|COMPETITION||FA Cup Third Round Replay|
|DATE||Tuesday 14th January 2020|
The first meeting saw Middlesbrough set up to stop Spurs playing and
went ahead with a breakaway goal, but Lucas Moura's fine header to
Serge Aurier's excellent cross salvaged a draw and we are back at
the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to see who goes through to meet
Southampton at St. Mary's.
Will the game be the same as last Saturday's ? It probably won't be too dissimilar, as Boro won't want to be too open, as they might get picked apart, but they might fancy their chances a bit more, even though they will be missing their top goal-scorer Britt Assombalonga again. They will remain solid and for Tottenham the challenge is to get around the men that Woodgate's side will get behind the ball. Using the width of the pitch can stretch the Boro rearguard, but Spurs only tend to do that on one side now, with Aurier the main wide attacking player. Sessegnon should be given the chance to be let off the reins and to attack with pace. We know he can do it and has a good final ball and can finish. He may not be used to the Premier League (even though he had a season with Fulham when they got relegated), but against a Championship side, he will fancy his chances.
Boro have a number of promising youngsters and some older heads in the side to add some know-how in the way to play these games. Lewis Wing, Djed Spence, Marcus Tavernier and Dael Fry are teamed up with Jonny Howson, Adam Clayton and Paddy McNair to give a good mix, who have gelled to start getting results for Jonathan Woodgate, in his first managerial post. It has taken a while and suffering a few injuries, things are still not easy for the former Spurs defender, but he will relish a chance to get one over his old club for his hometown club.Spurs will need to be wary of the strength of Ashley Fletcher and Rudy Gestede up front, added to by Patrick Roberts ability to run at players with the ball having quick feet. Dead balls will provide Boro with good opportunities to test the Tottenham defence likely to be missing Toby Alderweireld, so the Spurs players need to be alert to the fact that they should not concede cheap free-kicks.
Mourinho will put out a strong team again, with this our only real
trophy to have a chance of winning, but we will need to up our game
and the inclusion of Lamela and Lo Celso from the start might give
them the impetus to start at a good tempo and to keep the visitors
pushed back. A narrow victory could give Spurs a quick return
to St. Mary's to see if they can turn around New Year's Day's result.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 2 Middlesbrough 1|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs go into this Third Round FA Cup replay without Hugo Lloris (elbow), Harry Kane (hamstring), Ben Davies (ankle), Moussa Sissoko (knee) and Tanguy Ndombele (hip). Toby Alderweireld will be rested for the match.
MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS :
Travelling South for this FA Cup replay, Boro will be missing Daniel Ayala, Britt Assombalonga, Anfernee Dijksteel, Ryan Shotton and George Friend, although his performance in the first game might see goalkeeper Tomas Meijas might be recalled.
|FA Cup Third Round Replay||Kick off 20.05|
|Tottenham Hotspur 2 (2)||
Lo Celso 1m 55s
Saville 82m 22s
|Crowd : 49,202||Weather : Rain on and off throughout; Mild; Windy|
|Referee : Craig Pawson (Sheffield)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Nick Hopton; Mr. Adam Nunn|
|Fourth Official : Gavin Ward||-|
|Video Assistant Referee : David Coote||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Constantine Hatzidakis|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Middlesbrough :||kit|
Jan VERTONGHEN (c)
Giovani LO CELSO
27 Lucas MOURA ( 7 Heung-Min SON 61)
Djed SPENCE (
7 Marcus TAVERNIER
|Manager : Jose Mourinho||Manager : Jonathan Woodgate|
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|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Hummel|
Tottenham's fast start was enough to see off Middlesbrough in a 2-1 win, with the last ten minutes of the match being a bit nervy after the visitors scored a late goal. By that time Spurs should have been out of sight, having gone two up in fifteen minutes, but a failure to find the killer instinct almost let Boro back into it.
With Lo Celso and Lamela in
midfield, the tempo was always going to be higher and having kicked
off, Tottenham controlled possession and when Dier played a ball
down the right looking for Sessegnon, a defender played the ball
back to Meijas. Not under a great deal of pressure from our signing
from Fulham, the keeper looked to play the ball to his left back
Marvin Johnson, but Giovani Lo Celso had read it and intercepted the
ball with the outside of his left boot on the edge of the penalty
area. He lost his balance, but quickly recovered to take the ball
towards the penalty spot from where he passed the ball into the
bottom right hand corner of the keeper’s net with one minute and
fifty five seconds on the clock ! To say it was the perfect start
for Spurs also meant it was the nightmare start for the visitors.
Davinson Sanchez was having
trouble with the wind, misjudging the flight of high balls as the
wind was swirling under the stadium roof and he nearly headed the
ball past Gazzaniga, when he put the ball back to the keeper, who
had come to the edge of the penalty area and was fortunate it ended
up in his arms. It didn’t help when he played a ball out of
Vertonghen’s reach and Boro broke on goal, with Nmecha turning
Tanganga before poking a low shot at goal that Paulo had to save low
down to his right in the twelfth minute. As the ball was cleared,
Winks and Lo Celso left it for each other, but luckily Boro couldn’t
make anything from it. Japhet was getting up the right wing and that
attacking play was to be a feature throughout the match.
Lamela nearly scored with a
half-chance when Lo Celso’s ball came off a Boro player and went to
Erik with his back to goal, just inside the area. He turned quickly
and let go a powerful shot but it was a foot over the bar, which was
closer than Dier’s 20 yard effort that ended halfway up the South
The half-time break went quickly, despite there being no guest interview and the first five minutes of the second half were spent with both sides moving forward before losing the ball. Dier started a Spurs move with a very high pass to Lo Celso on the right, which had a lot of side-spin on it to keep it in play and as the move developed, Tanganga burst past Johnson to deliver a great low ball to the far post, where Ryan Sessegnon lifted his stretching shot over the bar from a yard out. He was saved by the linesman’s flag as he was well offside. Boro tested Gazzaniga when Lewis Wing’s free-kick – given against Tanganga for handball to the left of the D – was curled over Boro players to the side of the wall who ducked, but Paulo dived left to palm the shot away for a corner. It was a very good save and one in which he was well aware of what might happen with the visitors in the wall.
Boro had a couple of corners that produced nothing and Spurs attacked, but without troubling the visitors’ goal any more. Son came on and played the ball through to Eriksen in the box, but he tried to square it to Lo Celso rather than turning and getting a shot off. Nmecha attacked a corner with 20 minutes left, but it came off the back of his head and went over. Winks pulled out a fine pass to send Eriksen in on goal, but as he got into the box a very good tackle by Fry pushed him wide and his cross was gobbled up by Meijas.
Substitute George Saville
took a cross-field ball from the other sub Tavernier and struck a
shot that flicked off Lo Celso’s sliding challenge and went just
over the bar. Woodgate chose to replace Nmecha with Gestede before
the corner was taken and it was a wasted chance, with the ball
played in straight into Gazzaniga’s hands, who started a break that
saw Spurs have a 4 on 3 advantage, but Lo Celso pushed Lamela wide
and when the ball came back into the danger area, Son drove a shot
from the edge of the box wide off a Boro deflection. From the
corner, the ball dropped to Son at the near post and he played it
back out to Eriksen, who played a low cross into the goalmouth. The
ball evaded everyone and only a dive by Meijas kept the ball out,
with Lamela coming in behind him.
With the two early goals it looked as though Spurs might go on to produce a result like the home game against Burnley, but off target finishing and some sloppy defending made the result closer than the balance of the game reflected. Tanganga is becoming the star after just two games and while his Spurs career is on the rise, Eriksen seems on the wane. He is playing most games like a shadow of his former self and prospective employers might be seeking to bag themselves a bargain off the back of that. If he does go, it looks as though Giovani Lo Celso is a ready made replacement as he has suddenly clicked into action, showing that he can get close to the highs that Christian has produced over the last few years.
Southampton await in the next round and Spurs will have to play better to overturn the result of New Year's Day and to progress in the competition.
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|How the players did|
|Paulo Gazzaniga||Decent game and again, not a lot of chance with the goal. Made a good first half save when we were 1-0 up and another from Wing's second half free-kick.|
|Japhet Tanganga||Outstanding performance. Strong in defence, although got turned a couple of times. Showed a new attacking side to his game and was unlucky when he shot just wide.|
|Davinson Sanchez||A dodgy night, with the wind causing him problems with high balls, especially in the first half. Stuck at it and did OK for the remainder of the game.|
|Jan Vertonghen||Solid enough game, getting a foot in when it looked as if Nmecha might get past him in the box.|
|Eric Dier||Good game, but subbed late on when Boro got a goal back. Used the ball well and kept it moving to keep possession. Put in a couple of tricks, but fired high over the bar when h e had a shot.|
|Harry Winks||Another good performance, covering a lot of ground and running the ball forward. Won a lot of ball in midfield.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Very good game by Gio. Good passing, ran well with the ball, good movement, won the ball in midfield and took his goal very well. Starting to look the part.|
|Christian Eriksen||Unfortunately, Christian's performances have generally tailed off and he failed to produce anything near his previous standards. Free-kick skied over the top and passes not find their targets. A move might be best for all parties.|
|Ryan Sessegnon||Showed a bit more going forward and looked to get involved. Hopefully more playing time will increase his assimilation into the team.|
|Erik Lamela||Fine game, with some dangerous runs at the Boro defence, including a very well taken goal. Looks like he could be useful in breaking teams down now he is fit again.|
|Lucas Moura||Showed lots of energy as the lone forward, also closing players down to force errors. Played a good 1-2 with Lamela to break through and shot just wide.|
|Heung-Min Son||Had a couple of chances that didn't hit the target and set up Eriksen for a chance.|
|Dele Alli||Good run at the death when he was pushed wide, but almost set up Lamela.|
|What you thought|
|Other replay scores this round :|
|Coventry City||3||Bristol Rovers||0||Tuesday|
|Shrewsbury Town||1||Bristol City||0||Tuesday|
|Carlisle United||3||Cardiff City||4||Wednesday|
|Manchester United||1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||Wednesday|
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