After a successful win midweek to progress to the League Cup final, we started our FA Cup campaign playing Marine of the Northern Premier Divison in a real ‘David v Goliath’ clash.
This was the biggest gap in an FA Cup tie in the history of the competition with 161 places between the sides.
Marine are one of the only clubs not named after the town but are named after the local pub.
They play their games in Crosby, 15 minutes away from Anfield and while as a result of the National lockdown restrictions they were not allowed to have fans at the game, they managed to sell 30, 697 virtual tickets.
Tottenham named a weakened team that still featured some players with international caps such as Dele and Alderweireld, along with a first team debut for academy player Harvey White, a rare start for Gedson Fernandes and a spot on the bench for academy starlet Alfie Devine.
Marine’s starting lineup featured a goalkeeper who works at Sainsbury’s , a binman playing in midfield and an PE teacher up front.
In the first 15 minutes, we controlled the game and had chances but were not clinical enough with shots from dele and Lucas not troubling the keeper.
Marine had a shot from long range which troubled hart which was a wake up call for the team. But minutes later, a well worked goal finished off by Vinicius put us 1-0 up.
We continued to dominate with a Gedson shot sailing over the bar, but a dele pass to Doherty resulted in a great save by the keeper who could only parry it out to the path of Vinicius who got his a 2nd to make it 2-0.
Lucas won a free kick just outside the box and scored from it directed it like a rocket. A counter from nothing by marine nearly resulted in a goal with a key block from Rodon preventing a goal bound shot from going in. An acute finish from Vinicius sealed his hatrick just before halftime.
1st Half Stats
Possession – 27-73%
Completed passes- 60-262
Big chances- 0-3
Jose handed Alfie Devine his first senior appearance and the half started with a few Marine chances.
A Carlos Vinicius chance for a 4th went over a davies cross led to a Lucas shot which went wide. A great moment for Alfie Devine with a goal on his first appearance in senior football from a Lucas pass with a well taken acute finish.
We maintained our control of the games with a lot of free kicks being won but none managing to trouble the keeper with a Harvey White attempt sailing over and a Gareth Bale free kick not troubling the keeper.
In the last knockings of the game we just kept possession and hardly threatened the home side with the only real chance being a Vinicius shot going over the bar in added time
2nd Half Stats
Completed passes- 68-347
Big chances- 0-1
Hart- 5 Didn’t have a lot to deal with apart from a long range effort in the first half he was nearly beat by.
Doherty- 4 Got forward well and was unlucky not to score from a dele ball which fell to Vinicius for his 2nd but looked vulnerable defensively .
Alderweireld- 6 Solid, defended well, nullified their threats looked very comfortable out there a good half by the Belgian.
Rodon- 7 Solid as a rock limited their physical striker and any other threats they had with a key block to prevent a goal bound shot going in.
Davies- 6 Got forward well and defended well put some decent crosses in as well a good showing.
Sissoko- 7 Controlled the midfield, was a threat progressing the ball in transition into the attacking third.
White- 6 A good showing on his first start was very tidy on the ball and won a lot of free kicks had a few chances from free kicks that hit the wall or went off target.
Gedson- 4 Had some good moments but was very wasteful with the ball in key situations, needs a better showing next time out to prove he deserves minutes in other competitions.
Dele- 8 Played a key role in a lot of the goals and really took the game by the scruff of the neck with an assist a good showing.
Lucas- 7 Was always a threat going forward, won lots of fouls and scored a wonder free kick had chances to score more than 1 goal also contributed with an assist
Vinicius- 10 Hatrick hero 3rd goal was very well taken which will do him the world of confidence regardless of the opposition.
Devine- 7 A good first team debut for the 16 year old looked to make something happen with the ball driving forward well with a well taken goal to show for his efforts.
Tanganga- 6 Very solid defended well when he had to and nullified their threats.
Bale- 5 Didn’t have the huge impact as expected had a free kick that forced the keeper into a save and a shot that went wide but not much else apart from that.
Clarke- 5 Looked bright when he came on had a shot and linked up play well not much else.
Reguilon – 5 Not on the pitch long enough to have a real impact but got forward well and was good defensively.