Spurs survive scare to beat Morecambe


Brazilian winger Lucas Moura came off the bench to score the goal that made it 2-1 to Spurs in the 85th minute

Tottenham summoned the cavalry to secure a place in the FA Cup fourth round, coming from a goal down to beat Morecambe.

Shrimps defender Antony O’Connor sidefooted a volley in from 10 yards to score the game’s opening goal after 33 minutes, prompting wild celebrations among the travelling supporters.

But their hopes of a famous victory faded as goals from Harry Winks and substitutes Lucas Moura and Harry Kane gave Tottenham victory.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte make a host of changes, naming Kane and Moura on the bench and having to do without the injured Son Heung-min, but still picked a side featuring the likes of Deli Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Winks and Giovani lo Celso.

For Morecambe, a team fighting relegation and who have won only once in their past seven matches in League One, It was almost a famous occasion to match fellow third-tier side Cambridge’s heroics at Newcastle on Saturday.

There were chants of “Premier League, you’re having a laugh” from the away end, as the Morecambe fans made the most of their afternoon.

The Shrimps, without manager Stephen Robinson, who missed the game after a positive Covid test, were 16 minutes away from the fourth round before Winks’ free kick cross went all the way into equalise.

Goals from Moura and Kane saved Spurs’ blushes inside the last 10 minutes, but the visiting fans could be heard singing loudly until the end.

Morecambe fans celebrate
Morecambe’s travelling fans were 17 minutes away from celebrating a famous FA Cup victory

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 5-3-2

  • 22Gollini
  • 2Doherty
  • 25Tanganga
  • 14Rodon
  • 33Davies
  • 19R SessegnonSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 87′minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forScarlettat 88′minutes
  • 8Winks
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forSkippat 69′minutes
  • 11GilSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 69′minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forKaneat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 10Kane
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 29Skipp
  • 44Scarlett
  • 48Paskotsi

Morecambe

Formation 5-3-2

  • 30Carson
  • 21CooneyBooked at 74minsSubstituted forJonesat 77′minutes
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4O’Connor
  • 5BedeauSubstituted forGibsonat 65′minutes
  • 3Leigh
  • 19McLoughlin
  • 8DiagouragaBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWildigat 77′minutes
  • 25McCalmont
  • 17AyungaSubstituted forObikaat 58′minutes
  • 9Stockton

Substitutes

  • 1Letheren
  • 6Jones
  • 7McDonald
  • 10Wildig
  • 14Obika
  • 15Delaney
  • 16Mensah
  • 22Gibson
  • 24Gnahoua

Referee:
John Brooks

Attendance:
40,310

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