Erik Lamela getting back to his best, Fernando Llorente fluffs his lines

Tottenham safely negotiated their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Newport County on Wednesday, running out 2-0 winners thanks to a Dan Butler own-goal and Erik Lamela's first tally since September 2016.

Spurs' struggles in the original tie -- the 1-1 draw at Newport's Rodney Parade -- had as much to do with the state of the pitch as the spirit of their opponents.

It always seemed likely that their class would tell at Wembley, and so it proved as Mauricio Pochettino's side dispatched their League Two visitors with a minimum of fuss.


Pochettino, who made 10 changes to his side, was able to give useful game time to a number of players who might otherwise have had little action for three weeks.

This was a particularly good opportunity to reintroduce Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Winks, who all played from the start in their first appearances of 2018.

Lamela's performance and goal will give him confidence, while 20-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth also produced another assured display, and Spurs just need to overcome Rochdale -- who are fighting relegation in League One -- to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals.


Spurs had 26 shots but only scored twice. They missed some good chances in the closing stages in particular, with Fernando Llorente squandering two of them. Tottenham showed off their strength in depth in other departments, but Harry Kane's place still looks pretty secure up front.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Pochettino oversaw a routine victory while keeping his powder dry for Saturday's north London derby, giving his top men a night off. The only player to start against both Liverpool and Newport was Son Heung-Min, who justified his selection with an influential performance before being sensibly withdrawn on the hour-mark.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Michel Vorm, 7 -- Was called into action late on and made a fine save.

DF Serge Aurier, 7 -- Got up and down the flank diligently and was involved in the build-up to the opening goal, playing the ball in to Llorente's feet.

DF Juan Foyth, 7 -- Played Victor Wanyama into trouble early on but otherwise had another solid outing and looked calm under pressure, albeit against limited foes.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Looked typically composed on his return, having missed 20 matches with a hamstring injury, and showed his quality on the ball with a crossfield pass that landed right on Aurier's toes.

DF Danny Rose, 7 -- Always sought to be positive with his passes and runs. The left-back could have better when he shot into the side-netting from Moussa Sissoko's cross, but he went on to set up a chance for Christian Eriksen, pulling the ball back from the by-line.

MF Victor Wanyama, 7 -- Picked up an early booking after being caught on his heels by Foyth's pass, but he steadied himself and did well to stretch and challenge Joss Labadie when a low cross came into the box.

MF Harry Winks, 7 -- Was worryingly hurt in a first-half challenge on his return from injury, but he shook off the knock and was a busy figure in the middle, helping the hosts to play quick passes around their opponents. A neat turn away from two players was a highlight.

MF Moussa Sissoko, 7 -- Put in a good shift and was always on the move, making himself difficult to mark by embarking on runs across the defence and in behind. His role in the opening goal -- a cross which forced Butler to deflect the ball in -- was lucky but it rewarded his determination to find space and make things happen.

MF Erik Lamela, 8 -- Gave Newport endless problems in his role as an elusive No. 10, showing good vision and technique with his link play. His goal was entirely deserved, and he later gave Llorente a free header at goal.

MF Son Heung-Min, 8 -- Posed a constant threat, repeatedly running at the visitors. The South Korea international saw one shot blocked and another saved within a few seconds, while going close on a couple of other occasions. It was he who set up Lamela's goal after attacking the left side of the box for the umpteenth time.

FW Fernando Llorente, 5 -- Made a poor start, misplacing simple passes. His hold-up play improved and he freed Sissoko when Spurs got their breakthrough, but he missed two good chances late on.


MF Christian Eriksen, 7 -- Replaced Son in the 61st minute and laid on Llorente's second chance before sending Dele Alli through on goal.

MF Dele Alli, N/A -- Nearly scored twice in his 15-minute cameo, hitting the crossbar when one v one with the goalkeeper, and then forcing a low save.

DF Kyle Walker-Peters, N/A -- Got a brief run-out and fired just wide of the top right corner.