Last night’s game had every chance of becoming an annual banana skin but in the end, a young Spurs outfit were pretty impressive as they brushed aside Carlisle by three goals to nil.
After a Jan Vertonghen header edged the first period, superb efforts by Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the win while a clean sheet at the back would have also pleased the Spurs coaching staff.
“It wasn’t easy in the first half, Carlisle played well,” said Steffen Freund after the match.
“It was a test for our young team but in the end we created chances and deserved to win.
“Michael Dawson came back in and played well as skipper, he led the team with Tom Huddlestone in front of him. I’m really happy because we won 3-0 and kept a clean sheet.”
Full debuts were given to Ryan Mason and Adam Smith while Carlo Cudicini, Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Yago Falque all made their first starts this season and given the make-up of the side, this was a decent result to say the least.
Norwich await in the next round of the Capital One Cup and for those of us old enough to remember, it’s a repeat of the 1973 Wembley encounter, known all over the world as the Ralph Coates final…