Report: Tottenham Hotspur 6-0 Millwall

MILLWALL were beaten for the first time in 18 games as their FA Cup run came to an end at the quarter-final stage when they lost 6-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs lost Harry Kane to injury in the eighth minute and it was his replacement, Christian Eriksen, who gave the home side the lead in the 31st minute when he shot low past Tom King.

The advantage was doubled 10 minutes later, after one of the few times Millwall had got close to Spurs’ box. Mauricio Pochettino’s side broke quickly, Son Heung-min picked up a position wide on the right before he cut inside Jake Cooper and fired left-footed into the far corner.

Son put Spurs 3-0 up nine minutes into the second half with a powerful volley past King.

There was a worrying sight for Millwall fans in the 58th minute when Steve Morison went off and he was seen going down the tunnel with an ice pack. Spurs made it 4-0 with just under 20 minutes left, Dele Alli finishing at the back post from Eriksen’s cross.

Substitute Vincent Janssen made it five in the 80th minute when he tucked home from Son’s cross, before the South Korean international completed his hat-trick in injury-time.

This always seemed like it would be a bridge too far in this remarkable cup run. Spurs were typically relentless, moving the ball quickly and dominating possession. They were also, unfortunately for Millwall, goal hungry even without Kane and eager to put on a show in the last-ever FA Cup fixture at this stadium.

The Lions will be disappointed with the result, but hardly distraught to be out of the competition as thoughts turn to the League One clash with Bury next Saturday. Of much more concern also will be that Morison hasn’t suffered an injury.

Another injured player, Jordan Archer, didn’t recover in time to face his former club, meaning King started just his 10th competitive game. Jed Wallace, meanwhile, was in the line-up for the first time since February 14.

Spurs made four changes from their 3-2 win over Everton last weekend. From the outset here they swarmed over Millwall and King had to make three saves in the first six minutes, probably more than he has had to do since he replaced Archer.

The third shot was struck by Kane, who then stayed down and had to receive treatment. Moments later he limped off, with Eriksen coming on.

Spurs were targeting Millwall’s left flank in particular, with right-wing back Kieran Trippier pushing high up the pitch seeking space behind Tony Craig. Millwall were fortunate, though, that Tripper’s touch wasn’t precise at times in the opening 45 minutes.

But Millwall were being given little respite, with Spurs registering over 80 per cent possession in the first half. The away side’s best opportunities came through Lee Gregory pressuring Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier. From one moment of uncertainty Steve Morison followed up his strike partner to pick up the ball, but his shot went wide of the far post.

Earlier, Alli had gone down in the box but referee Martin Atkinson wasn’t interested despite the appearance of a pull on the attacker's shirt. Spurs took the lead when Ben Thompson and Byron Webster went for the same high ball. Alli was lurking and the ball broke to Eriksen who finished.

Spurs were a crossbar-width away from a second but the ball crashed back off the woodwork from Victor Wanyama’s header from Eriksen’s corner. Six minutes later, though, it was 2-0, and there was little King could do to keep out Son’s thunderous shot from just inside the left side of the box.

Just after the break Ben Davies signalled his side had no intention of easing up by cutting through the middle of Millwall’s defence before dragging a shot wide. Eriksen was also threatening, forcing King into a save before firing over.

Millwall then got behind the home defence for the first time in the contest, Wallace crossing to Gregory who laid the ball off to Shaun Williams, but he shot well over.

Spurs’ pressure eventually told, and it was Son with a clinical first-time volley from Trippier’s ball over the top.

Calum Butcher, who had come on for Thompson at the break, then combined with Morison’s replacement Fred Onyedinma, but Wallace couldn’t steer his effort on target at the near post.

Spurs, though, didn’t ease up on the throttle and it was that familiar combination this season, Eriksen crossing to Alli, that led to their fourth.

Millwall’s ordeal still wasn’t over, and it was on the opposite side that Spurs manufactured a fifth, Davies helping Eriksen’s pass on to Son, who picked out Janssen for a first-time finish, the Dutch striker’s first goal in open play since he joined in the summer.

Son completed the rout for a rampant Spurs in added-time with another first-time volley that King will feel he should have kept out.

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly


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