19-Sep-2017 20:58:09 | The Guardian
It was an unusual vibe, with Wembley containing 23,926 supporters, and Mauricio Pochettino having made it plain that the Carabao Cup was a long way down his trophy wish-list. But Tottenham Hotspur will continue in the competition – possibly for more of the same – after Dele Alli found a way to break Barnsley’s resistance. There is seemingly no way to keep the 21-year-old out of the headlines, whether for good or, sometimes, bad and he was on hand to shoot low into the net from close-range for his third goal of the campaign.
Barnsley played a full part in a decent enough tie, with fierce backing from their fans in one enclosure of this great bowl, and the club that occupies 20th place in the Championship will wonder how it might have turned out if Ike Ugo had converted a wonderful chance at the start of the second-half. Tottenham, though, deserved to win and they might have added to Alli’s goal in the closing stages.
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