Spurs 6-0 Millwall: (match report)
“We were very focused from the first moment and that was our plan. The job is done and we’re in the semi-final at Wembley.”
Spurs have booked their place in to the semi finals of the FA cup, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side eased past league one outfit Millwall, to record a 6-0 victory in what was their last ever cup game at White Hart Lane. The gulf in class between the two sides was evident from the offing, after a bright early spell Spurs took control the game, but Spurs’ were dealt a huge blow when talisman Harry Kane limped off injured after just seven minutes. It took Spurs 31 minutes to find the breakthrough, they were just lacking that vital spark, which duly arrived just past the half hour mark, when Dele Alli nodded the ball into the path of Christian Eriksen. Who from just inside the box, fired a powerful effort at goal which flew into the far corner of the net, 1-0 to Spurs. Spurs’ class was beginning to shine through, and just moments later the Lillywhites almost doubled their lead, when Victory Wanyama headed Erisken’s corner onto the crossbar. Pochettino’s side were beginning to run the lions ragged and minutes before the interval, the Lillywhites doubled their advantage through Son Heung-Min. The winger cut inside his man from the right with aplomb, before curling a wonderful effort into the top corner of the net, a strike to saviour!
The second half was only nine minutes old when Spurs struck again through Son, Spurs were dominating every aspect of the game as they went from strength to strength. Right back Kieran Trippier sent over a delightful lofted 40 yard pass to Son, and the South Korean timed his effort to perfection, thumping it past King and into the back of the net, cheers of ‘Tottenham are on their way to Wembley’ were being heard across the terraces. Spurs’ attacking superiority had deflated Millwall and our third of the game effectively ended the contest, we dictated the tempo of the game and played at which ever pace suited us. Eriksen again proved to be the creative spark, when his cross was met in the box boy by Dele Alli on 72 minutes, the England midfielder making no mistake as he hammered home Spurs’ fourth of the game. Pochettino’s side were making sure their last ever cup tie at the Lane was one to remember, with their goal scoring rout continuing seven minutes later. It was a moment to remember for the newly introduced Vincent Janssen, as he netted his first goal from open play this season, Son’s low cross was hit first time by Janssen as it nestled into bottom corner of the net. Deep into stoppage time of the second half Son got his rewards for an excellent display, as he netted his hat-trick to put Spurs 6-0 up. After Eriksen found the forward at the far post with a perfectly weighted cross, Son met Eriksen’s cross with a fine volley, as it squirmed under the legs of the unfortunate King, to put the icing on the cake, on a day to remember at the Lane. Into the semifinals Spurs go!⚽️
Additional notes: Mauricio Pochettino’s side eased past Millwall with an assured display, giving the Spurs fans an FA cup semi-final to look forward to. Son Heung-Min was the star of the show with his hat-trick and assist, but the player who was at the source of spurs’ creativity was Christian Eriksen. When coming on for the injured Harry Kane, Eriksen provided a real spark to Spurs’ game, his vision and creativity enabling Spurs’ to go on a goal scoring rout. Eriksen recorded one goal and two assists. The performances of Harry Winks and Ben Davies were also extremely impressive, Winks controlled the midfield with a series of delightfully accurate passes, whilst Davies celebrated signing his new contract in midweek, with a vintage performance at left back. We return to action next Sunday, when we host Southampton in a vital league match at the Lane.
My man of the match: Hat trick hero, Son Heung-min. The South Korean winger put in a brilliant performance he simply overwhelmed the Millwall defence with his trickery and pace, Son netted 3 goals and set up Janssen’s goal.
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Vorm, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks, Wanyama (Sissoko 78), Davies, Dele (Janssen 74), Son, Kane (c, Eriksen 10). Substitutes (not used): Lloris, Walker, Wimmer, Onomah.
Millwall (4-4-2): King, Cummings, Cooper, Webster, Craig (c), O’Brien, Thompson (Butcher 46), Williams, Wallace (Ferguson 70), Gregory, Morison (Onyedinma 58). Substitutes (not used): Girling, Hutchinson, Worrall, Romeo.
Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 31, Son 41, 54, 90+2, Dele 72, Janssen 79.
Yellow card: Millwall – Wallace.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.