Opinion: Five things we learned from the 2-1 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough

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Tottenham Hotspur are through to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Middlesbrough 2-1 at home in the third round replay this evening.

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

Spurs take on Southampton –

We now know that Tottenham will play Southampton in the FA Cup fourth round on January 25 at 3pm. Spurs are looking for their first trophy since 2008.

Strange night for Davinson –

After some superb performances of late, Sanchez had a nightmare against Middlesbrough, with everything from sliced clearances, to missed headers, and almost a nasty own goal moment in a mix up with Gazzaniga. Spurs’ best defender this season, but one to forget.

Lo Celso is hitting his stride –

After a few months playing in the Premier League, Lo Celso now finally seems to be hitting full fitness and match sharpness. He was unplayable at times today and managed a full 90 minutes, running his socks off until the end.

Tanganga man of the match – 

Playing at right-back, Tanganga looked as though it had been his position for years. On his FA Cup debut, the defender took the man of the match award and rightly so. He was solid defensively, but also different class going forward. Again, he seemed to have limitless energy tonight.

Big night for Cirkin – 

He may not have played a minute, but it was a huge night for Dennis Cirkin as he was named in the senior squad at just 17. Seems to indicate that Mourinho wants to bring this lad through.

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