Spurs fight back against Wycombe to avoid FA Cup upset
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 29, 2017,
Jan 29, 2017, 1:00
In a thrilling cup game at White Hart Lane, the League Two side shockingly had a two-goal lead at half time, but Spurs scored a couple after the hour mark to get back on level terms.
Pochettino made nine changes to the Tottenham team which drew with Manchester City last Saturday, and they trailed 2-0 following a first-half brace by Wycombe captain Paul Hayes.
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Tottenham Hotspur appreciate the FA Cup with a special fondness, and, as numerous home supporters stood to applaud the players of Wycombe Wanderers from the pitch after a stirring, see-saw tie, they were effectively clapping something very like the magic of this knockout competition.
'I take it as a huge compliment that Pochettino says they were lucky.
"This is the FA Cup".
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And there was worse to come for Wycombe, as good Spurs interplay released Son and the desperate Jacobson could not prevent the victor, giving Tottenham the final say in an enthralling encounter.
"They [Wycombe] believed they can beat us here [at home]".
Wycombe, fifth in League Two, arrived at White Hart Lane on the back of a 16-game unbeaten run, and they showed no signs of being intimidated by their more illustrious opponents. They said, "Oh the FA Cup is magic". Now I realise that it's a special competition.
"It's the special in the world". "It is the most special competition in the world because you can not replicate the same passion and the same atmosphere on the pitch in Spain, France or Italy".
Roy Essandoh was the hero with a late victor 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. It's fantastic. I'm very touched by it. That is the important thing that the FA Cup creates, that feeling. We can do nothing about that. They have done the whole town proud, they have done me proud, done themselves proud. What we have done today puts a marker down of how far we've come.
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent.