De Vries winner shocks Spurs
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mark de Vries scored a 91st minute winner as Leicester shocked Tottenham 3-2.
Mark de Vries scored a 91st minute winner as Leicester came from two goals down to shock Tottenham 3-2 in the FA Cup at The Walkers Stadium.
There was little sign of the drama that would eventually unfold when Spurs strode into a two-goal lead through first half strikes from Jermaine Jenas and Paul Stalteri.
Elvis Hammond's reply shortly before half time hinted at something else, however, and Stephen Hughes drew the scores level three minutes before the hour mark.
Then, remarkably, with a minute of added time already played, and despite more than a suspicion of offside, de Vries kept his cool to slot a long pass from Joey Gudjonsson past Paul Robinson to send the home supporters delirious.
Yet all the early impetus was with Spurs and their winging whippet Aaron Lennon. Lennon tormented Alan Maybury and beat for the full back for pace but his cross was headed clear by Patrick McCarthy.
Leicester's bustling approach, and in particular that of de Vries, was beginning to cause problems for the distinguished visitors but they failed to test Robinson until a woefully short back header left the goalkeeper stranded, De Vries was first to the ball but was unable to steer his effort on target.
Out of nothing Spurs claimed the lead. Robbie Keane got good connection on a header from Michael Carrick's free kick. The Irishman's header struck the inside of a post and Jenas was the quickest to react, snaffling the 20th minute opener, with the goal gaping.
Spurs grew in confidence and Michael Brown's shot was saved by Rab Douglas before Leicester saw half-hearted penalty claims waved away by referee Steve Bennett after de Vries had again outmuscled Anthony Gardner.
Tottenham cleared the initial threat but from the subsequent corner De Vries headed wide.
Sours could have doubled their lead but Keane, when through on goal, was denied expertly by the fingertips of Douglas, before dragging his follow-up attempt wide of the target.
Brown again tested Douglas who saved at his near post before Spurs doubled their lead when Stalteri picked up Keane's pass midway through The Foxes' half and surged towards goal. The Canadian struck a fierce shot which rocketed in at the near post, although Douglas was culpable after he had a clear sight of the 41st minute shot.
Any thoughts that this match would turn into a stroll were immediately dismissed, however, as substitute Hammond halved the arrears. Ryan Smith's deep cross was headed back across goal by Phil Stearman and Hammond, in the right place at the right time, turned the loose ball home to give The Foxes an unexpected half time fillip.
And The Foxes could have equalised within seconds of the restart but Robinson was at his alert best to repel Hughes's close-range strike after good work from de Vries.
If only the giant Dutchman could have married some promising build-up play to a composure in front of goal because just as midway through the first half De Vries snatched at an effort which sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
Kelly could have re-established Spurs' cushion but shot wastefully wide after Keane had sprung the offside trap.
Kelly and Spurs paid the price for that miss when Hughes rifled in a shot to equalise for the hosts in the 57th minute.
A mis-hit corner from Smith fell to Hughes lurking some 20 yards from goal. The midfielder struck low and with the aid of a deflection off Michael Dawson the ball whistled past Robinson.
Martin Jol threw on Jermain Defoe as Spurs sought a winner although it was the powerhouse de Vries who was well placed to claim the matchwinning spoils before he skewed a shot wide.
But, with the match appearing destined for a White Hart Lane replay, up popped de Vries again who, on this occasion, retained his composure to send the Championship strugglers into the fourth round of the FA Cup at Spurs' expense.
|Leicester City||Team Statistics||Tottenham Hotspur|
|1||1st Half Goals||2|
|4||Shots on Target||4|
|9||Shots off Target||10|