Five things wo learned from Tottenham’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Newport

Tottenham are safely through to the fifth round of the FA Cup as they brushed aside League Two’s Newport County 2-0 in their replay on Wednesday.

An unfortunate own goal from Newport’s Dan Butler put Spurs in front before Erik Lamela’s first goal since Septemer 2016 wrapped up the victory.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will now go on to play Rochdale at Spotland on February 18. Sportsmail highlights five things we learned from the game…

Newport fans make up the numbers

Wembley was less than half full, but Newport brought more than 7,000 fans with them from Wales to boost the attendance to 38,947. For context, just 7,822 in total watched Swansea beat Notts County 8-1 this week.

Spurs head to sandy Spotland

Rochdale next for Spurs — their first ever meeting — and captain Ian Henderson says he wants them to dominate Dele Alli and Harry Kane the same way they have in the past, when Alli played for MK Dons and Kane for Leyton Orient. On Spotland’s sand-ridden pitch, anything is possible.

Alderweireld impresses on return

Toby Alderweireld’s last appearance was on November 1 against back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid. Against League Two Newport, he showed signs he is over his hamstring problem with a commanding physical performance.

Cliff Jones celebrates turning 83

Tottenham legend and former Wales winger Cliff Jones was celebrating his 83rd birthday. He was presented with a cake by the pitch at half-time. Jones played for Spurs against Newport in 1959 and 1960, when brother Bryn was on the other side!

Happy Anniversary Mauricio

This was Mauricio Pochettino’s 200th game in charge of Spurs. Win No 110 was never in doubt. Despite 10 changes, his line-up looked strong. Unlike Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Pochettino feels he has plenty of squad depth


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