Harry Winks admits Tottenham were 'SLOPPY' in FA Cup win against League One Morecambe

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Harry Winks admits Tottenham were ‘SLOPPY’ in FA Cup win against League One Morecambe after Spurs had to come from behind to avoid embarrassing upset, adding that the performance ‘was NOT good enough’

  • Tottenham had to come from behind to earn a place in the FA Cup fourth round
  • Spurs were 16 minutes away from a home defeat to League One Morecambe 
  • Harry Winks admitted afterwards that the players need to look at themselves
  • The Spurs midfielder also added that he did mean the equaliser on Sunday  


Harry Winks insists there was no reason to cheer Tottenham’s late FA Cup win over Morecambe and said they were ‘not good enough’.

The League One side – 59 places below Spurs in the football pyramid – were 16 minutes away from one of the biggest upsets in recent memory as Anthony O’Connor’s goal put them in front.

Spurs had to send on the big guns and goals from Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane rescued the Premier League side in a 3-1 victory.

Harry Winks insists there was no reason to cheer Tottenham's late FA Cup win over Morecambe

The League One side - 59 places below Spurs in the football pyramid - were 16 minutes away from one of the biggest upsets in recent memory

Harry Winks insists there was no reason to cheer Tottenham’s late FA Cup win over Morecambe

Goals from Winks (L), Lucas Moura and Harry Kane rescued the Premier League side

Goals from Winks (L), Lucas Moura and Harry Kane rescued the Premier League side

It was another afternoon where Spurs’ second string showed their limitations – a regular occurrence in the Europa League and Europa Conference League over the last two seasons – and Winks knows the display was sub-standard.

‘In these types of games you have to be professional, you have to play properly in the first 10 minutes, you have to kill the game as soon as possible, but we made it as difficult as we possibly could for ourselves,’ he told Spurs TV.

‘At half-time there were some honest words. It wasn’t good enough and we know that, we hold ourselves accountable.

‘We did better in the second half than the first, but it’s not good enough. We can’t give them the opportunity, we’re at home, we’re the Premier League team, we should be stamping our authority on the team as soon as possible.

‘But we were sloppy and for me it wasn’t a good enough performance. Everybody can look at ourselves and say that wasn’t good enough.’

Winks began the rescue act in the 74th minute when his free-kick on the left caught goalkeeper Trevor Carson out and sailed into the far corner.

Winks began the rescue act when his free-kick on the left caught goalkeeper Trevor Carson out

Winks began the rescue act when his free-kick on the left caught goalkeeper Trevor Carson out

The midfielder scored a similar goal in the Europa League last season, but from much further out – he accepted that one was a fluke but insists he was planning this one.

‘This one I meant!’ he added. ‘I’m honest enough to admit I didn’t mean the one last year. It is one of those positions on the pitch where you aim for the far top corner and you hit the ball and you know there are going to be players there who try and get flicks.

‘My target was to aim for the back post, try and score and if the ball doesn’t go where I want it to hopefully someone can get a flick.’ 

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