GOAL SPREE AS SPURS AND ROVERS ROMP THROUGH
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Glenn Hoddle's side booked their passage into the last four of the League Cup, with a surprisingly easy win in North London in which Les Ferdinand played an integral role - including a hat-trick in less than ten minutes.
Welsh international Simon Davies opened the scoring for Spurs after 21 minutes when he drilled home a left footed drive after being set up by Ferdinand.
Ferdinand then opened his account with a typical header from just six yards out with German Steffen Freund supplying the bullets. The former England international then doubled his tally for the evening just a minute later when after a he headed into the bottom corner from Darren Anderton's pinpoint cross.
Ferdinand then completed a fabulous nine-minute hat-trick when Davies returned the favour for the opening goal by setting up the former Newcastle striker for his third headed goal.
The game was now over as a contest, but Spurs extended their lead with 11 minutes remaining, when Sergei Rebrov's cross was turned into his own net by an unfortunate Anthony Barness.
The romp was then completed just five minutes later when Norwegian international Stefen Iversen, who had replace Teddy Sheringham after an hour, smashed home his first goal of the season.
Blackburn joined Spurs in the semi-finals, after they eased past an under-strengthed Arsenal side - with manager Arsene Wenger already saving his players for a tough winter Premiership schedule.
Matt Jansen was the main antagonist behind Rovers' win, as he became the second player on Tuesday evening to complete a hat-trick.
The former England Under-21 international opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he curled home a wonderful left footed shot, before doubling both his and Blackburn's tally with another left footed strike.
Mark Hughes then extended Rovers' lead and virtually booked their place in the last four when he made it 3-0 after 21 minutes.
Jansen completed his hat-trick with another well worked effort after 68 minutes. Damien Duff did the damage down the left before crossing for Jansen to convert from the edge of the box.