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Tottenham Hotspur: Slick Spurs too good for courageous Newport

08 February 2018, 09:51 | Ken Black

Jon Moss consults with assistant referee Eddie Smart over the first penalty decision

Jon Moss consults with assistant referee Eddie Smart over the first penalty decision

It should have never come to Wednesday's FA Cup replay, but Tottenham Hotspur have, at long last, defeated League Two side Newport County in the fourth round of the FA Cup, 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

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Following a slow start by the hosts, Spurs grew into the game after the opening goal.

Erik Lamela, who returned after a 13-month injury absence in November, scored his first goal since September 2016 shortly after Dan Butler's 26th-minute own goal had given Spurs the lead.

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"Of course it was a massive [injury] problem - more than one year out".

And, the result aside, the 7,500 travelling fans of the Welsh side were given a display they can be proud from their team, as Newport pressed high against Spurs and did not let their heads drop after going down.

"Pochettino is from Argentina like me and he knows that it is not easy for a young player to settle in quickly in a completely different culture".

Rigg joined Newport in 2016 and helped the club make a dramatic escape from relegation out of the Football League last season.

The League Two side were magnificent out there.

They are turning into a hardy bunch, finally overcoming Newport in this awkward replay after Dan Butler put through his own net and Erik Lamela scored the second.

Spurs, however, took a fortuitous 26th minute lead as Moussa Sissoko's low cross following Fernando Llorente's square pass struck Newport full-back Butler, with the deflection beating wrong-footed goalkeeper Joe Day at his near post.

Llorente had a couple of half-chances - he smashed a volley wide with the goal gaping - while substitute Dele Alli struck the bar with just the keeper to beat.

Tottenham Hotspur now can look ahead to Rochdale away in the next round and trying to navigate their hard playing surface at Spotland.



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