Tottenham match winner speaks about penalties, captaincy, and the cup

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Paulo Gazzaniga

Tottenham inched past Watford last night in the Carabao Cup, booking their place in the fourth round draw, but they needed penalties to do so.

The game was played at Stadium MK, Tottenham’s temporary home ground for the evening, as Wembley was busy and Spur’s new ground is still unfinished.

Watford took the lead in the second half through Isaac Success, who took his chance extremely well.

As the clock ticked on, it looked as if it could be another one of those nights for Spurs, but two goals in quick succession flipped the tie on its head.

First Dele Alli converted the penalty that he won himself, and then Erik Lamela finished off a superb breakaway with a delightful chip over the keeper.

It wasn’t to be plain sailing for the Lilywhites though, as ex-Tottenham man Etienne Capoue saw his shot deflected cruelly into the back of Gazzaniga’s net.

In the end, it was no trouble for Tottenham, as they converted all four of their pens, with Gazzaniga picking up two saves along the way.

One man who felt right at home in Stadium MK was Spurs’ captain for the evening, Dele Alli, who spent many years at MK Dons before Tottenham snapped him up.

ESPN report that Alli said: “It was written that I was going to step up and I just had to put it in the back of the net. I don’t think there was pressure. I enjoyed it.

“It was nice to come back, it was a great experience. It’s how you take it. For me, it was just about coming back and enjoying the experience of playing here again. I did that.

“I think we’ve proved we have to learn from that. We can’t let it happen. We have to stay strong mentally as a team. I think we showed great character, conceding a late equaliser and then winning on penalties.

“We want to have the mentality that whatever the game is, whatever the competition, we want to win and go as far in every competition and win as many as we can.

“The fans deserve it, the whole club. We’ve had a few good years but it’s about time we started getting the trophies we deserve.”

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