From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham overcame League One facet Portsmouth to advance to spherical 4 of the FA Cup.
A storied fixture which noticed the likes of Harry Redknapp and Kevin Bond invited as company of honour, Spurs recovered from a sluggish first half to safe the win on a gray afternoon in north London.
The first half-chance of the sport fell Pompey’s manner after 12 minutes, with Reeco Hackett’s overhead kick pushed apart by Fraser Forster.
Soon after on the different finish, Harry Kane got here near scrambling a nook from Son Heung-min over the road, however his effort was blocked from shut rage by Denver Hume.
Full-debutant Pape Matar Sarr flashed a shot from vary large in direction of the top of a really irritating first half for the hosts.
At the beginning of the second half, a excessive cross from Son was headed in opposition to the within of the put up by Emerson Royal, earlier than Kane opened the scoring on the 50-minute mark. The skipper minimize inside from the left and performed a fast one-two with Ryan Sessegnon earlier than letting fly from 18 yards and discovering the far nook.
Spurs’ vivid begin to the second interval continued when Japhet Tanganga picked out Emerson on the precise byline, and his stretched efforts to maintain the ball in helped it attain Son, however his strike sailed excessive.
A form ricochet off of Bryan Gil allowed Oliver Skipp a transparent sight of purpose from mere yards out, however he fluffed his strains and skied his volley.
After three minutes of stoppage time, Tottenham’s place in spherical 4 was confirmed. Their subsequent match comes at residence to north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday January 15.
GK: Fraser Forster – 5/10 – A really quiet day. Booed by over 9,000 Portsmouth followers with each contact for his Southampton allegiances.
CB: Japhet Tanganga – 6/10 – Largely high-quality. Got rattled by a bodily duel with Bishop within the second half but it surely did not result in something.
CB: Davinson Sanchez – 6/10 – Similarly untroubled. Missed a free header within the first half after leaping too quickly.
CB: Ben Davies – 6/10 – Again, reliable. Tottenham’s drawback was that none of their centre-backs had been able to making line-breaking passes.
RM: Emerson Royal – 5/10 – A sloppy passer when Spurs wanted precision. Improved after the break however he was taking part in Portsmouth in spite of everything.
CM: Oliver Skipp – 5/10 – Another rusty show from a person in want of additional recreation time after practically a 12 months out.
CM: Pape Matar Sarr – 7/10 – Full of power and demanded to be given the ball all through. Lacked a killer move however then once more so did most Spurs gamers.
LM: Ryan Sessegnon – 5/10 – Timid at each ends of the pitch, although no less than offered Kane with an help.
RF: Bryan Gil – 6/10 – Dug in and labored ever so exhausting, whereas he started to choose the lock after the break. Continually selfless in pursuit of a purpose.
LF: Son Heung-min – 5/10 – Managed to win just a few corners and free-kicks along with his supply and dribbling however offered little in manner of direct risk.
CF: Harry Kane – 8/10 – Head and shoulders one of the best participant on the pitch. Began to dictate the sport at will within the second half and scored a peach of an opener. Now one purpose away from matching Jimmy Greaves’ all-time Spurs scoring document.
Djed Spence (78′ for Sessegnon) – 5/10
Alfie Devine (90′ for Gil) – N/A
Antonio Conte – 6/10 – Spurs had been flat for more often than not, however they seemed assured defensively no less than.
GK: Josh Griffiths (6); RB: Zak Swanson (6), CB: Michael Morrison (6), CB: Sean Raggett (6), CB: Connor Ogilvie (6), LB: Denver Hume (5); CM: Joe Morrell (5), CM: Ryan Tunnicliffe (5), LW: Owen Dale (5), RW: Reeco Hackett (5); CF: Colby Bishop (4)
Subs: Louis Thompson (4), Josh Koroma (5), Michael Jacobs (N/A), Joe Pigott (N/A), Ronan Curtis (N/A)
Manager: Simon Bassey – 5/10