It was a measure of the kind of Cup sport Spurs had been in that, after solely 57 minutes, in a 9,400-seater stadium on the finish of suburban industrial property, Jose Mourinho felt the necessity to ship on Harry Kane. Ten minutes later Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele joined him, and ultimately their sheer ferocious Premier League tempo overwhelmed Wycombe Wanderers.
The important thing objective was scored by one in every of Spurs’ starters, Harry Winks, after 86 minutes, when he curled superbly into the nook following Kane’s saved effort to keep away from the very actual prospect of extra-time at Adams Park. Ndombele added two extra to seal a 4-1 win which by no means mirrored the night Spurs endured.
Wycombe are a Championship membership and but they’re all the things however. Adams Park is made up of three stands and a rickety terrace, a world away from Tottenham’s silver super-bowl, a membership punching means above their weight even sitting as they’re on the foot of the second tier.
Standing within the freezing chilly in his leather-based jacket and thin denims, musician supervisor Gareth Ainsworth loved what for thus lengthy appeared like one other piece of his masterminded magic at this membership, earlier than actuality ultimately bit.
Every little thing’s relative, in fact, and this was by no means going to be the exhibition of the earlier spherical at eighth-tier Marine. Mourinho named nearly the identical crew with the added impetus of Erik Lamela and Gareth Bale from the beginning, however after forty minutes he could have been regretting that manoeuvre. Tottenham’s three greatest openings all fell to Bale, largely because of Wycombe’s daring coverage of leaving him unattended till it was far too late, however Bale contrived to go, pull and prod all of them broad of goalkeeper Ryan Allsop’s left submit.
By the point Moussa Sissoko’s deflected strike and Japhet Tanganga’s close-range header had each hit the crossbar, it had the distinctive really feel of one in every of these nights. Spurs had fallen behind after 25 minutes to a well-worked transfer which begun down Wycombe’s proper, the place a low cross discovered striker Uche Ikpeazu, who rolled Toby Alderweireld apart earlier than feeding the oncoming Fred Onyedinma to brush previous Joe Hart from six yards. Wycombe’s bench erupted with pleasure as Tottenham’s spilled with expertise: Kane and Son had been despatched to get heat and little doubt challenge a message to the pitch.
However any half-time cull that Mourinho could have envisaged was prevented when Bale lastly hit the goal. Lucas Moura swept a bouncing ball into the six-yard field the place Bale had snuck in behind the Wycombe defence, and he poked previous Allsop to degree 1-1 on the break.
Each managers made enforced modifications, with completely different results. Joe Jacobson’s harm, picked up whereas sliding to dam one in every of Bale’s misses, meant Wycombe had been with out their set-piece specialist and compelled Ainsworth to reshuffle each piece of his defence. Tanganga’s knock allowed Mourinho to carry on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield so as to add some management, with Sissoko shifting to right-back.
Spurs continued their assault on Wycombe’s objective, and shortly Mourinho despatched on his main lights. The sport noticeably shifted tempo: Kane was denied by a smothering Allsop earlier than Son flashed a shot throughout the objective and broad from the left. Winks hoiked one on to the terrace roof, earlier than Son missed one of the best of the bunch firing too excessive from eight yards.
However lastly the sheer weight of strain informed. Winks positioned his shot superbly this time, and Ndombele added the remainder.