Spurs draw Middlesbrough in the FA Cup after a thrilling victory over Brighton

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was rocking on Saturday night when Spurs welcomed Brighton to North London in the 4th round of the F.A. Cup. A brace from Harry Kane and an own goal was enough to book Tottenham’s place in the competition’s 5th round, which will be played away at Middlesbrough on the 2nd of March.

Spurs looked solid throughout with noteworthy performances coming from Harry Kane, Cuti Romero, and Emerson Royal. The evening also saw the introduction of Spurs’ new boys, Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur who performed well for their manager Antonio Conte.

Spurs looked fierce from the start

It was a fiery start from Tottenham, and more specifically, Harry Kane. Before he got the opener in the 13th minute, he could have taken the lead within the first 10 minutes due to a Brighton mistake. It was in fact, Brighton’s lack of concentration that lead to the first goal as Adam Webster failed to connect with a pass, which was easily intercepted by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The main Dane then found Kane who curled the ball into the top corner from around 20 yards out. A world-class strike from a man who continues to prove that form is temporary whilst class is permanent.

It only took another 11 minutes for Tottenham to double their lead. Although there was a slight element of luck involved, you can take nothing away from Emerson Royal who had a superb game down the right-hand side of the pitch. Sometimes criticised for an underdeveloped attacking game, Royal silenced his doubters with a menacing run down the right. Royal delivered a cross that was deflected off Brighton’s March and looped over the head of a helpless Sanchez. Own goal.

Five minutes later and the home team should have been up by another. Hojbjerg & Kane connected again leading to a chipped effort that failed to meet the standards required to beat Sanchez once more. Kane had another chance just before the break. The striker seemed hungry for goals, as did the rest of his attacking entourage.

A dominate performance in both halves

Graham Potter must have rallied his team during the halftime break as the Seagulls came out with energy anew with Yves Bissouma pulling the strings onfield. Brighton forced Hugo Lloris into a save or two before finally getting on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute. It was Brighton’s main man Bissouma who ran across the goal to see his deflected effort hit its target after wrongfooting the Spurs keeper.

Their hopes of a comeback were dashed almost instantly as Harry Kanne bagged his brace three minutes later. The England International can thank his partner in crime, Heung-Min Son, as the South Korean danced spectacularly around several Brighton defenders before the ball fell to Harry Kane who made no mistake in converting his effort.

Conte then found his position comfortable enough to welcome his new signings onto the pitch and would have been pleased with how Kulusevski and Bentancur fitted into his famous formation.

The floodgates could have opened as Tottenham had a multitude of chances in the final minutes of play. Efforts from Steven Bergwijn and Sergio Reguilon could have added to the tally if they found their shooting boots but Spurs were sailing towards the 5th round. An incredibly pleasing spectacle for the attending home fans.

The Spurs Starting XI

H Lloris ©
D Sánchez
C Romero
B Davies
E Royal
H Winks
P Højbjerg
S Reguilón
L Moura
H Kane
H Son

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Conte praised Harry Kane and the physical condition of his squad,

“Harry, in the past, in the games that he didn’t score, I liked his performance… we can appreciate – me and the whole team – is his attitude and commitment for the whole team. Then, for sure, to score two goals is important because he’s a number nine, he’s used to scoring goals.

“We are working on the physical condition with the team. We’re trying to improve the intensity, also during the training sessions. I think all these situations can improve the performance with all the players.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Tottenham have two home games in a row!

On Wednesday the 9th February, Spurs will welcome Southampton to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tickets are limited so ensure you secure your VIP hospitality ticket here.

Wolves then travel to North London on Sunday the 13th of February for a 14:00 KO. Get your hospitality and VIP tickets this week.