Spurs 5-0 Gillingham - Mauricio's reaction
21 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
It was a night of firsts as we toppled Gillingham 5-0 in the EFL Cup at the Lane – and Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t surprised by any of them.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started alongside Kevin Wimmer and didn’t put a foot wrong on his debut, Harry Winks made his first start and was everywhere in midfield, Vincent Janssen and Josh Onomah scored their first Spurs goals, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou made his debut off the bench and there were further debuts for Marcus Edwards and Anton Walkes off the bench, a fantastic night for our Academy.
It was one-way traffic in this third round tie. The deadlock was finally broken by a Christian Eriksen special on 31 minutes and the Dane struck again three minutes into the second half for 2-0.
Janssen grabbed his first goal from the penalty spot after Kieran Trippier was upended and then two goals in three minutes wrapped it up, Onomah’s cool finish for 4-0 and a low strike from Erik Lamela for the fifth.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV after the win against Gillingham
“We did our jobs well and I’m very happy for our supporters as well because White Hart Lane was sold out and that’s fantastic,” said Mauricio.
“There was a good balance in the team between young and experienced players and there were youngsters from the Academy who had their first experience of White Hart Lane (for the first team) and that’s always important.”
On the youngsters
Mauricio: “We’ve spent a long time working with them and we know their qualities well - Cameron, Josh, Harry Winks, Marcus, Anton - all young players who were involved in pre-season in Australia. We have to wait, to be patient and when they get the opportunity to play they have to show their quality. In the future, they will be great players for us.”
On Cameron’s debut
Mauricio: “Cameron played very well, but the whole team played very well. It was fantastic to build up the confidence and trust in the way we play. Now it’s exciting, Liverpool next at Anfield, it will be tough but a great experience for us.”
On Harry Winks
Mauricio: “From the beginning of pre-season he has showed us that he can play and there is more trust and he is more mature, that’s always important. We always need to be patient with young players. It’s important to be calm and to know when to give them the opportunity to play and show their qualities.”
On Vincent’s first goal
Mauricio: “It’s very important for all strikers to feel the net and important to also feel the love from the supporters. After the injury to Harry Kane he’s now our main striker and it’s important he feels happy and confident.”
On Liverpool in the fourth round
“Liverpool at Anfield is an important game. It will be tough but at the same time, we need to enjoy it and try to improve.”