Tottenham Hotspur are through to the last eight of the Capital One Cup after they overcame Championship side Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
With the pressure mounting on Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, having only won two of his side’s last six matches, it was vital they brushed off the south-coast outfit.
It could have been a very different story for Spurs though, had referee Mark Clattenburg awarded the visitors a penalty in the first half, with Kazenga LuaLua going over in the box following a challenge from Federico Fazio, only for the official to wave away the claims.
Spurs had to wait until the second half to make a breakthrough, and it came after Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela, who had replaced Aaron Lennon at the break, exchanged passes with Roberto Soldado, and rifled a shot into the far corner.
Spurs doubled their lead with 15 minutes to go after an in-form Harry Kane poked home following Soldado’s initial effort, which was saved by Seagulls keeper Christian Walton.
After the game, Spurs boss Pochettino praised his side’s efforts
saying: “It was a good performance. We created a lot of chances and played very well.
“I’m happy for the players because they needed the victory. All players played well.”
The North-London club return to Premier League action this weekend with a clash against Aston Villa hoping to get their first away win since the opening day of the season. Spurs are priced at 2.08 to get the victory.