|COMPETITION||FA Cup Fourth Round|
|DATE||Saturday 28th January 2017|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
|Wycombe Wanderers SQUAD||2.
3. Joe JACONSON
5. Anthony STEWART
6. Aaron PIERRE
7. Garry THOMPSON
8. Marcus BEAN
9. Paul HAYES
10. Matt BLOOMFIELD
11. Sam WOOD
12. Paris COWAN-HALL
13. Barry RICHARDSON
15. Dayle SOUTHWELL
16. Michael HARRIMAN
19. Myles WESTON
20. Adebayo AKINFENWA
21. Max MULLER
22. Nick FREEMAN
23. Will De HAVILLAND
24. Scott KASHKENT
25. Dominic GAPE
27. Jamal BLACKMAN
29. Sam SAUNDERS
43. Gareth AINSWORTH
League Two Wycombe Wanderers come to White Hart Lane with an
unbeaten league run stretching back to October. That has put
them fifth in their league table, but there has been a Cup defeat in
there in the EFL Trophy to Coventry City and they managed
to squeeze past Stourbridge 2-1 in the last round of the FA Cup,
although they have reached the semi-final of the EFL Trophy.
The most notable player among their ranks is Adebayo Akinfenwa - a powerful striker, who has the ability to leap and win balls in the air that his size might not indicate that he could. He is not mobile but he is effective and it is unlikely that the Spurs defenders will have come across anything like him before. Another character in their side will be Sam Wood, who body-doubled for Lionel Messi in an advert.
Striker Scott Kashkent is one of their main sources of goals this season, having signed from Leyton Orient, using his pace and good awareness in the box to find the net. His partnership with Akinfenwa has been very fruitful for the Chairboys. He comes from a family of Spurs fans, as does defender Joe Jacobsen, so it has been a dream draw for them, as well as all their team-mates.
Luke O'Nien is eligible for Singapore, midfielder Myles Weston for Trinidad and Tobago, Aaron Pierre for Antigua, Sido Jombati for Portugal and Marcus Bean for Jamaica, while there is a German centre-half Max Muller, who is coming back from injury, so it is a fairly cosmopolitan squad.
The defence hinges on central defensive partnership Anthony Stewart and Aaron Pierre, while behind them, Chelsea loan goalkeeper Jamal Blackman is having a good season and enjoying playing first team football. Jombati and Jacobson make up the full back pairing and they do like to get forward.
The midfield has recently been made up of O'Nien, Dominic Gape, Wood and Cowan-Hall, with two from Akinfenwa, Kashkent and Paul Hayes forming an attacking pairing. Gape came through the Southampton Academy and signed permanently earlier this month, while wide midfielder Paris Cowan-Hall is on loan from Millwall (re-joining the Chairboys, who he signed from when joining the Lions) and they might find a place for experienced former Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders, who is busy and had been a good addition to the Wycombe squad. Missing club captain Matt Bloomfield in midfield, out injured, will be a loss, but Paul Hayes has done the rounds of Football League clubs and has a wealth of experience.
Charismatic manager Gareth
Ainsworth looks like a rock star and was one for a little while,
playing in a band. He is still registered to play for the club, but
while he is unlikely to play himself, he likes to get his team to
play and will be looking for them to give a good account of
themselves against top flight opposition.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 3 Wycombe Wanderers 1|
|LAST SEASON'S MEETING||For a look back at the match report, click here.|
|RESULTS HISTORY||Click here for results, match reports and facts on meetings with Wycombe Wanderers|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be missing Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip), Harry Kane (groin), Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Danny Rose (knee) for this FA Cup tie.
WANDERERS TEAM NEWS :
Matt Bloomfield and Dayle Southwell miss out through injury.
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FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 28th January 2017
White Hart Lane
Kick off 15:00
Son 59m 45s
Janssen (p) 64m 05s
Dele 88m 13s
Son 90+6m 15s
Hayes 22m 47s
Hayes (p) 35m 55s
Thompson 83m 10s
Winks (pushing Kashkent over) 54
Janssen (foul on Stewart) 69
Jombati (foul on Nkoudou) 42
Kashkent (delaying free-kick) 54
Gape (foul on Dele) 79
Jacobson (foul on Sissoko) 83
Stewart (foul on Dele) 90+3
|Crowd : 31,440||Weather : Dry, mild|
|Referee : Roger East (Wiltshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. D. Cann; Mr. I. Cooper|
|Fourth Official : Darren Deadman|
|Tottenham kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 9 minutes.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Wycombe Wanderers :||kit|
|Manager : Mauricio Pochettino||Manager : Gareth Ainsworth|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : Beechdean Dairy Ice Cream|
|Kit Supplier : Under Armour||Kit Supplier : O'Neills|
In a pulsating game that almost had everything, the spirit of the FA Cup could be said to be still alive, but for long periods of this last gasp Spurs 4-3 win over League Two Wycombe Wanderers, the atmosphere was less than electric. The lack of take up by season ticket holders resulted in lots of and and lads attending, as well as a large number of empty seats, which is a worrying sight, with the increased capacity stadium on the way.
The game previews had been featuring the mighty bulk of Adebayo Akinfenwa as the focus of the Wycombe attack. Not the most mobile of players, but one who is good in the air and draws players to him as if he had his own gravitational pull. He appears pretty unique in football, with my guess that the young centre-half pairing of Cameron-Cater Vickers and Wimmer never having played against anyone like him in their time in the game. From my limited experience in playing Sunday League football I never came across anyone like Akinfenwa. You might not like it, but it is a way of playing that is very effective for Wycombe and obviously not only pays off in League Two, but can upset Premier League teams too. The fact that they struggled against Stourbridge in Round Three might indicate that the non-leaguers see players like him more often.
The much changed Spurs team had problems getting their game going. Some of that due to the unfamiliarity of playing together in a competitive setting and some due to Wycombe's hard work in attacking quickly and defending with ten behind the ball as soon as it was lost. Knowing that they might lose out in terms of skill and ability, they worked tirelessly to get goal-side of the Spurs player with the ball and use any part of their body to get at Spurs players on it.
From the off, they were quick to get the ball into the Tottenham box. Forty five seconds in, they won the ball in midfield, put it right to Jombati, whose long early ball was headed back across goal by Akinfenwa and Hayes ran onto it to smack a header against the bar. An incident that should have been a wake up call for Spurs was not heeded and Wycombe had other chances in the early exchanges. Akinfenwa won a long kick up-field by Blackman and headed low needing Vorm to dive to get behind it and when Wood got away down the left, he saw Vorm off his line and tried to lob the ball over him form 25 yards out ,but the ball drifted wide of the unprotected goal. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou had a chance when Son put him into the box, but he took one touch too many and Pierre got in the way of his shot. Eric Dier almost headed Carter-Vickers' ball into the area into the path of Son, but Blackman rushed out to grab it before the Korean striker could get to it.
Son should have equalised for Spurs in the 19th minute, when a back header from O'Nien fell short and the keeper made a hash of going for the punch, looking like he feared getting hurt. The ball dropped into the path of Son, who had to turn and quickly get his bearings, but from the right side of the goal, he turned onto the shot that dribbled just past the far post and wide. Tottenham were still having trouble in the sir at the back and Stewart met a free-kick that went over, when he should have hit the target. The same could have been said when Nkoudou cut in from the left, but his shot flew out for a throw-in on the other side of the pitch instead of making the goalkeeper work.
Wycombe were finding space around the Tottenham box and when Hayes hit another effort form 25 yards, Vorm's full length save along the ground touched the ball wide for a corner. From it, Onomah rose to head the ball away towards the back of the box, but it dropped to Hayes, who didn't try to hit it too hard, but showed good technique to hit a head high volley that avoided all the heads in the crowded box to fly in and send the Chairboys into delirium. It was a soft goal to give away, as Vorm came for the punch and got nowhere near it. He might have been better staying on his line, as he could have got to the resulting shot, but on the balance of play the goal wasn't undeserved.
Spurs started to push further on to the Wycombe goal and the ball was cleared away from in front of the line by Hayes, as Sissoko got on the end of Nkoudou's deflected cross, then Son had a low shot that the keeper pushed away with his left hand. Trippier than fizzed a ball too far ahead of Son to get on the end of, while Trippier had a chance to perform an action replay of the Wanderers' goal, with Davies' corner headed out to him at he far post and his volley flew high into the Paxton from just inside the box. Son was lively now and hit a shot wide, but play switched to the other end and Cameron Carter-Vickers challenged for the ball with Sam Wood and when both players went down Roger east pointed to the spot. It was difficult to see form the other end of the pitch, but it looked generous by the referee, but Hayes stepped up and leathered it past Vorm, who nearly got a flailing leg to the ball.
So, Spurs were two down and looking a long way form the accomplished team who has been on such a good run. And of course, they were not that team, but it could have been worse had Akinfenwa headed a cross to the back post on target instead of putting it wide ninety seconds after the goal. Nkoudou was playing well and showing his pace, but another cross above everyone showed he needs to produce a better final ball. A goalmouth scramble prevented Tottenham pulling a goal back before the break, as Onomah and Davies had shots blocked, then Sissoko headed wide from Winks' dinked cross. There was added time to allow Son to fire a shot too high and the away fans roared their approval as the half-time whistle blew, while some of the Spurs contingent booed the side off.
Micky Hazard and Alan Gilzean gave their memories of FA Cup glories of the past, with Gilzean airing his opinion that the manager should always play his strongest side.
When play restarted, Pochettino had replaced Nkoudou with Janssen, perhaps to give the attack more focus for us and to allow Son to utilise the wide areas. An early foul on Janssen showed his physical presence might unsettle the Wycombe defence a bit more and Trippier found space on the right to put another cross in, but once more, it missed every white shirt in the box. Sissoko was doing the same and when he pulled a ball back for Son, the Korean curled a shot too high again, but Spurs were starting to stretch Wanderers. Kashkent has been hailed as a potential thorn in Tottenham's side, but the most notable incident he was involve din was when he fouled Winks and then wouldn't back off the ball , so Harry pushed him, His dramatic fall earned Winks a booking, with the Wycombe player also seeing yellow. Sissoko then jigged his way past a couple of visiting players before putting in another cross that failed to find a Spurs man, before Onomah tried a shot from outside the box and it took a deflection before going wide.
Just like Wycombe's first goal, from the corner, so Trippier's ball headed to the back of the box, where Carter-Vickers got a touch to corner taker Son, who took the ball down before driving in a cross shot that flew in past Blackman at his near post off Jacobson to pull a goal back. There was still half an hour to go, but still a long way for Spurs to go to get back into the match. Immediately, Pochettino brought on Dembele and Dele for Wimmer (who had taken a hefty blow in the face) and Josh Onomah.
Spurs were getting better at defending the high ball, with Akinfenwa tiring and Carter-Vickers got flattened late by the flying Kashkent, who had already been booked remember. This was another example of the referee being generous to the lower league team. Vorm had to be on his toes, when Wycombe created some space for Jombati to move forward and strike a daisy-cutter from the edge of the box, with Michel dropping sharply to his left to get his body behind the ball. Tottenham moved the ball up-field quickly up the right hand channel with Trippier playing a fine long pass along the ground for Janssen to chase. His willingness to do so and to take on Pierre couldn't cope with the turn inside him and blocked Vincent's run with a blatant check that produced a penalty. Janssen took it himself and drove it low to the keeper's left, with Blackman going the right way, but unable to get anything on it. He has a good record of saving penalties and it is not hard to see why, as he was halfway towards Janssen when he took the penalty.
Wycombe substituted Akinfenwa as he was tiring so much, his only involvement at that stage was to conceded free-kicks. How he got through 68 minutes without a booking, I don't know. He is effective with what he does, but you have to say that it is dirty. Obvious pushes were not spotted. His shirt pulling and dragging down of players running away form him, were all features that the officials failed to act on. shot down the middle.
Akinfenwa's replacement Myles Weston had quite an impact ... especially on Kieran Trippier, with a knee to his back causing the Spurs full back to need lengthy treatment and then after limping around on the wing for a couple of minutes, it made sense for him to go off, even though Tottenham had used all their subs. This prompted Wanderers to put on fresh legs to run at Spurs in the shape of Garry Thompson and Sam Saunders replacing the other two Wycombe forwards. Thompson won one header that he put wide, before Dier tried a dinked free kick out wide and it was intercepted, leaving Weston to push the ball past Dier and put in a cross from the left that Thompson met with a thumping header past Vorm's dive to his right. He got away from Davies and had a good jump to head the ball almost unchallenged. It was a blow having just gone down to ten men and at 3-2 with seven minutes of normal time left, Tottenham looked as though they would be the big Cupset of this round.
But Tottenham kept playing the way they have been taught and Wycombe could easily have lost O'Nien, as Dembele ran at him, held him off - rag-dolling him as he went, teasing the Wycombe player to do his best. Well, his best wasn't good enough as he had to wrestle Mousa to the floor and having been booked previously, a red card looked imminent, but Mr. East showed a charitable outlook to the minnows, despite the fact that they were leading. Spurs were working the ball around well, as the visitors tired, with Winks firing a shot well wide after good build-up play from Son and Dele. And it was the number 20 who was to have a telling input into the match, as Blackman tried to kick the ball out low, but it only went to Dembele, whose header put Dele through beyond the defence. Although defenders got back at him, Dele turned inside them and as Blackman came out to met him, he completed an awful piece of keeping by leaving a huge gap to his left side for the Tottenham midfielder to pass the ball into the net from 18 yards out, thus levelling the scores once more with just over a minute of the 90 left. It was a coolly taken goal, but the keeper did help quite a bit.
Wycombe came at Spurs again and Dier stood firm to block an effort from substitute Saunders, while Stewart finally got booked for a foul on Dele producing a free-kick, which Spurs played on, but could make anything of. Tottenham looked the stronger going into added time, even being a man light, but Sissoko went down the right, putting in a cross that flicked off a defender's leg. The ball came to Vincent Janssen at the near post and he put in a powerful header from point blank range, to which Blackman threw a hand up and pushed it over the bar. It looked like Tottenham would have to settle for a draw, as the corner was cleared.
A long free-kick from Dier was played left and after Davies knocked the ball out to Son, he worked it to Winks. His pass to Son saw the little winger play a 1-2 with Janssen and take a touch before playing the ball across the keeper and the ball may have been going wide, but Joe Jacobson slid in and could only help the ball into the roof of the net. As a Spurs fan, he can tell his grandchildren that he scored the winner for Spurs at White Hart Lane. It was a mad finish to a game that ended with Spurs through to the Fifth Round and the Cupset honours going to Liverpool, who lost at home to Wolves earlier in the day !!
Wycombe had come at Tottenham to get at them early, while pulping high ball sin to test out who they would cope with Akinfenwa. The answer was not very well to start off with, but they did get batter as the game went on, but lacked a way to break down Wanderers in the first half. Son is not best suited to playing the main striker role and he was dropping deep in the first 45 minutes to get the ball and that left a hole where he should have been when crosses came in. Janssen gave the visiting defence more to think about and their physical approach bit them back with a penalty conceded for a needless foul. Even with Trippier off the pitch, Spurs had the strength and stamina to keep going to the end and win it at the end of the added time in the second half, much for the Wycombe players time-wasting.
With a Fifth round tie now in the fixture list, it will be interesting to see what side Pochettino fields for that game. Even with non-Premier League sides outnumbering those in the top league, would Mauricio field a side with as many non-regulars for the match ? Players need match playing time, but perhaps a more experienced presence might avoid such embarrassing moments.
They did enough to get through, but full credit to Wycombe, who the fans applauded off at the end, who gave it their all.
Wycombe Wanderers are
nicknamed the "Chairboys" because in an early incarnation, the
players were so feted, they used to be chaired to their ground on
the shoulders of the fans. Depending on the result, they might
or might not have received the same treatment after the match.
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|What you thought|
For those of us privileged to have a season ticket, I do not know
what it is like to have the opportunity to attend a rare game at the
Lane as a non-season ticket holder.
All I know is that a certain number of these "supporters" have waited so long for the opportunity to see the team in action live at the Lane, that they come with their preconceived ideas that Tottenham have a right to trample all over the opposition (and I don't just mean Wycombe in today's game, but others this season too) and expel their pent up disgust for their own players who are unable to score with every shot they have or misplace the odd pass. The "support" these people offer makes me fear for what the atmosphere at the new WHL stadium will be like.
Rarely getting behind the team, but expressing their frankly unwanted views and their half-baked theories on the game and players spoils the day out for a lot of people.
One bloke close to me was hauled up on his wish that Son should "Piss off" and thought this his inimitable right just because he had paid his £20 for once. Yes, he was ecstatic when Son scored Tottenham's first goal, but funnily enough for this devout fan, when Sonny got the winner, he was nowhere to be seen, having left early ... clearly having had enough of this "disgrace" team performance and not willing to support the team for the full length of the match.
He even appears to swallow everything he was told on Match Of The Day, having expounded his views on Vincent Janssen because "Alan Shearer has proved a number of times" that he was not good enough for the Premier League.
It was like having a talking troll's Twitter commentary right next to you.
To be honest, I would prefer it if this sort of "supporter" would piss off, as there was no understanding of the way that Tottenham play their football and Cameron Carter-Vickers - a young player with good potential - being "too slow because he takes too many touches on the ball" shows a lack of knowledge of Pochettino's insistence on the way we play.
Keep playing our way and the benefits will be seen. Both this and last week. Different opposition. Same approach.
It is obviously not good
enough for the casual attendee.
|Other scores during this week :|
|Derby County||2||Leicester City||2||Friday|
|Lincoln City||3||Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Saturday|
|Oxford United||4||Newcastle United||0||Saturday|
|Crystal Palace||0||Manchester City||3||Saturday|
|Sutton United||1||Leeds United||0||Sunday|
|Manchester United||4||Wigan Athletic||0||Sunday|
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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