Goals from Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Tottenham victory over Carlisle to earn them a trip to Norwich in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup.

The visitors took the lead shortly before the break when Vertonghen headed home Sigurdsson's free-kick.

Townsend put Spurs in control with a 53rd-minute second, running from the halfway line before finishing.

League Cup fourth-round draw:

  • Sunderland v Middlesbrough
  • Swindon v Aston Villa
  • Wigan v Bradford
  • Leeds v Southampton
  • Norwich v Tottenham
  • Liverpool v Swansea
  • Chelsea v Manchester United
  • Reading v Arsenal

Sigurdsson wrapped up the scoring when he nodded in Kyle Walker's cross.

Tottenham made eight changes from the side that beat QPR at the weekend, with defender Michael Dawson and midfielder Tom Huddlestone both coming into the side.

Former Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini started in goal, with new £8m signing, France international Hugo Lloris, being left out of the squad.

Carlisle, meanwhile, made just one change from their League One win over Coventry on Saturday, with cup-tied Joe Garner replaced by on-loan Huddersfield forward Kallum Higginbotham.

The hosts, who went into the game looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games, started well with ex-Everton striker Danny Cadamarteri, 32, causing the Spurs defence problems on a couple of occasions.

Tottenham were looking the more dangerous going forward, however, and it was they who had the first effort on target as Sigurdsson cut the ball back to Iago Falque, but his shot was saved by Mark Gillespie.

Falque again tested Gillespie just before the half hour mark when his drive was parried by the Carlisle keeper, before Clint Dempsey's follow-up was cleared off the line.

Spurs target number five

Tottenham have won the League Cup four times previously, with their last success in 2008 when they beat Chelsea in the final.

But the deadlock was broken in the 37th minute when Tottenham won a free-kick and Sigurdsson sent the ball into the area where Belgium international Vertonghen was on hand to head home.

Carlisle came close to an equaliser two minutes later as the lively Cadamarteri fired a shot towards goal, but Steven Caulker managed to get in the way and head the ball out of danger.

It was perhaps an important intervention as Tottenham added a second goal eight minutes into the second half to effectively end the game as a contest.

Townsend picked up the ball on the halfway line, raced towards goal before getting the better of two defenders and then firing a low shot into the back of the net.

Carlisle showed plenty of endeavour in the closing stages as they tried to find a goal that would set up an exciting finish.

It was not to be, however, as Sigurdsson opened his Tottenham account with an 89th-minute third, heading Walker's cross beyond Gillespie.

Tottenham assistant boss Steffen Freund: "I know eight Premier League sides are already out, and there are only two games and then we are in the semi-final.

"I can remember 1999 when I won the League Cup - it is special to go to Wembley and I think the players will start to think about that now.

"We brought a few young players in and we believe in them all. Adam Smith was fantastic at right-back and Ryan Mason has been scoring in the development squad, so we knew he can play. Then in the centre of midfield Tom Huddlestone is back after his injury, Michael Dawson is back.

"There are young players coming through which is nice to see, and it is especially nice to know that we have someone (Townsend) behind Gareth Bale who can jump in and create something."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Carlisle United

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 02 Simek
  • 03 Robson
  • 05 Livesey
  • 06 Murphy
  • 04 McGovern (Symington - 61' )
  • 12 Thirlwell (Noble - 61' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 24 Chantler
  • 11 Cadamarteri
  • 27 Higginbotham (Beck - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Collin
  • 15 Edwards
  • 08 Noble
  • 16 Potts
  • 19 Symington
  • 10 Madden
  • 17 Beck

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 05 Vertonghen (Walker - 65' )
  • 20 Dawson
  • 33 Caulker
  • 39 Smith
  • 02 Dempsey (Obika - 75' )
  • 06 Huddlestone
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 27 Falque
  • 31 Townsend
  • 38 Mason (Carroll - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Gomes
  • 28 Walker
  • 07 Lennon
  • 30 Sandro
  • 46 Carroll
  • 18 Defoe
  • 45 Obika
Ref: Friend
Att: 12,625

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

4 8

Corners

10 7

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:11

The ball is swung over by Danny Cadamarteri, save made by Carlo Cudicini.

90:00 +1:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Berrett on Andros Townsend. Tom Carroll restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:43

Michael Dawson challenges Danny Cadamarteri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Cadamarteri takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:28

Short corner taken by Kyle Walker from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:15

Centre by Yago Falque, clearance by Peter Murphy.

88:54

Foul by Tom Huddlestone on Danny Cadamarteri, free kick awarded. Chris Chantler takes the free kick.

88:06

Kyle Walker provided the assist for the goal.

88:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Carlisle 0 - 3 Tottenham Gylfi Sigurdsson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Carlisle 0-3 Tottenham.

86:49

Corner taken by Matt Robson, Mark Beck takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

86:21

Adam Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Chantler. James Berrett restarts play with the free kick.

85:40

A cross is delivered by Matt Robson, save by Carlo Cudicini.

84:47

Matt Robson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Carlo Cudicini.

78:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Berrett, clearance by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

78:07

Unfair challenge on Danny Livesey by Jonathan Obika results in a free kick. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

74:59 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Obika on for Clint Dempsey.

74:47

Matt Robson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

74:20

Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.

72:38

Foul by Danny Cadamarteri on Adam Smith, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker takes the direct free kick.

69:57 Substitution

Substitution Tom Carroll is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Mason.

69:04

Effort on goal by Andros Townsend from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

68:39

The ball is delivered by Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a fantastic save.

68:15

Adam Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Robson. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

67:41

Unfair challenge on Danny Cadamarteri by Adam Smith results in a free kick. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

66:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Danny Cadamarteri. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

64:28 Substitution

Substitution Kyle Walker joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jan Vertonghen.

64:02

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Berrett manages to make a clearance.

63:15

Ryan Mason takes a shot. Save made by Mark Gillespie.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Paul Thirlwell leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Noble.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution David Symington on for Jon-Paul McGovern.

60:25

Foul by Michael Dawson on Paul Thirlwell, free kick awarded. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Mark Beck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kallum Higginbotham.

60:25

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson,

57:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

56:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, clearance by Steven Caulker.

55:33

Gylfi Sigurdsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Robson. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

52:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Andros Townsend - Carlisle 0 - 2 Tottenham Goal scored by Andros Townsend from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Carlisle 0-2 Tottenham.

51:56

The ball is sent over by Jan Vertonghen, clearance by Chris Chantler.

50:16

Clint Dempsey fouled by James Berrett, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

49:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern, Michael Dawson fouled by Danny Livesey, the ref awards a free kick. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.

48:50

The referee gives a free kick against Clint Dempsey for handball. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

48:11

Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

46:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Robson on Adam Smith. Direct free kick taken by Adam Smith.

45:27

The offside flag is raised against Danny Cadamarteri. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

41:49

Effort on goal by Kallum Higginbotham from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

41:00

Matt Robson delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Caulker.

39:21

The ball is sent over by Kallum Higginbotham, save by Carlo Cudicini.

39:04

Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Dawson.

38:41

Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

36:49

The assist for the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

36:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Jan Vertonghen - Carlisle 0 - 1 Tottenham Jan Vertonghen finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Carlisle 0-1 Tottenham.

36:11

Foul by Paul Thirlwell on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the free kick.

34:55

Kallum Higginbotham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Smith. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.

34:40

Unfair challenge on Jon-Paul McGovern by Jan Vertonghen results in a free kick. Frank Simek takes the free kick.

33:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Kallum Higginbotham. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.

30:51

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line.

30:37

The ball is swung over by Kallum Higginbotham, Andros Townsend makes a clearance.

29:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Peter Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.

27:28

Effort from just outside the box by Ryan Mason goes over the bar.

27:10

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Danny Livesey manages to make a clearance.

26:19

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham on Gylfi Sigurdsson, free kick awarded. Ryan Mason takes the direct free kick.

24:58

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend, Header from deep inside the area by Clint Dempsey goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

24:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line to the near post, save by Mark Gillespie.

24:16

The ball is delivered by Yago Falque, clearance by Frank Simek.

23:53

Corner from right by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

23:39

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend, clearance made by Frank Simek.

22:43

Outswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Jan Vertonghen takes a shot.

18:45

Danny Cadamarteri is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

18:06

Ryan Mason takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

16:26

Kallum Higginbotham produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

14:24

Foul by Paul Thirlwell on Andros Townsend, free kick awarded. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

12:54

A cross is delivered by Chris Chantler.

11:54

Ryan Mason is penalised for a handball. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

10:01

Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

9:22

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Mark Gillespie.

8:53

Yago Falque takes a shot. Save by Mark Gillespie.

8:19

Adam Smith fouled by Danny Cadamarteri, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.

7:33

Shot by Andros Townsend from outside the box goes high over the target.

6:47

Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Dawson.

4:18

Yago Falque takes a shot. Save by Mark Gillespie.

4:00

Danny Cadamarteri sends in a cross, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

3:10

The ball is sent over by Kallum Higginbotham.

2:43

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jon-Paul McGovern, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

2:03

Andros Townsend produces a cross, save by Mark Gillespie.

1:04

Danny Cadamarteri is adjudged to have handled the ball. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.

0:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Thirlwell by Ryan Mason. Direct free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

0:00

The match begins.

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