Oct 302014
 

Jan Vertonghen believes success in the Capital One Cup this season can instil a belief in Tottenham’s players that can see them go on and add further silverware in the coming years Spurs advanced to a quarter-final tie at home to Newcastle after overcoming a valiant Brighton side 2-0 on Wednesday evening and they are now targeting a first trophy since winning the same competition in 2008. The club have also started their Europa League campaign in fine fettle but have struggled for consistent league form under new head coach Mauricio Pochettino, with last Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle leaving them down in 11th place.

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Oct 302014
 

Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane must remain patient despite the striker scoring once again as Tottenham saw off Brighton in the Capital One Cup fourth round clash. The 21-year-old now has seven goals for the season but has yet to be handed a start in the Barclays Premier League, despite outscoring both Emmanuel Adebyaor and Roberto Soldado in all competitions. Kane struck Tottenham’s second goal in a routine 2-0 victory over the Seagulls after substitute Erik Lamela opened the scoring nine minutes after coming off the bench at the interval

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Oct 302014
 

Half time frustrations led to full time relief as Spurs ultimately cruised to a 2-0 victory over Brighton to book their place in the quarter finals of this season’s league cup. The goal scorers are starting to look familiar – Erik Lamela and Harry Kane found the net to seal the match and afterwards, head coach Mauricio Pochettino declared himself satisfied with the outcome. “It was a good performance and I’m happy for the team because it’s important for us to make it into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup,” said Pochettino.

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Oct 302014
 

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brighton: Match Report – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.Spurs sneak into quarter-finalsTottenham secured safe passage into the last eight of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton on largely uninspiring night at White Hart Lane.This was just a fourth win in all competitions since August for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but they made heavy weather of progressing into the quarter-finals as substitute Erik Lamela and top goalscorer Harry Kane struck in the second half to see off their Sky Bet Championship opponents.With only two league wins all season and no victory since their round three success over Burton, there could have been much trickier visitors to north London than Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls.But, with kick-off delayed by 15 minutes due to gridlock on the streets around the ground, it was Tottenham who struggled to get out of first gear with 10 changes from the side that was beaten here by Newcastle on Sunday.Despite his complaints about the small pitch at White Hart Lane Pochettino deployed two out-and-out wingers in Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon – with the duo looking the most likely to make something happen for the nervous hosts in the opening stages.Club-record signing Lamela was introduced at half-time and needed just nine minutes to open the scoring before Kane, dropped for the weekend loss, added to his Europa League hat-trick of six days ago to seal the tie.Mark Clattenburg, dropped from Premier League duty for the coming weekend after his indiscretions following Crystal Palace’s recent draw at West Brom, was in charge and infuriated Hyypia when he failed to give a penalty to the away side after Kyle Naughton appeared to handle in the box.In truth Brighton never looked like springing a cup upset and go back to searching for form in their league campaign instead of continuing on in the hope of reaching Wembley Source : PA

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Oct 302014
 

Newcastle will head to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after dumping holders Manchester City out of the competition with a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium. Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko got the goals against a lacklustre City side who looked out of sorts for a third straight match and also lost David Silva to injury with only days to go before the derby against Manchester United . It was another big result for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who is feeling the pressure ease after back-to-back league wins, and the reward is a trip to White Hart Lane, where the second of those vital Premier League victories came on Sunday

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Oct 302014
 

Tottenham secured safe passage into the last eight of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton on largely uninspiring night at White Hart Lane. This was just a fourth win in all competitions since August for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but they made heavy weather of progressing into the quarter-finals as substitute Erik Lamela and top goalscorer Harry Kane struck in the second half to see off their Sky Bet Championship opponents

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Oct 292014
 

Once again it was tempting to end this headline with the words ‘Who knows?’ or even ‘Who cares?’ but a quarter final place does beckon against a side currently struggling in the lower half of the Championship. Spurs may be heavily odds on with Matchbook to win tonight’s Capital One Cup tie but we know they have the capacity to blow it, no matter which squad is chosen

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Oct 282014
 

Tottenham Hotspur V Brighton – view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.Pochettino: Hands off KaneMauricio Pochettino has warned off any suitors for Harry Kane, insisting the striker will be at Tottenham “for a long time”.The England Under-21 international is the club’s top scorer this season, netting six times, but has yet to start a game in the Barclays Premier League.So far he has excelled when given the chance in the Europa League, with last week’s hat-trick against Asteras Tripolis taking his tally to five, while he also scored in the Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest .Wednesday’s fourth-round match against Brighton will provide another opportunity for Kane to prove his worth to Pochettino – who prefers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the league.And the former Southampton boss was forced to refute suggestions that Kane might be on the way out of White Hart Lane in January, with the Saints and Swansea both reportedly circling.”This is not the moment to talk about what may happen in January because that is two months ahead and we need to focus on improving different areas of the team,” said Pochettino.”Harry will be at Tottenham for a long time I am the head coach, I have to take decisions in the best interests of the team and Harry is an important player for us.”Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon are others under consideration to return to the Spurs starting XI, with Kyle Naughton and Federico Fazio both returning to the squad following injury and suspension respectively.Sami Hyypia comes up against some familiar foes having regularly locked horns with Spurs during his successful 10 years as a centre-half with Liverpool .The Finn is finding management in England a little tougher, with Brighton languishing one place above the relegation zone following 10 Sky Bet Championship matches without a win.However, Hyypia has urged his struggling side to play with no fear when they run out at White Hart Lane.”I don’t fear any game Anything can happen The score can be anything,” he told the Argus.”We can go there and win, we can go there and lose It’s very important that we concentrate on how we play there and how we present ourselves.”We need to have the courage, we don’t have to fear them They have good individuals and they can really hurt you if they are on top of their game but we don’t have to fear them.”Winger Kazenga LuaLua is back in the squad after serving a one-match ban over the weekend, but Sam Baldock is cup-tied.Fellow striker Craig Mackail-Smith could miss out again with a hamstring injury and right-back Bruno is struggling with groin trouble while long-term injury victims Solly March, Dale Stephens and Andrew Crofts are still out.Hyypia added: “I am not sure what kind of line-up we will put out We don’t have a lot of options at the moment We have some injury worries and Sam can’t play because he is cup-tied, so we’ll see.”I’d like to have a team that fights for 90 minutes and has the confidence to show what kind of team we are If we do that then what ever the score is I’m happy.” Source : PA

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