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Spurs needed all their big guns to break Wycombe hearts in cracking FA Cup tie

It finished in heartbreak for Wycombe but Tottenham needed all of their big guns to book their place in the fifth round.

Tottenham substitute Tanguy Ndombele scored twice in the closing stages to put the gloss on a score line which did not tell the whole story of another cracking FA Cup tie.

Wycombe are stranded at the bottom of the Championship, they have not played in more than a fortnight after a Covid outbreak and yet pushed Tottenham all of the way at Adams Park.

In fact, Jose Mourinho eventually threw on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to join Gareth Bale in attack and yet still Wycombe defied that world class trio until the 86th minute.

Brave Wycombe had taken the lead through Fred Onyedinma, Bale equalised before half time and, for all of Tottenham’s second half pressure, they struggled to find a way through.

Harry Winks celebrates after scoring for Spurs

It was one hell of a cup tie and brought back memories of their only previous meeting, also in the FA Cup, when Tottenham needed a late salvo to beat Wycombe 4-3 at White Hart Lane.

This time Tottenham finished with a bit more to spare as Harry Winks finally put them ahead after 86 minutes before Ndombele’s late double.

But nothing should take away from Wycombe’s heroics as Gareth Ainsworth, in leather jacket and looking every inch the rock star on the touchline, has conjured up an incredible spirit against all the odds at Adams Park.

They did themselves proud, pushed Tottenham and so nearly took the tie to extra time which definitely was not in Jose Mourinho’s script.

Mourinho is a man on a mission this season to win a trophy, they are already in the Carabao Cup final and, after another weekend of casualties, Tottenham have done well just to get through.

Adebayo Akinfenwa chats with Jose Mourinho
Adebayo Akinfenwa chats with Jose Mourinho

They will now meet Everton at Goodison Park and suddenly Spurs will be feeling as if it might be their year no matter being given a wake-up call by Wycombe.

It was Wycombe who took the lead after 25 minutes. Uche Ikpeazu bullied Toby Alderweireld, turned the Spurs defender and laid it off for Odyedinma who smashed it home from inside the box.

No-one inside Adams Park could quite believe it. Not having fans inside stadiums is heartbreaking on nights like these. But that buzz, the thrill of an upset or a cup shock never, ever loses its drama. The tension and excitement of what might happen.

It shook Tottenham into life. Moussa Sissoko’s shot was deflected off substitute Darius Charles and it hit the post as Wycombe’s goal held a charmed life. For all of Spurs’ pressure, Carlos Vinicius managed their first shot on target after 40 minutes but it was easily saved.

But you felt the equaliser was coming. Deep into first half stoppage time, Bale got Spurs level. Lucas Moura played a good ball into the box, Bale sprung the offside trap and swept the ball past Wycombe keeper Ryan Allsop.

Tottenham ran out 4-1 winners over their Championship opposition
Tottenham ran out 4-1 winners over their Championship opposition

Mourinho threw on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at half time to beef up his midfield before Kane, Son and Ndombele followed. Mourinho was taking this seriously alright.

Eventually the goals came. The first after 86 minutes as Allsop denied Kane with a super save before Winks curled in the rebound with a super goal from 20 yards.

Then Son set up Ndombele with an unselfish lay-off to make it three before the France midfielder got another from close range after a driving run into the box deep into injury time.

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