Colchester United 1-4 Tottenham: Nacer Chadli bags a brace as Spurs down League One opponents in the FA Cup

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first_img1 Tottenham progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup as they demolished League One opponents Colchester United 4-1 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.Belgium star Nacer Chadli struck twice, while Eric Dier and Tom Carroll were also on the scoresheet, with the hosts’ only goal coming via a Ben Davies own goal.It was almost total domination from Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted by the professional job carried out by his side early on Saturday afternoon in talkSPORT’s live commentary.The game was halted for an extended period of time after just two minutes as Colchester defenders Alex Wynter and Tom Eastman clashed heads while attempting to head the ball clear. The former was left stricken, and eventually stretchered off, while the latter received treatment for a cut on his head.When proceedings got fully underway, Kieran Trippier looked dangerous on the right flank, bombing forward at every opportunity, while Christian Eriksen, Chadli and Erik Lamela all had early chances either saved or blocked.Colchester, meanwhile, gave Michel Vorm a scare with an awkward ball tossed towards his backline, but the Dutchman did well to head clear of danger.The League One side sat far too deep on occasions and, with 12 minutes on the clock, Lamela’s delicately curled strike clipped the post with Jake Kean beaten.Eastman, who had return to the fray heavily bandaged, helped the hosts keep Spurs at bay with two excellent blocks as he threw his body on the line, but eventually, due to his earlier injury, he was replaced by ex-Fulham defender Matthew Briggs.Danish star Eriksen blasted over as Tottenham continued their relentless assault and Colchester’s defence was finally breached after 27 minutes as Chadli’s strike from a sweet Lamela through ball crashed past Kean and into the net.The on-loan Norwich goalkeeper stood no chance with the Belgian’s strike but did superbly to deny a close range Harry Kane header before Darren Ambrose saw an effort blocked by Eric Dier, who was playing at centre back instead of his usual midfield role.Colchester improved as the match wore on but were unable to truly test Spurs, until seven minutes into the second period when Ambrose’s strike was deflected beyond the post.Lamela, moments earlier, had shanked a shot just wide when well placed and despite some good fight from Keen’s side, but any nerves were settled after 64 minutes as Dier’s long range deflected strike beat the goalkeeper.Colchester nearly found a route back into the tie when Marvin Sordell capitalised on a slip from goalscorer Dier, but the Olympian slid his shot onto the post with Vorm beaten.And with that let off, Tottenham made their opponents pay with Chadli nodding home his second of the game from Trippier’s cross.The hosts did get a goal as Gavin Massey’s shot cannoned off the post and slammed into the net off the unlucky Davies with nine minutes to go.But Tottenham were not in the mood to allow them further back into the tie and Carroll polished of a well-crafted move with a shot into the roof of the net from close range. Nacer Chadli celebrates last_img

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