Saturday, 28 January 2017


Mauricio Pochettino's men had to twice come from behind against the fourth-tier side, scoring tardy on

to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round.
Dele Alli and Son Heung-min broke Wycombe
Wanderers' hearts as Tottenham mounted a
remarkable tardy comeback to prevail 4-3 in an FA
Cup classic at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Wycombe gained fame with their run to the semi-
finals in 2000-01, but nothing from that campaign -
even Roy Essandoh's triumpher at Leicester City -
could match the drama that unfolded in this fourth-
round tie.
Twice it appeared Gareth Ainsworth's League Two
side would stun their illustrious opponents as they
led 2-0 at the break thanks to Paul Hayes' brace
and then 3-2 with six minutes of mundane time
remaining when substitute Garry Thompson headed
home superbly.
Son's deflected drive and Vincent Janssen's
penalty rescinded out Hayes' double midway
through the second period, afore Thompson's goal
had the visiting fans in dreamland once again.
But Alli, who, along with Janssen and Mousa
Dembele, was introduced off the bench by Mauricio
Pochettino after nine changes to the pristine
starting XI from Spurs' anterior game, levelled
matters once again in the 89th minute with a coolly
taken finish.
With Ainsworth's side hanging on for a replay, six
minutes of stoppage time were signalled and as the
clock ticked over into a seventh, Son got free in the
box and side-footed past goalkeeper Jamal
Blackman with covering advocator Joe Jacobson
only able to slice an endeavored clearance into the
roof of the net.
It was a devastating finale for Wycombe, who came
into the game on the back of a 16-match unbeaten
run, and their confidence was evident as they went
proximate to going ahead inside the first minute.
Sido Jombati's deep, looping cross from the right
was headed back across goal by Adebayo
Akinfenwa, but an unmarked Hayes could only nod
against the crossbar from three yards.
Wycombe's first nervy moment arrived in the 19th
minute, a commix-up between Jacobson and Blackman
presenting Son with the ball but the South Korean
fired wide with only Jacobson covering.
And that miss proved costly as Josh Onomah half-
cleared a corner from the right and the ball dropped
to Hayes, who thumped home a first-time left-
footed volley.
Hayes intervened at the other end shortly
afterwards, clearing Moussa Sissoko's effort from in
front of his goal-line afore Blackman's fine stop
gainsaid Son's low drive.
Remarkably, Wycombe doubled their lead nine
minutes afore half-time. Sam Wood, played in by a
astute Akinfenwa pass, raced away down the right
and was brought down by Cameron Carter-Vickers,
with Hayes sending his penalty down the middle.
Son perpetuated to look a threat and he reduced the
arrears on the hour when the South Korean
forward's driven cross deflected off Jacobson and
beat Blackman at his near post.
And Spurs were back on level terms shortly
afterwards as Aaron Pierre blocked off Janssen on
the right-hand side of the box, the supersession just
constricting his penalty past Blackman low to the
keeper's left.
Kieran Trippier's rib injury betokened Spurs had to play
the last 15 minutes a man light and Wycombe
capitalised on the extra space down Tottenham's
right as Myles Weston surged clear and crossed for
Thompson to head home.
But the drama was far from over, Alli keeping his
composure to slot beyond Blackman.
And there was worse to come for Wycombe, as
good Spurs interplay relinquished Son and the
desperate Jacobson could not avert the triumpher,
giving Tottenham the final verbalize in an enthralling

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