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Season  Rd   H/A   Result    Scorer(s)

1953-54 3     A     3-3      Walters, Bennett (2)
1953-54 3R    H     1-0      Bennett
1971-72 Q-F   A     1-2      Pratt
1981-82 4     H     1-0      Crooks
1998-99 5     A     1-1      Sherwood
1998-99 5R    H     2-0      Anderton, Ginola
2009-10 4     H     2-2      Crouch, Pavlyuchenko

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Do the job properly this time, Spurs!

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Quite a lot has happened in the space of just 11 days since the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. For a start, another Leeds old boy has left Tottenham. I refer of course to Robbie Keane, who has gone on loan to another one of his boyhood favourite clubs - Celtic. As I write Robbie is making his debut at Kilmarnock, but he and his new club have yet to score. Robbie's departure was not a complete surprise, but the outgoing loans of two other players who were involved at The Lane (Hutton and Naughton), added to the loan of Giovani to Galatasary have somewhat weakened our squad and our prospects in what will be a tough replay in front of a big crowd at Elland Road.

Incoming loan signing Eidur Gudjohnsen is not eligible for this tie, but will not be cup-tied should we win and travel to Bolton on Valentine's Day. Kyle Walker has been recalled from his loan at Sheffield United, but he is cup-tied, as is Younes Kaboul! Roman Pavlyuchenko, who scored Spurs' second goal in the 2-2 draw is described as doubtful, and Ledley King will not take part. Aaron Lennon and Jonathan Woodgate are also not fit to travel.

One Leeds old boy, Danny Rose, is likely to be involved, but despite their absentees, Spurs can and probably will start with a strong side which might read:- Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Bale; Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric; Defoe and Crouch. That still leaves a bench which would include Jermaine Jenas and Niko Kranjcar, either of whom might yet be starters. Along with Danny Rose, youth team players Dean Parrett and Harry Kane are also in the squad.

Leeds have lost their place at the top of league one, and after our game, they suffered a nasty 3-0 defeat at Swindown. Leeds did get a 2-0 home win on Saturday against Colchester, thanks to another two goals from Jermaine Beckford. He scored one from close range and the other from the penalty spot. This kick was hit low and not hard and high as he did against Gomes.

Leeds also have one or two injury worries regarding Kilkenny and Kisnorbo, and they have also signed a couple of ineligible loan players.

There can be no doubt that the big crowd will get behind their team, but if Spurs can get an early goal to quieten them down, perhaps the home team will play with the level of restraint that might be required if they are to achieve their prime objective of a return to the Championship. I don't take that for granted though, and accept the game will be tough. I do think that Spurs will come through by two clear goals though, and that we can make our plans for a love-in at The Reebock.

There'll be no love-in tomorrow mind. I recall that on our last visit, Spurs fans chanted at Leeds "Going down with your balance", but Leeds are on their way back, and I suspect we'll be visiting in league action in two or three years time.

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