A gem that started off with a lovely gesture from the Tottenham players as they trained wearing ‘Get Well Soon Ryan’ shirts referring to the ex-Spur Ryan Mason after his shock injury last week would prove a tough, unpredictable cup tie.
Coming into this match undoubted favourites, many Spurs supporters were hoping for a calm 2 or 3 nil finish but that was certainly not the case! After a great comeback against Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino decided to make nine changes to the team, some forced and some tactical.
Many had thought that the game of the weekend had already been played earlier in the day – after Wolves shocked Liverpool to a 2-1 defeat – but this tie proved to be a very good rival. It was clear from the offset that Wycombe weren’t here to play around. The crossbar came to Tottenham’s rescue in the first minute of the game as a header from striker, Paul Hayes.
The pressure kept on piling up on Spurs as Wycombe came with intent to progress in the FA Cup. It only took 23’ minutes for Wycombe’s number nine, Paul Hayes to rocket in a left footed volley from a poorly cleared corner. Strangely, it was the League two side who was piling on the attacks in the first half, which resulted in yet another shock goal for the visitors in the form of a penalty.
The first 45’ minutes was one for the Spurs players to get behind them and definitely forget about as they receiving the half time team talk from Pochettino and the back room staff.
One substitution was made during half time – Vincent Janssen on for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. A switch that would prove fruitful for the Lillywhites’s. On the 60’ minute, Tottenham were put right back into the game as Heung-Min Son’s deflected shot found its way into the back of the net. More substitutions were made straight after as Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele were introduced on the 61’ minute.
Only a mere four minutes stood between Spurs’ first and second goal. After Vincent Janssen was fouled inside the box by Aaron Pierre the Dutchman calmly slotted the resulting penalty past Chelsea loanee, Jamal Blackman.
By this point, the Tottenham faithful were looking for the winner but this tie was far from over. The willingness to press and push the Spurs back line accompanied with luck in the form of a Kieran Trippier injury saw Wycombe take the lead once again on the 84th minute. It looked set in stone, the headlines of ‘Premier League giants knocked out by Wycombe Wonderers’ were already being written but there was still life left in this game.
One man had to come to Tottenham’s rescue again. Dele Alli. In the dying minutes of the game, Alli wriggled himself past the Wanderers defence and with the composure he had, side footed the ball into the net for the sixth goal of the game.
Wycombe fans were distraught but still had high hopes of the replay back at Adams Park. However Heung-Min Son had other ideas. In true Tottenham fashion, the South Korean left it to the last second of the game to play a lovely one, two with Janssen in the box and then smash the ball into the box for the winner.
The stands erupted as every Tottenham fan inside the stadium were brought to their feet by this true FA Cup magic. Not only were the fans in a state of jubilation but the players were too as celebrations could be seen on the White Hart Lane pitch.
After a very eventful game for players and fans alike, Tottenham found themselves on the right side of a 4-3 result and with a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup as the quest for silverware is still alive.
Character has certainly been a main theme in the last two Spurs games. Definitely not the worst time to be a Tottenham supporter.
Michel Vorm – 6/10
Cameron Carter-Vickers – 6/10
Kevin Wimmer – 5/10
Kieran Trippier – 7/10
Harry Winks – 8/10
Eric Dier – 6.5/10
Moussa Sissoko – 7/10
Ben Davies – 6.5/10
Josh Onomah – 6/10
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – 7.5/10
Heung-Min Son – 9/10
Vincent Janssen – 8/10
Dele Alli – 8.5/10
Mousa Dembele – 7.5/10
Man of The Match:
The matchwinner – Heung Min-Son. On a day where many Spurs players put in poor performances, the South Korean was Spurs’ hero of the day. Whilst we’ve seen him perform a lot better, he won the tie and sealed our place in the next round which more than makes up for a couple of disappointing shots that went high and over the bar during the game. Special mentions to Harry Winks and Vincent Janssen also for putting in a good shift.
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