Spurs claim easy win

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Premier League leaders Tottenham transferred their stunning early season form to the Carling Cup as a much-changed side overpowered Doncaster 5-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

David Bentley, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko were all given the opportunity to show what they could do as Harry Redknapp made seven changes from the side that won at West Ham on Sunday, and all three took their chances as they grabbed a goal each in a dominant display.

Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara joined them on the scoresheet as Doncaster, who had looked dangerous early on, scored through Martin Woods' penalty.

The first goal came nine minutes in. There seemed to be little danger when Rovers defender Adam Lockwood collected the ball in his own half but his square pass sold Sam Hird short, allowing Huddlestone to nip in and rob the defender of possession before coolly slotting home.

With Doncaster stunned, O'Hara quickly drove home a second after 11 minutes, with his crisp drive from the edge of the area leaving Ben Smith with no chance after Bentley's cut-back.

With Doncaster's early confidence starting to die out, it did not take too long for another goal to arrive with Crouch nodding home Bentley's wicked corner eight minutes before the break.

The procession continued into the second half as Bentley made it four seven minutes after the restart with his first goal since his memorable volley against Arsenal in October last year.

This one was less spectacular but equally comprehensive as he rammed home from just inside the area after Crouch had flicked Giovani dos Santos cross into his path.

The goal sparked a brief Doncaster revival and they soon had reward for their industry if not their finishing as Woods slotted home a 61st-minute penalty after a handball from Kevin Prince-Boateng, who had barely been on the field a minute, while Lewis Guy also hit a post with a thumping effort.

But Prince-Boateng quickly redeemed himself eight minutes later, carving the Doncaster defence open with a through-ball that Pavlyuchenko slotted beyond Smith.

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Tom Huddlestone
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