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Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers

By Alex BysouthBBC Sport

Son Heung-min's stoppage-time winner saw Tottenham recover from being a goal down with a minute to go against League Two Wycombe in the FA Cup fourth round.

Paul Hayes, who had earlier headed against the bar, shocked the Premier League side with a sweetly struck left-footed volley to put Wycombe ahead.

The captain grabbed his second from the spot to double the visitors' lead.

But Son's deflected effort on the hour and a Vincent Janssen penalty four minutes later pulled Spurs level.

Substitute Garry Thompson headed in Myles Weston's cross with seven minutes to go to put Gareth Ainsworth's side back in front.

But a composed 89th-minute finish from Dele Alli pulled Spurs level again, before Son scrambled in a late winner.

Chairboys' experience shows

Paul Hayes
Captain Paul Hayes scored from both his shots on target, but also cleared a Moussa Sissoko effort off the line for the visitors in the first half

Wycombe boss Ainsworth said there was "no pressure" on his side when arriving at White Hart Lane, and the side 70 places below Tottenham in the league pyramid will take heart from a performance that saw their 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to an end.

That run has taken the Chairboys from a relegation battle into sixth place in the fourth tier and they had already surpassed expectations in the FA Cup by reaching the fourth round for only the second time in the club's history.

Roy Essandoh was the hero with a late winner when Wycombe shocked Leicester City to reach the semi-finals in 2001, while it was 33-year-old Hayes who looked to have written the headlines this time around - his stunning volley setting the League Two side on their way.

The Wycombe skipper was complemented by veteran forward Adebayo Akinfenwa, whose physical presence caused problems for a young Spurs defence from the first minute when he nodded across goal for his strike partner to head against the bar.

The front two made way for Weston and Thompson midway through the second half, and it was the substitutes who combined to put Wycombe within a whisker of a memorable FA Cup upset.

Spurs lacking strength in depth?

Tottenham dominated possession at White Hart Lane and the ball spent plenty of time in their attacking third, but it took three substitutions for them to click into gear

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was always likely to rotate a squad hoping to sustain a title challenge - one he has said does not need strengthening in the final days of the January transfer window.

The Argentine made nine changes to the side that fought back to draw at Manchester City last week, but Tottenham's second string largely failed to impress and did little to suggest Spurs have the strength in depth to go the distance in the Premier League.

Teenager Cameron Carter-Vickers looked composed on the ball, but struggled with the physical threat of Akinfenwa, while there was plenty of promise but little end product from attacking trio Josh Onomah, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko.

The hosts dominated, especially in the second half, but it took the introduction of striker Janssen at half-time and first-teamers Alli and Mousa Dembele on the hour mark for Spurs to eventually creep past a resilient Wycombe.

They did show character, however, and that comeback came despite going down to 10-men when full-back Kieran Trippier limped off after Pochettino had made all three changes.

Man of the match - Paul Hayes (Wycombe)

Paul Hayes
Hayes' two goals looked to have set Wycombe on the way to causing an upset, and he said after the game: "If you had told us during the week we would take Tottenham all the way then we would have been proud."

Manager reaction - 'The beauty of the FA Cup'

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "That is the beauty of the FA Cup. It was an unbelievable game. Full credit to Wycombe, they played very well first half.

"It is completely different to Spain and France. Here it is special - the team, the people is mad to try and lift the trophy. It is completely different to when you play Premier League or EFL Cup."

On whether Spurs are looking to win the competition: "Of course, but you have to give players opportunities to play in the squad and assess them."

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth: "That's the rollercoaster that is football management - those last 10 minutes, I don't know where to start.

"The lads have done me and the town so proud. What we have done today puts a marker down of how far we've come. I hope everyone respects we gave it a go."

Stats - Hayes rises to top-flight occasion

  • Son Heung-Min has scored in each of his last three starts for Spurs at White Hart Lane (four goals).
  • Paul Hayes scored twice in an FA Cup game for the first time since December 2005, when he was playing for Barnsley against Bradford.
  • Hayes has scored in three of his last four FA Cup appearances against Premier League opposition - he scored for Scunthorpe against Chelsea in 2005 and Manchester City in 2010.

What next?

Tottenham travel to Sunderland in the Premier League on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), before hosting Middlesbrough next Saturday (17:30).

Wycombe return to League Two action at Exeter City on Tuesday (19:45), before welcoming play-offs rivals Portsmouth on Saturday.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Vorm
  • 16TrippierSubstituted forat 74'minutes
  • 38Carter-Vickers
  • 27WimmerSubstituted forDembéléat 61'minutes
  • 33Davies
  • 29WinksBooked at 54mins
  • 15Dier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 25OnomahSubstituted forAlliat 61'minutes
  • 14NkoudouSubstituted forJanssenat 45'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 7Son Heung-min


  • 2Walker
  • 9Janssen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20Alli
  • 30López
  • 37Walker-Peters


Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Blackman
  • 2JombatiBooked at 42mins
  • 5StewartBooked at 90mins
  • 6Pierre
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 83mins
  • 11Wood
  • 25GapeBooked at 78mins
  • 17O'NienBooked at 54mins
  • 24KashketSubstituted forSaundersat 77'minutes
  • 20AkinfenwaSubstituted forWestonat 68'minutes
  • 9HayesSubstituted forThompsonat 77'minutes


  • 7Thompson
  • 8Bean
  • 13Richardson
  • 16Harriman
  • 19Weston
  • 23De Havilland
  • 29Saunders
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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    Delay in match (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Wycombe Wanderers 3. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.

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    Hand ball by Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers).

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    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

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    Attempt saved. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Sam Saunders (Wycombe Wanderers).

  11. Booking

    Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Gape (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Gape (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Wood.

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    Foul by Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur).

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    Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Wycombe Wanderers 3. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé with a headed pass.

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    Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


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