Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe LIVE! Spurs survive scare - FA Cup result, match stream and latest updates today

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Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe LIVE! Spurs survive scare - FA Cup result, match stream and latest updates today
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Tottenham needed three goals in the final 16 minutes to avoid an FA Cup upset against Morecambe as they came from behind to win 3-1 on an afternoon when record signing Tanguy Ndombele was booed off by the home crowd.

Anthony O’Connor’s first-half goal had the League One side - 59 places below their hosts on the football ladder - dreaming of the most famous result in their history, but a late blitz spared Spurs’ blushes.

After Ndombele, who asked to leave the club last summer, angered the home fans by taking an age to leave the field when being substituted - surely a terminal act in the Frenchman’s underwhelming stay in north London - quickfire goals from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane sent Antonio Conte’s side through to round four.

But Conte will have had his assertions that the majority of his squad are not good enough to compete for the major honours confirmed in a sub-standard display and Ndombele might not be the only one considered to be at the end of the road.

Tottenham vs Morecambe latest news

  • GOAL! O’Conner volleys Morecambe ahead

  • GOAL! Winks equalises for Spurs

  • GOAL! Lucas puts Spurs ahead

  • GOAL! Kane makes sure of victory

  • How to watch: Highlights on BBC from 10:30pm

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

16:10 , Giuseppe Muro

Familiar story, really, as Spurs subs bail out the second string to avoid a humiliating cup defeat.

You can't help but wonder if that's the last we'll see of Tanguy Ndombele in a Spurs shirt, after the Frenchman was loudly booed off by Spurs fans as he walked off the pitch as snail's pace after being replaced by Harry Kane.

It is hard to see a way back for him after the crowd turned on him.


15:59 , Giuseppe Muro

Spurs survive a huge scare.

GOAL! Tottenham 3-1 Morecambe | Harry Kane ’88

15:48 , Giuseppe Muro

The substitutes have rescued Spurs from an upset. A clever finish from Kane and that is game over.

GOAL! Tottenham 2-1 Morecambe | Lucas Moura ’85

15:47 , Giuseppe Muro

Spurs have turned it around!

Lucas sprints clear, rounds the goalkeeper and finishes into an empty net.

15:41 , Giuseppe Muro

81 mins: Oof! What a brilliant save from Carson. If he did make a mistake for the goal, he has made up for it there.

Lo Celso strikes at goal and it is a superb one-handed save from Carson to keep it out.

15:39 , Giuseppe Muro

78 mins: Spurs are piling on the pressure. Winks fires over the bar from range. Can they win this in normal time? They have just over 10 minutes to do so.

15:38 , Giuseppe Muro

76 mins: Oh, what a chance for Kane!

The substitute finds space in a central on the six-yard line and just has to direct his header on target and Spurs are surely in front. But somehow Kane nods it wide and it stays 1-1.

Spurs have their tails up now.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-1 Morecambe | Harry Winks 74’

15:35 , Giuseppe Muro

Equaliser for Spurs!

There looked to be little danger when Spurs won a free-kick close to the left touchline. Winks swings it in and it evades everyone and goes over the head of goalkeeper Carson and flies into the top corner.

Did he mean that? Spurs won’t care, they are level.

15:32 , Giuseppe Muro

71 mins: That triple change has sparked a bit more urgency from Spurs. Moura drags a shot wide.

Into the final 20 minutes now.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:28 , Giuseppe Muro

Loud boos around the stadium as Ndombele walks off very, very slowly after being replaced by Kane.

He went straight down the tunnel. That felt... terminal...

15:28 , Giuseppe Muro

69 mins: Here come the cavalry. A triple change for Spurs.

Kane, Moura and Skipp are on. Gil, Ndombele and Dele are the three coming off.

15:27 , Giuseppe Muro

66 mins: Into the final quarter of the 90 minutes. It’s starting to get desperate for Spurs. Sessegnon has a go from range which is blocked.

15:22 , Giuseppe Muro

64 mins: Lucas is now getting ready...

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:22 , Giuseppe Muro

Former Spurs academy graduate Jon Obika on for Morecambe but still no sign of Conte making changes. Can't be long, surely...

15:21 , Giuseppe Muro

63 mins: How long will Conte leave it before turning to Kane?

He was hoping to give his star man a rest today but Spurs are labouring without him.

15:20 , Giuseppe Muro

61 mins: Good chance for Spurs! It falls to Sessegnon but he can only drag his effort wide of the post from inside the area.

That was a waste.

15:18 , Giuseppe Muro

58 mins: Substitution for Morecambe. Obika replaces Ayunga.

15:16 , Giuseppe Muro

57 mins: Doherty has a go from range but his effort sails well over the bar.

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55 mins: From the resulting corner, Doherty heads behind.

Can Morecambe hang on to this lead?

15:13 , Giuseppe Muro

54 mins: Better from Spurs. They win a corner down the left, Winks whips a ball to the front post where a deft flick from Dele forces Carson to tip the ball over the bar with a good reflex save.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:10 , Giuseppe Muro

There's been little improvement in the opening few minutes from the hosts.

15:09 , Giuseppe Muro

51 mins: Half a chance from Stockton, who gets half a yard inside the box and turns and shoots over the bar.

More encouragement for the away side, who have been brilliant today.

15:08 , Giuseppe Muro

50 mins: Moura is out warming up for Spurs.

There is hardly massive urgency from the home side in the opening five minutes of the second half. Morecambe are looking pretty comfortable.

15:04 , Giuseppe Muro

47 mins: There is a slight tweak from Spurs, with Doherty and Sessegnon switching flanks.


15:03 , Giuseppe Muro

46 mins: We are back underway for the second half. No changes for either side.

14:57 , Giuseppe Muro

How long will it be before we see Kane in the second half?

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:51 , Giuseppe Muro

Spurs' second string are halfway towards another humiliating defeat.

The hosts have been really sloppy and lethargic. Morecambe are giving it their all and are sensing a chance at history.

HT: Tottenham 0-1 Morecambe

14:50 , Giuseppe Muro

Boos ring around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

14:48 , Giuseppe Muro

44 mins: Lo Celso wastes a free-kick by shooting it into the wall, Spurs keep the chance alive and Sessegnon crosses but Doherty's header is easily saved by Trevor Carson.

14:47 , Giuseppe Muro

43 mins: Spurs players are going to be getting some stern words from their manager in a few minutes.

Will Conte need to turn to Kane in the second half?

14:44 , Giuseppe Muro

39 mins: There hasn’t been too much in the way of a response from Spurs since the goal. They have not done enough with the ball going forward this afternoon and they have looked shaky at the back.

Conte is starting to look worried on the touchline.

14:41 , Giuseppe Muro

35 mins: That was dreadful defending from Spurs. Dreadful. We have another possible third-round shock on our hands.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:40 , Giuseppe Muro

Pandemonium in the away end. O'Connor gave Tanganga the slip from McCalmont's corner.

A huge wake up call for Spurs, who have been sluggish and are suddenly facing an historic upset.

GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Morecambe | O’Conner 33’

14:39 , Giuseppe Muro

Incredible scenes! The League One side take the lead!

From that corner, McCalmont swings it in from the left and O'Connor gets in between Doherty and Tanganga to side-foot a volley from 10 yards.

14:34 , Giuseppe Muro

31 mins: Spurs are still dominating possession but Morecambe venture forward and win a corner as Rodon is forced to hack behind.

14:30 , Giuseppe Muro

29 mins: That’s better from Sessegnon, who is seeing more and more ff the ball.

He beats a couple of defenders, feeds Lo Celso and his shot is blocked.

14:30 , Giuseppe Muro

27 mins: ‘Premier League, you’re having a laugh’ comes the chant from the away end.

Sessegnon gets into a good crossing position on the left but his cutback can’t find anyone.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:28 , Giuseppe Muro

Morecambe striker Cole Stockton has scored 18 goals already this season, including some stunners.

He's not much had much of a sniff yet but Joe Rodon is running gingerly at the heart of Spurs' back three, so you wonder if the visitors can put pressure on the Welsh defender.

14:26 , Giuseppe Muro

25 mins: The first sense of some frustration from the home fans. Spurs are not moving the ball quickly enough.

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23 mins: Gil has been bright, Dele has worked hard, but there needs to be a bit of improvement from Spurs here.

Morecambe manager Stephen Robinson, watching from home of course, will be pleased with what he has seen.

14:23 , Giuseppe Muro

21 mins: Spurs are yet to create an opening from open play.

They need to move the ball quicker, Morecambe have set up with a low block and are defending well so far.

14:22 , Giuseppe Muro

20 mins: Lo Celso's corner goes all the way through to Doherty at the back post, and his header hits the post from a tight angle.

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17 mins: Spurs win a corner and as the ball comes into the box McLaughlin looks to have a hold of Davies and dragsround. Not too many appeals from Davies in fairness, and nothing from VAR.

McLaughlin is playing a risky game there, though.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:18 , Giuseppe Muro

After a couple of early chances, Spurs have had a sloppy ten minutes, giving Morecambe encouragement.

Lo Celso, Gil and Rodon (who does is running a little gingerly) are all making their first starts since Autumn, and the hosts are lacking a bit of rhythm so far.

14:18 , Giuseppe Muro

15 mins: Morecambe certainly do not look overawed by the occasion. They have made a really good start and have settled into the game now.

And you sense the Spurs backline could give them a chance or two this afternoon.

14:15 , Giuseppe Muro

12 mins: Nearly a chance for the away side.

Under pressure, Rodon underhits a backpass and Stockton is almost in. Luckily for Rodon, Gollini is alive to the danger and is off his line quickly to clear into the stands.

14:13 , Giuseppe Muro

10 mins: Morecambe have not had much of the ball, but they survived the opening 10 minutes.

Spurs are moving the ball from side to side but are yet to create a real opportunity from open play.

14:11 , Giuseppe Muro

9 mins: A weak effort from Lo Celso is comfortably saved by Carson.

14:10 , Giuseppe Muro

8 mins: Free-kick Spurs, about 30 yards out in a central position.

Lo Celso and Ndombele standing over it..

14:09 , Giuseppe Muro

6 mins: As I say that, Morecambe have their first sight at goal.

A poor defensive header from Davies gives the ball to McLoughlin and forces Gollini into a low save from 25 yards. That never looked like troubling the Spurs goalkeeper but that will give the League One side some confidence.

14:08 , Giuseppe Muro

5 mins: Morecambe have hardly had a touch in the opening five minutes.

Gill is dropping deep to try and find pockets of space. The Spaniard tries to play a through ball but there’s too much on it for Dele.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:06 , Giuseppe Muro

Spurs are in a 3-5-2, with Dele and Gil the most advanced players.

It looks like Dele will lead the line.

14:04 , Giuseppe Muro

1 min: An early chance for Spurs. They win a corner after a mistake in the Morecambe defence and from the corner Davies heads just over the bar.

That was a decent chance, Davies will feel he could have done better with that.


14:02 , Giuseppe Muro

We are underway the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium..

13:56 , Giuseppe Muro

Morecambe have conceded more goals than anyone else in League One this season.

You sense there could be goals in this for Spurs this afternoon.

Here come the two teams...

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

13:49 , George Flood

Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick is in position at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and shares his thoughts on Conte’s team selection...

Final preparations

13:39 , George Flood

A big chance to impress for this man today. Can he take it?

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Morecambe hand debuts to Carson and Bedeau

13:29 , George Flood

Morecambe make three changes to the team that beat Doncaster 4-3 last time out.

Straight in for debuts come goalkeeper Trevor Carson and defender Jacob Bedeau, who signed on loan this week from Dundee United and Burnley respectively.

Kyle Letheren and Liam Gibson both drop to the bench along with French forward Arthur Gnahoua, with Ryan Cooney also coming into the starting XI.

Ex-Spurs striker Jonathan Obika is named as a substitute.

Morecambe team in full

13:25 , George Flood

Morecambe XI: Carson, McLaughlin, Leigh, O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Ayunga, McLoughlin, Cooney, McCalmont

Subs: Letheren, Jones, McDonald, Wildig, Obika, Delaney, Mensah, Gibson, Gnahoua

Tottenham make eight changes

13:24 , George Flood

So Antonio Conte does indeed rotate his team as expected, with Tottenham showing eight changes from the side that lost to Chelsea in midweek.

Only Matt Doherty, Ben Davies (who wears the captain’s armband in the absence of Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane) and Japhet Tanganga retain their starting berths.

Kane is a sub for the first time under Conte and he is joined on the bench by 18-year-old Estonian defender Maksim Paskotsi.

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Morecambe lineup

13:11 , George Flood

Tottenham team in full

13:05 , George Flood

Tottenham XI: Gollini, Doherty, Tanganga, Rodon, Davies, Sessegnon, Winks, Lo Celso, Dele, Ndombele, Gil

Subs: Lloris, Sanchez, Paskotsi, Royal, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Lucas, Scarlett, Kane

Tottenham lineup

13:02 , George Flood

12:46 , George Flood

Harry Kane is here today, so looks like he might be on the bench just in case...

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Tottenham vs Morecambe prediction

12:40 , George Flood

Obviously, much depends on the team Conte fields but - with all due respect - one would imagine even a rotated Spurs side will make light work of their opposition today.

Spurs to win 2-0.

Morecambe boss Robinson tests positive for Covid

12:40 , George Flood

Morecambe are managed by former Spurs midfielder Stephen Robinson, who sadly misses today’s game after a positive test for Covid-19 was confirmed on Saturday.

Assistant manager Diarmuid O’Carroll takes the reins instead this afternoon.

Morecambe’s squad includes former Tottenham youngster Jonathan Obika, though they are likely to remain without Burnley loanee Adam Phillips in midfield.

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Tottenham team news - Kane being rested

12:35 , George Flood

Harry Kane will be rested by Tottenham today as Antonio Conte rotates his squad ahead of a busy run of high-profile January fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea again.

Conte revealed on Friday that Heung-min Son would be sidelined for a couple of weeks with a muscle injury, while Cristian Romero is still on the comeback trail following hamstring trouble.

Bryan Gil is pushing for a first start since November 25 after coming off the bench in the last three matches, while Conte has also said that Dele Alli is in contention to play.

The pair could form a makeshift front three with Lucas Moura, who was rested for the final 15 minutes against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Conte is expected to pick from two of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in midfield, while Ryan Sessegnon is set to be available again and could slot straight in at left wing-back.


Joe Rodon will be hoping for a rare opportunity in the heart of the back three, while Japhet Tanganga could play again – despite his horror show at Stamford Bridge. Pierluigi Gollini may deputise in goal.

Conte said: “I think for sure this game could be a good opportunity to make rotations and give chances to players who didn’t play so much in the last period.

“But the FA Cup is an important competition and we want to try to go to the next step and it will be important for us to win the game.”

Tottenham predicted XI (3-4-3): Gollini; Sanchez, Rodon, Tanganga; Doherty, Winks, Ndombele, Sessegnon; Dele, Gil, Lucas.

How to watch Tottenham vs Morecambe

12:30 , George Flood

Today’s game has not been selected for live television coverage in the UK.

However, highlights will be available on both BBC One and ITV.

BBC’s highlights programme begins tonight at 10:30pm GMT.

12:25 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of FA Cup third-round weekend.

Here our focus is on events in north London, where League One relegation battlers Morecambe will look to spring an enormous upset against Antonio Conte’s Tottenham.

Kick-off today is at 2pm GMT, so keep it right here for all the match build-up, latest team news and live updates, including expert analysis from Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!

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