Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe: Spurs survive huge FA Cup scare as late goals see off League One strugglers

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Tottenham survive a huge scare as they needed late goals from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane to come from behind to beat Morecambe in the FA Cup.

A second-string Spurs were facing a humiliating defeat when they were trailing at half-time after Anthony O’Connor put League One strugglers Morecambe ahead.

But, after a valiant display from Morecambe, second-half substitutes Lucas and Kane helped bail out Tottenham and send them into the fourth round.

Antonio Conte warned after Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat against Chelsea that Spurs must be prepared to “struggle in every game”.

But few expected an upset here against a side in the League One relegation zone and without their manager Stephen Robinson after he tested positive for Covid.

After a real poor, unimaginative, and disinterested performance in the first half though, Tottenham found themselves behind at the break.

Morecambe captain O’Connor lost Japhet Tanganga from a corner and side-footed a volley from 10 yards to stun Spurs and spark jubilant scenes in the away end.

There was little improvement from Tottenham in the second half until Conte made a triple substitution to bring on Kane, Lucas and Oliver Skipp for the final 20 minutes. Within five minutes, Spurs were level when a free-kick from Harry Winks evaded everyone and went over the head of the Morecambe goalkeeper and into the top corner.

With five minutes left, Lucas sprinted clear, rounded the goalkeeper and finished into an empty net to put the home side ahead.

Then a clever finish from Kane sealed victory at the death.

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