It took until the second half for us to confirm our superiority over a poor but hi-vis Brighton side but there was little doubt that we’d make it through eventually.
They were organised but limited in quality and ambition. We weren’t exactly the Dutch team of the Seventies but we were regularly creating openings and all of Kane, Soldado and Lennon went close in the first half. Whilst plying a trade as a Capital One Cup supersub probably wasn’t what Erik Lamela had in mind when he joined us, another smartly taken goal will boost his confidence and provide evidence that he can make an impact. Harry Kane’s stature and reputation went up another notch as he was first to the rebound after Soldado’s near post flick was saved by the keeper to provide the second. We needed another goal as despite Brighton’s lack of threat, a slightly lumbering Fazio and nervous looking Vorm were keeping us on edge at the back.
So here we are with only Newcastle between the semi finals and us. The Geordies were much in the mind this evening with Sunday’s half time conversion from average to abysmal the focus of much discussion. This side had the chance tonight to force their way into the manager’s thinking for the coming weekend, not quite an open door but not far off given recent displays. Naughton is there already, Fazio and Stambouli are yet to convince, Dembele, Davies, Lennon and Townsend are known quantities but up front Soldado and Kane did well together and will make Poch ponder including them both at Villa Park.
“All we need is a team of Harry Kanes,” sang the Park Lane, the call for him to be allowed to lead us to the Promised Land (a Europa League spot?) is getting louder.
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