Tottenham Hotspur cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-1 win over Colchester United on Saturday.
A double from Belgian Nacir Chadli and strikes by Englishmen Eric Dier and Tom Carroll were enough to see off the U’s, with a Ben Davies own goal counting for little in the end for Kevin Keen’s side.
Colchester put up a good fight until the second goal went in, but it was a case of game over and the stuffing had been well and truly knocked out of them when Dier’s deflected effort hit the back of the net.
Spurs named a strong team, captained by Harry Kane, and were never in danger once the score got to 2-0, and saw out the rest of the game with relative ease.
It was disappointment for Colchester to go hand-in-hand with their league form, and they must now focus all attention on survival in League One.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Lee Connor identifies three things that we learned from yesterday’s game…
1) Pochettino is serious about the cup
The Argentine manager selected a very strong line-up for the game, and it showed in the end with an emphatic result.
Spurs have not won the FA Cup since 1991, and it is evident that the manager wants to end that barren spell and give the loyal, often noisy, supporters something to cheer about.
If they can get a nice draw in the fifth round and negotiate their way to within a few wins of lifting the famous trophy, then belief will start to resonate around the camp that they can win the cup for the first time in 25 years.
2) Captain Kane
Kane captained Spurs yesterday and it is clear that everyone connected with the club sees him as the spearhead behind what they are building.
The England striker delivered a professional and polished performance, and will be pleased to have got the victory under his belt in what was a potential banana skin.
If Spurs are to win the cup, and keep up their league form, keeping Kane fit and away from a transfer will be vital.
He is, to put it simply, the main man within this Spurs team, and without him, it is hard to see how their game could stay at the level it is.
3) Back to business for the U’s
It was always going to be a long shot, but Colchester could not pull off some of the old FA Cup magic that we so revel in as English football fans.
It is back to the relegation fight in League One now for them, and sitting bottom of the table with four months of the season to play is not ideal.
However, they showed enough in patches yesterday to suggest they can put up a resistance to it, and they will need all that fighting spirit and desire if they are to avoid the drop.
If they can keep George Moncur, and string a few wins together, then they may well just be able to survive.
Colchester fans… what did you make of the game? Can you stay up? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!