• match commentary
  • English FA Cup
  • 27 January 2013, 2:00pm
  • Elland Road
  • Attendance: 29,943
  • Varney, 15
  • McCormack, 50
  • Dempsey, 58

live commentary


FULL-TIME: LEEDS KNOCK SPURS OUT! Wow! Even I didn't really see this coming today! But Leeds have held on at Elland Road to knock Tottenham out of the FA Cup. Thanks for joining Orange's live commentary. I'm off for a celebratory cuppa!

90+4 mins:Brown commits a silly foul to give Tottenham one last chance. Friedel's coming up..

90+2 mins: Here comes Leeds's second time-wasting sub with man of the match McCormack coming off for Somma.

90 mins: WHAT a block by Peltier to deny Obika from scoring deep inside the area. There's four minutes added on as Leeds make their first sub. Pearce on for Diouf.

88 mins: The ball is played towards Dempsey but he miscontrols it right at the vital moment. Tottenham's frustration then begins to show again as Assou-Ekotto boots the ball away when the ref gives Leeds a free-kick.

86 mins: Diouf is doing a great job in winding down the clock and winding up Parker in particular. The little tinker. Tottenham can't get out of their own half at the moment!

83 mins: It's getting really scrappy now as Tottenham try to force at least an equaliser. Time running out now for the north London side.

80 mins: The pressure lifts after Dembele's dodgy pass forces the now yellow-carded Vertonghen to make a rash tackle on McCormack. Diouf then quickly becomes the second after taking too long to take the resulting free-kick.

78 mins: A lucky break for Leeds there as Byram's attempted clearance clatters into Obika and out for a goal-kick. Spurs are starting to peg the hosts right in now.

74 mins: A Leeds attack looks very dangerous indeed until it fizzles out after Varney's cross is misplaced. Tottenham fan Jason asks, "Spurs back in game, long way to go but is it too much wit no Defoe to call on?"

72 mins: All of a sudden, McCormack is free of the Spurs defence and only a sharp stop from Friedel near his left post keeps the deficit to one.

70 mins: Caulker makes a real mess of dealing with Diouf's tame cross. It's still not cleared 30 seconds later but Leeds can't capitalise and Assou-Ekotto finally puts his laces through it.

67 mins: Here's the sub then. It's Walker coming on for Naughton in a straight swap.

65 mins: Bale tries to slide Dempsey in with a disguised reverse pass but there's too much power on it, allowing Ashdown to collect once more. Spurs are going to bring on their final sub in a sec...

62 mins: Leeds are trying to gee themselves up again after conceding but are turned away just outside the final third. Lennon then tries to weave his way in on goal but the ball ends up with Ashdown.

59 mins: AVB then makes a double change with Huddlestone and Sigurdsson coming off for Dembele and Obika.

57 MINS: SPURS BACK IN IT! Now it is 2-1! DEMPSEY makes amends instantly as he gets in front of his man to flick on Bale's pinpoint cross into the far right corner. Game on again!

54 mins: It really should be 2-1! Huddlestone sends Lennon away down the right with a fine pass. The ex-Leeds winger races to the right byline and pulls it back to Dempsey who steers it wide from six yards!

52 mins: Tottenham try to respond with Lennon down the centre but the offside flag brings this attack to an abrupt end.

50 MINS: 2-0 LEEDS! WHAT A GOAL! Yeeeeesssss!!! Diouf pops the ball over the top and MCCORMACK breaks free of Tottenham's high defensive line. He traps the ball down in the area and curls the ball beautifully into the top left corner. A classy finish!

47 mins: Leeds again start the half strongly by winning a corner almost immediately. Luckily for AVB's side it's a scruffy one and is easily dealt with.

Liam, Newcastle - "Liam, Newcastle - "Leeds will buckle in second half and spurs will win 3-1 bale to get 2 and Dempsey 1"

45 mins: We are back underway at Elland Road with both sides remaining unchanged. They could change quite soon if Tottenham fail to get back on level terms quickly.

HALF-TIME: Super Leeds head into the break with a 1-0 lead over Premier League opposition. This happened against Chelsea earlier on in the season and it got pretty nasty in the second half so I'm not getting my hopes up just yet!

45 mins: Another good chance falls McCormack's way but Friedel denies the Scotsman and the rebound bounces back into the keeper's arms! Two minutes are added on.

42 mins: The game is opening up now as half-time looms. McCormack firstly wants a penalty after feeling a nudge in the back. The ref waves play on, allowing Tottenham to break until Huddlestone's long-range shot is charged down by Brown.

39 mins: Ooh! Varney's cheeky back-flick nearly sets Diouf free in the area but the ball flashes agonisingly past everyone's favourite Senegal player.

37 mins: A half-chance for Leeds with McCormack doing well to bring down a long ball with the sun his eyes. The angle is tight, but that doesn't put him off from having a dig which rolls across the face of goal.

34 mins: Tottenham are really beginning to take control now as Byram hacks away Parker's square pass under pressure from Bale. I hate to type this but I'm sensing an equaliser pretty soon.

Mandi B, Leeds -"dempsey to score next but leeds to win 2-1"

31 mins: It nearly gets much better just minutes later as Bale makes light work of Varney and Peltier on the right wing. He then tries to walk the ball in but Ashdown gets down well to claw it away.

28 mins: Huddlestone flicks the ball over Diouf and cracks a left-footed volley at goal which forces Ashdown to beat away low down to his left. That's about as good as it's got for the Spurs fans so far.

26 mins:Dempsey tries a delicate little scoop shot with the outside of the right boot but Ashdown is not fooled by it. Diouf then does what does best by winning a free-kick in a promising position after very little contact.

23 mins: Bale struggles to bring the ball down in the West Yorkshire sun and Peltier is there for Leeds to calmly head back to Ashdown who is yet to be properly tested.

20 mins: Varney is in the mood for another as he lifts a shot just over the bar from 18 yards. Leeds are having a lot of joy down the left-hand side so far. Phil in Hereford says, "unfortunately i got a feeling we're gonna be hammered as this is the worst Leeds side ever!" Confidence Phil!

18 mins:Tottenham respond by launching an attack right through the centre. The ball is then played to Sigurdsson near the left post but he sends another header into the top tier.

15 MINS: LEEDS TAKE THE LEAD! Yes!!!! The ball is played over the top of the Spurs defence and VARNEY latches onto it. He cuts inside from the left flank and has McCormack free to square it to. But instead he goes on alone and curls it into the bottom right corner!

13 mins: For a second there, McCormack looked to have been left alone to tap in a dangerous cross from the right wing. Friedel though just about manages to gather the ball.

11 mins: There's a free header for Dempsey from a corner but he sends it looping way over the bar. Reds fan Jason predicts, "spurs will win 2-1 bale and lennon diouf for leeds but they wont have it all there own way."

9 mins: It's quiet both on and off the pitch but Spurs are just beginning to assert themselves a little bit more. Assou-Ekotto whips in a free-kick from the left but he can't pick out a team-mate.

5 mins: Bale nearly gets in behind the Leeds defence but a vital touch from Peltier prevents the Welshman from having a clear sight of goal. Moments later, Dempsey flicks a header straight into Ashdown's arms.

Gary, Leeds -"eeds to win 2-1 marching on together"

3 mins: Leeds have made a decent start to this fourth-round clash. McCormack earns the Whites a corner to give the home fans some early hope but Tottenham manage to clear.

Hello and welcome to Orange's live coverage of the FA Cup fourth-round clash between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur. Kick-off is at 1400.

Luciano Becchio is left out of the squad completely after handing in a transfer request which has left our commentator absolutely devastated. He's barely spoken since the news broke. Neil Warnock makes three changes in total with Ashdown, Green and Varney coming in for Kenny, the on-loan Barkley and the aforementioned Argentine.

Weirdly there's no strikers in Tottenham's starting line-up today, with Clint Dempsey set to play in the false-nine role we've all grown to love. AVB makes five changes in total with Friedel, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone and Sigurdsson. Lennon starts against his former club.

Long-suffering Leeds fan Mark Scott will be guiding you through all the action at Elland Road. You can text him your predictions by clicking on his name above. Anyone fancy an upset?

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team line-up

12Jamie Ashdown
14Aidan White
4Tom Lees
2Lee Peltier
25Sam Byram
7Paul Green
17Michael Brown
21El Hadji Diouf91
8Rodolph Austin
11Luke Varney
44Ross McCormack93


28Davide Somma93
5Jason Pearce91
19David Norris
32Chris Dawson
18Michael Tonge
30Ryan Hall
1Patrick Kenny


Kevin Friend

team line-up

24Brad Friedel
32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
33Steven Caulker
16Kyle Naughton66
5Jan Vertonghen
6Tom Huddlestone58
11Gareth Bale
22Gylfi Sigurdsson58
8Scott Parker
7Aaron Lennon
2Clint Dempsey


28Kyle Walker66
20Michael Dawson
29Jake Livermore
31Andros Townsend
1Heurelho Gomes
45Jonathan Obika58
19Mousa Dembélé58


Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %4258
shots on target47
shots off target56
tackles won1817