Using a host of backup players, Spurs defeated Cheltenham 3-0 Saturday to advance to the 4th round of the FA Cup. I have no player ratings to offer you as the only people who actually saw the game where those within White Hart Lane. This lack of TV coverage sent those without tickets searching for audio coverage of the match and I found mine from BBC Gloucestershire who were commentating the game from a Cheltenham point of view. Overall I thought their commentators did a solid job and were not skewed to the Robins point of view so if you are searching for some type of ratings today I would rate them a 7. As for the match itself Defoe, Pavlyuchenko, and Dos Santos were the goal scorers on the afternoon for Spurs. The Mexican international Dos Santos would have scored the first goal as well if the greedy Defoe would not have stole the glory by applying a touch in front of an empty net at the goal line (seen above). From the match reports it sounds like Niko Kranjcar played very well which is important because I believe at some point in the season his service will be needed.
On Sunday Tottenham’s good fortunes continued when they were drawn away to Championship side Watford in the fourth round of the FA Cup. That along with Manchester United defeating Manchester City and then being drawn away to Liverpool in the next round could help Spurs have a potentially comfortable path as they advance in the competition. This is another busy week for Tottenham with two home matches on the docket. Everton will be visiting the Lane on Wednesday for the all important game in hand and then Wolves make a visit on Saturday. If Tottenham can earn all six points like many expect the Lilywhites could be level or ahead on points of Manchester United who currently sit second in the table at weeks end. Be sure to check back with Hotspur HQ tomorrow for a preview of the Everton match!