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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tips Erik Lamela to return to his best

08 February 2018

On Wednesday, Tottenham will be hoping to avoid a shock loss against lower league opposition when they host Newport County at Wembley.

Erik Lamela extended the home team's lead in the 34th minute, gently caressing the ball past Newport's Day.

The Argentine did not play for Spurs between 25 October 2016 and 28 November 2017 as a result of a hip injury which required surgery, while also dealing with family problems.

"Son Heung-Min is doing fantastic this season and he feels important".

Spurs will now battle it out with League One side Rochdale in the competition's fifth round.

Having caused a small upset in their own replay, beating Championship side Millwall on Tuesday night, the Dale will now welcome Spurs to Crown Oil Arena on 18 February.

Forget glitzy Champions League trips or title winning seasons going from mega-stadium to mega-stadium.

Tottenham have won all seven FA Cup matches at home against teams from the English fourth tier, scoring 38 goals (avg 5.4 goals per game).

When Tottenham equalised late on at Rodney Parade 11 days ago there may have been some Newport fans, even just a small handful, who secretly celebrated.

The road to Wembley takes us to.Wembley tonight, as Tottenham play Newport County in their fourth-round replay.

Despite there being 75 places between the two sides, there was no repeat of Tuesday's massacre which saw Swansea score eight against Newport's League Two rivals Notts County. However, once again, Spurs began to take control as time went on.

However, unfortunately for Butler, the defender's footing was all wrong for the clearance with the ball instead clipping his heel and flying into the bottom right corner.

The Frenchman will want to prove a point with important games coming up for the North Londoners.

The Exiles certainly were not overawed by the occasion or the surroundings and worked hard while Spurs maintained possession without really testing Joe Day in the visitors' goal.

"We are happy everyone is available to be selected".

Christian Eriksen replaced Son after the hour mark and Llorente did well to put Lamela into the flawless position for a third only for Day to save again. This time, Son wriggled forward and spotted Lamela. "Over two legs against Tottenham we have held our own for the majority of the game". Danny Rose found the sidenetting after Moussa Sissoko found him at the back post and a Lamela overhead kick attempt connected only with Newport's Ben Tozer.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tips Erik Lamela to return to his best