Jose Mourinho on Winks, Hojbjerg and Ndombele all getting goal involvements

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho was keen to point out the importance of his central midfielders popping up with goals and assists last night in the FA Cup against Wycombe.

Spurs eventually ran away with the tie, winning 4-1, but the match was locked in a 1-1 stalemate for much of affair, looking as though it would head towards extra time.

Lucas Moura set up a lovely finish from Gareth Bale at the end of the first half to level the scores, at which point the Spurs centre-mids came into their own.

Harry Winks scored what looked to be the deciding goal late on in the match after the ball fell to him at the edge of the box.

Heung-min Son then set Tanguy Ndombele up for a third to cement the Tottenham victory. However, the Frenchman then added a sumptuous fourth moments later, brilliantly assisted by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

That meant that Winks, Ndombele and Hojbjerg had each recorded a goal involvement in the game in a time when the Lilywhites have arguably been over-reliant on Kane and Son for such achievements.

On his midfielders chipping in, Mourinho said (Football London): “Yeah, it’s important and Pierre is I’m not mistaken made two assists.

“He was very objective, very vertical. Winks didn’t play as a positional player. He covered a huge area of the pitch. He was also very positive in his passing.

“Tanguy, of course, scored goals three and four when we could realise the game was over and lost pace and lost faith but even so the guys from the bench they were ready and very professional and every one of them was very positive.”

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