Tottenham eventually see off AFC Wimbledon
Tottenham have progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.
Spurs dominated throughout but struggled to break through the Wimbledon defence. Goalkeeper George Long kept the Tottenham strikeforce at bay for an hour when Harry Kane struck a quickfire double before Jan Vertonghen added the third.
Tottenham had 93% of the possession in the opening seven minutes and created early chances for Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama.
Lamela called Long into action in the 17th minute when a cross was knocked down to him by Fernando Llorente but the Wimbledon shot-stopper parried the ball away.
Kane then found himself unmarked at the far post to receive Kieran Tripper’s cross but his shot missed the target.
Wimbledon had a rare foray forward on the half-hour mark and came within inches of opening the scoring. Lyle Taylor held the ball up in the area before finding Nadjim Abdou on the edge of the box. The midfielder unleashed a superb drive which bounced off the crossbar.
Long continued to impress in the Wimbledon net and had to be at his best to keep Kane’s 20-yarder out of the top corner.
Tottenham continued to dominate and Lamela was put through one-on-one by Kane but, again, Long kept the score goalless.
Darius Charles forced Michel Vorm to make a good save five minutes after the restart from a free-kick after good work from Andy Barcham.
Kane finally made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute when he bundled in from close range after Moussa Sissoko’s cross.
It took just two minutes for Kane to double the lead. This time, Kyle Walker-Peters’ shot was deflected to the striker for an easy finish.
Vertonghen put the game to bed with 19 minutes to spare when his shot from outside of the area deflected past Long into the net.
Son Heung-min nearly made it four but his shot was deflected onto the post shortly before the final whistle.