Player ratings as strong Spurs side survive FA Cup scare
Tottenham edged out championship wrestlers Wycombe to reach the FA Cup round of 16 but were forced to work for it as strikes from Gareth Bale, Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele called off a Fred Onyedinma opener.
The Championship team found themselves in a shock lead when striker Uche Ikpeazu passed Toby Alderweireld and found Onyedinma in the area, who forced the ball past Joe Hart from 12 yards.
However, Spurs didn’t panic and responded by stinging Wycombe’s goal. Moussa Sissoko and Japhet Tanganga hit the wood, before Bale – who had turned down two good chances earlier in the game – lifted Lucas Moura’s cross past Ryan Allsop into the Chairboys goal.
Wycombe played with a high pace in the first half but struggled to keep it going as the game progressed. However, they defended themselves admirably and looked around the world as if they were at least heading for extra time, before Harry Winks’ strike from the edge of the zone broke the hearts of the Championship squad.
Substitute Tanguy Ndombele then scored twice with the little time left to ensure it was the Premier League side that went to the hat for the round of 16.
Here are the ratings of your players!
Joe Hart (GK) – 6/10 – Handled well with some dangerous set pieces from Wycombe, but barely had a clear look at the ball outside of the first half hour.
Japhet Tanganga (RB) – 5/10 – I should have equalized with a close range header in the first half but had a decent first half before being sacrificed for Hojbjerg at the break.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – 5/10 – At times struggled to cope with Ikpeazu and was shot too easily for the first goal.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – 6/10 – Waste in its distribution because it favored the long balls forward. Won most of their duels and were generally strong defensively.
Ben Davies (LB) – 7/10 – Had a lot to do in the first half as Wycombe targeted Spurs left flank but put in a fighting performance and made a tireless end-to-end change.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 5/10 – Ineffective in midfield in the first half and was moved to the right-back in the second, where he delivered a passable display.
Harry Winks (CM) – 6/10 – Saw a lot of the ball but was not ambitious with his pass in a game where he should have taken some risks. Excellent finish for the winner.
Erik Lamela (CAM) – 6/10 – At times looked like a headless chicken in a central attacking midfielder role, but was the most creative player in a crowded engine room. Did not hide at any time and showed an urge to take the ball before giving way to Ndombele.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 7/10 – Spurs’ play often seemed to focus on giving him the ball and getting out of the way. He appreciated the responsibility and made up for his early waste when he finally got his breakthrough at the edge of half-time.
Vinicius (CF) – 4/10 – Heist play was below par as he struggled to find space behind a disciplined Wycombe backline, before being replaced by Kane.
Lucas Moura (LW) – 7/10 – Was Spurs’ most dangerous forward while he was and made more key passes than any other player before being taken for Son. He disappeared from the game before his removal, but provided a nice help to Bale and cannot have any complaints about his display.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tanganga, 46 years old) – 6/10 – Makes a real difference for a Spurs midfielder who was passive without him.
Harry Kane (Vinicius, 58) – 6/10 – Had specialist attention from the Wycombe defense after being brought in to save the tie. Should have scored in the 70th minute but was denied by a quick Allsop reflection.
Son Heung-min (Moura, 68) – 5/10 – Sent one of Tottenham’s best chances over the bar and generally struggled to make the kind of impact he expected.
Tanguy Ndombele (Lamela, 68 years old) – 8/10 – Joins Spurs assault by scoring twice to seal victory, with two icy finishes.
Joe Rodon (Davies, 89) – N / A – Late submarine while Davies left with cramps.