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Brave Stevenage hold Spurs

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Redknapp will be relieved with draw. (©GettyImages)
Redknapp will be relieved with draw. (©GettyImages).

Stevenage got their name in the hat for the FA Cup sixth round after holding Tottenham Hotspur to a 0-0 draw at the Lamex Stadium.

Third in the Premier League, high-flying Spurs started the match as heavy favourites, but found the going tough against a hard-working side from League One who are the lowest side left in the competition.

Louis Saha had the ball in the net in the second-half, but his shot hit Scott Parker on the line and was correctly ruled out for offside.

It was the only clear-cut chance for Harry Redknapp's side, who struggled to create chances on a bobbly pitch that made it difficult for the north London outfit to play their football.

Spurs started slowly, with Michael Dawson's header their best chance in an opening period of few chances. Danny Rose was the visitors' stand-out performer but in-truth they weren't at the races in the first period.

Redknapp's side were much better after the break, and Gareth Bale went close to breaking the deadlock with a shot from distance after a long run, but Chris Day saved low to his left to prevent his former club from opening the scoring.

Joel Byrom went closest for the hosts, with his strike from distance just flying over the bar. Carlo Cudicini was rarely tested though, and a draw will please both sides for differing reasons.

Stevenage will receive a bumper pay-day from the replay at White Hart Lane, whilst Spurs are still in the hat and the highest ranked team left in the competition.

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