Saturday 21st April 2018

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Spurs’ last eight FA Cup semi-finals
21 April 2018 – L 1-2 v Man Utd
22 April 2017- L 2-4 v Chelsea
15 April 2012 – L 1-5 v Chelsea
11 April 2010 – L 0-2 v Portsmouth (AET)
8 April 2001 – L 1-2 v Arsenal
11 April 1999 – L 0-2 v Newcastle (AET)
9 April 1995 – L 1-4 v Everton
4 April 1993 – L 0-1 v Arsenal

Spurs suffered more FA Cup semi-final heartache at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon after Manchester United came from a goal down to inflict a 2-1 defeat.

Despite making the perfect start through Dele Alli, Jose Mourinho’s side hit back through Alexis Sanchez before Ander Herrera fired home what proved to be the winner in the second half. It was our eighth successive defeat in the last four of the famous old competition.

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We went ahead with just 10 minutes on the clock thanks to a wonderfully-worked goal. Davinson Sanchez’s long searching pass down the right found Christian Eriksen running in behind the United back line, the Dane sending over the perfect cross for Dele to touch home on the stretch at the back post.

But United were level 14 minutes later when Alexis headed Paul Pogba’s centre back across goal, beating Michel Vorm with his effort.

A lively and frenetic first half also saw Vorm deny Pogba with a flying save and Eric Dier’s long-ranger deflect off Chris Smalling before striking David De Gea’s post.

United took the lead in the 62nd minute when Herrera’s right-foot shot from 15 yards flew past Vorm and from then on it became a real war of attrition, with United content to stifle the life out of the game as we looked for an equaliser.

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We saw plenty of the ball but just couldn’t find a way through the massed ranks of the Old Trafford side and at the final whistle, there was a familiar feeling of disappointment among the Spurs faithful.

I hate the way some players fall in front of and on top of the ball when they lose a tackle. Latin temperament. Holding legs and heads and slowing the game down. the more I watch football the less interesting it seems.


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