Jermain Defoe’s hattrick sent Tottenham into the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 victory over third-tier Leeds on Wednesday.
Defoe put Spurs ahead in the 37th minute, but it was canceled out on the stroke of halftime by Luciano Becchio at Elland Road. Despite Tottenham’s dominance in the fourth-round replay, the target proved elusive until Defoe netted again in the 73rd and the England striker sealed the victory in stoppage time with his 20th goal of the season.
“He’s capable of scoring all the time, he’s a fantastic goalscorer,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said.
Tottenham will face Bolton in the next round after ending Leeds’ dream run in the competition, which saw the fallen power oust Premier League champion Manchester United in the third round.
Leeds had to endure intense Spurs pressure from the start, with Defoe going close four times before finally hitting the net.
David Bentley rampaged down the right flank before passing along the ground to Defoe, who span and lifted the ball into the top corner with a mis-hit connection.
Leeds hit back with a Becchio goal, but it was Bentley’s low cross to Defoe who raised it over Ankergren into the net that gave Spurs the lead again. Defoe scored his third in the stoppage time.