Manchester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1

Last updated : 25 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Manchester City's home hoodoo struck again as they were held by Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

City have not won at Eastlands in nine league and cup fixtures, a sequence stretching back over three months to mid-October.

Kevin Keegan's side, which has won only once in 17 matches, again failed to build on a promising opening half display.

Keegan said: "It is not just young players who suffer a lack of confidence.

"When you haven't won for such a long time and there is a shadow hanging over you here, it can get to even the most experienced players." Spurs manager David Pleat was delighted as his side stretched its unbeaten run to five matches.

"I was filled with pleasure the way we came back following a mediocre first half and how we changed the game so dramatically with such a young side," he explained.

City took the lead in the 11th minute when Nicolas Anelka scored his 18th goal of the season.

Robbie Fowler's header struck the upright and bounced out for Anelka to slot home from inside the six-yard box.

City had a number of decent chances to build on their lead but Anelka, Claudio Reyna and Antoine Sibierski failed to capitalise.

The second half was an altogether different story as Spurs, who had only one attempt at goal in the first 45 minutes, came out with all guns blazing.

Robbie Keane and Helder Postiga had openings before Spurs drew level in the 57th minute.

Goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard was beaten by Postiga's far-post corner as Gary Doherty headed home from a couple of yards.

Both teams had chances to win the tie in the last half hour.

City twice breached the Spurs offside with Jon Macken the worst culprit as he shot wide when clean through and with Anelka completely free to his left.

Postiga might have won the game for Spurs, but twice headed over while City old boy Michael Brown's free-kick was well kept out by Ellegaard as he atoned for his earlier error.