Opinion: Five things we learned from the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough

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Tottenham Hotspur conceded first yet again today as they took on Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup, eventually sealing a 1-1 result.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the match:

Replay needed –

Tottenham Hotspur may have recovered the deficit to see out a 1-1 draw against the Championship side, but that only means they will need to go to a replay. This adds yet another fixture to the calendar for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Mourinho record continues – 

Jose Mourinho has never been knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round, spanning across his time with Chelsea (twice), Man United, and now Spurs. He has extended that run for the time being, but will now need to defeat Middlesbrough at the new stadium.

Heung Min Son returns – 

Sonny was back in action today after serving a three-match ban for violent conduct against Chelsea, although he made little impact on the FA Cup tie. Having said that, Mourinho will be glad to have the winger for the long-term now that Kane is injured.

Spurs defence – 

Yet again, the midfield core and the centre of defence proved to be a huge problem for Spurs, this time against lesser opponents too. Spurs are in desperate need of finding a back four or back five that can keep a clean sheet. At the moment, they look like conceding with every attack.

No room for the youngsters – 

Although Skipp, Tanganga, and Parrott were all on the bench, none were able to come on against Middlesbrough. A real shame.

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