Man City 1 Spurs 1
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City looked on course for victory when Nicolas Anelka opened the scoring on 10 minutes, but Spurs put behind them an abject opening 45 minutes to dominate after the interval and Gary Doherty's header earned them a deserved draw.
The contrasting performances of the two sides in each half was quite remarkable, and both managers will surely be asking for a consistent 90 minutes in the future.
Antoine Sibierski set the tone for the opening half when firing in a shot which was comfortably handled by Kasey Keller.
Robbie Fowler and Nicolas Anelka have started to show signs of forging an understanding and it was the former whose deflected effort forced Keller into a low save.
The resulting corner saw City take the lead, with Anelka smashing home from close range after Fowler's header had cannoned off the post.
With Spurs seemingly not at the races, City threatened to run riot with only the alertness of Keller forcing Anelka wider than he would have liked when set free.
It took Spurs 37 minutes to fashion an opening, with Simon Davies shooting low but his effort was well saved by Kevin Sturh-Ellegaard.
Spurs chief David Pleat shuffled his pack at the interval and the visitors came out with a real sense of purpose and only a fine reaction save from Ellegaard prevented Robbie Keane from levelling the scores.
Helder Postiga has failed to show the Spurs faithful his true quality and he was guilty of squandering a gilt-edged opening ten minutes after the break when showing an alarming inability to control when played in by Keane.
Kevin Keegan has David James waiting in the wings to take the number one jersey and his arrival can't come quickly enough judged on the way Spurs fashioned their equaliser.
Postiga whipped in a corner to the back post which Ellegaard failed to gather and Doherty gleefully headed home.
Spurs had highlighted a weakness in Ellegaard's game and duly launched an aerial bombardment, being unlucky not to take the lead on a number of occasions.
City, shellshocked from the battering, took over 20 minutes to fashion a response, with Fowler and Trevor Sinclair both going close.
The introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips appeared to spark City into life, with his driving runs causing Spurs real problems.
Wright-Phillips almost created a chance for Fowler but before that another City substitute, Jon Macken, will wonder how he failed to clinch victory.
The striker found himself clear on goal but his touch let him down and Keller rushed him into poking his shot wide.
The chances dried up in the final five minutes, meaning the two sides will have to lock horns again at White Hart Lane for the right to book their ticket for round five.