Spurs 5-0 Gillingham
Report from the Lane
Wed 21 September 2016, 22:08|Tottenham Hotspur
Vincent Janssen and Josh Onomah opened their goalscoring accounts for us, Christian Eriksen hit a double and Erik Lamela was also on target as we cruised to victory against Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup at the Lane on Wednesday evening.
Eriksen got the ball rolling with a superb opener on 31 minutes as we completely dominated proceedings, although only had the one goal to show for it at half-time.
It was a different story after the interval though, as Eriksen added a second three minutes into the second half and Janssen converted a penalty for 3-0 shortly after. Another quick-fire double gave the scoreline a healthy look, with Onomah netting on 66 minutes and Lamela adding our fifth two minutes later.
The game was notable for a number of Spurs debuts as well, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes all appearing in our colours for the first time, the latter three all coming off the bench, while Harry Winks made his full debut and was impressive in his 90 minute stint.
We subsequently found out we'll face Liverpool away in the fourth round in the week commencing October 24. An exact date will be confirmed in due course.
Mauricio Pochettino completely shuffled his pack from Sunday’s win over Sunderland, changing all 11 players from that starting line-up. That meant a first ever senior appearance for young defender Carter-Vickers, a full debut for Winks, while Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer made their first appearances of the season. There were new faces on the bench too, goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman and midfielders Nkoudou, Walkes and Edwards all making the matchday squad for the first time. Paul Konchesky, who made 15 appearances for us on loan from Charlton Athletic in 2003-04, started for Gillingham.
Save: Bond saves... but is then subbed – 16mins
Right from the first whistle we were on the front foot and had a flurry of chances in the opening stages. Just three minutes were on the clock when Eriksen’s long-range effort was well saved by Gills’ keeper Jonathan Bond and from the corner, Carter-Vickers headed just wide. Eriksen dragged wide from a Ben Davies cross before Bond was there again to deny Lamela after a great Eriksen pass. Unfortunately for Bond, he picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Stuart Nelson on 16 minutes, while Janssen headed wide from close range moments later.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Gillingham – Christian Eriksen – 31mins
It had been coming and it was a cracker when the opening goal arrived just after the half-hour. Lamela had fired wide and Onomah saw a half-volley saved by Nelson as we applied constant pressure on the Gillingham defence without breaking through, until Eriksen picked the ball up 30 yards from goal. He advanced a few yards and, with absolutely no pressure on him, unleashed a swirling shot which flew past Nelson and into the back of the net.
Above: Harry Winks up against Bradley Dack.
Close: Janssen gets closer and closer – 40mins
There was no let-up on our attacking intent, with the chances continuing to fall for Janssen. First he was denied at close range by Nelson, then Deji Oshilaja cleared an effort off the line from a tight angle before the Dutch striker hit a left-footed drive just past Nelson’s far upright.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Gillingham – Christian Eriksen – 48mins
Just three minutes into the second half we doubled our lead with a wonderfully crafted goal. Lamela was the instigator, picking up possession and driving through the heart of the Gillingham midfield before laying the perfect pass in to Eriksen on the edge of the area. He glided between two defenders and slid the ball through Nelson’s legs.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 Gillingham – Vincent Janssen (pen) – 51mins
The goal we all wanted did eventually arrive, summer signing Janssen finally opening his account in our colours and it was no more than he deserved. Trippier was upended by Oshilaja in the area and Janssen stepped up to send Nelson the wrong way and make it 3-0.
Goal: Spurs 4-0 Gillingham – Josh Onomah – 66mins
We made a change just before the hour mark, Nkoudou replacing Eriksen for his Spurs debut and we added a fourth goal seven minutes later. It was another popular goalscorer, too, as Onomah netted his first ever senior goal, collecting Lamela’s excellent pass and sending his shot inside the near post before racing off in celebration with a broad smile on his face.
Goal: Spurs 5-0 Gillingham – Erik Lamela – 68mins
Our Argentine international midfielder got in on the act two minutes later, receiving Janssen’s lay-off on the edge of the area and tucking home to make it 5-0. And with the tie wrapped up, we brought on young midfielder Edwards for his senior debut, the 17-year-old replacing Janssen, while Walkes came on for Davies at left-back with just over 10 minutes left.
Save: Nelson denies Edwards – 90+1mins
We were finishing the match with six academy graduates on the pitch and one of them almost scored his first goal on his debut. Edwards went on a marvellous jinking run in stoppage time and let fly from 20 yards, only for Nelson to tip his effort over the bar with a fine save.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"We did our jobs well and I’m very happy, very pleased and for our supporters as well because White Hart Lane was sold out and that’s fantastic. I think they enjoyed it a lot and we played well. There was a good balance in the team between young and experienced players, that’s always fantastic and there were youngsters from the academy who had their first experience of White Hart Lane (for the first team). That’s always important."
Harry Winks said
"I loved every minute of it, it’s something I’ve been waiting for since I was five. To go out there and start the game and win as well, that capped it off. I’m over the moon about it. We were in control from start to finish but in any game, especially in the cups, teams can catch you on the counter-attack so as soon as Christian scored it settled the nerves and from there, we took it on a step further."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Trippier, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers, Davies (Walkes 80); Winks, Carroll; Lamela, Onomah, Eriksen (c, Nkoudou 59); Janssen (Edwards 75). Substitutes (not used): Whiteman, Vertonghen, Wanyama, Son.
Gillingham (4-5-1): Bond (Nelson 16); Jackson, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Konchesky; Emmanuel-Thomas (Wagstaff 60), Wright (c), Byrne, Dack (Knott 80), Osadebe; McDonald. Substitutes (not used): Donnelly, Pask, Oldaker, List.
Goals: Spurs – Eriksen 31, 48, Janssen 51 (pen), Onomah 66, Lamela 68.
Yellow cards: Spurs - Onomah.
Referee: David Coote.
We’re back in Premier League action on Saturday as we make the long trip to the North East to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Boro have collected five points from their opening five league games to date, their only win coming at Sunderland. They lost to Crystal Palace and Everton in their last two matches and also exited the EFL Cup in a second round defeat at Fulham.