Despite failing to break a resilient Charlton Athletic defence in the first half, Tottenham played the Addicks off the park in the second half with a romping 3-0 victory, inspired by the second half introduction of the ubiquitous Luka Modric.
Harry Redknapp opted to fielding a weakened side which gave the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Sandro and Pavlyuchenko a chance to stake a claim for the regular first team appearances for the future. But it was the prolific Jermaine Defoe who significantly lasted the duration unscathed after a previous injury, and scored two second half goals to send Spurs comfortably through to the next stage where they will meet Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The young Spurs talent Andrew Townsend was also gifted some first team experience which he clutched with both hands and justified his place in the side by opening the scoring with a well placed shot from just outside the box. His constant use of trickery and pace was a crucial determinant in Charlton’s second half collapse and incontrovertibly reeked havoc down the flanks, leaving both Matt Fry and Simon Francis undoubtedly concerned.
Charlton did however have their chances, especially in the first half where they popped up with the occasional counter attack that threatened the chance of yet another underdog victory in the FA Cup. After a resilient first half, the introduction of Luka Modric eventually appeared too much for the league 1 promotion contenders as the inspirational central midfielder used his intricate passing to Tottenham’s advantage. Modric nonchalantly split the Charlton defence on countless occasions and created space for Striker Jermaine Defoe to exploit in the lead up to his two excellent goals.
The 4,500 travelling supporters would have left proudly despite what appears on paper, as a one sided contest. As eluded to earlier, the Charlton fans did enjoy their side fashioning several chances in the first half giving Harry Redknapp no choice other than to bring on talisma Luka Modric on for the second half. Managerless Charlton showed great heart and determination, but as predicted came up short against an ever improving Spurs side who today emphasised their strength in depth and ever improving team.
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