AFC Wimbledon

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Frank Lampard's first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. Former England midfielder Lampard, who took over as boss of the Rams three weeks ago, takes his team to Reading on Friday, August 3. Derby also figured in the opening game of the 2017-18 campaign, drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. They went on to finish sixth but lost out to promoted Fulham in the play-offs, with Gary Rowett since leaving to join Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League. The opening round of Championship matches, revealed by the EFL on Thursday morning, will be spread over four days. There is an intriguing contest at Elland Road on Sunday, August 5, with Leeds hosting Stoke in what will represent the first competitive match with their new clubs for respective managers Marcelo Bielsa and Rowett. Marcelo Bielsa is the new Leeds coach Credit: afp Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa side - beaten play-off finalists last month - to former club Hull on Monday, August 6, with the remaining nine Championship games taking place on the Saturday. Relegated West Brom, who confirmed Darren Moore as their permanent boss following an impressive stint as caretaker, open at home to Bolton while Graham Potter's Swansea - the other team bidding for an instant top flight return - have an evening game at Sheffield United. Of the promoted trio, League One champions Wigan start at home to Sheffield Wednesday, runners-up Blackburn are at Ipswich and play-off winners Rotherham go to Brentford. Elsewhere, Birmingham host Norwich, Middlesbrough are at Millwall, Bristol City face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and Preston welcome QPR. There is deja vu among the final round of fixtures. Bolton ensured survival last month with a final-day home win over Nottingham Forest and the two teams meet again in their final game of next season, albeit at Forest. Lampard's Rams host West Brom in the most eye-catching May 5 fixture. Stoke finish at home to Sheffield United and Swansea are at Blackburn. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article In League One, Joey Barton starts his management career at Fleetwood with a home match against AFC Wimbledon. Sunderland, playing in the third tier of English football for only the second time after finishing bottom of last season's Championship, open with a home match against Charlton at 1230 on August 4. There are home games too for the other relegated sides, with Barnsley hosting Oxford and Burton taking on Rochdale. League Two champions Accrington open at home to Gillingham, Wycombe face Blackpool and play-off winners Coventry tackle Scunthorpe, with the other team to move up - Luton - away to Portsmouth. Beaten play-off finalists Shrewsbury - now under the leadership of John Askey - start at home to Bradford, Peterborough face Bristol Rovers, Southend host Doncaster and Plymouth go to Walsall. Macclesfield and Tranmere, back in the EFL after promotion last season, both start their League Two campaigns away from home. test - do not delete National League champions Macclesfield, with Mark Yates now at the helm following Askey's departure, open at Swindon. Tranmere - Wembley conquerors of Boreham Wood - begin at Stevenage. Bury, Northampton and Oldham all start with home games as they bid for an instant return to League One, with Yeovil, Lincoln and MK Dons - the other relegated team - the respective opponents. Carlisle have a near 700-mile round trip to beaten play-off finalists Exeter on the opening day, Notts County host Colchester and Mansfield are at home to Newport. Grimsby begin at home to Forest Green, Cheltenham host Crawley, Cambridge travel to Port Vale and Morecambe are at Crewe.
Football League fixtures 2018/19: Frank Lampard starts Championship campaign as Derby manager against Reading
Frank Lampard's first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. Former England midfielder Lampard, who took over as boss of the Rams three weeks ago, takes his team to Reading on Friday, August 3. Derby also figured in the opening game of the 2017-18 campaign, drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. They went on to finish sixth but lost out to promoted Fulham in the play-offs, with Gary Rowett since leaving to join Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League. The opening round of Championship matches, revealed by the EFL on Thursday morning, will be spread over four days. There is an intriguing contest at Elland Road on Sunday, August 5, with Leeds hosting Stoke in what will represent the first competitive match with their new clubs for respective managers Marcelo Bielsa and Rowett. Marcelo Bielsa is the new Leeds coach Credit: afp Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa side - beaten play-off finalists last month - to former club Hull on Monday, August 6, with the remaining nine Championship games taking place on the Saturday. Relegated West Brom, who confirmed Darren Moore as their permanent boss following an impressive stint as caretaker, open at home to Bolton while Graham Potter's Swansea - the other team bidding for an instant top flight return - have an evening game at Sheffield United. Of the promoted trio, League One champions Wigan start at home to Sheffield Wednesday, runners-up Blackburn are at Ipswich and play-off winners Rotherham go to Brentford. Elsewhere, Birmingham host Norwich, Middlesbrough are at Millwall, Bristol City face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and Preston welcome QPR. There is deja vu among the final round of fixtures. Bolton ensured survival last month with a final-day home win over Nottingham Forest and the two teams meet again in their final game of next season, albeit at Forest. Lampard's Rams host West Brom in the most eye-catching May 5 fixture. Stoke finish at home to Sheffield United and Swansea are at Blackburn. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article In League One, Joey Barton starts his management career at Fleetwood with a home match against AFC Wimbledon. Sunderland, playing in the third tier of English football for only the second time after finishing bottom of last season's Championship, open with a home match against Charlton at 1230 on August 4. There are home games too for the other relegated sides, with Barnsley hosting Oxford and Burton taking on Rochdale. League Two champions Accrington open at home to Gillingham, Wycombe face Blackpool and play-off winners Coventry tackle Scunthorpe, with the other team to move up - Luton - away to Portsmouth. Beaten play-off finalists Shrewsbury - now under the leadership of John Askey - start at home to Bradford, Peterborough face Bristol Rovers, Southend host Doncaster and Plymouth go to Walsall. Macclesfield and Tranmere, back in the EFL after promotion last season, both start their League Two campaigns away from home. test - do not delete National League champions Macclesfield, with Mark Yates now at the helm following Askey's departure, open at Swindon. Tranmere - Wembley conquerors of Boreham Wood - begin at Stevenage. Bury, Northampton and Oldham all start with home games as they bid for an instant return to League One, with Yeovil, Lincoln and MK Dons - the other relegated team - the respective opponents. Carlisle have a near 700-mile round trip to beaten play-off finalists Exeter on the opening day, Notts County host Colchester and Mansfield are at home to Newport. Grimsby begin at home to Forest Green, Cheltenham host Crawley, Cambridge travel to Port Vale and Morecambe are at Crewe.
Frank Lampard's first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. Former England midfielder Lampard, who took over as boss of the Rams three weeks ago, takes his team to Reading on Friday, August 3. Derby also figured in the opening game of the 2017-18 campaign, drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. They went on to finish sixth but lost out to promoted Fulham in the play-offs, with Gary Rowett since leaving to join Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League. The opening round of Championship matches, revealed by the EFL on Thursday morning, will be spread over four days. There is an intriguing contest at Elland Road on Sunday, August 5, with Leeds hosting Stoke in what will represent the first competitive match with their new clubs for respective managers Marcelo Bielsa and Rowett. Marcelo Bielsa is the new Leeds coach Credit: afp Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa side - beaten play-off finalists last month - to former club Hull on Monday, August 6, with the remaining nine Championship games taking place on the Saturday. Relegated West Brom, who confirmed Darren Moore as their permanent boss following an impressive stint as caretaker, open at home to Bolton while Graham Potter's Swansea - the other team bidding for an instant top flight return - have an evening game at Sheffield United. Of the promoted trio, League One champions Wigan start at home to Sheffield Wednesday, runners-up Blackburn are at Ipswich and play-off winners Rotherham go to Brentford. Elsewhere, Birmingham host Norwich, Middlesbrough are at Millwall, Bristol City face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and Preston welcome QPR. There is deja vu among the final round of fixtures. Bolton ensured survival last month with a final-day home win over Nottingham Forest and the two teams meet again in their final game of next season, albeit at Forest. Lampard's Rams host West Brom in the most eye-catching May 5 fixture. Stoke finish at home to Sheffield United and Swansea are at Blackburn. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article In League One, Joey Barton starts his management career at Fleetwood with a home match against AFC Wimbledon. Sunderland, playing in the third tier of English football for only the second time after finishing bottom of last season's Championship, open with a home match against Charlton at 1230 on August 4. There are home games too for the other relegated sides, with Barnsley hosting Oxford and Burton taking on Rochdale. League Two champions Accrington open at home to Gillingham, Wycombe face Blackpool and play-off winners Coventry tackle Scunthorpe, with the other team to move up - Luton - away to Portsmouth. Beaten play-off finalists Shrewsbury - now under the leadership of John Askey - start at home to Bradford, Peterborough face Bristol Rovers, Southend host Doncaster and Plymouth go to Walsall. Macclesfield and Tranmere, back in the EFL after promotion last season, both start their League Two campaigns away from home. test - do not delete National League champions Macclesfield, with Mark Yates now at the helm following Askey's departure, open at Swindon. Tranmere - Wembley conquerors of Boreham Wood - begin at Stevenage. Bury, Northampton and Oldham all start with home games as they bid for an instant return to League One, with Yeovil, Lincoln and MK Dons - the other relegated team - the respective opponents. Carlisle have a near 700-mile round trip to beaten play-off finalists Exeter on the opening day, Notts County host Colchester and Mansfield are at home to Newport. Grimsby begin at home to Forest Green, Cheltenham host Crawley, Cambridge travel to Port Vale and Morecambe are at Crewe.
Football League fixtures 2018/19: Frank Lampard starts Championship campaign as Derby manager against Reading
Frank Lampard's first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. Former England midfielder Lampard, who took over as boss of the Rams three weeks ago, takes his team to Reading on Friday, August 3. Derby also figured in the opening game of the 2017-18 campaign, drawing 1-1 at Sunderland. They went on to finish sixth but lost out to promoted Fulham in the play-offs, with Gary Rowett since leaving to join Stoke following their relegation from the Premier League. The opening round of Championship matches, revealed by the EFL on Thursday morning, will be spread over four days. There is an intriguing contest at Elland Road on Sunday, August 5, with Leeds hosting Stoke in what will represent the first competitive match with their new clubs for respective managers Marcelo Bielsa and Rowett. Marcelo Bielsa is the new Leeds coach Credit: afp Steve Bruce takes his Aston Villa side - beaten play-off finalists last month - to former club Hull on Monday, August 6, with the remaining nine Championship games taking place on the Saturday. Relegated West Brom, who confirmed Darren Moore as their permanent boss following an impressive stint as caretaker, open at home to Bolton while Graham Potter's Swansea - the other team bidding for an instant top flight return - have an evening game at Sheffield United. Of the promoted trio, League One champions Wigan start at home to Sheffield Wednesday, runners-up Blackburn are at Ipswich and play-off winners Rotherham go to Brentford. Elsewhere, Birmingham host Norwich, Middlesbrough are at Millwall, Bristol City face Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate and Preston welcome QPR. There is deja vu among the final round of fixtures. Bolton ensured survival last month with a final-day home win over Nottingham Forest and the two teams meet again in their final game of next season, albeit at Forest. Lampard's Rams host West Brom in the most eye-catching May 5 fixture. Stoke finish at home to Sheffield United and Swansea are at Blackburn. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article In League One, Joey Barton starts his management career at Fleetwood with a home match against AFC Wimbledon. Sunderland, playing in the third tier of English football for only the second time after finishing bottom of last season's Championship, open with a home match against Charlton at 1230 on August 4. There are home games too for the other relegated sides, with Barnsley hosting Oxford and Burton taking on Rochdale. League Two champions Accrington open at home to Gillingham, Wycombe face Blackpool and play-off winners Coventry tackle Scunthorpe, with the other team to move up - Luton - away to Portsmouth. Beaten play-off finalists Shrewsbury - now under the leadership of John Askey - start at home to Bradford, Peterborough face Bristol Rovers, Southend host Doncaster and Plymouth go to Walsall. Macclesfield and Tranmere, back in the EFL after promotion last season, both start their League Two campaigns away from home. test - do not delete National League champions Macclesfield, with Mark Yates now at the helm following Askey's departure, open at Swindon. Tranmere - Wembley conquerors of Boreham Wood - begin at Stevenage. Bury, Northampton and Oldham all start with home games as they bid for an instant return to League One, with Yeovil, Lincoln and MK Dons - the other relegated team - the respective opponents. Carlisle have a near 700-mile round trip to beaten play-off finalists Exeter on the opening day, Notts County host Colchester and Mansfield are at home to Newport. Grimsby begin at home to Forest Green, Cheltenham host Crawley, Cambridge travel to Port Vale and Morecambe are at Crewe.
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon fixtures for League One 2018-19 season: Full schedule with dates
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
AFC Wimbledon new stadium: Dons face delay with work set to be finished midway through 2019-20 season
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's James Vaughan in action with AFC Wimbledon's Joe Pigott Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Nathan Byrne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Andy Barcham Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley speaks with George Long after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
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League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Christian Walton applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Christian Walton applauds fans after the match Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's James Vaughan reacts at the end of the game Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's James Vaughan reacts at the end of the game Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Michael Jacobs scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Michael Jacobs scores their first goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
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League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Michael Jacobs celebrates scoring their first goal with James Vaughan Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Jamie Walker in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Jamie Walker in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's James Vaughan has a shot blocked by AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's James Vaughan has a shot blocked by AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Ryan Colclough in action with AFC Wimbledon's Harry Forrester Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Ryan Colclough in action with AFC Wimbledon's Harry Forrester Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Nathan Byrne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Andy Barcham Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Nathan Byrne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Andy Barcham Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook and AFC Wimbledon's manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook and AFC Wimbledon's manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Sam Morsy in action with AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Sam Morsy in action with AFC Wimbledon's Lyle Taylor Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Gary Roberts in action with AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Gary Roberts in action with AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Gary Roberts shoots at goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Gary Roberts shoots at goal Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's George Long in action with Wigan Athletic's Dan Burn Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's George Long in action with Wigan Athletic's Dan Burn Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Ryan Colclough in action with AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's Ryan Colclough in action with AFC Wimbledon's Barry Fuller Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's Joe Pigott celebrates scoring their first goal with Lyle Taylor (L) Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 AFC Wimbledon's Joe Pigott celebrates scoring their first goal with Lyle Taylor (L) Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon - DW Stadium, Wigan, Britain - April 28, 2018 Wigan Athletic's manager Paul Cook before kick off Action Images/John Clifton EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
AFC Wimbledon to finish above MK Dons for first time in their history
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
EFL drop charges after AFC Wimbledon refused to use MK Dons' full name
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
AFC Wimbledon put the squeeze on play-off pushing Charlton in battle against the drop
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley confronts the officials after the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley confronts the officials after the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Nathan Thomas in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Nathan Thomas in action with AFC Wimbledon's Dean Parrett Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Alex Rodman celebrates after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Alex Rodman celebrates after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst applauds the fans after the match Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Omar Beckles shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Omar Beckles shoots at goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal with Omar Beckles Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal with Omar Beckles Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town fan Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town fan Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman with Reading's Dave Edwards in the stands before the game Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Jimmy Abdou which led to appeals for a penalty Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne in action with AFC Wimbledon's Jimmy Abdou which led to appeals for a penalty Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to the assistant referee Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
Soccer Football - League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon - Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury, Britain - March 24, 2018 Shrewsbury Town's Stefan Payne makes an appeal for a penalty to referee Darren Drysdale Action Images/Ed Sykes EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.
League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
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League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
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League One - Shrewsbury Town vs AFC Wimbledon
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Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
From crime to grime - how Hackney Wick FC are challenging gang culture in inner London
Bobby Kasanga remembers precisely what it was that first drew him into crime. “Trainers,” he says. “My brother was big in local gangs and was buying new trainers all the time. His were always box fresh. Me, I still had the same pair I’d had for two years. I wanted shoes like his. I wanted some of his status. Simple as that.” A bright, articulate teenager, doing well in his studies, reckoned a real prospect of a footballer, Kasanga still found the lure of easy money from crime impossible to resist. He wanted those trainers. “I had everything going for me: college, football, I had a good part-time job. It should have been enough. I should have been leading a productive life. Instead I spent most of my 20s doing time.” It is a pattern he sees being played out across modern London: black teenagers succumbing to criminal temptation when they could offer so much. The city, he reckons, is littered with squandered opportunity, wasted potential, lives torpedoed by crime. Which is why, three years ago, when he came out of prison for what he was determined would be the last time, he decided he was going to do something about it. “Basically, I wanted to use my experience to make a difference.” The vehicle he chose was football. He might not have progressed as far in the game as his half-brother Medy Elito, the Cambridge United winger. But, in between spells in prison, he played for many a non-League club, from Fisher Athletic to East Thurrock, from Corinthian Casuals to Ashford. And during his time patrolling the semi-pro game, he noted that in his home borough of Hackney there was not a single club that played above tier seven. So, he decided when he left prison to set one up. Kasanga spent numerous stints in prison before turning his life around and establishing the club Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley In January 2015, he established Hackney Wick FC. And, within three seasons, thanks to his tireless enthusiasm, energy and skill in accessing funds, the first team are playing semi-professionally in the Middlesex Senior League, there is a women’s team and the club have 250 junior playing members. This season they played in the FA Cup for the first time and drew over 750 for a derby with Clapton FC. And their founder has ambition to climb much higher. “I see AFC Wimbledon as our role model,” he says. “Twenty years ago, they didn’t exist. Now they are in League One with a new stadium planned. Given where we’ve got in three years, I can’t see why we shouldn’t be thinking of doing the same.” The point about Hackney Wick, their founder says, is that they were not established as an ordinary club. They are ones with a message. This was a club set up to challenge the supremacy of crime, to give proper alternative to gang culture. By locking the club into the community, the intention is to address the growing dislocation between the youth and the mainstream where criminality festers. Thus everyone who joins has to guarantee to do a minimum of two hours a month voluntary work in Hackney. At the Hackney half-marathon run through the borough last June, the players manned the drinks stations. Every week, “Wickers”, as the members of the club are known, visit old people. They have played against prison teams. Only by reaching out, Kasanga says, can they help themselves. “We have a collective ambition to represent our borough positively,” he says. “We’ve got more than 250 people playing for us. Yeah, maybe they’d be playing elsewhere. But when they come here we can try to deliver our message. And when it comes to being anti-crime, one thing I can do is point out I’ve been there. I know what I’m talking about.” UNITED AGAINST KNIFE CRIME EARLY BIRD TICKETS OUT NOW. SEARCH ANTI KNIFE CRIME MATCH. FEATURING ALL STAR LINE OF UK GRIME AND RAP STARS. AND @HACKNEYWICKFC TEAM WITH @dickson_e20 @tresorlualua @icontk20 @cherno_samba and more to announce. #savetheyouth cr pic.twitter.com/xIIjmF4OhE— Robert Kasanga (@RobertKasanga) March 17, 2018 He certainly does. Watching him in action at a Friday evening training session, when hundreds of junior players spin out across floodlit pitches in the middle of the borough, is to see someone who commands absolute respect. His charisma is extraordinary. When he tells them some of his stories, their eyes widen. He remembers, for instance, being on the team bus about to make his debut for Ashford in the Ryman League, when his phone rang. He knew his fellow gang members were planning a robbery on a security van (“everyone in London was doing security vans at the time,” he says). But the call told him that, after the raid, there had been a row about splitting the proceeds during which his best mate had been stabbed to death. The following week, in the attempt to conduct a revenge shooting on the guy who had wielded the knife, an innocent party was shot dead. He was nowhere near it, but Kasanga was reckoned the prime suspect for the killing and arrested. Because he had an alibi (he was at football training) he was bailed. “At this point, any normal human being would have seen the signs and knocked it on the head,” he recalls. “Not me. I was a right idiot. I continued robbing.” In 2007, he was caught and sentenced to five years. When he came out, he took up where he left off, subsidising his football with the proceeds of crime. “At one point, I messed up probation and had to go on the run. I was playing under an assumed name. And still I hadn’t learned my lesson.” In 2011 he was caught in the act once more. He was sentenced to a further five years. And this time he finally saw the light. While in prison, he took an Open University degree in criminology and began to plan for a new, crime-free life outside. One which could help the next generation not make the mistakes he did. Bobby Kasanga with some of Hackney Wick FC's Under-16 players, Kamanda Daboh, Mohammed Ba Diop, Reniq Senior and Ryan Jordan Credit: Heathcliff O'Malley “I knew the one thing that can really challenge crime in grabbing kids’ attention is football. Listen, it doesn’t always work. One of our players has just been sent to prison for 18 years. People are still falling through the net. It’s not an overnight process.” But Kasanga is working tirelessly to make things happen. Backed by a local property development company which pays him to run the club, he is forever seeking out new ways to secure funding for more programmes. In the midst of a relegation fight exacerbated by weather-related postponements, last month he contacted William Hill to see if it might sponsor the club. So intrigued was the bookmaker by his story, it offered him the services of Robbie Savage, to play for the Wick as a publicity stunt in the last few matches of the season. Unfortunately, Savage declined the opportunity. “I think he thought he’d be a target for a kicking,” says Kasanga. “Probably right.” Other celebrities are less nervous of engagement with the club. On June 29, at their new home ground at the warm-up track next to the Olympic Stadium, Hackney Wick will play against a team of leading grime artists in an anti-knife crime match. Dave, Not3s and Dappy are among the rappers who will be playing. “It is going to be huge,” Kasanga reckons. “And what a message it is going to send out. Grime and football: if you want your message to reach the youth, there is no better way of doing it.” Hackney Wick FC is living proof of that.
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
Neal Ardley on AFC Wimbledon's new Plough Lane
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
Neal Ardley on AFC Wimbledon's new Plough Lane
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
Neal Ardley on AFC Wimbledon's new Plough Lane
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
Neal Ardley on AFC Wimbledon's new Plough Lane
The Dons boss talks to Yahoo Sport's Sam Elliott as work begins on the club's brand new stadium in their spiritual home
Groundstaff at AFC Wimbledon managed to get Tuesday’s match against Blackburn on but clubs up and down the country face a battle to get fixtures on this weekend.
Football League fixtures fall victim to snowy weather as freeze continues
Groundstaff at AFC Wimbledon managed to get Tuesday’s match against Blackburn on but clubs up and down the country face a battle to get fixtures on this weekend.
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
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'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'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' 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'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'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'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: "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>"Emre Can's leaving, obviously Keita's coming in. But Keita is a No 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner."</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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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
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
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
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'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'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'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 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'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 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'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 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...

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