FA Cup 4th Round
|Goalscorer: Rafael Van der Vaart|
Spurs best attack of the evening saw a Rose cross met by Kyle Walker and pushed over by the goalkeeper.
Watford always looked more likely to score as Spurs continued to concede possession with sloppy defending and only occasionally offered anything of an attacking threat although a Van der Vaart shot hit the bar after he combined well with Lennon and Defoe with just over an hour played.
Spurs failed to learn from earlier mistakes and nearly conceded after giving the ball away outside their own area. Such were Spurs attacking limitations that it was only with about fifteen minutes remaining that I realised that Emmanuel Adebayor was still on the pitch as he chased a ball out after defending a corner, so anonymous had he been in the second half.
Cudicini saved for a corner from a high dropping cross and then Watford struck the outside of the post for a second time from the corner. Watford who had lost their last three League games were giving Spurs a fright and brought on former Tottenham player Mark Yeates.
Cudicini again saved and then again as he blocked with his feet from a free-kick and a defender cleared. With ten minutes remaining a fierce drive was blocked by Dawson who knew nothing about it as Watford continued to seek an equaliser and an opportunity of the replay their performance deserved.
Spurs held out and maintained their unbeaten Cup record against Watford but it was the home side who deservedly received all the credit as their attempts on goal was over three times greater that Tottenham's and their performance was far superior than suggested by their position in the Championship.
Spurs progress with their first 1 - 0 FA Cup 4th Round success since defeating Leeds United in 1982. and they went on to win the Cup that year. An omen, perhaps, but performances would need to show considerable improvement for any such dream to become reality.