Should Tottenham prioritise the FA Cup over a top four spot?

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MAURICIO POCHETTINO was satisfied with his Tottenham Hotspur charges after they progressed to the fifth-round of the Emirates FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 replay success over Sky Bet League Two outfit, Newport County, at Wembley Stadium.

Son's direct running was causing problems and the Korean's clever pass allowed the lively Lamela to skilfully place a shot past the advancing Day to extend Tottenham's lead in the 34th minute.

One of the fallouts from the first game was a secret dossier prepared by the Newport County management team, which lays out the strengths and weaknesses of Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Spurs are overwhelming favourites to win this game at Wembley tonight.

Erik Lamela grabbed his first goal for 16 months just past the half-hour mark, but the hosts were already ahead thanks to Moussa Sissoko's cross which hit Dan Butler (26) to produce an own goal.

Despite the Welsh side being so close to claiming a massive scalp in Premier League side Tottenham, with the draw came a dream trip to Wembley - potentially the only chance Newport have to visiting the home of English football this season, having been knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy and now placing 11th in League Two.

He said: "We are in the next stage, and that is the most important thing".

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Michael Flynn's Newport were more ambitious against their illustrious opponents than several Premier League teams have been this season, closing down Spurs and forcing them into errors.

As iterated earlier, the original match ended in a 1-1 stalemate, when Tottenham needed a late Harry Kane equaliser to save their blushes.

Pochettino said: "It can be tough to play because the team is doing well, and this was an opportunity for different players to get games". "It's never easy to come back and perform the way he was before".

Here's how the side could line up against the League Two side...

Newport's goalkeeper Joe Day sits on the pitch after Serge Aurier's cross was diverted into the net by Newport's Dan Butler. He has made 13 league appearances this season and two more in the FA Cup.

Dele Alli doesn't track back when he loses possession.

Should they get past Newport (and, first leg result aside, playing at Wembley means that there's a very good chance they'll do so) they'll face a Rochdale club that is now in the relegation zone in League One.

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