Spurs 6-0 Millwall: (match report)

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.”

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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!

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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.

Attendance: 31,137.

Spurs v Millwall: (match preview)

Spurs v Millwall: (match preview)

“For us, it’s not just a game against Millwall, it’s the chance to go to the next round and a semi-final at Wembley. That is a massive aim for us, a massive challenge. We respect Millwall and we must try to give our best to win the game.” (Mauricio Pochettino)

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On Sunday afternoon Spurs will play their final ever cup match at the Lane, and what a tie it is, Spurs versus Millwall in an FA cup quarter final, a London Derby with great incentive for Pochettino’s side in their quest for the prestigious FA cup trophy. Spurs are just touching distance away from a semifinal at Wembley, standing in between them our fellow London club Millwall. Spurs haven’t faced the league 1 side in well over two decades, with the clubs last meeting coming in a league fixture in the 1989/1990 season, Spurs ran out 1-0 winners on that day courtesy of a winner from Gary Lineker. This time round Spurs are the overwhelming favourites, our incredible home form alone puts us in great stead against Neil Harris’s side. The stakes are huge but I’m very confident ahead of today’s 2:00pm kick off, the gulf in class is massive between the two sides, and if Pochettino’s plays all of his key players I can’t see their being any other outcome than a Spurs victory. However, the lions also come in to today’s game in great form, their unbeaten in 17 matches and their victories over Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester en route to the quarter finals, should not be forgotten. Let’s make our last ever cup match at the Lane, end in a memorable victory. The FA cup is in our DNA, and I really fancy our chances of lifting this most famous of trophies in our final season, at our glorious stadium.

Team news: Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain Tottenham’s only two absentees ahead of today’s quarter final. I’m predicting Pochettino’ to field our strongest eleven against Milwall, we don’t play till next Sunday and I feel as if it would be too risky to rotate the squad ahead of this hugely important cup tie.
My predicted lineup: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.

My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of a hat trick from a Harry Kane, and a goal from Toby Alderweireld.

One to watch: Former Spurs academy graduate, Jordan Archer. The lions goalkeeper faces a battle to stay fit ahead of Sunday’s match, but I’m really hoping he gets to play in front of his former club. Millwall’s top scorer Lee Gregory, is also another player to watch out for.

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An interesting pre match read: http://www.espn.co.uk/football/english-fa-cup/0/blog/post/3079035/harry-kane-and-jordan-archer-paths-cross-as-tottenham-face-millwall

5 of the most memorable FA cup ties played at the Lane:

5 of the most memorable FA cup ties played at the Lane:

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Tomorrow will see Spurs involved in their last ever FA cup tie at the world famous, White Hart Lane. This grand old stadium has seen some dramatic FA cup ties over the years, below is just a selection of some of those memorable matches that the Lane has hosted.

1. Spurs 13-2 Crewe Alexandra: When Bill Nicholson’s side drew 2-2 to fourth tier Crewe Alexandra in the fourth round of the FA cup, no one could have anticipated what would happen when the two sides met again in the replay at the Lane. Nicholson’s talented side thrashed Crewe an astonishing 13-2, the Lillywhites were 10-1 up at the interval. Their astonishing victory was the highest scoring FA cup match of the 20th century and the Lillywhites biggest victory in their history. The following is an account from a Crewe fan that was at the match: “As we were a footballing team, Spurs were the best team in the country at that time and did the double a year later. On that night they made the great Real Madrid side look second rate. They were unstoppable and it’s fair to say that my work colleague enjoyed it far better than I did.”

2. Spurs 6-0 Birmingham: The year was 1967, the season that Spurs would be crowned winners of the FA cup. En route to their final against rivals Chelsea, Spurs met Birmingham city in a quarter final replay at the Lane. Bill Nicholson’s side put on a phenomenal showing, defeating the blues 6-0, with goals from Alan Gilzean, Jimmy Greaves x2, Frank Saul and a brace from Terry Venables seeing Spurs storm into the semi-finals.

3. Not all of our FA cup ties at the Lane were memorable for the right reasons, a perfect example of this was Spurs fourth round exit at the hands of Man City in a replay in the 2003-04 season. Spurs were in cruise control and lead 3-0 at the break, with victory for David Pleat’s side seeming inevitable. However, Man City done the unthinkable and scored four goals in the second half to beat the Lillywhites 4-3, stunning the White Hart Lane faithful and shattering spurs’ FA cup dreams for another season. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GiUIi9UJpyk

4. Spurs 5-0 Sunderland: Bill Nicholson’s famous double winning side of 1960-61 season went through to the semifinals of the FA cup in scintillating fashion with their 5-0 thumping of Sunderland in a quarter final replay. Over 64,000 fans witnessed a a vintage Spurs display as goals from Les Allen, Terry Dyson x2, Dave Mackay and Bobby Smith saw Spurs march through to the semifinals, in what will surely be remembered as one of Spurs’s most memorable FA cup matches. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=euMldfb4L7k

5. Spurs 4-3 Wycombe: It’s quite fitting that the final match in my list is from this seasons current campaign, Pochettino’s team came from behind twice to get a dramatic 4-3 victory over league two side Wycombe Wanderers at the Lane. It was a game that had every thing, it contained passion and excitement, it was a good old fashioned FA cup tie and one that will live long on in the memory of Spurs supporters. Son’s late winner in stoppage time of the second half sent the Lane into a scene of sheer ecstasy, in a game where Wycombe deserved at least a replay. Here’s hoping tomorrows final cup match at the Lane against Millwall, will be just as memorable! COYS

Spurs versus Everton: (match preview)

Spurs versus Everton: (match preview)

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This afternoon Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side take on Everton at the Lane in what is yet another crucial match for the Lillywhites. We’re a team in fine form and our home form has been nothing other than exceptional, but the toffees will provide a tough test today, their beginning to flourish under Ronald Koeman and their unbeaten in their last 9 league matches. And with one of the leagues finest strikers in Romelu Lukaku, Spurs will have to bring their A game for today’s encounter if they are to achieve maximum points. A well structured and defensive side, the blues have talent in numbers and I feel as if today’s match will be won in the midfield with Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama up against the talented Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye, Im hoping our midfield prowess will pay off. We faced Koeman’s side on the opening day of this season, that match ended in a 1-1 draw and it emphasises the task were up against today, if we can get an earlier goal or two like we done against Stoke, then I believe we would go on to dominate the game, but the longer the game drags on goalless, the tougher the task becomes. Nonetheless I am confident going into today’s game and I’m predicting Dele Alli to be the difference today, we need to win the match but against today’s opposition it’s easier said then done, but at the Lane we’re almost indestructible. COYS

My predicted lineup: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.

My predicted scoreline: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Dele Alli x2 and Harry Kane.

One to watch: One of the leagues most inform strikers, Romelu Lukaku. The powerful Belgian centre forward is currently the leagues joint top scorer with Harry Kane on 17 goals.

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Pau Lopez: A future successor to Lloris?

Pau Lopez: A future successor to Lloris?

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Last season, young goalkeeper Pau Lopez was playing in some of the most iconic stadiums in the world, in one of the worlds best leagues. This season, the Spanish youth international has featured in only four matches for Spurs’ development side swapping the likes of the Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabéu for the likes of the Lamex stadium in Stevenage. When Pau Lopez joined Spurs on a season long loan from La Liga side Espanyol on transfer deadline day in the summer, the Spaniards arrival at Hotspur way was met with some confusion from Spurs supporters. With Michel Vorm being an effective deputy to the phenomenal Hugo Lloris, one would question was their really a need to get a goalkeeper in for the current season? However, it was quite clear that Pochettino had not signed Lopez merely for cover in case a goalkeeping injury crisis occurs, but for his huge potential and ability in the nets. The 22 year old goalkeepers breakthrough season at the Catalonian club occurred during the 2015-16 season following the departure of Kiko Casilla. Having joined the Espanyol youth ranks back in 2007 from boyhood club Girona, Pau was a player that Pochettino knew well during his tenure at the Barcelona club. Last seasons campaign for a struggling Espanyol side, saw Pau Lopez record a string of top performances and his overall goalkeeping ability saw him gain the reputation of one of Spain’s hottest goalkeeping prospects. He was duly rewarded with a place in Spain’s provisional Euro 2016 squad, having first watched Lopez play last season for the Pericos, I became aware of the Spaniards tremendous shot stopping ability, his excellent handling of the ball and also his all roundness in between the sticks, in the fact that he has all the raw attributes of an exciting young goalkeeper.

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Pau reminds me in some ways of compatriot David De Gea in regards to his terrific shot stopping, particularly from close range. Having featured on four occasions so far for the under 23’s side during the current campaign, I have managed to see two of those matches and I was really impressed with the youngsters performance on both ccasions. Lopez was faultless in the two games that I saw him, he made some fine reflex saves, but their was one moment in the game against Sunderland under 23’s when he made a reflex save that left the crowd stunned, it was truly sensational. In addition his handling and anticipation were similarly impressive, his commanding in the air and certainly doesn’t lack in confidence. Lopez is an exciting prospect, he was one of the finest young goalkeepers in Europe last season and I reckon Pochettino’s long term project for Pau, is for him to be the number 1 goalkeeper for the Lillywhites, and I honestly believe that he could go on to replicate the excellence of Lloris in years to come. From what I’ve seen of Lopez at Espanyol and in the Spurs development side, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to go on and be Lloris’ future successor. Spurs have an option to buy Lopez and I’m confident that they we will go ahead and do that in the summer, the Spanish under 21 international is still developing but his shown his class on the La Liga stage, and if for any reason Vorm were to move on in the near future, Lopez would become an efficient back up to Lloris.

On the other hand our youth academy currently has a handful of brilliant young goalkeepers, including Luke McGee, Alfie Whiteman, Tom Glover and Jonathan De Bie to name but a few. I firmly believe that all those players could go onto have successful careers at Spurs, but their not really ready to make that permanent step up to spurs’ senior team, where as Lopez is. In my opinion Lopez is a special young player who I’m confident will go on and have a very good career, and I hope that he enjoys that good career at Spurs, I feel we’d really regret not buying him. I see no reason why he can’t go on and become our number one goalkeeper in the next five years.

Skip to 1:05 to see Lopez in action: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=405iDZ9nW-Q

Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

Spurs under 23’s versus Arsenal: (match preview)

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Our under 23’s are involved in a north London Derby later today, when they face Arsenal in the PL2 at the Gunners Colney training ground. The reverse fixture at Hotspur way saw Arsenal defeat Spurs with a 2-0 victory, but the dismissal of Charlie Owens had a big impact on that game. Ugo Ehiogu’s side who won their last match against Sunderland, have only lost one of their last seven matches in the league but they sit only two points above the relegation zone in seventh place. Today’s match is undoubtedly a massive game for the development side and I’m anticipating a tough match for the youngsters, Arsenal have had a good campaign and boast a talented squad, and their last match against Chelsea saw them field two senior players, in Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck. Interestingly our under 18’s also face Arsenal at their training ground with the game being played this Saturday. I reckon Ehiogu will field an experienced side for today’s match, bearing in mind the under 18’s face Arsenal on Saturday, I predict few of the under 18’s will be played this afternoon with the only exception possibly being Kazaiah Sterling up front. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Pau Lopez start in goal, all loanees won’t be involved today due to the weekend fixtures. COYS

For live updates: Follow Spurs’ official twitter feed.

My team prediction: (4-2-3-1) Lopez, Walker-Peters, Maghoma, Lesniak, Muscatt, Stylianides, Owens, Tracey, Pritchard, Georgiou, Sterling.

My score prediction: 2-2

One to watch: Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi who is the gunners top scorer in the PL2 with five goals.

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