Spurs 2 Newport County 0
A ‘Son et Lumiere’ show is a form of nighttime entertainment that is usually presented in an outdoor venue of historic significance.
And so it was yesterday, as Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela provided the entertainment on a cold night at Wembley. While Spurs overall made light work of brave, well-organised Newport, it was Son and Lamela who came up with the inspiration.
Having been rescued by Kane in the 1-1 draw at Newport, Poch opted to give Harry a rest and selected Llorente, backed by Son, Lamela and Sissoko, with Winks and Wanyama in a double-pivot, and Aurier, Foyth, Toby and Rose as our back-4, and Vorm in goal. Our line-up was “respectful to the FA Cup” but still involved 10 changes from the team that started against Liverpool last Sunday.
This combination of rusty (Toby, Rose, Winks, Wanyama, Lamela) and back-up (Vorm, Foyth, Llorente) supported by rotation options (Aurier, Sissoko) and Son were comfortably up to the task of beating League Two opposition, without playing well or getting out of second gear.
Toby eased himself back into action (he’s been injured since Real Madrid home on 1st November). Rose played well, adding pace and bite to our left flank. But Foyth is still a long way from being ready and Llorente is struggling (he missed two gilt-edged chances to score in the second half). The standout performers were Son (who played the first hour) and Lamela (who got a full 90 minutes under his belt), the latter scoring a goal from a Son assist. Erik’s laconic ease on the ball was nice to see and his return adds an extra string to Poch’s bow.
The match was hardly fireworks but there were at least sound and light.
Arsenal in the PL on Saturday and then Rochdale away in Round 5.