Friday 23 February 2018

Tottenham's young guns give Pochettino a derby dilemma

Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason celebrates after scoring against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane. Photo: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason celebrates after scoring against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane. Photo: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho gets away from Jorge Grant of Nottingham Forest during the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb and Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup game at White Hart Lane. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
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Tottenham edged the battle of the 'B' teams with Nottingham Forest, sneaking into the League Cup fourth round after Ryan Mason's wonderful long-range effort inspired a late comeback victory.

A combined total of 20 changes were made by Mauricio Pochettino and Stuart Pearce at White Hart Lane, with this weekend’s north London derby and Forest’s promotion push the clear priority.

It had looked like Forest would win after Jorge Grant's second-half effort, but Mason's rocket was followed up by a poacher's goal from Roberto Soldado and a fine Harry Kane finish as Spurs ran out 3-1 victors.

The third-round victory was not the prettiest but a much-needed boost for Spurs, having gone four matches without a win in all competitions.

Robbie Brady got a goal and an assist for Hull City to put the Tigers 2-1 up at West Brom, only for the Baggies to snatch victory with two late goals.

Fellow Ireland stars David Meyler and Paul McShane also started for a Hull line-up featuring 11 changes from the weekend. The Baggies also switched their entire side.

There was relief for beleaguered Newcastle manager Alan Pardew as his 10-man Magpies beat Crystal Palace 3-2 after extra-time, with Paul Dummett getting the winner with eight minutes to go after Mehdi Abeid had picked up a second yellow card.

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