Full-time: Colchester 1-4 Tottenham

  • Tottenham ease into round five of the FA Cup following a dominant win in their first ever competitive fixture against Colchester
  • Nacer Chadli scores a brace as further goals from Eric Dier and Tom Carroll continue impressive away scoring record
  • Hosts grabbed a consolation goal after Gavin Massey's second-half shot was deflected in by Ben Davies
  • Kevin Keen's side lost starting centre-backs Alex Wynter and Tom Eastman to injury within the first 20 minutes following a sickening clash of heads
Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli netted a brace as Tottenham cruised past Colchester on 30 January Getty

A dominant performance from Tottenham as they breeze through to round five. Even though Colchester kept things close for the first hour or so, the gulf in class between the two teams was obvious throughout and losing both centre-backs to injury so early certainly disrupted Keen's plans.

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Colchester 1-4 Tottenham


Two minutes of additional time signalled at the end of the second half. A comfortable afternoon's work for Tottenham, who have really exercised their dominance since the break.


A flurry of late goals in this one as Tottenham restore their three-goal lead. Carroll is the man who scores, knocking the ball to Chadli before running unmarked into the six-yard box and flicking cleverly past Kean.


Goal: Colchester 1-4 Tottenham (Tom Carroll)


Two goals in quick succession as Chadli nips in ahead of Kent at the near post to head Trippier's cross beyond Kean.

Colchester then launch an attack of their own and Moncur tees up Massey, whose shot with the outside of his boot comes back off the post and hits Davies before crossing the line.


Goal: Colchester 1-3 Tottenham (Ben Davies OG)


Goal: Colchester 0-3 Tottenham (Nacer Chadli)


Brindley shoots just over for the hosts before Sordell is sent clean through and looks certain to score before sliding a low shot agonisingly wide of Vorm's left-hand post.

Pochettino makes his last change, replacing Eriksen with 18-year-old Josh Onomah.


Kane's afternoon draws to a close as the stand-in captain is replaced by Son. Dembele will take over as skipper for the final 20 minutes.


After spurning a number of good opportunities to double their lead, Tottenham finally do so as Dier picks up the ball from distance and hits a hopeful shot that takes a massive deflection off Briggs and wrong foots Kean before bouncing into the net.

Lady Luck has really not been smiling upon Colchester this afternoon.


Goal: Colchester 0-2 Tottenham (Eric Dier)


A final change from Colchester sees Sordell replace Ambrose.


How are Tottenham not 2-0 ahead? Kane tees up Chadli, who takes a touch and turns before crashing an effort off the crossbar from close range. He definitely should have scored that.


Colchester appeal in vain for a penalty after Wimmer wins the ball with a lunging challenge on Porter but leaves his leg dangling and invites the striker to take a tumble. Referee Oliver is unmoved.


Colchester are growing in confidence as Ambrose breaks down the right and produces a pacey cross towards Porter, but the home skipper is just unable to make contact.

Pochettino then makes his first change of the afternoon, with Dembele on for Lamela.


Encouraging persistence from Moncur as he does well to keep Owen Garvan's pass from trickling out of play before laying in a low ball for Ambrose, whose shot is deflected wide by Bentaleb.

From the resulting corner, the ball breaks for Gavin Massey who fizzes a low shot that is held by Vorm.


A busy start to the second half for Lamela as he receives possession from Eriksen and rather than returning the favour, cuts inside and pulls a low shot wide.


Briggs loses possession in his own half and Kane edges forward before lofting a ball into the path of Lamela, who takes a touch on his chest before prodding inches wide of the far post. That should have been 2-0.


Both teams have re-emerged from the tunnel and the second half is now underway. No changes from either side at the break. Keen has only one substitution remaining of course.


A deserved lead for Tottenham at the break, but Colchester have fought valiantly when you consider that they lost both of their starting centre-backs within the first 20 minutes.

It was a peach of a strike from Chadli to give the visitors the lead and although Keen's side have yet to provide much of a sustained attacking threat, they will take great encouragement from only being 1-0 down.



Colchester 0-1 Tottenham


Wild from Bentaleb as he lashes over from distance. That should be it for the first half.


More danger for Colchester as Kane charges forward and looks to take on Kent one-on-one but the young substitute watches the ball all the way before winning it with a firm challenge. Impressive defending from the 20-year-old.