Opinion: Five things we learned from the defeat to Norwich and Spurs’ FA Cup exit

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Tottenham Hotspur are out of the FA Cup for another season, defeated by Norwich City on a penalty shootout in North London last night.

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

The wait continues – 

I am going to stick my neck out and say that Tottenham are going to go another season without a trophy. They have not lifted one since the Carling Cup in 2008. This FA Cup season represented such a golden opportunity to get their hands on some silverware, but the lads could not make the most of a dominant display against Norwich.

Parrott’s audition – 

Unfortunately, it was not a dream audition under Mourinho for the 18-year-old. He was given over 20 minutes on the pitch but failed to find that dream goal to send Spurs through. His movement was decent but the youngster seemed to be playing within himself. He also missed a penalty in the shootout. However, this was his first real performance for the club under Jose and he should be commended for stepping up and taking a penalty.

Michel Vorm – 

I can’t help but wonder why Vorm was playing. Gazzaniga was on the bench, so he was presumably fit to play. I can’t help but feel that Tottenham don’t concede that goals with the Argentine between the sticks. He also often does well against penalties. Was Mourinho really expecting Vorm, a man who has barely played a match in over a year, to come through without a big error or two?

Skipp sensational –

For a player who has barely kicked a ball all season, Oliver Skipp played 120 minutes last night like it was nothing. What an engine this boy has on him. Not only that, but he was quality on the ball, got stuck into challenges, carried it forward positively, and was so mature and disciplined. Big star for the future.

Super Jan – 

If ever a player needed a good performance, it was Jan Vertonghen. The goal got his confidence up and he enjoyed multiple lung-busting runs down the left-hand side. Whether he signs a new deal or not, I want to see him go out on a high.

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