."
Burnley boss Owen Coyle

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Zokora, Bentley, Pavlyuchenko, Campbell.
Subs: Alnwick, Gunter, Giovani, Taarabt, Boateng, O'Hara, Rocha.
Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Duff, Carlisle, Jordan, Gudjonsson, Eagles, Paterson, Elliott, Blake, McCann.
Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, McDonald, Akinbiyi, Mahon, Rodriguez, MacDonald.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

1944: "Given that Scott Parker and Wayne Bridge are both going to receive 100,000-a-week at Man City, I wonder whether Defoe might be reconsidering his decision already?"
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1939: Some interesting chat on BBC Radio 5 Live just now - that Jermain Defoe's transfer, 15m package though it is, includes an initial outlay of less than 10m - with potential add-ons making up the rest. Defoe will be presented to the crowd at Spurs in a few minutes.

1937: "I think Owen Coyle can work his magic, as Spurs are not as good as the other three London teams already knocked out by Burnley. A draw tonight and I really would fancy Burnley at home. Come on you Claret and Blues!"
Stef, a Villa fan, Birmingham, via text on 81111

1934: I can't quite believe this, but I'm being barracked for not making any cheap comments about Manchester City! Great day though Saturday was, unless I'm very much mistaken, my team are still in danger of relegation from the Championship, so I'll leave the goading to those far more optimistic than myself.
Man City 0-3 Nottm Forest

1930: Stevo's Predo: All of you seem to be going for 3-0 to Spurs, but I'm going: Tottenham 3-1 Burnley. Obviously I crave to be different.

1928: Can Burnley boss Owen Coyle hand out some more of his capital punishment when Burnley take on Spurs tonight? The Clarets have already dumped Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal out of the Carling Cup, don't forget. Will the wily Scot work that magic once again?

1925: It's a Tuesday, so that can only mean the one and only Danny Baker is getting in a mixer of his own on BBC Radio 5 Live from 2200 GMT. To say he's made a predictably unpredictable start to the New Year would be, well, all too predictable. Check it out for yourself - and don't forget to join the great man later.
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1921: "Signing Defoe will provide a massive boost for the team and the fans tonight, the atmosphere will be electric, Spurs to win 3-0."
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1918: Tottenham are going to unveil their very latest signing tonight, a face that will be very familiar to the White Hart Lane faithful. Striker Jermain Defoe arrives from Portsmouth, less than a year after being allowed to leave for Fratton Park. Defoe can play in the Carling Cup, but he didn't sign in time to play this evening.
Pompey accept Spurs bid for Defoe

1914: "Just strolled into White Hart Lane, pitch looks all right considering recent weather. Sorry Burnley, but I'm going for a 3-0 win for Spurs tonight."
Sunil, cold! via text on 81111

1912: Anyway, we're not here to talk about Derby, that's for tomorrow. We're here to talk Spurs and Burnley. And when I say we, I really do mean it. Whether you're rocking the Lane, rocking into a pub or rocking in your chair at home, I want your thoughts on tonight's proceedings. Text me on 81111, and get in the 606 mixer. Let's play.
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1909: Before we focus solely on Spurs-Burnley, it would be remiss of me not to bring you the biggest football news of the last couple of hours, though I'm sure you've already seen it: Nigel Clough has been named as the new manager of Derby County. Before you ask, yes, it's a little strange typing that. And yes, I love Nigel Clough - I always have and I always will. Good luck, number nine. Not too much, though.
Clough takes over as Derby boss

1905: White Hart Lane is the venue for the first of four ties that will decide who takes part in the first showpiece occasion of the new season, the Carling Cup final, on Sunday 1 March at Wembley Stadium. Spurs, of course, are the holders. Burnley, very much on the other hand, have not been in a major final for 47 years. But is the outcome cut and dried?

1900: I must be getting old, because seasons just seem to fly by. The hazy days of August seem but a moment ago and already we're at the semi-final stage in one of the major competitions. It's the Carling Cup, it's the first of two legs, and it's right here, right now.

see also
Tottenham 4-1 Burnley
06 Jan 09 |  League Cup
Carling Cup photos
06 Jan 09 |  League Cup
Derby v Man Utd
05 Jan 09 |  League Cup

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