Date: 14th January 2020 at 9:57pm
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Tottenham Hotspur
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White Hart Lane

FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

14/01/2020 8:05 pm

Attendance: 49202

Referee: Pawson

Tottenham Hotspur Middlesbrough
Lo Celso (2), Lamela (15) Saville (83)
Gazzaniga Mejias
Tanganga Spence 74
Sanchez Howson
Vertonghen McNair
Sessegnon Fry
Dier 85 Johnson
Winks Wing
Lo Celso Clayton
Eriksen Liddle 57
Lamela Nmecha 78
Lucas Moura 61 Fletcher


Son Heung-Min 61 Tavernier 74
Vorm Gestede 78
Alli 85 Roberts
Foyth Saville 57
Aurier Wood
Skipp Malley
Cirkin Brynn

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 12
4 On Target 4
4 Corners 7
13 Fouls 8
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
59 % 32

It’s been a disappointing year for Tottenham Hotspur and that applies to results, performances, managerial changes and our usual luck with serious injury but tonight was an opportunity to put a smile on the faces of the home fans as we welcomed Middlesbrough to White Hart Lane for our FA Cup third round replay.

Manager Jose Mourinho would certainly have been looking for a better performance than the one we put in at the Riverside Stadium.

He arguably got it as well as it only took Giovani Lo Celso two minutes to open the scoring, and 15 minutes in Erik Lamela had doubled our advantage and we saw the first half out with complete control really although Gazzaniga had to be on his toes with one effort they mustered.

Second half was much the same really, but it’s never that simple at Spurs and inside of the last ten then tried to make a game of it and scored themselves.

We didn’t keep the clean sheet obviously, but that late effort definitely should’ve gone in to make the game safe, but hey ho, Southampton next and at least there are far more positives tonight than negatives.

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17 Replies to “Spurs Make Hard Work Of Boro Clash, Even Though We Were Relatively Safe – Match Stats”

  • I was right. We had to score two. We alway seem to give silly goals away. I thought we were pretty pathetic tonight against an ordinary Championship team of triers. Dier was dreadful..absolutely dreadful. Sanchez was poor. Eriksen a shadow of the former player. No one in their right mind will waste money on him now. Lo Celso is such a woos…far too lightweight and easily pushed over. He’s not good enough. Sessegnon not the player he was with Fulham. Lamela tried hard but gives the ball away so much. Lucas worked hard. Gaza ok until he let in soft shot at the end.Why no Parrot..great chance for him?? One bright spot was Tanganga…strong, confident, willing, quick…( goodbye Aurier and KWP)…the rest were either poor or average. Very, very disappointing. Get this sorted Jose. No chance of beating Saints at their stadium. Please no more Dier..absolutely hopeless.

  • There were some really bad performances out there tonight, Sanchez had a stinker, how many times did he miss judge the flight of the ball? Dier made his usual half a dozen mistakes, he can’t even pass the ball, looks well overweight to me, he has to go. Lo Celso is just another Lamela, does a lot of running around but has absolutely no end product , scored his goal but didn’t even catch that well.
    The positives that came out of the game for me were the two full backs, Sessegnon and Tanganga were by far the two best players on the pitch and both were unlucky not to score themselves. In fact Tanganga might just have solved our right back problem on tonight’s performance.

  • Just goes to show how differently people view a match, I thought Sessegnon looked out of his depth tonight and nowhere near ready to play against the top teams. I do agree though that Tanganga had a good match but also disagree regarding Lo Celso, in my view he was our second best player on the pitch.

  • I agree with you TQ2. I thought Lo Celso hard a good game. He hasn’t had much game time and given a run of games I reckon he will show his worth. He has 2 things going for him. 1. He is always looking to go forward unlike some of supposedly “star” midfielders. 2. He is always trying to make things happen. We have not had many players trying to these two things this season! Give him a go.

  • I felt we played really well 1st half. There were 1or 2 missed passes like a team getting to know each other. I still watch Verts he is slow to get up if on the deck. I think the weather dictated play for the 2nd half. However we could have been 3 or 4 up by then. There is still work to be done. Why Erik’s on is on the pitch I don’t know. I’m not a, Winks fan watched him do very little again. Dier needs more minutes.
    I thought sess and LoCeslo were OK. Keeper should e saved that tho. But Big T did brilliant RB sorted.

  • A win is a win, yes some sloppy passing, yes we kept the ball along the back but again you could see defenders looking for movement ahead of them, yes some poor finishing, work in progress.

    Tanganga MOM fully deserved, RB sorted, Lo Celso getting better with each game, getting a comment/post of to light weight, I remember that being said about a certain Mr Modric, Lamela had a decent game, Sessegnon still learning but did ok, I can sit and give a report praise or gripe on every player but in the end it is team game and v Boro we did enough.

    Oh yes! note how many first choice’s were out, so well done lads. COYS

  • I thought we played well. Some nice movement, passing and attacking play from the lads. Should perhaps have scored 3 or 4 but we are in the next round…

    I thought we also played very well against the Pool……. But, they just keep winning… Somehow!

    Up the Spurs!

  • By the by…

    We have just taken Gedson Fernandes off Benfica, on loan with an option to buy… (18 month loan)…

  • I enjoyed the first half. Some decent football. Some good passing and movement. With some intensity added.

    The second half was appalling. Not for the first time in the last 2 years we just can not play well for a full game.

    Lo Celso, Dier, Lamela all of gas which left us open.

    We limped over the line. The players fitness and attitude must change. Nowhere near good enough.

  • RD….am with you there in your breakdown of the game, it seems to be becoming a bit of a habit, as you say they the team have to get out of it, whether it be fitness or attitude.

    I enjoyed the first half but got a bit edge of seat in the second, we really should have wrapped up the game in the first by 4 or 5 goals, but the killer instinct seems to be eluding us. COYS

  • It’s difficult to understand what has happened that has resulted in such inconsistent performances, even between two halves of the same match. It has been suggested that it could be due to the players being asked to change their way of playing which may be difficult after 5 years of playing the Poch way, I suppose this is plausible.

    What I have been witnessing, particularly last night, was an apparent return to the Harry Redknapp football philosophy of ‘just go out and run around a bit’ with no clear pattern of play and the impression that we had a team of 11 strangers on the pitch. Even the two goals were created and scored by individual passages of play.

    It would be great if the team followed Matt Ryan’s lead and contributed say £500 for every mis-placed pass last night to donate to the Australian bush fires cause, it would certainly raise a decent amount!

  • Just watched the first official Gedson interview, I have to say I really like the way he speaks about the club, the stadium, and the challenge of moving to the PL – all in very good English which will help him settle here. I love this guy already and can’t wait to see what he can do on the pitch.

  • I think some sloppiness is to be expected given how opposed the styles of MP and Jose are. It’ll be months before the team plays the Jose way effectively. In the meantime, relying on the individual brilliance of very gifted footballers isn’t the worst idea in the world. It may seem disjointed, but if we’re getting results out of it, then why not? That will only take us so far, but right now, the “so far” is better than what we were seeing in MP’s last months.

    Lo Celso and Lamela’s performances weren’t perfect, but for players that have been in and out of the team and haven’t really had a run of games to settle in the 11, they did as well as one could hope for. If fans expect to see the best out of either, that’s unrealistic given how little they have played.

    The only disappointment from last night was seeing how easily Gazzaniga was beaten for Boro’s goal. It’s another reminder than while he is a credible option as a number 2, he’s still some ways off being a credible choice as a starting GK for a top 6 club. For all of Lloris’ faults, Lloris remains one of the top shot stoppers in the world. Yes, we’ll concede goals due to him over playing the ball, his distribution, his mistakes etc. But he’ll also win points for us. He’s done it before, he’ll do it again. Lloris isn’t perfect but he’s still better than most goalkeepers out there, save a few who are likely out of our price range anyways. And while Gazzaniga does some things better than Lloris, he’s got his own faults and is seemingly just as prone to mistakes. Again, as a number 2, we could do a lot worse, but if the club comes to the conclusion that Lloris isn’t the long term choice, I think we can just as easily conclude that the heir apparent is not at the club, and we’ll have to look outside for a successor.

    As for Tanganga, it was a very promising performance, but it came against a Championship side (no disrespect to Boro), in a relatively low key setting. Is he ready to be trusted in a CL quarter against Barca? It’d be a big ask. We should let him take his time to develop, but he could be a long term solution at RB based on the last 2 games. In any case, it should signal the end of KWP at the club, because Tanganga is arguably just as ready for senior minutes as KWP is, but he’s a lot younger and hasn’t had as many chances. I wonder where Foyth goes from here too.

  • BS….a good post mate, regards Tanganga, what I see is a level head nipper, who learns quickly from his mistakes, which are inevitable at his age, I honestly do not think he is fazed by whomever he is up against, so for me get him in there and let him play, he will be forgiven quickly for any errors as he becomes a fan favorite, after all he is one of our own. COYS

  • PY forgiven for his mistakes? Have you seen some of the posts here (lol). I’m with you he is a gr8 prospect and must be 1st choice RB. Get rid of Aurier, WP and get Aaron’s in they can battle it out during the season for first choice. I like the idea of signing Fernandes on loan a good long chance to try before you buy. Look at the mistakes with Clinton nje, Nkodou and Jansen to mention but a few.

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