Clint Dempsey scored twice as Tottenham cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory over League One Coventry at White Hart Lane.

The United States international scored the opener early in the first half when he latched onto Gareth Bale's flick-on from a free-kick.

Bale added a second when he converted from close range after Dempsey's shot fell into in his path.

And Dempsey got his second before the break with a header at the far post.

Tottenham were dominant throughout and there never looked likely to be a repeat of the 1987 final, when Coventry stunned the north London side 3-2.

If Spurs' fortunes have remained pretty favourable since then, it has been a very different tale for Coventry, relegated from the top tier in 2001 having been there since 1967 before dropping into League One at the end of last season.

Third round joy for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur have not conceded a goal in the third round of the FA Cup since Wigan Athletic's Henri Camara scored an 88th minute goal in a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane on 2 January 2009

The other difference between the clubs today and 26 years ago is the strength of squads.

Premier League and European money has allowed Spurs to put together a formidable group of players, so an ostensibly second-string team still featured internationals Bale, Dempsey and Emmanuel Adebayor.

It was Dempsey who broke the deadlock after sustained Spurs pressure in the opening 10 minutes, when he converted from close range after Bale had connected with Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick.

Welshman Bale, in rampant form, then beat five players before firing narrowly wide, and found the target after the half-hour mark when he tapped in Dempsey's deflected shot.

Coventry, finding it hard even to escape from their defensive third, conceded again before half-time, when Bale once more combined with Dempsey, who climbed highest to head in his team-mate's corner.

City manager Mark Robins, who won the Cup as a Manchester United player in 1990, lacked an attacking threat having lost top scorer David McGoldrick, who had scored 18 goals this season before his loan period ended.

New signing Leon Clarke was involved in the visitors' only decent chance of the half when he caused mild panic in the Spurs defence before the ball fell to midfielder James Bailey, whose shot was blocked.

Clarke also twice fired narrowly wide after the break and Brad Friedel made a brilliant save to prevent William Edjenguele's shot from creeping in, as City improved markedly.

Tottenham had a far quieter second half, with Bale producing a good save from Joe Murphy and firing a free-kick just past the Coventry upright, but Andre Villas-Boas's men could afford to relax after their first-half display.

Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Steffen Freund:

"We know what we want to do in the league, we have won the FA Cup eight times before and we would like to go all the way this year.

"We didn't have to remind the players to be professional. They are really good. They put the opposition under pressure, they played with a high tempo and created chances.

"In the first half it was a different class. It was a great performance and we deserved the win."

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"First half we gave them too much respect. We were frozen in the headlights. Eight minutes to concede the first one and you fear the worst; but we did much better in the second half.

"We were able to get some passing movements going, and in the last half an hour we were able to give a decent account of ourselves.

"I can't be critical, though, because the opposition today were fantastic. When you come up against opposition like that you always need them to have an off day or to take liberties a little bit and not do what they normally do, but they didn't. They were at it right from minute one."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 16 Naughton
  • 20 Dawson
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto
  • 33 Caulker
  • 02 Dempsey
  • 06 Huddlestone
  • 08 Parker (Dembele - 80' )
  • 11 Bale (Townsend - 70' )
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Carroll - 79' )
  • 10 Adebayor

Substitutes

  • 25 Lloris
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 07 Lennon
  • 31 Townsend
  • 46 Carroll
  • 18 Defoe
  • 19 Dembele

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Clarke
  • 24 Wood
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 39 Adams
  • 08 Baker Booked
  • 12 Jennings (Fleck - 71' )
  • 32 Moussa (Barton - 50' )
  • 38 Bailey Booked (Thomas - 59' )
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 15 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 05 Cameron
  • 21 Christie
  • 04 Thomas
  • 10 Fleck
  • 16 Barton
  • 14 Elliott
Ref: Naylor
Att: 35,766

Match Stats

Shots

22 7

On target

10 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +1:12 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:12

The official flags Conor Thomas offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

89:43

Blair Adams produces a cross.

88:51

Mousa Dembele challenges Jordan Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

88:39

Kyle Naughton delivers the ball, Jordan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

87:02

Andros Townsend has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

85:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caulker by Leon Clarke. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick. Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

84:05

The ball is swung over by Jordan Clarke, clearance by Michael Dawson.

83:11

Andros Townsend has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

82:29

Andros Townsend sends in a cross, William Edjenguele makes a clearance.

81:57

The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, William Edjenguele manages to make a clearance.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Mousa Dembele on for Scott Parker.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Carroll.

76:58

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

75:32

The referee blows for offside against Leon Clarke. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.

73:50

Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

72:04

Centre by Carl Baker, comfortable save by Brad Friedel.

69:24 Substitution

Substitution Steven Jennings goes off and John Fleck comes on.

69:24 Substitution

Substitution Andros Townsend joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Bale.

68:58

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, clearance by Leon Clarke.

68:40

Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

66:19

Conor Thomas takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in. Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line played to the near post, William Edjenguele takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a brilliant save.

64:02

Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick. Effort from the edge of the box by Leon Clarke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

64:02 Booking

Booking Carl Baker is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

64:01

Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caulker.

62:30

Blair Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

60:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Carl Baker. Direct free kick taken by Steven Jennings.

58:56

Jordan Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Shot comes in from Gareth Bale from the free kick.

58:23 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas comes on in place of James Bailey.

56:59

Carl Baker challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Tom Huddlestone, Steven Caulker has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

56:48

Gylfi Sigurdsson sends in a cross.

55:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Clarke on Steven Caulker. Steven Caulker takes the free kick.

54:57

The offside flag is raised against Carl Baker. Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

54:10

Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Carl Baker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wood.

53:07

Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line played to the near post, Leon Clarke manages to make a clearance.

50:53

Shot by Tom Huddlestone. Blocked by James Bailey.

49:48 Substitution

Substitution Franck Moussa goes off and Adam Barton comes on.

49:13

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, clearance by Michael Dawson.

45:24

Unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Gary McSheffrey takes the free kick. Carl Baker takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:11

Effort on goal by Clint Dempsey from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

43:27

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caulker. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

42:45

Effort from the edge of the area by Franck Moussa goes wide of the left-hand upright. Corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

41:43

Effort from outside the penalty box by Gareth Bale goes wide left of the target.

40:51

Steven Jennings has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

40:36

The ball is sent over by Jordan Clarke, clearance by Steven Caulker.

39:37

Carl Baker takes the inswinging corner, Brad Friedel makes a save.

38:02

Steven Jennings takes a shot. Tom Huddlestone gets a block in.

36:52

Assist by Gareth Bale.

36:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Clint Dempsey - Tottenham 3 - 0 Coventry Clint Dempsey grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Tottenham 3-0 Coventry.

36:24

Gareth Bale takes the outswinging corner,

32:22

The assist for the goal came from Clint Dempsey.

32:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Gareth Bale - Tottenham 2 - 0 Coventry Gareth Bale finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Coventry.

32:12

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, save by Joe Murphy.

32:10

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.

30:25

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood.

28:31

Foul by Blair Adams on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.

26:54

Benoit Assou-Ekotto sends in a cross, Blair Adams makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Carl Baker manages to make a clearance.

24:56

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Emmanuel Adebayor gets a block in.

23:02

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Gareth Bale goes wide of the right-hand upright.

19:44

Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

18:59

Blair Adams crosses the ball, save by Brad Friedel.

17:52

Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Bailey makes a clearance.

15:58

Emmanuel Adebayor delivers the ball, clearance made by Richard Wood. The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale.

15:39

Gareth Bale delivers the ball, save by Joe Murphy.

15:15

Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Jennings. Steven Jennings restarts play with the free kick.

13:07

The assist for the goal came from Gareth Bale.

13:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Clint Dempsey - Tottenham 1 - 0 Coventry Clint Dempsey finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Coventry.

12:36

Gylfi Sigurdsson fouled by James Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson,

12:19

Centre by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Steven Jennings makes a clearance.

11:59

Gylfi Sigurdsson sends in a cross, clearance by Gary McSheffrey.

11:21

Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.

11:21 Booking

Booking James Bailey goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

11:12

Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by James Bailey results in a free kick.

10:55

Unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Jordan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

10:02

The ball is swung over by Steven Jennings.

9:23

Inswinging corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line played to the near post.

8:42

Long range shot by Tom Huddlestone goes wide right of the net.

8:14

Gareth Bale sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Jennings. Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, clearance by William Edjenguele.

7:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Wood by Kyle Naughton. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

6:31

Scott Parker has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

5:24

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the outswinging corner, James Bailey makes a clearance.

3:33

Gary McSheffrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Adebayor. Kyle Naughton takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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