Preston North End 0 – 3 Spurs FA Cup Fourth Round Match Review
Tottenham secured their spot in the FA Cup Fifth round of by comfortably beating Championship side Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.
Spurs star Son Heung-Min was spectacular, scoring twice. New signing Arnaut Danjuma made it 3-0 late on with a debut goal.
Ivan Perisic had the first chance to give Spurs the lead in the first ten minutes, but the Croatian’s effort on goal was well blocked. Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur then had efforts on goal.
Kulusevski had a shot blocked, before Bentancur saw an effort fly narrowly wide (7’).
Freddie Woodman was forced into a save when Son’s effort looked to be finding the back of the net, but the goalkeeper was able to deny the South Korean his goal (16’).
Preston then had a couple of chances. Andrew Hughes had a shot blocked before Thomas Cannon’s effort was also prevented from finding a way past Fraser Forster (21’).
Just before half time, Dejan Kulusevski had two opportunities to give the Premier League club the lead. The Sweden international’s initial effort flew over the crossbar (37’), before his second was well blocked by the home defence after receiving the ball from Son (43’).
The deadlock was finally broken at the start of the second half. Son Heung-Min showed his quality with a spectacular curling strike into the bottom left corner (50’).
Preston came close to equalising through Ben Whiteman, but his long range effort was unable to beat Forster (62’).
Spurs soon showed their class once again. It was Son with his second goal of the evening following a dynamic, flowing from Tottenham (69’).
Tottenham were in full control of the FA Cup tie now, and looked the more likely to score the next goal.
They did score the third goal of the evening to put the game beyond doubt, with Arnaut Danjuma scoring with a composed finish (87’).
It was a thoroughly deserved with for Spurs, with 6 shots on target with just 1 for Preston. The visitors also dominated possession with 68%, compared to 32% for the home side.
On the victory, Spurs Assistant Coach Cristian Stellini said:
“It was what we expected from this game, and what we expected from the players who didn’t play in the last game (against Fulham).
“Sonny waited for his moment and the momentum in the game to find the target. We are also excited to work with Arnaut.” (Via tottenhamhotspur.com).
Spurs comfortably secured passage into the fifth round of the FA Cup, with the draw happening on Monday night. Below is a list of all of the possible opponents:
- Wrexham or Sheffield United.
- Ipswich Town or Burnley.
- Manchester United.
- Luton Town or Grimsby Town.
- Derby County or West Ham United.
- Stoke City.
- Blackburn Rovers or Birmingham City.
- Leicester City.
- Sheffield Wednesday or Fleetwood Town.
- Manchester City.
- Bristol City.
- Brighton & Hove Albion.
- Fulham or Sunderland.
- Leeds United.
All eyes will be on the draw on Monday night, in order to see who will be standing in Tottenham’s way of a spot in the Quarter Final.
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