FA Cup: Spurs send Newport packing in Pochettino 200 game - FCNaija

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/02/2018

Erik Lamela Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspurs took a big step towards a potential first trophy for the Mauricio Pochettino in his 200th game in charge with a routine 2-0 win over Newport County to reach the FA Cup fifth round at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

Erik Lamela scored his first goal since 2016 for Spurs saw off the League Two side shocked in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Setting the Scene

Spurs lineup was a strong one that featured the long-awaited returns of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, and Harry Winks from various injuries.

The Belgian hadn’t played since the Champions League match against Real Madrid on November 1st, while English duo of Rose and Winks hadn’t made an appearance since Boxing Day with Michel Vorm got the start in goal, and Fernando Llorente got the start at striker with Harry Kane on the bench.

First Half

Newport started in much the same way as they did in Wales, with their high pressing leading to half-chances through a Robbie Willmott free-kick and a header from Padraig Amond, who scored in the first meeting.

Danny Rose sent a volley into the side-netting as Spurs began to increase the pressure, and they got the breakthrough in fortuitous circumstances 26 minutes in, as Butler turned Moussa Sissoko's low cross into his own net.

Joe Day was helpless as the ball escaped his outstretched leg but he made a superb double save to keep the score at 1-0 just past the half-hour mark, beating away Lamela's volley before blocking Son Heung-min's effort on the rebound.

But Lamela had better luck three minutes later as he scored his first goal in 17 months, slotting a clever finish past Day from 12 yards after Son had burst towards the box and played him in.

The second half proved to be something of a procession, with Spurs bossing the ball but showing little urgency in attack, although Fernando Llorente was close to turning Lamela's cross goalwards and the Argentine winger was denied by another good save from Day.

Frank Nouble had proved a troublesome figure for the home defence on Newport's rare forays forward but he was unable to fashion any clear chances on Michel Vorm's goal, and substitute Christian Eriksen came close to a third for Spurs when he drilled Rose's cross wide.

Llorente made a mess of Lamela's delightful chipped through ball and volleyed another chance wide, meaning his wait for just a third Spurs goal goes on, while Alli clattered the crossbar after being played clean95 through by Eriksen.

Pochettino's side almost conceded late on but Vorm denied Amond from close range, as Spurs ensured a trip to Rochdale on February 18, with Saturday's north London derby against Arsenal now the focus of their attention.