From Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Spurs had to score three late goals to avoid an FA Cup upset at the hands of League One outfit Morecambe, who beat the Shrimps 3-1 on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s team was terrible for most of the game but hit it when they needed to advance to round four.
However, the Spurs were twice close to taking a lead in the first minute. At first, Tanguy Ndombele drove in behind Morecambe’s back line and took advantage of a bit careless defense, but Anthony O’Connor made a great recovery challenge, while captain Ben Davies nodded just over from the resulting corner.
At the other end, Morecambe had the first shot of the match on goal after Shane McLoughlin robbed Ndombele of possession in midfield and released from range, although his tame effort seeped into the arms of Pierluigi Gollini.
The League One team gave Spurs a difficult ride, although Matt Doherty went closest to scoring after his header bounced back from the post.
Ryan Sessegnon danced his way through Morecambe’s back line before beating up Giovani Lo Celso, but the Argentine’s shot was blocked and Spurs’ frustrations over finding a clear path to goal continued.
And the away team took the lead just after half an hour after O’Connor easily avoided Japhet Tanganga from a corner, volleyed home from close range and sent the big traveling contingent into delirium.
Tottenham deservedly went into the break behind but Conte threw back the same XI for the second half to correct his mistakes, with Sessegnon and Doherty changing sides in the only change.
Morecambe, however, continued to see the more menacing side, with Cole Stockton winning an aerial duel with Joe Rodon but his curling shot whistled just past the post.
Dele Allis flicked from a Lo Celso corner almost gave Spurs a way back to the game, but Trevor Carson was at full strength to deny the Englishman.
With an hour on the clock, Tottenham really started to increase the pressure, with Sessegnon cutting the inside from the right and shooting into the side netting.
Conte threw at Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp when the match slipped away from Spurs, but it was Harry Winks who found the equalizer directly from a free kick near the corner flag.
Tottenham should have taken the lead shortly after when Wink’s annoying cross was met by Lucas, who unselfishly nodded back towards Kane, but the England captain’s effort from the right side somehow went outside.
With five minutes left, Lucas completed the comeback when he robbed McLaughlin of possession on the halfway line, sprinted through on goal and rounded Carson to put the hosts in the lead.
Kane then took his own goal almost immediately from kick-off when substitute Emerson Royal won the ball high on the pitch and fed Lo Celso to the striker to send Spurs to the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Gollini was poor again / Julian Finney / GettyImages
Pierluigi Gollini (GK) – 2/10 – Horrible positioning, a hologram between the sticks and offered the defenders no help playing from behind. How he is an Italian national team player is beyond me.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – 2/10 – Lost her husband for the goal in a comic show of “defense”.
Joe Rodon (CB) – 3/10 – Handed over possession a couple of times after taking his eye off the ball and was second best in most of his duels when isolated.
Ben Davies (CB) – 5/10 – Was not embarrassed but did not look like the looting overlapping defender he has been the last few weeks.
Winks took the receipt / Alex Davidson / GettyImages
Matt Doherty (RWB) – 4/10 – Offered a little in possession and rarely showed up for it either. His off-ball runs improved after changing flanks.
Giovani Lo Celso (CM) – 4/10 – Slipped and slid all over the pitch. Hard to believe he rubbed on Lionel Messi.
Harry Winks (CM) – 6/10 – Some loose passes but hardly the worst perpetrator in Spurs’ side. Found the equalizer (even if it was unintentional) and led the fight in the final stage.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 1/10 – Showed all the flaws that explain why he failed to influence under Conte. Lazy in and out of possession. Slowly left the pitch as they were replaced and bowed loudly.
Ryan Sessegnon (LWB) – 6/10 – Tried to at least make things happen, but one hill can not bear the burden on its own.
Gil was easily defeated / Alex Davidson / GettyImages
Dele Alli (CF) – 4/10 – Definitely no striker and should never play there again. Ran around a bit, regardless.
Bryan Gil (CF) – 3/10 – Grown up by Morecambe early and faded out of the game.
Harry Kane (CF, 69 ‘for Dele) – 7/10 – His arrival changed the game (which it probably should have).
Oliver Skipp (CM, 69 ‘for Ndombele) – 6/10 – Brought some much needed bite to midfield.
Lucas Moura (CF, 69 ‘for Gil) – 8/10 – A live-wire and Spurs best player.
Emerson Royal (86 ‘for Sessegnon) – 7/10 – Came on for a few minutes and got a pre-assist. Work ready.
Dane Scarlett (88 ‘for Lo Celso) – N / A
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