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Kane is going nowhere, says Poch after cup win

Tottenham begin FA Cup run with simple victory over AFC Wimbledon

07 January, 2018

FA Cup
SPURS 3 (Kane 63, 65, Vertonghen 70)
AFC Wimbledon 0

SPURS strolled into the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon (Sunday) with a straightforward victory over League Two’s AFC Wimbledon.

A pair of second half strikes from Harry Kane rewarded Tottenham’s persistent, if uninspiring, pressure and then a screamer from defender Jan Vertonghen gave the final score the sheen it deserved.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who gave a start to the returning Victor Wanyama and offered defender Juan Foyth only his second appearance this term, said he was pleased with his side’s professionalism in seeing off Neil Ardley’s organised and spirited team.

He said: “This was a good opportunity to go to the next round. We were solid and created a lot of chances. It was also important for Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela to play 90 minutes, and feel they can do it psychologically [after so long out].”

And Pochettino used his press conference to send Spurs fans a message of reassurance over the the future of Kane, after being asked by reporters for his take on Liverpool’s January transfer window sale of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona for a rumoured £142m fee.

He said: “It is hard when the player wants to leave. The player, club and team need to create an exciting moment so they feel comfortable and happy to be with you.”

And he said the situation was different for his talismanic forward.

He added: “Harry is special – so special. He loves Tottenham. He can be like Totti in Italy. Only a few special players can spend all their career in one club and Harry is this type of player.”

It was Kane’s eye that opened things up: Wimbledon had defended resolutely in the first half, and nearly went ahead on 30 when the impressive Lyle Taylor played in Jimmy Abdou, who sent a shot against the bar.

For all the possession, Spurs, as so often this season, were finding themselves running into walls in the final third and it was only after a change on 60 that the dam broke.

Pochettino replaced Fernando Llorente with Heung-Min Son and the forward immediately gave Spurs more impetus – moment after joining the fray Kane bundled in a Moussa Sissoko cross. Two minutes later a Kyle Walker-Peters shot was deflected into Kane’s path and he swept home.

The icing on the FA Cup cake was provided by a rare Vertonghen goal. The Belgium broke a drought stretching back to a Europa League match against FC Sheriff in October 2013 on 70 with a pearl of a shot. His effort, from all of 25 yards, flew into the top corner.

Spurs then toyed with their lower league visitors. Son hit the post and substitute Dele Alli was keen to entertain. The final moments saw another substitute, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, race into the box to be bundled over. It looked a clear penalty. The referee, perhaps sensing the game was done, waved away the calls.

SPURS: Vorm, Trippier, Vertonghen, Kane (Nkoudou,77) Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko (Alli, 65), Llorente (Son, 59), Dembele, Foyhth, Walker-Peters.
Subs not used: Lloris, Dier, Eriksen, Alli

AFC Wimbledon: Long, Fueller, Meades, Oshilja, Francomb, Abdou (McDonald, 69), Trotter, Barcham (Forrester, 69), Soares (Hartigan, 78) Charles, Taylor.
Subs not used: McDonell, Nightingale, Kaja, Kennedy


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