Don Hutchison has claimed that the Everton midfielders outran and outplayed their Tottenham counterparts on Wednesday despite Jose Mourinho introducing fresh legs in the middle of the park.
In many ways, the FA Cup fifth-round tie was a throwback to the old Tottenham of the 1990s and 2000s.
The away side started the game on the front foot and looked like scoring every time they went forward but they also kept making unforced errors at the back and gifting goals to the opposition.
Losing the game despite scoring four goals away from home is not something that one associates with Mourinho’s teams and the Spurs boss would have been left fuming with some of the defending that he saw from his side.
With Spurs chasing the game, the Tottenham boss brought on Harry Kane early in the second half while Harry Winks replaced Tanguy Ndombele for extra time, while Moussa Sissoko replaced Matt Doherty with 22 minutes left.
While Kane got on the scoresheet to send the game into extra time, Winks put in a poor display as he constantly gave the ball away and failed to impose himself on the game.
It was Everton’s substitute Bernard who got the winner in extra time but Hutchison insisted that Toffees duo Abdoulaye Doucoure and Tom Davies were the best players on the pitch.
Here’s what the former Everton midfielder tweeted:
Doucoure MOM for me. Him and Tom Davies diff class! Spurs made subs in the middle of the park and they still out ran/played them. 💙 https://t.co/Pd20b7Pim4
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) February 10, 2021
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We essentially surrendered control of the middle of the park when we brought Winks on for Ndombele and we simply did not look like scoring in extra time despite having more fresh legs on the pitch. On the back of his performance on Wednesday, Winks has his work cut out to get himself back into the side.
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