|WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1 (1)||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 (1)|
|Date : – 25th January 2021||Kick off : – 19.45|
|Competition : – FA Cup Fourth Round||Venue : – Adams Park|
|Crowd : – 0,000|
|Referee : – Jon Moss (Leeds)||Linesmen : – Mr. Marc Perry; Mr. Daniel Robathan|
|Fourth official : – Kevin Friend|
|Weather : – Freezing cold, dry.|
|Wycombe kicked off the first half attacking the Valley Terrace end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 7 minutes
|WYCOMBE WANDERERS||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|Onyedinma 24m 26s||Bale 45+1m 17s|
|Winks 85m 38s|
|Ndombele 86m 49s|
|Ndombele 90+2m 02s|
|WYCOMBE WANDERERS||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR|
|1.||Ryan ALLSOP||12.||Joe HART|
|26.||Jason McCARTHY||25.||Japhet TANGANGA ( 5. Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG 46)|
|2.||Jack GRIMMER||4.||Toby ALDERWEIRELD|
|12.||Josh KNIGHT||6.||Davinson SANCHEZ|
|3.||Joe JACOBSON ( 21. Darius CHARLES 34)||33.||Ben DAVIES (c) ( 14. Joe RODON 90)|
|10.||Matt BLOOMFIELD (c) ( 19. Gareth McCLEARY)||17.||Moussa SISSOKO|
|18.||Curtis THOMPSON||8.||Harry WINKS|
|7.||David WHEELER||9.||Gareth BALE|
|15.||Admiral MUSKWE ( 11. Scott KASHKET 73)||11.||Erik LAMELA ( 28. Tanguy NDOMBELE 68 )|
|23.||Fred ONYEDINMA||27.||Lucas MOURA ( 7. Heung-Min SON 58)|
|9.||Uche IKPEAZU ( 8. Adebayo AKINFENWA 72)||45.||Carlos VINICIUS ( 10. Harry KANE 58)|
|31.||David STOCKDALE||22.||Paulo GAZZANIGA|
|33.||Anis MEMEHTI||3.||Sergio REGUILON|
|25.||Alex SAMUEL||23.||Steven BERGWIJN|
|24.|| Dennis ADENIRAN
|Manager : – Gareth Ainsworth||Manager : – Jose Mourinho|
|Kit Supplier : – O’Neills||Kit Supplier : – Nike|
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It was a freezing cold night and Wycombe certainly sent a few chills down the spine as they threatened a FA Cup giant-killing, but a final flourish by Spurs saw them through to the Fifth Round 4-1 to meet Everton away.
Ten changes to the Spurs side saw Mourinho challenge those fringe players he was giving a chance to by telling the media that if Spurs were knocked out that it would be their fault and not his. Wycombe came into this tie without the ideal preparation, as a combination of Covid-19 and then the recent snowy weather meaning that they hadn’t played for 16 days and had only trained once. Some injuries meant that they didn’t have their strongest team out and their “strongest” player (self-styled “Beast” Ade Akinfenwa) was confined to the bench.
An early move from back to front allowed Moura’s ball in to Vinicius to be laid off to Erik Lamela, just inside the box, but his shot was blocked for a corner. That was played too long. But another came shortly after, when Winks ran the ball out from his own defensive third, taking it away from Bloomfield to find Moura, who won the corner. It was played in and found Gareth Bale Just outside the six-yard box at the far post, but he guided his header wide, when he should have hit the target. And get a header on target is what Admiral Muskwe did, forcing Hart to push the ball away at his near post. The corner earned another as Hart beat out an in-swinger just in front of his line, but Vinicius cleared away the following ball in.
A loose headed clearance in the 13th minute dropped to Bale outside the penalty area and he shifted the ball to have a shot that flew wide of the keeper’s left-hand post. Wycombe broke up a Spurs attack and Onyedinma broke three tackles up their left wing to take the ball up to the Tottenham penalty area, but it only ended in a goal-kick. Some muscular work by Ikpeazu on the right shrugged Toby Alderweireld off the ball and his cross took a touch off Sanchez at the near post for the ball to run across goal to Onyedinma to put the ball past Hart from close range. It was a poor goal to give away, as Tottenham will have known that the home side would be out to use their physical presence to unsettle them and they needed to stand up to that.
It was a bit of a curate’s egg of a first half. Tottenham had started so well and then succumbing to Wycombe’s strengths (quite literally). Having got back level just before the interval, it was important that the start of the second half started with some tempo and some clinical finishing to ensure that they weren’t caught out by the home team once more. To try and make sure that didn’t happen, Jose brought Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in place of Japhet Tanganga, with Sissoko going in at right back.
In the end, it was Mourinho’s substitutions that made the difference with the quality of Kane, Ndombele and Son exposing the difference in squad depth and ability when Spurs had spurned so many opportunities early on. Ndombele brought a sharpness to the team, with incisive passing and some neat finishing now that he has adapted to the Premier League and is high on confidence. Winks had a decent game, winning Man of the Match, but his goal wiped out the memory of the shots that he fired high and wide earlier in the game. When Hojbjerg came on, he established a degree of control when Wycombe started to play the ball up to Akinfenwa to get players playing off him.
Hitting the woodwork twice and a lot of chances going begging will not please Mourinho, as the killing off of games still needs improving, but through to the fifth Round and Everton at Goodison awaits. A tougher proposition, as will be our next match, at home to the other Merseyside team, so a win over a Championship side, but how we stack up against a Premier League team having a tough time will be a good test of where we are.
Still alive on four fronts and that hasn’t been the case in the last few years, so there is hope still that this season might give us some reason to look back on 2020-21 fondly.
Virtual Match Sponsor : – OSD Healthcare
|OTHER FOURTH ROUND RESULTS|
|South Coast Big Club||1||Woolwich Wanderers||0|
|West Ham United London||4||Doncaster Rovers||0|
|Sheffield United||2||Plymouth Argyle||1|
|Cheltenham Town||1||Manchester City||3|
|Swansea City||5||Nottingham Forest||1|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2||Blackpool||1|
|Frank Lampard’s Chelsea||3||Luton Town||1|
|Crystal Palace||1||Leicester City||3|