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Amond has Spurs in his sights for Wembley cup replay

But for Kane's equaliser, Amond could have been contemplating a fifth round tie with either Millwall or Rochdale, and a place in Newport County and FA Cup folklore.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon, Pochettino confirmed that he was anxious about the pitch which he said "was not in a condition to play football".

"Twenty-four players all trying to get a start in every single game; I think it's a very good thing for us", Pochettino said. "We were professional and the job is done".

Spurs lineup was a strong one that featured the long-awaited returns of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, and Harry Winks from various injuries.

"Soccer was always the one for me, as much as I love hurling, and I wouldn't change anything". "For us, it is an opportunity to come back closer to the Champions League places, which is a priority".

"I think today is the FA Cup. He is going to recover his real level and improve because he is more mature and in a tough moment you learn a lot".

Newport County, 11th in League Two and 79th in the pyramid, have already emulated Liverpool and bettered United in recent weeks by holding Spurs.

Lamela's display contrasted to that of Fernando Llorente, who missed two clear-cut chances in the second half to extend Spurs' lead.

Erik Lamela extended the home team's lead in the 34th minute, gently caressing the ball past Newport's Day. This time, Son wriggled forward and spotted Lamela. The Argentinian cushioned the pass with a nice first touch, and slid the ball past the keeper with his trusty left foot.

Then it was all Spurs as the confidence drained from the Welsh side and the quality began to tell.

Day was called into action twice in quick succession on 31 minutes as he parried away Eric Lamela's strike from 19 yards out and blocked Son's effort from a tight angle on the right at his near post seconds later.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, weighed into the debate about simulation in the English Premier League on Thursday by suggesting that English players may have become "the masters of diving".

With Harry Kane, Eriksen and Dele Alli all on the bench it was down to Son and Lamela to provide the creative spark for Spurs.

Newport took the game to a sloppy-looking Spurs in the early stages, with the hosts seemingly not having learned their lesson from the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

Despite the Welsh side being so close to claiming a massive scalp in Premier League side Tottenham, with the draw came a dream trip to Wembley - potentially the only chance Newport have to visiting the home of English football this season, having been knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy and now placing 11th in League Two.

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