Jan 7, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​White Hart Lane
Attendance: 47,527
SpursTottenham Hotspur
AFC Wimbledon
Kane (63', 65'), Vertonghen (71')
Wanyama (48')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Harry Kane brace helps Tottenham Hotspur past AFC Wimbledon

Result: Kane brace helps Spurs past Wimbledon
© SilverHub
Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen are on target as Tottenham Hotspur beat AFC Wimbledon to reach round four of the FA Cup.

Two goals from Harry Kane and a Jan Vertonghen strike have helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup.

The League One outfit held their own for much of the match, but two goals in rapid succession after the hour mark killed off the contest and Vertonghen's deflected effort added gloss to the scoreline.

Spurs were dominant in the opening stages and almost broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when Fernando Llorente nodded the ball down for Erik Lamela to strike from just outside the box, but his effort was straight at George Long in the Dons' goal.

Although Mauricio Pochettino's side dominated possession in the first period, it was the underdogs who came closest to opening the scoring; Nadjim Abdou's curling effort on the half-hour mark was heading goalwards until Michel Vorm tipped it onto the crossbar at full stretch.

Wimbledon sent Spurs nerves jangling again early in the second half when a looping header from Jonathan Meades forced Vorm into another save, but the hosts responded by rattling the post moments later, Mousa Dembele striking the upright from long range.

Tottenham needed a goal to settle those nerves and the breakthrough came in the 63rd minute when Moussa Sissoko picked out the prolific Kane in the penalty area and the England international lashed the ball into the top corner from close range.

Two minutes later, the free-scoring hitman pegged Wimbledon further back, sweeping the ball home from inside the area to make the scoreline more reflective of Spurs' 80% possession.

Vertonghen's first goal since October 2013 is what put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute, the Belgian international's 25-yard screamer finding its way beyond Long with the help of a deflection.

The victory was a comfortable one for Spurs in the end, and it could have been more emphatic, as substitute Son Heung-min's right-footed shot from inside the box four minutes from time beat Long, but not the woodwork.

Wimbledon will now switch their attention to their League One relegation battle and next weekend's clash with MK Dons, while Tottenham have Monday's fourth-round draw to look forward to.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-4-2): Vorm; Trippier, Foyth, Vertonghen, Walker-Peters; Wanyama, Dembele, Sissoko (Alli '65), Lamela; Kane (Nkoudou '79), Llorente (Son '59)

AFC WIMBLEDON (4-4-2): Long; Fuller, Meades, Oshilaja, Francomb; Abdou (McDonald '70), Trotter, Barcham (Forrester '65), Soares (Hartigan '79); Charles, Taylor

Harry Winks in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on December 16, 2017
Read Next:
Winks: 'FA Cup massively important'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468103042-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account