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A quality passing goal scored by second half substitute Erik Lamela was enough to spark a Spurs victory. Spurs had dominated first half possession, but once again had really failed to truly test Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, who had looked somewhat unsteady when faced with crosses which came his way. Harry Kane completed the win to give Spurs passage to the last eight, where they will face Newcastle at home, with an opportunity for revenge following Sunday's home defeat.
Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes to Sunday's team, with Jan Vertonghen the only survivor from the starting line-up which had faced Newcastle. Vertonghen took over the captain's armband when Aaron Lennon was replaced at half-time by Lamela..........
In a game of few clear chances this game looked a draw from early on. Both defences kept a tight rein on the opposition for almost the whole game giving attackers few sights of the target, restricting most efforts to long range shots. There were hardly any free kicks in a very open game played at pace by both sides who kept the ball on the deck. Spurs got the break thankfully and now look forward to another tough game on Friday when they go to Liverpool.
Last season Liverpool beat Spurs 5-0 thanks to a couple of first team players. It was former Spurs academy coach Alex Inglethorpe's first victory over his former club in four games. The game will be held at Langtree Park in St. Helens and should be shown on Liverpool TV if you can't make it.
Spurs chose this game as the occasion upon which they would formally commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of the greatest Spur ever, Bill Nicholson, who passed away on October 23rd, 2004.
The club produced a special programme, containing material written by the late Andy Porter, whose obituary also appeared in the magazine production. Many former Spurs players, including the truly legendary Alan Gilzean, made the effort to attend the occasion. Quite a few of the others in the line-up of legends are employed by the club on match days, including the still sprightly looking Cliff Jones.
On the day of Bill's passing, the team lost 2-1 at home to Sam Allardyce's Bolton. On another occasion, when Bill Nicholson way was named in the presence of the great man, we lost at home to West Ham. Sadly, on this special day, we managed to lose to a side that was in the bottom three - Newcastle. Now, Alan Pardew's side are higher up in the bottom half of the Premier League table, which now includes Spurs, who had aspirations towards more European football next season.
Spurs 5 Asteras Tripolis 1 - Andy Porter would have enjoyed this!
Club historian Andy Porter, who so sadly died suddenly this week, would have enjoyed this game. You see, Andy didn't just follow the fortunes of our first team down the years, he also followed the Academy and Development squad avidly. Andy would have seen Harry Kane as a 16 year old player, and would have been so pleased to see Harry score his first hat-trick for the senior Spurs side.
Why, Kane even finished the game wearing Hugo Lloris's goalkeeper's jersey, after the Spurs captain rashly brought down Tsokanis outside his area, and was dismissed for preventing a goal-scoring opportunity. So, although Hugo craftily earnt himself a break from the trip to Greece in two weeks' time, the man finishing the game in the goalkeeper's shirt could once again be voted the Spurs Odyssey man of the match!
Mind you, Kane will have competition from Spurs' other goal-scorer tonight, Erik Lamela. Lamela's first goal was an audacious left foot strike from the left side of the area, which looked as if it had been hit with his right foot, but was in fact struck with his left foot, from behind the right! (It's called a "Rabona")No wonder Erik raced all the way back to the North-East corner to celebrate in front of his friends and family..........
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