Carter-Vickers and Winks 'relieved', Janssen and Sonny react
29 January 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Cameron Carter-Vickers admitted he was relieved to see us in the hat for the FA Cup fifth round after Saturday’s seven-goal thriller against Wycombe Wanderers.
The heroic League Two outfit twice led at White Hart Lane, with Cameron adjudged to have committed a foul in the area which led to Paul Hayes putting the visitors 2-0 up before the break.
Teenage centre-back Cameron, making only his fourth senior competitive appearance for us, had his hands full dealing with Wycombe front man Adebayo Akinfenwa for much of the contest but, stopping to reflect on our eventual 4-3 victory along with the impressive Harry Winks and goalscorers Vincent Janssen and Heung-Min Son, he said he relished the challenge and learned lessons from the game.
Here’s what the players said afterwards…
What are your emotions after that?
“Relief more than anything. We started poorly, in the first half to go 2-0 down was obviously very disappointing but I think we came out in the second half with more intent, more aggression and it’s a relief to win the game. It was a crazy match really – to come back from 2-0 and go down 3-2, then recover to win the game was great. With the crowd and the atmosphere, it was just getting louder and louder so it was really good.”
What was said at half-time?
“We knew that if we played like we can we would score goals and we’d go on to win the game so we just had to refocus and come back with more aggression.”
On marking Akinfenwa
“He was very strong. It’s difficult, you’ve got to try different things that you might do with other players so you’ve got to use your brain a bit.”
On the penalty given against him
“At the time I thought it wasn’t a penalty, that was my initial feeling. If I’d stayed on my feet the angle was tight for him to score so it’s something that I’ve got to learn from for next time.”
On fellow academy graduate Harry Winks
“Every time he plays, he plays well. He’s composed on the ball and he’s good when players come and press him – he knows what to do. You could say Sonny did well as well because he came up with the goals.”
Thoughts on the match
“It was a tough game, very tough, and credit to Wycombe – they came at us and followed us all around the pitch man-marking. They also went 2-0 up so full credit to our team, it shows no matter what team we play against we’re always in it to win it and we never give up.”
On the half-time sentiments
“It was a bit embarrassing to be honest. It wasn’t the performance we expected to go out there and give. It was more a case of livening up – not really tactical advice, but go out there and liven ourselves up.”
What was it like to win it right at the end?
“It was a brilliant feeling, more relief than anything. We needed that. No matter the circumstances it’s always a great moment when you score a winning goal in the last minute, whoever you are playing. You could see that in the reaction of the players and the fans, it meant a lot and we were delighted to win.”
How did you find playing with 10 men after Kieran Trippier’s injury?
“The last 10 or 15 minutes was just gung-ho, everyone everywhere. Again, credit to the team to win that game with 10 men against a tough Wycombe team.”
On fans’ support
“That’s what the Tottenham fans are like – they are brilliant and similar to us, they never gave up and stuck with us to the end. We’re thankful for their support as always.”
How do you summarise that match?
“What a game! First of all, Wycombe did very well, they played a really good game and they fought for every second. We played a bad game but we made it really difficult for them and I think at the end we worked hard and now we go through to the next round.”
What were your instructions when you came on?
“Just to be in the box because in the first half we had some chances and some crosses but there was nobody in the box. The gaffer told me to be in there and make sure I was there if there was a cross.”
On his keenness to take the penalty
“Of course (I was keen) because I haven’t played a lot in the last few weeks and if you get an opportunity you want to show what you can do. Sonny did well to make it 2-1, we came back into the game and then the penalty came and I wanted to show what I can do. I’m happy I scored it.”
On Heung-Min Son’s contributions
“If you see what Sonny has done all season, it’s incredible. He’s done well in every game and when he is on the pitch he shows what he can do. He is working very hard as well and you can see what kind of qualities he has. He’s a very, very good player, he helped us today and he’s helped us all season. He’s very important for us. He has a lot of quality, you see that every day and I’m happy for him that he showed it again today. He was very important and he got us through to the next round.”
“I thought we were better than them. For Wycombe it was a special game and we have to learn something from this – we have to be professional and there from the first second, like we are in the Premier League. Physically and mentally we have to be there.”
On the first half
“This is no joke. We have to be ready to win games like this and if we’d scored in the first half, it would have been much easier. I’m really happy because we never gave up, we ran and ran for 90 minutes and I’m really pleased for my team-mates.”