The giant-killing was on after Stevenage took the lead in the four minute as Joel Byrom was taken out by Nelsen in the box, and the midfielder got up and slotted home the penalty. Stevenage’s joy lasted until the 26th minute when Jermain Defoe (7 goals in his last 10 starts) controlled a long ball forward and lashed home left-footed from 25 yards. The Lilywhites, after Jermain Defoe had a goal chalked off for offisde, took the lead in the 54th minute through an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty after Gareth Bale won a controversial spot-kick. Fifteen minutes from time a Bale long throw released Jermain Defoe, who raced through and netted the killer third.
Tottenham: Cudicini, Nelsen, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Parker, Kranjcar, Bale, Van der Vaart, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Adebayor, Gallas, Modric, Giovani, Walker, Livermore.
Stevenage: Day, Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird, Wilson, Byrom, Bostwick, Charles, Beardsley, Shroot. Subs: Julian, Edwards, Long, Reid, Myrie-Williams, May, Winn.