Spurs may not have buried the Ghost of 1987 but the side secured a comfortable win against Coventry in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. The game was over by half time thanks to a Gareth Bale goal and a double strike from Clint Dempsey but with no second half goal glut, the match finished 3-0.

After the game, Assistant Head Coach Steffen Freund did all the talking and he praised that first half showing.

“We knew they would drop deep and defend well, but we didn’t give them a breather in the first half. We put them under pressure, created chance after chance and of course, an early goal will always help as well,” Steffen said on the official club website.

“I must say, the first 20 minutes particularly were outstanding. As a coach, when you see a team perform so well, you can enjoy watching.”

The second half may have produced no further goals but Freund was just happy to secure a clean sheet.

“When you are 3-0 up at half-time, the opposition has nothing to lose, they will come out and try and score a goal,” added the German.

“We kept a clean sheet as well and it wasn’t easy. Coventry are strong away, they have a good away record, seven wins in the league, so to keep a clean sheet in the second half was good for us as well.”

After the win, either Leeds or Birmingham await in the fourth round with matches due to be played on the weekend of the 26th.

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