How did we win that? Even Jose Mourinho admitted that Southampton were the better side. Well, once more the Mourinho factor kicks in to earn a victory despite a poor performance.
To be fair, at 75 minutes, after Danny Ings had out the Saints 2-1 ahead, it looked all over for Spurs and deservedly so. Even though we took an early lead with a lucky deflected Ndombele goal, Spurs were tepid, ponderous and lacklustre for most of the game. Southampton were dominant (with 67% possession at one stage) and deserved to go through.
But then, things clicked for Spurs in the last 15 minutes. Subs Dele Alli and Gedson Fernandes made THE difference. The move which led to the equaliser began with a cheeky Dele flick and as the play moved forward Dele had the decisive touch to put Lucas Moura in a position to score, which he did with aplomb!
Dele and Gedson were both in the winning goal. Breaking through the Saints defence, Dele played a sumptuous through ball for Son Heung-Min and Sonny was brought down for a deserved penalty. And with two minutes left on the clock, Sonny cooly converted to send us into the 5th round!
If you wanted to focus on negatives, there were many. Vertonghen, Ndombele (despite his goal), Sessegnon, Tanganga, Dier all looked off the pace. Without Lo Celso or Dele for most of the game, there was no link to the front players which meant that Sonny and Lucas were also struggling. Yes, two ugly lucky wins in four games but Mourinho knows he has a massive task ahead if we are to get something out of this wretched season.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!