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Jake's Take: Wycombe 1-4 Tottenham

Young fan Jake Lavender reports on the FA Cup meeting with Tottenham.

27 January 2021

12-year-old Jake Lavender provided commentary of a game against Tranmere with his brother Stanley last season, and now he's back with a match report from Monday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Tottenham!

It’s matchday at Adams Park and Wycombe Wanderers take on Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Only one division separates these two great sides, so can the Chairboys inflict their revenge after suffering that heartbreak back in 2017, leaving both fans and players alike devastated?

It's kick-off at an empty Adams Park with Tottenham sending relentless attacks at the Wycombe backline. Josh Knight does well to block a shot on target in the visitors' first attack. Gareth Bale’s skill made him an early threat, causing havoc amongst the midfield and the defence. Bale went close with a headed effort, which just went wide as yet again he was given too much time and space.

Although under pressure early on, Wycombe were a threat going forward. Admiral Muskwe had an effort well saved by Joe Hart, who then made another excellent stop from the resulting Joe Jacobson corner.

Wycombe showed a good presence in the Spurs half and looked dangerous on each counter attack.

David Wheeler flicked on a throw into the path of Uche Ikpeazu, who out-muscled Toby Alderweireld, to lay off a beautiful pass to Fred Onyedinma, who slotted the ball past a diving Hart into the bottom corner. 1-0 to the Chairboys and another ‘Defying The Odds’ moment could be felt amongst the Wycombe fans.

Gareth Bale made a darting and explosive run past Joe Jacobson and struck the ball against the outside netting. Sadly for JJ, this was the end of his night and he appeared to suffer a groin injury and was soon replaced by fans favourite, Darius Charles.

Just a few minutes later, Tottenham went close yet again. Moussa Sissoko’s shot was deflected onto the bar by the outstretched leg of Charles and luckily the ball fell into the grateful arms of Ryan Allsop.

A couple of minutes in first-half injury time, Tottenham level it after Bale cleverly steers the ball over Allsop to loop the ball into the back of the net. 1-1 at half time and Wycombe have been superb.

Uche gave Toby Alderweireld a torrid time in that first half and he won’t be looking forward to another 45 minutes of the same from the big man, who’s looking at home in the famous light and dark quarters.

The visitors made a change at half time with Pierre-Emile Holjberg replacing Japhet Tanganga.

Just after half-time, Lucas Moura takes on the Wycombe defence, spinning past a number of defenders and then striking a low shot just past the post. Gareth Bale ran through the Wycombe defence shortly after and again hit wide of the target.

The visitors are now starting to dominate the ball and Wycombe needed to dig in and show all their spirit and togetherness.

Jose Mourinho had seen enough and called upon his star studded bench to get the Premier League big guns over the line. On came Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Tanguy Ndombele.

It almost paid off, with Kane forcing a good save from Allsop. Son glided through the Wycombe defence but yet again dragged the effort wide.

Wycombe make some attacking changes with Scott Kashket, Garath McCleary and Adebayo Akinfenwa all coming on to try and force Tottenham back.

Tottenham kept driving forward and Wycombe were beginning to show signs of fatigue, with the lack of training taking its toll.

Ndombele finds the ball in the 85th minute to chip it to Kane who again forced Allsop into another save but the cleared ball fell to Harry Winks, who stuck a sweet left foot shot from the edge of the box past a diving Allsop. 2-1 to the visitors and heartbreak for Wycombe. Ndombele then scored a classy double in the closing few minutes and a 4-1 defeat isn’t a fair scoreline.

Yet again, our boys have down our club proud and now we must take the positives from this game to climb the Championship table. It’s been so tough not being at the games to cheer the lads on but the two games we have been able to attend makes us a realise how important this club is in all our lives.

I cant wait to get back to AP but in the meantime, stay safe, stay sane and COYB.

Jake Lavender


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