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Preston North End 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur - FA Cup match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more


Match report

A one-sided affair at Deepdale on Saturday evening ultimately culminated in Tottenham Hotspur booking their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Championship outfit Preston North End.

The Lilywhites’ hero on the day? Son Heung-min.

Amid efforts to afford talismanic hitman Harry Kane some much-needed rest, Antonio Conte opted for a new-look front three of Dejan Kulusevski, Ivan Perisic and the aforementioned Son.

And, early in the 2nd-half, it was a moment of magic on the part of the latter which broke the deadlock at Deepdale.

After being picked out 25 yards from goal, Son showcased absolutely no hesitation in bending a sumptuous left-footed effort into the far corner of the hosts’ net:

Then, 20 minutes from time, Spurs’ South Korean standout was back at it once again.

On this occasion latching onto Ivan Perisic’s clever flick, Son was afforded too much room in the Preston penalty area, allowed to spin before driving home another fine finish on his left foot:

And there was still time for a member of the Tottenham substitute brigade to put the finishing touches on what proved to be a fine evening’s work for Conte’s side on Saturday.

Afforded his Lilywhites debut after sealing a loan switch to north London earlier this week, Arnaut Danjuma wasted little time in making his presence felt, rewarded for a solid cameo off the bench upon Dejan Kulusevski pulling back for a simple rolled finish beyond the helpless Freddie Woodman.

This, in turn, is how things remained through the full-time whistle, as Spurs marched on to the FA Cup’s fifth round in dominant fashion.

Player ratings

Preston North End

Freddie Woodman - 5

Jordan Storey - 5.5

Liam Lindsay - 6.5

Andrew Hughes - 6

Alan Browne - 5.5

Ali McCann - 5.5

Ryan Ledson - 6.5

Ben Whiteman - 4.5

Robbie Brady - 6

Thomas Cannon - 5

Ched Evans - 6

Substitutes: Ben Woodburn - 5.5, Alvaro Fernandez - N/A, Daniel Johnson - N/A, Finlay Cross Adair - N/A

Tottenham Hotspur

Fraser Forster - 6

Japhet Tanganga - 7

Davinson Sanchez - 6.5

Clement Lenglet - 6.5

Yves Bissouma - 6

Rodrigo Bentancur - 6.5

Matt Doherty - 6

Ryan Sessegnon - 5.5

Dejan Kulusevski - 7

Ivan Perisic - 6.5

Son Heung-min - 8.5

Substitutes: Oliver Skipp - 6, Emerson Royal - 5.5, Arnaut Danjuma - 7, Bryan Gil - N/A

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