Tottenham player ratings vs Morecambe: Kane and Lucas spare blushes but Ndombele’s Spurs career could be over

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  • Harry Kane
    Harry Kane
    English association football player
  • Lucas Moura
    Lucas Moura
    Brazilian association football player
  • Harry Winks
    English footballer
Tanguy Ndombele went straight down the tunnel after being substituted against Morecambe  (Getty Images)
Tanguy Ndombele went straight down the tunnel after being substituted against Morecambe (Getty Images)

Tottenham scored three goals in the final 16 minutes to come from behind and avoid an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to League One Morecambe.

Shrimps captain Anthony O’Connor sparked pandemonium in the away end, capitalising on a statuesque defending to cooly volley home a corner from six yards on 33 minutes.

Spurs’ second string made hard work of the visitors but Antonio Conte’s triple substitution with 20 minutes remaining changed the game.

Harry Winks’ free-kick, which looked like a cross, sailed into the top corner for the equaliser on 74 minutes and subs Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored from inside the box in the final five minutes.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to assess the Spurs players...

Pierluigi Gollini 4

Mix up with Rodon forced the defender to concede the corner for Morecambe’s goal and he was rooted to his line as Alfie McCalmont’s ball sailed into the box.

Japhet Tanganga 5

His nightmare week continued when O’Connor easily gave him the slip for Morecambe’s goal. Looked uncomfortable in possession.

Joe Rodon 5

Looked like he was carrying a knock in a shaky performance. Played Gollini into trouble with an under-hit back pass in the first half and conceded the corner for Morecambe’s goal with a hasty clearance.

Ben Davies 6

Captaining the side, he nearly headed Spurs into the lead inside two minutes. Solid enough defensively and brought the ball out of defence well.

Matt Doherty 4

Failed to track the ball for Morecambe’s goal and squandered good positions in the final third, both from the right and left flanks.

Harry Winks 6

Probably did not mean his brilliant equaliser but nonetheless got Spurs back into the game. Did little on the ball, although he was missing forward runners ahead of him until Conte’s late subs.

Giovani Lo Celso 6

Often wasteful in a rusty performance but got better as the game went on. Forced a decent save from goalkeeper Trevor Carson as Spurs pushed for a winner and set up Kane’s goal.

Ryan Sessegnon 5

Got in plenty of promising positions but his final ball was lacking. Shot wide from 18 yards in a golden chance for an equaliser.

Tanguy Ndombele 4

Booed off by his own fans after trudging towards the touchline when he was replaced by Kane. It felt terminal and you wonder if that’s the last we’ll see of him in a Spurs shirt. Followed an ineffective display.

Bryan Gil 5

No shortage of effort but occasionally resembled Bambi on ice in an uncomfortable display up front. He made no telling impact before being replaced.

Dele Alli 5

Another poor display, albeit out of position as the central striker. One tame penalty appeal aside, he made few inroads in the Morecambe box.

Subs

Harry Kane (Dele 69’) 8

Headed a glorious chance wide from Lucas’ clever headed pass but clinched the win with a well-taken goal.

Lucas Moura (Gil 89’) 8

Proved the match-winner with Spurs’ crucial second goal, which displayed his tenacity and quality in the box.

Oliver Skipp (Ndombele 69’) 7

Added bite to the midfield and helped to spare Spurs’ blushes with a late rally.

Emerson Royal (Sessegnon 86’) 7

Involved in Kane’s goal, winning the ball near the corner flag.

Dane Scarlett (Lo Celso 88’) N/A

Not used: Lloris, Hojbjerg, Sanchez, Paskotsi.

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