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Spurs keeper Vorm hopes to make amends for FA Cup howler in Capital One Cup clash

22:30 25 January 2015

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

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Michel Vorm is hoping to keep his place for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday and make amends for his costly late howler in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Leicester.

The Dutchman, who had previously made two fine saves before escaping a penalty and probable red card, conceded twice in the final seven minutes as the Foxes came from behind to triumph 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

While Vorm could do little about Leonardo Ulloa’s 83rd-minute equaliser, he should have stopped Jeff Schlupp’s weak volley in injury-time – only to allow the ball to slip past him and gift the Foxes a place in the next round.

Spurs’ No2 goalkeeper has started every domestic cup game this season - including the first leg of the Capital One semi-final against Sheffield United on Wednesday - and he is keen to maintain that run in the biggest game of the season this week, as Spurs take a 1-0 lead to the Blades’ Bramall Lane for the return leg.

However, Vorm admits he has no guarantee that he will get the jersey, and a chance to make up for his error.

“I hope [I will play],” he said. “To be honest they did not say to me ‘you will be playing in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup’, I just hear it the day before the game. But I hope they still give me the chance to play on Wednesday.

“I’ll come in on Monday and just prepare and train the way that I always do, and you need to keep going. There is no time to think about it or beat yourself up all the time.

“Wednesday is the biggest game of the season so far - not only for me but for the whole team, and that’s something that we need to realise.

“It will [play on my mind] but you have to go on as soon as possible. On Monday I will come in and be switched on for the game on Wednesday.

“Of course I will watch the video. You need to analyse things – the good things and the bad things, that’s how it works. Maybe others think differently but for me that’s the way to work, just to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“I’m 31 years old and I’ve dealt with worse. That’s part of the life. The good thing is that there is another game coming up on Wednesday so you need to forget about this as soon as possible, however hard that is - but for me that is not a problem.”

The silver lining to Spurs’ FA Cup exit is that it allows them to focus on their three other competitions – and Vorm hopes Saturday’s elimination will give the Lilywhites even more motivation to progress past Sheffield United on Wednesday and earn a place in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

“I hope so,” he said. “As everybody can see with the results this weekend, there are no easy games on the UK - it doesn’t matter who you play.

“Chelsea lost at home, Manchester City lost at home. It’s hard and Sheffield are going to play the game of their lives probably. If we don’t understand the importance of the game for the club and fans, even for Sheffield, then we don’t deserve it. But we will, I am 100 per cent sure we will.

“We have an advantage and they have to come at us more than they did here [in the first leg], because they did not come at us, but they were hard to beat, it’s not easy.”

Vorm had an eventful day on Saturday in general, and initially looked set to be the hero rather than the villain.

He made two fine saves to deny Andrej Kramaric and Schlupp before Andros Townsend’s penalty gave Spurs a somewhat fortunate 19th-minute lead.

However, the summer signing was then lucky to avoid a penalty and a red card at the other end, appearing to bring down Kramaric – only for referee Robert Madley to controversially book the Croatian for diving.

Vorm escaped on that occasion but was red-faced and apologetic at the final whistle after failing to stop Schlupp’s tame winner.

“It was the life of a goalkeeper,” he reflected. “If you talk about my own game, you start off well, make good saves and we go in at half-time 1-0 up.

“In the second half we didn’t score the second goal and they had the belief, and at the end they scored to make it 1-1 and literally in the last few minutes they scored again with a mistake by me.

“When that happens, it doesn’t matter that you made the saves before. In the end you lose the game.

“It is very disappointing because we are out of the cup, first and foremost. I don’t play that much so these kind of games are very important for me.

“I know it is part of the job and the staff also knows how it goes, but in the end you want to play as many games as you can and to do as well as you can. It started off well but it doesn’t matter because you lose.

“I said sorry to the boys but they said ‘don’t be silly, you did very well’. But you feel a responsibility, you just feel gutted.”

Asked if a general lack of playing time this season had dulled his sharpness, Vorm replied: “Not at all. You can see with the saves I made at the beginning of the game that I am very sharp. If you ask the staff how I train and feel, there is not a problem, but things happen. What can you say? It is part of the job.”

Vorm is also adamant that Madley was correct to dismiss Kramaric’s penalty appeal.

“For me it was very simple - he went outside and I went with my legs but did not kick him down, so for me it was quite clear,” said the goalkeeper. “It was a hard situation for the referee, but he was quite quick and turned around and he said ‘free-kick’.

“The referee came to me and said ‘did you touch him or not?’. I said ‘no’ and for me it was quite clear.”

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