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Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
Meet the Brit who helped turn Shakhtar Donetsk into a Champions League regular and now has set his sights on AFC Wimbledon
<p>Liverpool are keeping tabs on developments with Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama as the midfielder - who has seen his game time limited this season - has been deemed a possible replacement for Emre Can. </p><p>The Reds are bracing themselves for Can to leave on a free transfer in the summer - with <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5958476-juventus-remain-convinced-liverpool-s-emre-can-is-turin-bound-after-verbal-agreement" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Juventus his most likely destination" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Juventus his most likely destination</a> - as he has yet commit his future at Anfield, and despite having signed RB Leipzig&#39;s Naby Keita the club are reportedly eager to further bolster their midfield ranks.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5401155/Liverpool-monitor-Tottenham-midfielder-Victor-Wanyama.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Daily Mail" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Daily Mail</a>, Liverpool have now turned their attention to Wanyama due to Can&#39;s uncertain future, where their interest has been boosted after noticing his drop in game time under Mauricio Pochettino. </p><p>Following his return from a knee injury the 26-year-old has predominantly featured off the bench for Tottenham, with recent starting appearances only coming in Spurs&#39; FA Cup ties with AFC Wimbledon and Newport County. </p><p>Liverpool know more than must just how much impact Wanyama can have off the bench as a 12 minute cameo against the Reds at Anfield saw him tilt the game in Tottenham&#39;s favor after blasting a thunderous strike into the back of the net in the <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5968456-liverpool-2-2-tottenham-hotspur-2-stoppage-time-goals-ensure-points-are-shared-at-anfield" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:2-2 draw" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">2-2 draw</a>. </p><p>The former Southampton man would fit in seamlessly with Liverpool&#39;s former south coast members having played alongside the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.</p><p>While it&#39;s understood to be simply airing his thoughts, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard <a href="http://www.90min.com/posts/5979453-steven-gerrard-claims-liverpool-could-benefit-from-a-player-in-the-mould-of-spurs-enforcer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:supported a move for the 26-year-old" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">supported a move for the 26-year-old</a> when speaking on BT Sport.</p><p>The former Reds skipper said: &quot;I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a central midfielder, a holder. A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four. </p><p>&quot;Emre Can&#39;s leaving, obviously Keita&#39;s coming in. But Keita is a No 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner.&quot;</p><p>The situation has also peaked the interest of Manchester United and Chelsea, with the latter having long made their admiration for the Kenya international known. </p>
Report: Liverpool Interested in Victor Wanyama as Doubts Grow Over Emre Can's Future

Liverpool are keeping tabs on developments with Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama as the midfielder - who has seen his game time limited this season - has been deemed a possible replacement for Emre Can.

The Reds are bracing themselves for Can to leave on a free transfer in the summer - with Juventus his most likely destination - as he has yet commit his future at Anfield, and despite having signed RB Leipzig's Naby Keita the club are reportedly eager to further bolster their midfield ranks.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have now turned their attention to Wanyama due to Can's uncertain future, where their interest has been boosted after noticing his drop in game time under Mauricio Pochettino.

Following his return from a knee injury the 26-year-old has predominantly featured off the bench for Tottenham, with recent starting appearances only coming in Spurs' FA Cup ties with AFC Wimbledon and Newport County.

Liverpool know more than must just how much impact Wanyama can have off the bench as a 12 minute cameo against the Reds at Anfield saw him tilt the game in Tottenham's favor after blasting a thunderous strike into the back of the net in the 2-2 draw.

The former Southampton man would fit in seamlessly with Liverpool's former south coast members having played alongside the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

While it's understood to be simply airing his thoughts, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard supported a move for the 26-year-old when speaking on BT Sport.

The former Reds skipper said: "I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a central midfielder, a holder. A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four.

"Emre Can's leaving, obviously Keita's coming in. But Keita is a No 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner."

The situation has also peaked the interest of Manchester United and Chelsea, with the latter having long made their admiration for the Kenya international known.

Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky&#39;s shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an &#39;ooohhh&#39; from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O&#39;Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That&#39;s the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela&#39;s pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We&#39;re back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela&#39;s goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino&#39;s side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler&#39;s moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier&#39;s studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela&#39;s first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day&#39;s near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day&#39;s near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport&#39;s Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport&#39;s defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham&#39;s full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport&#39;s main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela&#39;s teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport&#39;s half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama&#39;s Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn&#39;s men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie&#39;s hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We&#39;re off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley&#39;s top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham&#39;s team featured in the Champions League group stages. &quot;If that is not enough to win us this game,&quot; says Pochettino, &quot;Then Houston we have a problem.&quot; 7:26PM The story of Newport&#39;s cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn&#39;s band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport&#39;s &#39;band of misfits&#39; who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham&#39;s midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen&#39;s shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here&#39;s you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane&#39;s late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport&#39;s accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight&#39;s game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn&#39;s Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino&#39;s side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced &#39;dossier&#39; detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli&#39;s tendency to be &#39;selfish&#39; and &#39;one-paced&#39; Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport&#39;s goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham&#39;s two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about &#39;trying to trick you opponent&#39; and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Newport County 0: Mauricio Pochettino takes a step closer to first major trophy
Mauricio Pochettino may not be prioritising the FA Cup just yet, but the competition seems to be doing its best to help him add a trophy to his Tottenham Hotspur CV. This fourth-round replay victory over League Two Newport County, in which Erik Lamela scored for the first time since September 2016, set up a last-16 trip to League One strugglers Rochdale. The Spotland Stadium pitch may give Pochettino some cause for concern, but, given Spurs beat AFC Wimbledon (19th in League One), in the third round, he can have no complaints over his side’s path towards the quarter-finals. Navigate the Rochdale game and a quarter-final tie, and only two ‘home’ games at Wembley will stand between Pochettino and the trophy that may just convince Real Madrid he really does have all the credentials to take over at the Bernabeu. The FA Cup could also prove to be important for Lamela, who has come through his injury nightmare and now found his touch in front of goal. Spurs are in the ascendancy at Wembley Credit: Reuters “It’s always important to feel the net for offensive players and for him to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino. “He’s an important player. “More than one year out is never easy to come back and perform in the way he was before. But he is doing so because he loves football and loves to train. I think his mentality is fantastic. He will recover to his real level and more, to a new level. In tough moments you learn a lot.” Lamela should really have finished with more than one goal and Tottenham, for whom Fernando Llorente missed a couple of sitters, should have won by a greater margin. Asked about Llorente, Pochettino sarcastically replied: “Yes, I am so worried. It was a great opportunity for him to score, he missed, he had the chance to score but we are 24 players and it will be tough for anyone to find a place in the starting 11.” Pochettino made 10 changes from the team that had drawn at Liverpool, with only Heung-Min Son being asked to play a second game in four days. The South Korean was still Tottenham’s best and most energetic player. FA Cup fifth-round draw Toby Alderwiereld returned from injury to start his first game since the Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the start of November, while Harry Winks and Danny Rose also came back in. But it was Newport, in front of nearly 8,000 travelling fans, who made the brighter start and caused Spurs enough problems that Pochettino sent a few water bottles flying. Victor Wanyama was booked for bringing down Newport captain Joss Labadie after being played into trouble by Juan Foyth, before Robbie Willmott picked out Padraig Amond in the Tottenham area but the striker was flagged offside. As Tottenham started to find their rhythm and Lamela buzzed around the Newport defence in the number 10 position, Rose should have opened the scoring for the hosts in the 23rd minute. Son played the ball across for Moussa Sissoko on the right and his deflected cross dropped perfectly into the path of Rose, but the left-back volleyed into the side netting, Dele Alli was given a run-out by Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Reuters Tottenham, though, only had to wait three more minutes to take the lead thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Dan Butler. Llorente found Sissoko and this time the midfielder’s low cross hit the heels of Butler and wrong-footed Newport goalkeeper Joe Day. From that moment on, there was only going to be one outcome and both Lamela and Son threatened the visitors’ goal before Lamela doubled Tottenham’s advantage. Son was the provider as he threaded a perfect pass through to Lamela, who took a touch before finishing expertly past Day. Pochettino’s team were threatening to run riot as they passed their way around Newport time and again, but Wanyama still needed to produce a superb challenge to prevent Labadie having a clear shot on goal from Frank Nouble’s pass. Harry Kane sat out this replay on the substitutes’ bench, no doubt with Saturday’s North London derby in mind. But the striker can be sure he will be back in the FA Cup at some stage after Llorente fluffed his chance to make an impression. As the second half wore on, Lamela started to dip into his bag of tricks, rolling his foot over the ball and swaying from side to side as Newport defenders tried to tackle him. The best players in the Premier League in January 2018 It was the former Roma forward who set-up Llorente to miss a sitter, as the striker somehow failed to find the net with his head from six yards with no defenders to be seen. The Spaniard also dragged a volley wide from a superb Christian Eriksen pass. In between those two chances, Pochettino had sent on Dele Alli for the final 12 minutes and the England international’s introduction was loudly booed by the Newport supporters, who presumably object to his nationality and the fact he has been labelled a diver. The Newport fans cheered wildly, when Alli clipped the top of the crossbar after being sent through by Eriksen and had a volley stopped by Day. They were almost given a Wembley goal to celebrate right at the end but Amond’s shot was saved by Michel Vorm. “I’m not happy, we just lost a game of football, but I’m very proud of the effort and work-rate,” said Newport manager Michael Flynn. “I know they missed a few chances, but we kept going and should have scored. “I’m hoping this cup run brings back a generation of fans because we lost them when we went out of business.” 9:41PM FT Spurs 2 Newport 0 Everyone is happy with that*. Spurs keep an avenue to silverware open and are through to the FA Cup fifth-round. Newport were not embarrassed and will go back down the M4 with all the credit in the world. *Everyone expect those damn neutrals who wanted either an upset or a 10-0 Spurs win. 9:38PM 90 minutes+ 2 Huge roar from the Newport fans- their team have a corner. McCoulsky's shot was blocked by Walker-Peters, no Wembley goal for Newport. OR IS THERE?! What a chance for Amond in the next phase of play, only had Vorm to beat from a tight-ish angle but shot straight at him. 9:35PM 89 minutes Sissoko volleys a shot straight up in the air, and the ball almost drops down and hits him on the head. Even the Spurs revelled in mocking him for that. Three minutes added time. 9:32PM 87 minutes Fine save by Day again. This time Aurier danced down the right and picked out Alli at the back post. Brings it down on his chest and volleys low towards the near post. Then a lovely piece of skill in the next phase of play draws an 'ooohhh' from the crowd. 9:30PM 85 minutes Another Tottenham substitution: Kyle Walker-Peters replaces Danny Rose. 9:28PM 83 minutes Dele Alli has had better weeks. Clean through on goal, he takes a slightly heavy touch. No matter, he is quick enough to recover and have the chance to lift the ball over Day. Gets too much on the effort however, and hits the top of the bar. Another chance missed. 9:26PM 81 minutes Eriksen busy again, he goes from the far corner from an improbable angle but Day scrambles across his goal to tip it wide. 9:24PM 79 minutes Another shocking miss by Llorente. It was on the volley, but from the corner of the six-yard box unmarked he should have hit the target. Delicious dinked ball over the top from Eriksen, reminiscent of the two crosses he picked Dele Alli out with against Chelsea last season. 9:22PM 77 minutes O'Brien on for Newport, who scored the goal to keep them in the Football League last season. Victor Wanyama is taken off by Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli gets a run out. 9:21PM 75 minutes Spurs stroking the ball around at will, and Lamela injects some tempo into the attack with a lovely chipped cross straight onto the head of Llorente. All on his own on the corner of the six yard box he misses the target completely. 9:17PM 72 minutes Vorm came and punched clear after the free-kick was initially headed clear. Eriksen starts a well-worked SPurs counter but Sissoko cannot wrap his foot around his volley at the back post. 9:16PM 71 minutes Newport sticking to their task admirably, and Foyth rashly takes out Labadie near the corner flag. Newport free-kick in a dangerous position. 9:14PM Cliff Jones presented with his birthday cake Credit: Getty Images 9:13PM 68 minutes Sweeping move by Spurs - Lamela feeds Rose on the overlap whose well-placed pull-back finds Eriksen but the Dane shoots wide of the near post. 9:12PM 67 minutes Pipe fouls Eriksen with bit of a lunge, but he pulled his studs out of the tackle to ensure no harm was done. That's the Newport right-backs last act of the match - he has a hamstring problem. Striker McCoulsky replaces him. 9:10PM 65 minutes A great chance for Lamela to add his second, but full credit to Day who spread himself to block his shot on the stretch. 9:09PM 63 minutes A brief flurry of Newport attacks, but Alderweireld clears his lines. Not sure why Pochettino feels the need to risk Eriksen - not that there has been a tackle to speak of tonight. 9:06PM 60 minutes A rather theatrical tumble from Danny Rose but he wins a free-kick for Spurs near the left-corner. Llorente again goes close to getting on the scoresheet but he cannot quite get his toe to Lamela's pass. As expected, Son is hooked. But slightly surprisingly, Christian Eriksen replaces him. 9:03PM 58 minutes Newport are stretched and starting to tire. Good overlap by Aurier but Llorente is a bit on his heels and cannot quite get to his cut-back. Dolan on for Newport as a substitute. 9:00PM 55 minutes Harry Kane is sat on the bench with his feet up - absolutely no need for for Spurs to utilise his talents tonight. 8:57PM 52 minutes Foyth mis-judges a bouncing ball but the ball strikes Amond on the arm and the Newport man is penalised. Lamela is running the show for Tottenham now, everything is going through him. 8:56PM 50 minutes Spurs play some keep-ball but the move breaks down on the edge of the area with a loose Danny Rose flick. Day gets away with a scuffed clearance and Newport survive. 8:54PM 48 minutes We're back under way at the start of the second half. Now a question of how many goals Spurs will bag and how many minutes Pochettino wants to give to his first-teamers. 8:39PM Erik Lamela's goal was warmly received Back in the groove... Credit: AP 8:38PM Spurs are on easy street Tottenham 2-0 Newport County HT: Catch all the reaction and analysis live on BT Sport 2 HD as Mauricio Pochettino's side look set to secure their FA Cup fifth round place. pic.twitter.com/MGR0kTPrts— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 7, 2018 8:35PM Half time: Spurs 2 Newport 0 Newport were commendable for the opening 25 minutes, but since Dan Butler's moment of misfortune this has been a foregone conclusion. 8:34PM 45 minutes Nouble hits the deck with a scream after Aurier's studs catch him on the top of the foot. Not a lot in that, and a ridiculous stoppage while VAR was consulted. Absoluteley no need for it. 8:30PM 44 minutes Back on his feet after sitting on the ball at the other end, Wanyama goes for another Kop End special but skews this one closer to the corner flag than the top corner. 8:29PM 42 minutes There was a penalty appeal for handball against Wanyama, but no sign of VAR in action that time. Rightly so as well, the ball went nowhere near his arm. It came from Nouble getting away again down the left. 8:28PM 40 minutes Llorente has had a rather drastic haircut recently, almost unrecognisable. Tottenham enjoying themselves now and the second-half could be a long old 45 minutes for Newport, 8:26PM 38 minutes Son dribbles down the left again and very nearly finds Llorente with a low cross. Surely Pochettino will consider taking him off soon with Arsenal in mind? Son looks a certainty to start the derby. 8:23PM Lamela's first goal of the season after 13 months out 34 - @ErikLamela collects from Sonny in the area and slots past Day to grab his first goal of the season! ⚪️ #THFC 2-0 #NCAFC ��— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 8:21PM Makes it look easy Son at the heart of things again, dribbles into the Newport box and finds Lamela with an outside of the foot pass. He takes it in his stride and pokes past Day. Tottenham in complete control now. 8:20PM GOAL! 2-0 Spurs Erik Lamela with his first FA Cup goal. 8:19PM 32 minutes Lovely interplay from Spurs again. Llorente finds Son with a flick around the corner, but his shot flies wide of Day's near-post. He was trying to give him the eyes. 8:18PM 30 minutes Double save by Day as Spurs move through the gears. Lamela catches a volley from outside the box as sweet as a nut and the goalkeeper parries. The Son pounces on the rebound and drives towards the bar-line. Goes for power at Day's near-post but he stands his ground. 8:15PM First use of VAR Danny Rose throws himself to the ground in the Newport penalty area. Referee Stuart Attwell stopped the game once the ball had gone for a throw-in to consult the video assistant referee - nothing doing. Play on. 8:13PM Very unlucky, but Spurs will not care Aurier down the right swung in a harmless looking cross, but in his attempt to clear at the near post Butler shinned the ball past his own goalkeeper. 8:12PM GOAL! 1-0 Spurs Own goal by Newport's Dan Butler. 8:11PM 24 minutes More promising stuff from Spurs as Aurier stands up a cross to the back post. Llorente nods it back across the six-yard line but Lamela is penalised for dangerous play as an attempted overhead kick catches fresh air. 8:09PM 22 minutes First Tottenham chance of the game. Son drove at Newport's defence, some were asking him to shoot but he fed Sissoko in the right channel. Slightly off balance he scooped a ball high to the back post that was met by Rose. He rather stabbed at the shot and it hit the side-netting. 8:08PM 21 minutes Newport are trying to hit the channels early into the space behind Tottenham's full-backs. Nouble in particular is staying high and letting Aurier go forward - he is Newport's main outlet thus far. 8:06PM 18 minutes Demetriou heads away Lamela's teasing delivery from a wide free-kick. Former West Ham (and about 20 other clubs) forward Nouble has the chance to lead a counter attack but Aurier stops him in his tracks with a well-times sliding challenge. Winks is down holding his ankle which is a concern...but he is back on. 8:04PM 16 minutes Danny Rose gets the start tonight, which surely means Ben Davies will get the nod against Arsenal given the way Pochettino likes to rotate his full backs. Appeal for a foul on Sissoko but the defender got a clean foot on the ball. Son follows up and Spurs have a corner. It flies over every one and Newport re-group. 8:02PM 14 minutes Not much is working for Tottenham so far, and their fans are sat waiting for something to warm them up. Wembley can be great on certain occasions, but when things are flat it feels awfully sterile. White looks for Wilmott over the top but it bounces through to Vorm. 8:00PM Newport fans They’re excited... pic.twitter.com/Gnl13yDABB— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) February 7, 2018 7:59PM Wanyama booked Credit: Reuters 7:58PM 11 minutes Golly gosh, that was a chance for Newport. Cross swung in from the right-flank but Amond got under his header from six yards out. Perhaps not the opportunity we first thought however, the flag was up for offside. 7:56PM Nine minutes Free-kick by Wilmott was straight into the wall. For the first time in the game, Tottenham build some concerted pressure in Newport's half. 7,500 Newport fans have made the trip to Wembley on a bitterly cold night. 7:54PM Six minutes Ian Darke bemoans that fact Victor Wanyama's Anfield screamer was forgotten amid the refereeing controversy, perhaps forgetting himself the role broadcasters like BT Sport play in perpetuating that. Foyth tries to roll the ball into Wanyama in his own half, but Labadie was there first and Wanyama mis-times his attempted tackle. Yellow card and a Newport free-kick 30 yards out. 7:51PM Four minutes Amond put Vorm under intense pressure, who took a risk by allowing the ball to run across his six-yard box. High energy stuff from the Welsh side but for how long can they maintain the pace? 7:50PM Two minutes Positive approach so far from Flynn's men who are trying their best to close Tottenham down. Labadie's hustling was a feature of the first game and he has picked up from where he left off at Rodney Parade. The Newport man also tucks his shirt into his shorts which is nice and retro. Son cuts in from the left flank but blasts over the bar. 7:47PM Kick-off! We're off, and it is Newport who get us under way. How long can they keep this tie alive for? 7:45PM The player have made their way out Not a bad crowd in tonight, though Wembley's top tier is redundant. 7:39PM Newport lose a player to the tattoo industry No Sean Rigg for Newport tonight, who has packed in football to become a tattoo artist. 7:38PM Houston we have a problem Mauricio Pochettino points out that nine of Tottenham's team featured in the Champions League group stages. "If that is not enough to win us this game," says Pochettino, "Then Houston we have a problem." 7:26PM The story of Newport's cup run 7:24PM How Mike Flynn's band of misfits put Newport back on track Read James Corrigan on Newport's 'band of misfits' who are bringing some joy to an area that was once one of the most deprived areas of Wales. 7:20PM Double injury boost for Spurs Spurs fans will be delighted to see Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld back. Winks improves the technical level of Tottenham's midfield and takes some of the weight off Christian Eriksen's shoulders to to get things ticking. Alderweireld is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League and can get some minutes in the bank before Arsenal visit on Saturday. 6:47PM Here is the fifth-round draw as things stand FA Cup fifth round draw 6:47PM Newport County team TEAM NEWS| Here's you Starting XI to face @SpursOfficial in the #EmiratesFACup Fourth Round Replay. Ben White passes a very late fitness test to make the starting line up. #OneClubOneCountypic.twitter.com/p2IeOOdn76— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) February 7, 2018 6:46PM Harry Winks returns to the Spurs XI - full team and substitutes #THFC: Vorm (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Llorente. #COYSpic.twitter.com/sBhf99LIYf— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 7, 2018 6:42PM FA Cup fever returns The road to Wembley takes us to...Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay. The first game at Rodney Parade was the most absorbing 90 minutes the competition has produced this season, with Harry Kane's late equaliser sparing Tottenham the ultimate embarrassment. A Wembley replay is fantastic news for Newport's accountants, less so for Spurs who could have done without the extra fixture in the week of a north London derby. Tonight's game should be little more than a training exercise, but it is still a game that need to be played. With Mauricio Pochettino still looking for his first major trophy as a manager though, he can be grateful to still be in the hat. Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors. They had fully genned up on Pochettino's side too, as revealed by the leak of a Newport-produced 'dossier' detailing their opponents weaknesses. Highlights included Dele Alli's tendency to be 'selfish' and 'one-paced' Eric Dier. Flynn has apologised to Pochettino for the leak, but I think their professionalism and attention to detail will have impressed the Argentine. Padraig Armond scored Newport's goal at Rodney Parade Credit: AFP Speaking of Pochettino, his comments on diving and the video assistant referee system angering many. Alli was booked for simulation in their 2-2 draw at Liverpool on Sunday, while many felt Harry Kane and Erik Lamela went to ground too easily for Tottenham's two penalties. The Tottenham manager said football is about 'trying to trick you opponent' and claimed there is a danger of over-analysing every incident. On the billiard-table turf of Wembley, this should be far more straightforward for Spurs despite the numerous changes they are expected to make. January purchase Lucas Moura was not registered before the first tie and is therefore illegible. Full team news on the way shortly.
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AFC Wimbledon appoint top QC in fight over MK Dons charge
AFC Wimbledon appoint top QC in fight over MK Dons charge
AFC Wimbledon appoint top QC in fight over MK Dons charge
AFC Wimbledon appoint top QC in fight over MK Dons charge
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Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018 (AFP Photo/)
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018 (AFP Photo/)
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018
An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018. Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018. Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham&#39;s Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren&#39;t happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side&#39;s 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren&#39;t happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side&#39;s 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren&#39;t happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side&#39;s 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren&#39;t happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side&#39;s 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Harry Kane Reveals Spurs Trophy Ambitions & What Club Need to Do to Keep Him
Him ​Harry Kane has opened up about his desire to win silverware with Tottenham and whether footballers should stay at a club if they aren't happy there. The Spurs superstar was quoted by ​ESPN as he lifted the lid on a number of intriguing topics put to him following his side's 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over AFC Wimbledon. Kane, who enjoyed a superb 2017 by breaking the Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year, is yet to win a trophy since he broke into the first-team...
Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit: Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we&#39;ve got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”
Harry Kane wants trophies as he spells out what it will take for Tottenham to keep him
Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit: Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we've got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”
Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit: Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we&#39;ve got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”
Harry Kane wants trophies as he spells out what it will take for Tottenham to keep him
Harry Kane has set out exactly what Tottenham Hotspur must do to make sure he never has his head turned with the striker reiterating the fact he wants to start winning trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Kane loves Tottenham enough to join the list of one-club legends, but has also warned Spurs cannot take the 24-year-old for granted. Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has once again highlighted how hard it is for clubs to keep their best players once they decide they want out. Kane’s current contract runs to 2022 and there has been no suggestion of Tottenham allowing him to leave or him pushing for a move in the near future. But the England international could earn significantly more money by leaving Spurs and, more importantly, would be guaranteed silverware at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Asked what Tottenham need to do to keep him, Kane replied: I’ve always said: keep progressing, keep getting better, we want to start winning trophies. That’s the aim, as long as the club keep doing that then, yeah I’m happy here.” Credit: Getty Images Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been rapid and qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League, in which Kane and his team-mates will face Juventus, has seen the club take another step forwards this term. But Spurs face a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League and there is concern that they will be outspent by all of their rivals during the January and summer transfer windows. Chelsea last week completed the £15million signing of Ross Barkley, who had been on Tottenham’s radar for almost a year, while competition is growing for Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. There is already talk that this will be quiet month for Spurs, although there remains interest in Barcelona duo Andre Gomes, who almost moved to the club last summer, and Denis Suarez, who may be available on loan. Moving into the new stadium will also constitute progress for Tottenham, but it is what is happening on the pitch that will ultimately keep Kane happy or leave him wondering whether he will have to go elsewhere to achieve his career goals. Kane insisted there have been no recent talks over a new contract and agreed with his manager that it is pointless to try to force a player to stay if they have decided they want to go. He said: “I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line. “From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it, so I wouldn’t say they’re powerless. But I can see why if a player wants to go you would let him go.” January 2018 transfer window While the Premier League title may be out of reach, Tottenham feel they can make progress in the FA Cup as Kane seeks a first winners’ medal. “We’ve been close in the League the last couple of years, but the aim of the game is to win trophies and that’s what we've got to try and do,” said Kane, who scored twice in the third-round victory over AFC Wimbledon. “We’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup and we know Champions League will be tough so the FA Cup is one we have a good chance in. We’ll be one of the favourites. “We want to win a trophy somehow and the FA Cup is a competition we’re looking at to do that. It’s always been a fantastic competition and obviously there’s been a lot of talk over the years about people resting players but that’s just the nature of the game now — there’s so many games and squads are so good, you can rest players, so for us whatever the gaffer chooses we’ll be ready to play. “I think this year especially with the League, kind of being out of contention — of course we want to finish in the top four, but there’s a chance for us to win a competition so we’ll see. “Obviously once the Champions League starts there’s going to be a lot of games, but I think we’ve got a good enough squad to rotate like we did at the weekend, not everyone but a few here and there and get the job done.”
For the third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had made nine changes to the side that drew with Chelsea in the Premier League in midweek.
FA Cup: Abject Arsenal sent packing by Nottingham Forest; Tottenham Hotspur shrug off AFC Wimbledon
For the third-round tie against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had made nine changes to the side that drew with Chelsea in the Premier League in midweek.
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Mauricio Pochettino congratulates Kane after he is substituted Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs&#39; win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. Mauricio Pochettino congratulates Kane after he is substituted Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs&#39; win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs&#39; win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs&#39; win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane to stay at Spurs indefinitely but says 'in football you cannot be sure'
Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to take Harry Kane for granted after the striker opened his goalscoring account for 2018. Kane netted twice to help Tottenham into the fourth round of the FA Cup as, despite the personal records, he and manager Pochettino both seek their first piece of silverware. Spurs have been given another reminder of how tough it can be for even the Premier League’s best clubs to hold on to their stars after Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142million deal. Pochettino hopes Kane can become a one-club man, but is realistic enough to acknowledge that Tottenham must play their part in making sure the love affair continues. Kane could earn considerably more by leaving Spurs and would also be guaranteed trophies at one of Europe’s biggest clubs. “Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. “Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club and of course Harry is such a special player. I told him only a few special players like [Francesco] Totti can spend all their career in one club. “I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham. But in football you cannot be sure. “It is today, the present, tomorrow, after tomorrow you need to doubt. That is why it is so important to work together and try to achieve all that you want. “And of course this present at Tottenham, this future at Tottenham, this project is so exciting and I hope, we hope, that all together we spend a lot of time here and try to win trophies and achieve what we want.” Pochettino had originally been asked whether or not Coutinho’s move was a boost to Tottenham’s Premier League top four hopes, but the Argentine decided to take a different approach to the question. “I think it is a massive example or massive point to show how this business is,” said Pochettino. “How difficult it is for the clubs to keep their best players. Pochettino wants Kane to be a one-club man with Spurs Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA “Liverpool is one of the best clubs in the world and it looks when Coutinho, or a player like Coutinho, wants to leave, how difficult it is to keep your best player. “But that is [the situation] today with Coutinho, who I think Liverpool wanted to keep but was difficult to keep. And look what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United and Zidane at Juventus, Figo in Barcelona. It is a lot of examples that it is so, so tough to keep your best player if the player says he wants to leave. “That is why it is so important how you care for your players. It is why you need to anticipate things. It is so important to work with the human side and then to provide the player, the club and the team an exciting moment, and try and build a project that they feel comfortable with and they are happy to be with you. “Today, when a player decides to leave, look what happens. If another club pays the type of money they pay - like Barcelona with Liverpool - how do you stop it?” AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley admitted that he thought it was a “wind up” when he saw Kane’s name on the Tottenham team-sheet on Sunday. Kane was not even born when the Crazy Gang beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final and the England international succeeded where John Aldridge had failed by finding a way past a Wimbledon goalkeeper at Wembley. Pochettino embraces Neal Ardley after Spurs' win over Wimbledon Credit: Shaun Brooks/Getty Images But Tottenham had survived a major first-half scare before Kane broke Wimbledon hearts with two goals in three second-half minutes. Jimmy Abdou’s shot looked like it was heading towards the top corner until stand-in Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm managed to tip the ball on to the underside of his crossbar and then save the follow up shot from Liam Trotter. Kane himself had gone close on a couple of occasions before the break, but it was two goals just after the hour mark that killed the tie and any chance of an upset. For the first, Kieran Trippier played in Moussa Sissoko down the right and the midfielder’s cross was converted by Kane. The 24-year-old then doubled his and Tottenham’s tally by sweeping the ball into the net after a Kyle Walker-Peters shot had been deflected into his path. Not even a thunderbolt from Jan Vertonghen, which increased Tottenham’s lead to three goals, stopped the Wimbledon fans taking great delight in jeering former MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who was sent on as a substitute. Pochettino took Kane off before he had the chance to complete his hat-trick and the FA Cup may yet prove to be an important competition for the two men Tottenham must keep hold of.
&#39;Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing&#39; - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a &#39;wind-up&#39;
'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'
'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'
&#39;Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing&#39; - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a &#39;wind-up&#39;
'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'
'Oh wow, Harry Kane is playing' - AFC Wimbledon thought Tottenham striker starting in FA Cup was a 'wind-up'
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane&#39;s inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a &#39;wind-up&#39;
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane&#39;s inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a &#39;wind-up&#39;
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'
AFC Wimbledon coach thought Harry Kane's inclusion in Tottenham starting XI for FA Cup clash was a 'wind-up'
<p>In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.</p><p>Kicking off the day, League Two outfit <b>Newport County</b> provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side <b>Leeds United</b> in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.</p><p>Elsewhere, League One&#39;s <b>Shrewsbury Town</b> shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side <b>West Ham</b> with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.</p><p>At Wembley Stadium, <b>Tottenham Hotspur</b> made easy work of struggling League One side <b>AFC Wimbledon</b> in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.</p><p>In the final match of the day, cup holders <b>Arsenal</b> faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less <b>Nottingham Forest</b>, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.</p><p>Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.</p><p>Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break. </p><p>To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts&#39; first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996. </p><p>In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.</p><p>Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would&#39;ve been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky&#39;s thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.</p><p>Gaetano Berardi&#39;s effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy&#39;s kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites&#39; misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.</p>
FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

<p>In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.</p><p>Kicking off the day, League Two outfit <b>Newport County</b> provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side <b>Leeds United</b> in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.</p><p>Elsewhere, League One&#39;s <b>Shrewsbury Town</b> shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side <b>West Ham</b> with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.</p><p>At Wembley Stadium, <b>Tottenham Hotspur</b> made easy work of struggling League One side <b>AFC Wimbledon</b> in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.</p><p>In the final match of the day, cup holders <b>Arsenal</b> faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less <b>Nottingham Forest</b>, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.</p><p>Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.</p><p>Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break. </p><p>To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts&#39; first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996. </p><p>In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.</p><p>Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would&#39;ve been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky&#39;s thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.</p><p>Gaetano Berardi&#39;s effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy&#39;s kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites&#39; misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.</p>
FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

<p>In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.</p><p>Kicking off the day, League Two outfit <b>Newport County</b> provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side <b>Leeds United</b> in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.</p><p>Elsewhere, League One&#39;s <b>Shrewsbury Town</b> shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side <b>West Ham</b> with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.</p><p>At Wembley Stadium, <b>Tottenham Hotspur</b> made easy work of struggling League One side <b>AFC Wimbledon</b> in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.</p><p>In the final match of the day, cup holders <b>Arsenal</b> faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less <b>Nottingham Forest</b>, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.</p><p>Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.</p><p>Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break. </p><p>To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts&#39; first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996. </p><p>In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.</p><p>Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would&#39;ve been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky&#39;s thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.</p><p>Gaetano Berardi&#39;s effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy&#39;s kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites&#39; misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.</p>
FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Wimbledon&#39;s Liam Trotter shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - January 7, 2018 Wimbledon's Liam Trotter shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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