Wednesday 18 October 2017

Son completes superb Spurs turnaround

FA Cup round-up

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min (left) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with Vincent Janssen. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min (left) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with Vincent Janssen. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Son Heung-min scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Tottenham completed an incredible 4-3 comeback victory against a spirited Wycombe in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The League Two team led 2-0 at the interval, courtesy of a double by captain Paul Hayes, before leading 3-2 with six minutes of normal time remaining. Garry Thompson grabbed the visitors' third after Son and sub Vincent Janssen, from the spot, had got Spurs level.

But substitute Dele Alli struck in the 89th minute to haul Spurs level again before Son scored with virtually the final kick of the game at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham made nine changes from the side which drew with Manchester City and it was Wycombe who were ahead midway through the first half. Hayes's half-volley was tipped around the post, Josh Onomah did not deal with the corner and Hayes rifled it home.

It was to get even better nine minutes from the interval. Adebayo Akinfenwa's pass fell to Sam Wood. Cameron Carter-Vickers hauled him down in the area and referee Roger East pointed to the spot. Hayes made no mistake from 12 yards.

With an hour on the clock, came the first of many twists. Son hauled one back when his deflected effort beat Wycombe goalkeeper Jamal Blackman at his near post. Then, with Alli and Mousa Dembele introduced, Kevin Wimmer - another second-half replacement - was blocked by Aaron Pierre in the area. The ref awarded a penalty, which Janssen converted.

Spurs were forced to play the remaining 20 minutes with 10 men after Kieran Trippier landed awkwardly. Wycombe were back in the lead after Thompson converted Myles Weston's cross after 84 minutes. The Chairboys looked set to win, only for Alli to side-foot past Blackman before Son's effort in the 96th minute sealed a remarkable fightback.

Oxford inflict heavy defeat on Toon Army

Oxford caused a major upset by thumping Championship high-flyers Newcastle 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Oxford United's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring his side's third goal. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters
Oxford United's Antonio Martinez celebrates scoring his side's third goal. Photo: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Kane Hemmings put the League One outfit in front two minutes into the second half with his 13th goal of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic passed up the chance to equalise on 67 minutes when his penalty was saved by Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, before further home goals from Curtis Nelson and Toni Martinez sealed the shock result.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez made nine changes to the team which hammered Rotherham 4-0 last weekend.

It certainly wasn't Mitrovic's day. He fell over as he shaped to shoot in a good position after half an hour. Eastwood then saved from Jesus Gamez' and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

Mitrovic then should have scored when he was through on goal, but Eastwood saved. And Eastwood saved again from Mitrovic just before half-time.

The opening goal arrived soon after the interval when Hemmings turned the ball in from four yards after Chey Dunkley headed Chris Maguire's cross back from the far post.

The Magpies had a chance to level when Mitrovic was brought down in the box by Phil Edwards, but Eastwood brilliantly saved the Serbian's firmly-hit 67th-minute spot-kick down to his right.

Nelson made it 2-0 on 79 minutes, heading home Rob Hall's corner at the back post. And 19-year-old Spanish striker Martinez added a third, on his debut, with a well-placed looping header three minutes from time.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters
Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Scott Heppell/Reuters

Downing's effort fires Boro into fifth round

Forgotten man Stewart Downing blasted Middlesbrough into the FA Cup fifth round as League Two Accrington finally succumbed at the Riverside Stadium.

Downing, who has opted to stay on Teesside and fight for his place after being linked with a January loan move, drilled home from distance with 69 minutes gone.

The 1-0 win was no more than the Premier League side deserved, although they made hard work of it. Boro went into the game desperate to avoid a repeat of their Capital One Cup defeat by Accrington in 2013, but a side featuring seven changes from last weekend's league loss against West Ham was unable to make their dominance of possession count before the break.

Viktor Fischer only just failed to convert from Downing's 18th-minute free-kick and the former England international then curled a shot just wide.

Their opponents had chances of their own, with Omar Beckles heading over and Dean Clare forcing a block from keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Stanley might have taken the lead in first-half stoppage time, when Billy Kee failed to make contact on a cross.

The deadlock was finally broken with 69 minutes gone, when Downing smashed a long-range drive into Rodak's top right corner.

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