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Tottenham Hotspur vs Newport County

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newport County

HOTSPUR took another step towards their first FA Cup final appearance since 1991 after easing past fearless Sky Bet League Two outfit, Newport County, in a fairly routine fourth-round replay at Wembley Stadium.

Prior to his hip issues, Lamela was one of Tottenham's most creative attacking outlets and managed to flourish under Pochettino, who helped his compatriot find his feet in England after failing to quickly adjust after his move from Roma.

The teams played out a 1-1 draw in Wales a week-and-half-ago, with Spurs, and that man Harry Kane, leaving it late to avoid a colossal upset away to Flynn's men. It is never easy to come back but he showed he loves football and loves to train.

Newport have won just one of their last seven FA Cup away games against top flight opposition (D1 L5), beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 all the way back in February 1949, coincidentally also a fourth round replay. His mentality is fantastic and he will improve.

It was 58-years to the week that Spurs had slain Fourth Division Crewe Alexandra by thirteen goals to two in a replay at the same stage of this particular competition. This time, Son wriggled forward and spotted Lamela.

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Newport manager Michael Flynn has said sorry to Mauricio Pochettino after his FA Cup dossier targeting Tottenham weaknesses was made public.

"He's a really good bloke, he came up to watch Dragons training in October because I think he wants to coach. In a tough moment you learn a lot". Twenty-four players all trying to get a start in every single game.

Alderweireld completed 90 minutes and is in contention for a start against Arsenal in Saturday's crunch North London derby, particularly after Sanchez's poor performance at Liverpool. The new faces: Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son.

It will be even more special if Newport can get a result at Wembley, and Amond has good memories of the place having enjoyed play-off success there with Grimsby Town in 2016 in front of 17,000. It's an important feeling for him.

Tottenham Hotspur now can look ahead to Rochdale away in the next round and trying to navigate their hard playing surface at Spotland. "It's important for us because he's an important player".