Three and easy for Tottenham at Forest

Nottingham Forest 0 - Tottenham Hotspur 3
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Tottenham completed a clean sweep for the Premiership in this week's FA Cup replays as Nottingham Forest, next to bottom of the Championship, failed to make home advantage count with a performance far removed from the feisty effort that forced a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane 10 days ago.

Tottenham completed a clean sweep for the Premiership in this week's FA Cup replays as Nottingham Forest, next to bottom of the Championship, failed to make home advantage count with a performance far removed from the feisty effort that forced a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane 10 days ago.

It took Martin Jol's side an hour to make their dominance count but two similar goals 11 minutes apart from the French defender Noé Pamarot and the Irish striker Robbie Keane killed the tie, Mido rubbing it in in stoppage time. "It was a solid, professional performance," Jol said. Tottenham now go to Newcastle United, conquerors of Chelsea, in the quarter-finals.

Forest, with the weightier threat of relegation on their minds, were unable to generate more than fleeting moments of encouragement for the 28,000 crowd, the biggest of the season at the City Ground. "That was the disappointment, that we never made it a Cup tie," their manager, Gary Megson, reflected.

Tottenham's line-up underlined the scant enthusiasm Premiership managers have for Cup replays at this stage of the season. Ledley King and Noureddine Naybet were both nursing groin injuries while Jermain Defoe remained on the bench.

But there was caution in Forest's planning, too. Much to the disappointment of fans primed for more of the same after his eye-catching display at White Hart Lane, there was no Kris Commons. The midfielder, whose form has revitalised Forest, was not risked after suffering a calf strain in last week's match with Derby County.

In the absence of Commons and with the new signings David Friio and Scott Dobie Cup-tied, in common with Spurs' Forest old boy Andy Reid, the home side carried little threat. They tested Paul Robinson only once, just before half-time, when Paul Evans wriggled into the box.

Then again, Tottenham created little more in the way of chances in a tame first half. Keane and Frédéric Kanouté might have scored but the former was wasteful while the latter was defied by a good save from Paul Gerrard, back from suspension to replace rookie Colin Doyle, whose mistake in letting Defoe's shot slip in at the Lane may have cost Forest victory.

Forest's gameplan consisted of trying to soak up pressure but it was risky and Tottenham's dominance of the early second half hinted at a goal. It might have come when Andy Melville, put in a spot by Chris Doig's stray pass, fouled Keane just outside the box, earning a yellow card.

Forest escaped then but not when the visitors won a corner on the right after an hour. Reto Ziegler swung the ball towards the near post and Pamarot arrived on a perfectly timed run to nod home. It was from another Ziegler corner that Keane made Tottenham's win safe 11 minutes later, with Forest again unable to defend at the near post. Michael Brown's flick did the damage, setting up Keane for his 18th goal of the season.

Had teenager James Perch not fired wide in a late Forest rally, a tense finish might have warmed the crowd on an icy night. Instead Mido added Tottenham's third, following up to head home after Brown had rattled the bar from 30 yards.

Nottingham Forest (5-3-2): Gerrard; Curtis, Morgan, Melville, Doig, Robertson; Perch, Powell, Evans (Thompson, 63); Taylor, Johnson (Harris, 66). Substitutes not used: Doyle (gk), King, Bopp.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Robinson; Kelly, Pamarot, Gardner, Atouba (Edman, 81); Davies, Brown, Mendes (Carrick, 76), Ziegler; Kanouté (Mido, 73), Keane. Substitutes not used: Cerny (gk), Defoe.

Referee: M Clattenburg (Northumberland).

FA CUP REVISED SIXTH-ROUND DRAW

Blackburn v Leicester

Bolton v Arsenal

Newcastle v Tottenham

Southampton v Manchester Utd

Ties to be played 12/13 March

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