EFL Cup - Third Round
TottenhamTottenham Hotspur3Nottm ForestNottingham Forest1

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Ryan Mason

Tottenham came from behind to knock Championship leaders Nottingham Forest out of the Capital One Cup.

After striking the bar in the first half through Ben Osborn, Forest took the lead after the break when Jorge Grant stroked in Lars Veldwijk's cross.

Spurs substitute Ryan Mason equalised with a long-range strike before Roberto Soldado deflected an Andros Townsend effort past Dorus de Vries.

Harry Kane set up a last-16 home tie against Brighton with a sharp finish.

Despite dominating possession, Spurs were made to work hard for their first victory in five matches by a spirited Forest side.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of their legendary manager Brian Clough, Forest fans in the away end at White Hart Lane wore replicas of his famous green round neck jumper.

Ryan Mason's travels
Mason signed his first professional contract with Tottenham in 2008
He has made only four appearances and scored one goal
He has been on loan spells to Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Swindon Town
He had played for England at under-19 and under-20 levels

Tottenham, showing 11 changes from their 1-0 home defeat by West Brom at the weekend and captained by Aaron Lennon, went on the offensive from the start, only to see their attacks break down on the edge of the box.

Forest were involved in little of the play, but made an explosive entry into the game midway through the half. Osborn won the ball into his own half, attacked the heart of the Tottenham defence and curled a left-footed shot that struck the underside of the bar.

Tottenham's first clear-cut chance did not arrive until 10 minutes after half-time. Left-back Ben Davies swung over a cross from the left that found Paulinho, but the Brazilian's deft flick went past the post.

Win gives us confidence - Pochettino

Forest broke the deadlock against the run of play. Spurs failed to deal with a high ball, and Veldwijk's low cross deflected to Grant, who calmly found the net on his first senior start.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino responded by bringing on striker Kane and midfielder Mason, a 23-year-old who has had loan spells at five different clubs.

Kane stung the palms of De Vries with a header before Mason fired in a spectacular equaliser. After teeing himself up from 25 yards, he struck a dipping, swerving effort into the top corner.

Townsend, a constant menace, curled a free-kick onto the bar, and played a big part in the goal that put Tottenham ahead.

His low shot from outside the area was heading wide before Soldado stuck out a boot to divert it over the despairing De Vries.

Tottenham made victory certain in the final minute when substitute Eric Lamela slid a ball through to Kane, who drilled his shot into the far corner.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"We always believed that we can come back into the game, always believed that it was possible to recover the result.

"Now I am happy, happy for the players because it was a great effort. Never in doubt.

"Going 1-0 down was difficult, but we got a great reaction, an important reaction for our supporters, who encouraged us and backed us.

"It was great after the result. We won and I am happy for the players."

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce:

"I think tactically we got it pretty much right.

"I think the players - and when I say the players, the whole squad of players - attempt to please you in everything that we impart on them.

"There was a lot of young players on the pitch for us tonight and I thought they did outstandingly well, as well as the senior ones that hadn't played a lot of football.

"Tottenham will be more than pleased that they managed to get through in this competition and not get beaten at home again. They had a big scare."

Jorge Grant
Jorge Grant scored on his first senior start for Forest
Nottingham Forest fans paid tribute to their legendary former manager Brian Clough
Nottingham Forest fans paid tribute to their legendary former manager Brian Clough by wearing his famous green jumper

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 33Davies
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 21Fazio
  • 16Naughton
  • 25StambouliSubstituted forMasonat 65'minutes
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forKaneat 64'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 7Lennon
  • 17Townsend
  • 9SoldadoSubstituted forLamelaat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 11Lamela
  • 15Dier
  • 18Kane
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Friedel
  • 38Mason

Nottm Forest

  • 29de Vries
  • 13Fox
  • 6Wilson
  • 16Lascelles
  • 3Harding
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forTescheat 45'minutes
  • 21Paterson
  • 37GrantSubstituted forBurkeat 86'minutes
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 38Osborn
  • 14VeldwijkSubstituted forBlackstockat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Darlow
  • 5Collins
  • 15Halford
  • 23Blackstock
  • 32Tesche
  • 34Walker
  • 35Burke
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
31,912

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Post update

    Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Nottingham Forest 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Post update

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces Jorge Grant.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Roberto Soldado.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Mason.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Soldado.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  20. Post update

    Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.