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Friday, January 27, 2012
Spurs through, Landon inspires Everton

ESPNsoccernet staff

Rafael Van der Vaart's 30-yard strike proved just enough for Tottenham Hotspur to see off a spirited Watford side 1-0 in their FA Cup clash at Vicarage Road and book a place in the fifth round.

FA Cup: Watford 0-1 Tottenham

• Van der Vaart hails Watford effort
• Round: Everton deserved cup win

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was made to endure a nervy night on his return to dugout after spending his week contesting two charges of tax evasion at Southwark Crown Court.

Having made the journey across London, he watched his team put on a poor display in the first half, until Van der Vaart put the Premier League title chasers ahead with a 30-yard drive just before the break.

Championship side Watford, 35 places below Spurs in the league ladder, rattled the Tottenham woodwork on two occasions and Carlo Cudicini performed well to keep out lively striker Marvin Sordell in the second half as Spurs were made to work hard for their place in the next round.

Redknapp would have wanted an easier test on his return to action, but his team are safely through after avoiding an upset that looked likely for large parts of the game.

Headers from Denis Stracqualursi and Marouane Fellaini sent Everton into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 on Friday night.

Danny Murphy gave Fulham a controversial early lead from the penalty spot at Goodison Park but hard-working Everton were rewarded for determined fightback.

Landon Donovan was twice the provider as Stracqualursi, with his first goal for the club, equalised before half-time and Fellaini settled the contest 17 minutes from time.

Stracqualursi, who has made limited impact since joining Everton on a season-long loan from Tigre, had been a surprise inclusion for Everton ahead of Louis Saha.

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