It was an FA Cup replay to forget for Tottenham supporters as Spurs conceded four second half goals to 10-man Manchester City, having been three ahead at the interval.
Tottenham on this Day
4th February, 2004
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester City 4 (FA Cup 4th Round Replay)
Scorers: King, Keane, Ziege Distin, Bosvelt, Wright-Phillips, Macken
Team: Keller; Carr, Richards, Gardner, Ziege (Jackson); Dalmat, King, Brown, Davies; Postiga (Poyet), Keane
It was an FA Cup 4th Round Replay to forget in a season to forget for Tottenham and their supporters. Spurs had earned a 1 – 1 draw with Gary Doherty scoring a second half equaliser ten days earlier and by half-time in the replay at White Hart Lane Spurs were in a very comfortable position with fans contemplating another trip north to Manchester for the 5th Round tie at Old Trafford.It was the season when Glenn Hoddle was sacked in September and Daniel Levy appointed David Plat as temporary manager while he looked for a replacement. Unfortunately, the caretaker manager retained the position for the remainder of the season with Jacques Santini eventually selected as the appointed one, to take up post immediately after the World Cup Finals. It was a lost and wasted season for Tottenham.
The FA Cup tie started so well for Spurs. Ledley King who was playing in midfield opened the scoring after two minutes. Robbie Keane doubled the lead with 19 minutes played and Spurs made it three, two minutes before the interval through Christian Ziege with one of his special free-kicks. Three up at half-time Tottenham were apparently coasting into the next round, they were so much in control. The Tottenham cause was improved further when Joey Barton was dismissed with a second yellow card as the teams left the field.
In the second half, 10-man City dominated the game and managed to pull a goal back after 48 minutes through Distin. It was only a temporary set-back in the minds of Spurs fans but when they added a second after an hour from Bosvelt, alarm bells started to ring. When Wight-Phillips scored the third with ten minutes to play, we all knew there was only going to be one winner, and it wasn’t going to be Spurs.
Right on time Macken scored the fourth to save us from another 30 minutes of agony and embarrassment.
Well done City – a night to forget for Tottenham.