Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Statistics and the subsequent outcome would suggest an easy ride for Tottenham Hotspur in the Chiltern Hills. However, dogged Wycombe Wanderers’ providence an awkward obstacle before the Lilywhites booked an Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie at Everton next month.
It was one-way traffic in the early stages. But Wycombe stood firm, rode their luck, and then snatched the lead midway through the opening period when Fred Onyedinma profited from close range after Uche Ikpeazu had bullied an opening.
But Wycombe’s resolve was quashed in first-half stoppage-time. Gareth Bale’s clipped finish, this after Lucas Moura had exquisitely picked the Welshman out.
Spurs passed up a deluge of opportunities after the restart. But with the tie set for extra-time, Wycombe failed to clear their lines – Harry Winks provided a neat to hand the Lilywhites a late lead.
With the big blow landed, Wycombe wobbled. Tanguy Ndombele grabbed a quickfire brace – the tie handsomely won, but perhaps the scoreline a little harsh on Gareth Ainsworth’s men.
And that sentiment was echoed by Jose Mourinho: “I knew it – I knew that the game was going to be difficult,” the Spurs chief confessed.
“We started preparing for the game by showing the players what they did a few years ago at White Hart Lane. Six of these players and the manager are still in this team. So I think it was a good start and then we prepared for the game, knowing it could be hard and it was – It’s not easy to handle their style of play.
Mourinho added: “If you don’t score goals they stay in the game and it was great for us to score in minute eighty-five because that gave us the possibility of not playing extra-time, which would have been not good for us.”
Spurs now turn their attention back to the Premier League, facing Liverpool at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday, January 28 (8pm).
Wycombe Wanderers: Allsop, McCarthy, Grimmer, Knight, Jacobson (Charles 34’), Bloomfield (Capt) (McCleary 61’), Thompson, Wheeler, Muskwe (Kashket 73’), Onyedinma, Ikpeazu (Akinfenwa 72’) Subs not used: Stockdale, Pattison, Adeniran, Samuel, Mehmeti.
Tottenham Hotspur: Hart, Tanganga (Hojbjerg 46’), Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies (Capt) (Rodon 89’), Winks, Sissoko, Lamela (Ndombele 68’), Bale, Lucas (Son 68’), Vinicius (Kane 58’) Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Reguilon, Bergwijn.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry and Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend