SPURS SHOW NO MERCY

Chadli hits dou­ble af­ter in­jury to two of the U’s de­fend­ers

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Jamie Brad­bury

COLCH­ESTER UNITED lost both cen­tre­halves with less than 20 min­utes gone and with them, boss Kevin Keen ad­mit­ted, any chance of caus­ing an FA Cup fourthround up­set against Tot­ten­ham.

Tak­ing on a high-fly­ing Premier League side was al­ways go­ing to be a tall or­der for a team that has dropped to the bot­tom of the League One ta­ble, but it got even taller when Alex Wyn­ter and Tom East­man clashed heads in­side the first two min­utes as they both chal­lenged for a ball with Spurs dan­ger­man Harry Kane.

Af­ter a four-minute de­lay Wyn­ter was car­ried away on a stretcher and taken to hos­pi­tal, while East­man went off for treat­ment and did come back briefly, head wrapped in ban­dages hav­ing had stitches in a wound, but he lasted only un­til the 20th minute.

Re­place­ments Frankie Kent and Matt Briggs did what they could, but Colch­ester boss Keen’s game plan had been ripped to shreds by the dou­ble blow, and soon his team were too.

“How many times has that hap­pened?” Keen won­dered.

“You lose one like that, you make a sub­sti­tu­tion and play with ten men, then you lose an­other. You’re a League One team against a Premier League team and it’s a tough ask.

“I was dis­ap­pointed be­cause you work hard and set your­self up for the game. Alex and Tom have been two of our best play­ers since I’ve been here, so to lose the two of them was dis­ap­point­ing. It was a tough day.

“Tot­ten­ham are a very good team. They have built a re­ally young, tech­ni­cally good, ath­letic team which will hold them in good stead not just for this

sea­son but the next two or three sea­sons.

“They will do well this year but more im­por­tantly their fu­ture is brighter than cer­tain other big clubs in the league. I can see them win­ning one of the three com­pe­ti­tions they are in.

“We gave it a go, and I have noth­ing but pride for the lads. It was a re­ally gal­lant ef­fort.”

Nacer Chadli took ad­van­tage of the de­fen­sive reshuf­fle in the 26th minute and picked his spot from 20 yards, bend­ing a sweet strike away from Jake Kean’s dive and into the net.

Tot­ten­ham should have put the game to bed in the open­ing minute of the se­cond pe­riod but Erik Lamela screwed wide from an an­gle, and they were al­most made to pay when Colch­ester had their best chance of the game, but Dar­ren Am­brose’s shot from the edge of the box was de­flected away.

Chadli al­most had his se­cond on the hour, re­ceiv­ing Kane’s pass on the penalty spot but his turn and shot hit the bar. The Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional’s se­cond was on its way, but not be­fore Eric Dier had made it 2-0 just af­ter the hour. From all of 30 yards the Eng­land man let fly and his shot took a wicked de­flec­tion, wrong-foot­ing Kean.

Chadli’s se­cond, stoop­ing to head home Tom Car­roll’s cross from the right at the near post, was fol­lowed al­most in­stantly by a U’s con­so­la­tion as Gavin Massey’s shot off the post re­bounded in via Ben Davies.

Car­roll then poked home off the un­der­side of the bar from Chadli’s cross with eight min­utes re­main­ing to wrap things up.

It was a su­pe­rior per­for­mance from a strong Spurs side, and man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said: “We needed to show a lot of re­spect for our op­po­nents. We have a very strong squad. It’s very im­por­tant to keep them all in­volved and that they are all a part of the suc­cess of the team.

“We have a lot of games ahead and we want to stay in all the com­pe­ti­tions and go far. To do that you need to use all the squad. Our aim is the next game and to try to win. This is our men­tal­ity and we must try to keep this men­tal­ity.

“Play­ing the way that we played, I am very pleased. We are in the next round and this is the most im­por­tant thing.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ALL OVER: Tot­ten­ham’s Tom Car­roll scores their fourth goal

HERO­ICS OVER: Nacer Chadli scores the first goal for Tot­ten­ham STAR MAN NACER CHADL

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