The FA Cup - Third Round
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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 AFC Wimbledon

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FA Cup: Tottenham 3-0 AFC Wimbledon highlights

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said Harry Kane could stay at Tottenham for his entire career after the England striker scored twice in the FA Cup third-round win over AFC Wimbledon.

Two goals from Kane and one from Jan Vertonghen gave Tottenham a 3-0 win over the League One side at Wembley Stadium.

Kane scored his 25th goal of the season when he poked in from close range in the 63rd minute and added his 26th two minutes later by finishing from Kyle Walker-Peters' pass.

"I told him only a few special players can spend all their career in one club," said Pochettino.

"I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham and has always been at Tottenham, but in football you cannot be sure.

"We need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club."

Kane, 24, came through the ranks at Spurs, but is yet to win a trophy.

Defender Vertonghen made it 3-0 in the 71st minute with a deflected long-range strike for his first goal since October 2013.

Despite conceding more than 80% of possession in the first half, Neal Ardley's men came closest to opening the scoring when Jimmy Abdou's strike was pushed on to the crossbar by Spurs keeper Michel Vorm.

Spurs persistence breaks Wimbledon resolve

This was AFC Wimbledon's first FA Cup appearance at Wembley - 30 years after predecessors Wimbledon stunned Liverpool in the 1988 final.

The reformed club have risen up the Football League but currently sit 21st in League One.

But at times on Sunday, the class of 2017-18 displayed the spirit of the 'Crazy Gang' - minus the craziness - as they frustrated their more illustrious opponents.

They were disciplined in defence during the first half and nullified the threat of the Tottenham attack as they tried to play through the middle.

Argentine Erik Lamela had the home side's best chance when his attempt to dink a shot over George Long was clawed away by the keeper.

That came after Spurs were given an almighty jolt when Comoros international Abdou, on a rare foray forward, struck a splendid effort that Vorm tipped on to the bar. The follow-up from Liam Trotter was fired straight at the Dutch keeper.

First-half heatmaps
The first-half heatmap on the left shows that Tottenham were focused on attacking down the middle, with the one on the right showing where AFC Wimbledon's players were primarily positioned

The ball came in contact with the same woodwork again soon after the break when a low drive from Mousa Dembele cannoned off the post, before Kane finally broke the deadlock.

This time the supply line was from the wing as Moussa Sissoko delivered a low ball from the right that was bundled in.

Moments later, Kane scored his 125th goal for Tottenham, sweeping home from close range after Walker-Peters' shot found its way to England striker.

And the eight-time winners all but sealed their passage into the next round when Belgian defender Vertonghen launched a powerful strike which took a nick off Barry Fuller en route to beating Wimbledon keeper Long.

'We gave it a real go' - reaction

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It was a difficult game. Wimbledon played so well. They had a few chances which they could have scored from. It was a solid performance from us. The second half was difficult - they started well and had some chances. We scored then and again soon after - the game was over.

"We are happy because we're in the draw. We hope to get a home draw. The team deserves this. This is a competition we'll like to go far in. In my opinion I try to put out the best side to play."

Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley: "I'm proud of the group. I wanted to stay in the game and not be out of it before it started and we did that.

"Their goals we could have done better with. But to go in 0-0 at half time was great, and the fans were incredible. We've come through it and done the club proud.

"We knew that it was going to be hard to get territory. We knew it was going to come down to a set-piece or a moment to do something.

"Plenty of Premier League teams have come here and conceded five. We had a few half-chances, the gameplan worked for 55 minutes. He made good subs. He's not got bad players on the bench.

"I did make a joke at half-time that just as you get tired they'll bring on the big guns. We knew that would be the case. We gave it a real go."

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 2Trippier
  • 21Foyth
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 37Walker-Peters
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forAlliat 65'minutes
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 48mins
  • 19Dembélé
  • 11Lamela
  • 10KaneSubstituted forNkoudouat 79'minutes
  • 18LlorenteSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 15Dier
  • 20Alli
  • 23Eriksen
  • 33Davies

Wimbledon

  • 1Long
  • 2Fuller
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 32Charles
  • 3Meades
  • 7Francomb
  • 19SoaresSubstituted forHartiganat 79'minutes
  • 14Trotter
  • 8AbdouSubstituted forMcDonaldat 70'minutes
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forForresterat 69'minutes
  • 33Taylor

Substitutes

  • 5Nightingale
  • 10McDonald
  • 11Forrester
  • 21Kaja
  • 23Kennedy
  • 24McDonnell
  • 26Hartigan
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
47,527

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home81%
Away19%
Shots
Home28
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt saved. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Harry Forrester (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur).

Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Anthony Hartigan replaces Tom Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Georges-Kévin Nkoudou replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Forrester (AFC Wimbledon).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, AFC Wimbledon 0. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jonathan Meades.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Cody McDonald replaces Nadjim Abdou.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Harry Forrester replaces Andy Barcham.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, AFC Wimbledon 0. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Offside, AFC Wimbledon. George Francomb tries a through ball, but Andy Barcham is caught offside.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

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