CHESTER'S youth team could hardly have chosen a better night to stage the shock of the FA Youth Cup's third round.
With Blues fans reeling from Tuesday's FA Cup exit to Bury, Jim Hackett's boys brought some cheer back to the Saunders Honda Stadium 24 hours later with a classy and thoroughly deserved victory over Spurs.
Paul McManus headed home the game's only goal on 24 minutes and the Londoners rarely looked like drawing level as skipper Kevin Roberts marshalled City's defence magnificently.
Youth team manager Hackett said: 'Our boys were absolutely terrific and I said that to them in the changing room. We're all very proud of what we've achieved but it doesn't stop here.
'We've done Tottenham, so bring on the next lot.'
Chester's opponents in the last 32 will be Bristol City, who were busy knocking out Fulham while Chester were playing Spurs. The tie will be played in early January.
As for Wednesday's game, City looked assured from the kick-off and more than matched their more illustrious opponents.
The all-important breakthrough arrived when full-back Sean Newton fizzed in a superb cross from the left flank for the diminutive Mc-Manus - who had stolen in between Tottenham's two towering defenders - to head past keeper David Button.
Hackett added: 'I can't say what is going to happen to these lads in the future, but if they do nothing else in football they will remember that night.
'It's a great lift for the club, it's a lift for all the lads and it was a lift for the crowd who came to watch.
'Hopefully we've given people something to smile about.'
Chester City: Vernon, Rule (Rowlands, 65), Newton, Roberts, Kelly, Owen, Mitchell, Carroll, Thorpe (Feliciello, 53), Gregory, McManus (Morrin, 79). Subs: Robson, Brown-rigg.
Spurs: Button, Mtandari (Town-send 46), Hughton, Archibald-Henville, Martin (Smith 75), Casey, Fraser-Allen, Livermore, Pekhart, Hutchins (Medley 85), Hutton. Subs: Stroud.
Referee: T Trott.