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Carling Cup: Spurs heading to Wembley

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tottenham remain on course for a Wembley date with Derby or Manchester United after coming back from a goal down to beat Burnley 4-1 in the first-leg of Carling Cup semifinal.

The Clarets, who were looking to claim their fourth Carling Cup victory over Premier League club this season, had taken a 15th minute lead when Chris Eagles cut between Gareth Bale and David Bentley before crossing to the far post where Martin Paterson, who was unmarked, simply could not miss from five yards.

It could have been worse for Spurs eight minutes later had Robbie Blake been a little more fortunate with a glancing header from another Eagles' cross.

But the half-time introduction of Jamie O'Hara swung the first-leg tie back in Spurs' favour after the home fans in the 31,377-strong White Hart Lane had paraded new signing Jermain Defoe before kick-off.

Within 90 seconds of replacing Bentley, O'Hara fired in a corner from the right which was headed home at the far post by centre-back Michael Dawson.

And just five minutes later, O'Hara had put Spurs in front when he crashed in a volley after Luka Modrić flicked on Roman Pavlyuchenko’s deflected shot.

Pavlyuchenko ended the visitors' hopes on 65 minutes with a fine finish after skipping past Clarke Carlisle.

Burnley's misery was compounded two minutes later when O'Hara curled in a free-kick and poor Michael Duff headed into his own goal.

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