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Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ Against Arsenal in FA Cup?


Tottenham went out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round at Arsenal but who deserved their Spurs for the display at the Emirates? It was Tottenham’s first 3rd Round defeat since Martin Jol’s team lost at Leicester City in January, 2006 after holding a two-goal advantage.

Following the win at Old Trafford expectations were raised that Tim Sherwood’s team could produce another performance to get a positive result at the Emirates. With only one change in the starting line-up, Nabil Bentaleb replacing Etienne Capoue in central midfield, there was the hope that the team which had worked so hard to overcome United could display a similar resilience and endeavour at the Emirates. It just didn’t happen. Whether the exertions of the previous game left the players drained, I don’t know, but their performance wasn’t as sharp or as effective as it had been a few days ago. While everyone played to a high standard at Old Trafford, none of the players achieved those same levels against Arsenal. They competed, they worked hard but Arsenal were always the more comfortable and threatening throughout the game.

This is usually the case in games against Arsenal at the Emirates, with the occasional exception, they always give the impression of wanting the win more. Whatever their form they raise their game for the occasion.

Mark Rose, better known as Rosie commented on the game on the ‘From the Lane’ message-board summed up the performance,

Today they didn’t care enough, didn’t put enough energy in, didn’t want it enough. We were completely outplayed in midfield and should have lost by more.

At one goal down, Spurs didn’t really look like getting a goal back but there was always a chance, the mistake by Danny Rose which brought about the second on the hour, however, ended that hope. With the injuries which have hit the Tottenham squad, there was no-one on the bench who could have brought something different to the game or changed things in Tottenham’s favour.

Which player deserved credit for his performance at the Emirates to earn his ‘Spurs’?

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