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Giovani Dos Santos capped a fine display with a stunning late strike as Harry Redknapp’s second string side comfortably booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round.

Dos Santos is strongly expected to leave Tottenham in January after failing to live up to his potential following his move from Barcelona back in 2008.

The Mexican international has failed to secure a regular first-team place and has been sent out on loan to Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.

But he was handed a rare start by Redknapp and reminded everyone of his quality as he helped set up the first two goals for Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko and then scored with a superb chip four minutes from time.

Redknapp may have made ten changes from the team which beat West Brom in the league, but his fringe players showed that Tottenham can push for a lengthy run in the competition.

Cheltenham were determined to make it a day to remember in north London and having spend the previous day training at Arsenal’s plush training headquarters in Hertfordshire, they were clearly enjoying the benefits of a lucrative away day in the third round.

Over five thousand fans travelled across from Gloucestershire and were treating it like their own FA Cup Final as they passionately got behind their side.

Cheltenham are flying high in League Two and wanted to show their quality on the biggest stage.

Midfielder Russ Penn tried his luck with an audacious 30-yard shot on 20 minutes which flew just over the bar but gave the visiting fans plenty to shout about behind the goal.

However, any thoughts of a cup upset were quickly diminished when Tottenham took the lead on 23 minutes.

Niko Kranjcar’s pass released Dos Santos who broke clear of the Cheltenham defence and raced towards goal before chipping the ball over keeper Scott Brown.

The shot looked certain to cross the line but Defoe was in the right place to make sure his side broke the deadlock.

The home side doubled their lead on 43 minutes. Dos Santos was involved in the heart of the action once again when he played a superb pass into the path of Defoe.

The Tottenham forward broke clear down the left hand side and crossed in for his strike partner Pavlyuchenko who made no mistake striking the ball home from close-range.

Defoe could have made it three on 47 minutes when he was clean through but his shot was well saved by Brown in the Cheltenham goal.

Defoe came close once again when his fierce shot produced a superb save from Brown diving away to his left hand side.

Cheltenham can certainly be proud of their display at White Hart Lane and could have pulled a goal back on 72 minutes.

Substitute Brian Smikle took the ball past Danny Rose with a cheeky nutmeg and crossed in for Penn who was unmarked inside the box but he dragged his shot high over the bar.

But the best goal was saved until late in the game when Dos Santos capped a fine display with a stunning goal on 87 minutes.

The Mexican international planted a superb chip over Brown which sealed a comfortable victory for the north London club.

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