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Tottenham player ratings in 1-1 FA Cup draw at Newport

29 January 2018

Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County will battle it out in a FA Cup replay after they drew 1-1 on Saturday evening.

Spurs, whose last trophy triumph was the League Cup in 2008, were lacklustre throughout, but Harry Kane's 82nd minute equaliser spared their blushes and the tie will now be replayed at Wembley.?? The team didn't really show that they wanted to go through to the next round.

Newport, 72 league places below Spurs, made life extremely uncomfortable for their guests from the off. Mauricio Pochettino could have pointed to a poor playing surface at Newport's Rodney Parade ground and a rumbustious atmosphere as reasons his players looked so unnerved from the moment the whistle went - but that would ignore the simple fact that County manager Michael Flynn's team had a brilliant game plan.

With their next three league games pitting Spurs against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal just a matter of days before they resume their Champions League campaign with a trip to Turin to face Juventus, an additional game is surely one that Pochettino could have done without.

"I think because of the finances and how football is now, it would've been the best result [in the FA Cup's history]".

But with eight minutes remaining, an unmarked Kane tapping in from close range at the far post following Heung-Min Son's flick from a corner.

This time he had to introduce the South Korean from the bench, as well as bring on England midfielder Dele Alli, in order to turn the tide. "The most important thing from the start of the game was to show more desire, or the same desire as them and the same motivation as them".

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"We are going in the last few days to see if we can add players that add good quality", he said. "In the first half we did not match this level", the Argentine said.

"The first goal was important for us but it's something else for the club to look forward to".

"I could've been selfish, tried to be the hero and put a few more strikers on but I'd never try to jeopardise the finances of the club and I'm not selfish", he added.

"We kept it as we were, we just had to get them back focus again and let's be honest, it was the only mistake we made all day and we got punished".

"It's incredible, I'm proud of everything we've achieved".

Tottenham got away with one today. But it's about in the next few days to see if we have some possibilities with some players.

Tottenham player ratings in 1-1 FA Cup draw at Newport