Preston vs Tottenham LIVE: FA Cup result and final score after Son Heung-min double and Arnaut Danjuma debut goal

Preston vs Tottenham LIVE: FA Cup result and final score after Son Heung-min double and Arnaut Danjuma debut goal

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min returned to form with two goals in their 3-0 defeat of second-tier Preston North End in the FA Cup fourth round, with debutant Arnaut Danjuma also on target at Deepdale on Saturday.

South Korean Son has endured a lean season but made the difference with two superb goals after the break as the visitors moved comfortably through to the next round.

Five minutes into the second half the ball was played to Son outside the penalty area and he struck an unstoppable drive low into the corner of the net.

It was only his second goal since mid-October but 19 minutes later he struck again, turning smoothly on the edge of the box and firing past Preston goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

Apart from a brief spell in between Tottenham‘s goals, Preston rarely troubled the away side who did not even need to bring leading scorer Harry Kane off the bench.

Dutch forward Danjuma, who signed for Spurs on loan from Spanish club Villarreal this week, came off the bench to score his side’s third with a close-range finish late on.

Preston vs Tottenham

  • Preston North End host Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round

  • Preston have won three of their last four matches, can they shock Spurs today?

  • 87’ GOAL! - Danjuma adds a third on his Tottenham debut (PNE 0-3 TOT)

  • 69’ GOAL! - Son doubles Spurs’ lead (PNE 0-2 TOT)

  • 65’ SAVE! - Woodman pushes Perisic’s header wide (PNE 0-1 TOT)

  • 50’ GOAL! - Son breaks the deadlock (PNE 0-1 TOT)

  • 25’ SAVE! - Woodman denies Son with a leaping save (PNE 0-0 TOT)

  • 17’ SHOT! - Son’s long-ranged effort is smothered by Woodman (PNE 0-0 TOT)

  • 8’ CHANCE! - Kulusevski’s effort deflected wide by Ledson (PNE 0-0 TOT)

Preston North End FC 0 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur FC

Casemiro inspires Man Utd past Reading to reach FA Cup fifth round

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Apt a tribute as it was, it probably was not the one Paul Ince wanted. As a Manchester United great returned to Old Trafford, his Reading side were condemned to defeat by a defensive midfielder who showed an eye for goal. It was a hallmark of Ince in his playing days and, when Reading were producing a display of admirable defiance, Casemiro delivered a five-minute brace. The breakthrough featured a late surge into the box that was reminiscent of the powerhouse in the United midfield three decades ago. The general feel, of a midfielder grabbing the game by the scruff of its neck, was one United relished in the 1990s.

Ince won the FA Cup twice as a United player and now Erik ten Hag’s team remain the only side in four competitions. The manager felt a contributor to their 11th successive win at Old Trafford: partly by fielding his strongest available midfield and attack and then, after United’s first-half dominance brought just two shots on target from 15 efforts and no lead, by sending out a side who showed more purpose. A talisman duly secured progress.

With an Ince-esque run, Casemiro surged on to Antony’s slide-rule pass and dinked a shot over Joe Lumley. The scorer pointed to the supplier in his celebrations: it was a belated first assist for United for the younger and more expensive Brazilian but it was harder to deflect credit for his second goal.

Casemiro inspires Man Utd past Reading to reach FA Cup fifth round

FT Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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Casemiro has been in involved in nine goals this season for United (28 games - four goals, five assists), more than twice as many as he managed in 48 games for Real Madrid last season (one goal, three assists).

The Brazilian scored two goals in a club match for the first time since January 2020 for Real Madrid against Sevilla.

FT Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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Manchester United have progressed from 10 of their 11 FA Cup ties against Reading, only failing in the third round in 1926-27.

FT Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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Reaction from Harry Maguire

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Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, spoke to ITV after the game and praised the impact Casemiro has had on the team since joining in the summer.

“We had numerous chances. We spoke at half-time about having patience and we’ll get the first goal.”

“He’s [Casemiro] done what he was brought in to do, He’s a phenomenal player. You don’t win what he’s won without being a top player. He’s improved the team, the morale and the performance.

“I’ve looked after myself. It was two and a half weeks since my last start. I’ve been working hard in training. When I get the opportunity I need to take it. I’m ready when my chance comes.

“I’m 29 and I haven’t really been in this position in my career. I don’t want to get used to it but it’s part and parcel of football.”

FT Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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FT Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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Full-time: Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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90+4 mins: Manchester United progress through another round of the FA Cup. Goals from Casemiro (2) and Fred were enough to see them past a stout hearted Reading side.

Erik ten Hag’s campaign to bring sliverware back to Old Trafford goes on. His team have now won 11 games in a row at Old Trafford.

Is the Dutchman making them into a force to be reckoned with once again? It seems so.

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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90 mins: Another short corner for Manchester United comes to Antony who fancies one from range. He drills one at goal from 20 yards but can’t get it through the cluster of shirts and Reading boot the blocked effort away.

Four minutes of added time to play.

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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87 mins: Alejandro Garnacho is given the ball and wastes no time in dribbling into the box. He’s tackled but wins United a corner. Antony puts it into the middle but Reading get it clear without too much trouble.

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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84 mins: Malacia is forced to hook the ball out for throw in deep inside his own half. Reading launch it back to Tom McIntyre who feeds a diagonal pass over to the left wing.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka recovers the ball for United who work it quickly into midfield and beat the press. Anthony Elanga sends the ball over to Garnacho on the wing but the youngster runs into trouble.

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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81 mins: Into the last 10 minutes now and Manchester United look a bit shaky especially in defence. Another goal for Reading will certainly make Old Trafford tense.

For now the home side are controlling the ball well. They work it over to Antony who darts inside from the left and laces a shot well over the crossbar!

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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78 mins: Erik ten Hag won’t be happy with the goal that Manchester United conceded. It was a simple set piece and they went to sleep. The Dutch coach is as close to a perfectionist as it comes and he’ll think that goal will tarnish United’s performance.

The Red Devils are asked to scramble again. Reading weave the ball into the box and Harry Maguire does well to stop the shot from being taken.

He throws himself to the floor, gets up, puts in a block and holds up play before reinforcements arrive to clear United’s lines.

Man Utd 3-1 Reading

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75 mins: More changes from both teams. Casemiro and Weghorst are replaced by Kobbie Mainoo and Anthony Elanga for Manchester United.

Reading’s goalkeeper Joe Lumley gets replaced with Dean Bouzanis for the final 15 minutes. Also on for the visitors are Michael Craig, Shane Long and Tyrese Fornah.

GOAL! Man Utd 3-1 Reading (Mbengue, 72’)

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72 mins: Reading get one back!

The corner ball is whipped into the box and substitute Amadou Mbengue sprints into the box, leaps towards the ball unopposed and nods it past David De Gea!

Lovely finish but poor defending from Man Utd on that one.

Man Utd 3-0 Reading

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71 mins: There’s still 20 minutes of this match left to play and Reading are putting together a response. They’ve been rocked over the last 15 minutes but get themselves up the pitch and win a corner.

Man Utd 3-0 Reading

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69 mins: With the victory secured Erik ten Hag takes off Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes. Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri are introduced.

They get stuck in immediately. Malacia slides the ball down the wing where Garnacho gets into box. He slides the ball across to Pellistri who pokes a shot at goal but his effort is blocked on the line!

GOAL! Man Utd 3-0 Reading (Fred, 66’)⚽️

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66 mins: It’s three! Man Utd play a corner short to Bruno Fernandes who curls the ball into the six-yard box. Fred breaks through the lines and backheels the ball past Joe Lumley in a fine display of skill.

Game over.

Red card! Andy Carroll is off!

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Man Utd 2-0 Reading

64 mins: Things are going from bad to worse for Reading! Andy Carroll picks up his second yellow card of the game and has to depart.

The big striker has only just returned and has gotten himself sent off!

Man Utd 2-0 Reading

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61 mins: Manchester United have a comfortable lead now. They’re two goals to the good and Erik ten Hag will be considering more changes to give some of his starters a rest.

Those two Casemiro goals have knocked the stuffing out of Reading who need to regroup.

GOAL! Man Utd 2-0 Reading (Casemiro, 58’)⚽️

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58 mins: Great strike! Bruno Fernandes has the ball wide on the left wing. He knocks it inside to Fred who lays the ball off for Casemiro.

The Brazilian is about 25-yards out from goal and curls a low effort into the far bottom corner! Joe Lumley had no chance. United double their lead.

Man Utd 1-0 Reading

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57 mins: With Manchester United now in front, Erik ten Hag goes to the bench and gives Christian Eriksen a rest. Fred comes on to replace him in midfield.

The home side win another free kick deep inside Reading’s half. Bruno Fernandes whips it into the box but Andy Carroll leaps higher than Harry Maguire and nods it away.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Reading (Casemiro, 55’)⚽️

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55 mins: Beautiful goal! Christian Eriksen floats a diagonal ball over to the right side of the pitch where Antony brings it under control.

Casemiro makes a run from deep and Antony feeds him the ball. He glances up at goal as Joe Lumley storms off his line but the midfielder lifts the ball over the goalkeeper and sends United ahead!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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54 mins: Ince and Maguire get into a tussle and the Man Utd defender needs some help from Eriksen to get the ball away. Eriksen spins towards goal but gets clipped in midfield by Andy Carroll and United win a free kick.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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52 mins: Junior Hoilett has been down for a while and is receiving treatment from the Reading medical staff. This has been going on for a couple of minutes now and Erik ten Hag is visibly annoyed with how long it’s taken to get him sorted.

Reading then float a long free kick over to the Man Utd box where the ball is headed away. The ball drops to Andy Carroll who smokes a shit at goal and sees his effort blocked.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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49 mins: Chance! Aaron Wan-Bissaka presses high up the pitch and takes the ball off Andy Yiadom. He lays it across to Bruno Fernandes who drives a shot towards goal but the shot continues to rise and flies well over the crossbar.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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47 mins: Marcus Rashford goes on an early run as Harry Maguire lifts the ball over the top. The pass is decent but the ball skips on and Joe Lumley flies off his line to scoop it up.

Second half: Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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Reading get the ball rolling for the second half.

Manchester United will want to get themselves in front as soon as possible. They quality on their bench isn’t that strong so the longer the game goes without a goal the more it plays into Reading’s hands.

HT Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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Manchester United had 15 shots in the first half but only two on target. David De Gea in contrast had just four touches in the first 45 minutes but was forced into a vital save just before the break.

Son Heung-min brace fires Tottenham past Preston and into FA Cup fifth round

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Record-chasing Harry Kane was limited to a watching brief as Son Heung-min fired Tottenham into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory at Preston in a battle of the lilywhites.

Kane recovered from a midweek illness to take his place on the bench and was hoping for an opportunity to move clear of Jimmy Greaves’ all-time scoring record for the club, having matched his tally of 266 with the winner at Fulham on Monday.

But, although this was not always an easy night for Spurs against a side 26 places below them in the pyramid, the England captain was not needed as Son’s second-half double proved the difference at Deepdale before substitute Arnaut Danjuma marked his debut with a late third.

Son Heung-min brace fires Tottenham past Preston and into FA Cup fifth round

HT Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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Nothing to separate the teams at half-time. Will United get their goal in the second half?


Half-time: Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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45+2 mins: Chance! Tyrell Malacia takes some major liberties inside his own box trying to chest the ball under control. Junior Hoilett nicks it off him and pokes the ball towards goal only for David De Gea to leap across and smother the effort.

That’s the best chance Reading have had.

The whistle then goes for half-time and the teams head into the break on level terms.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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45 mins: Nearly! Christian Eriksen whips another cross into the box and the ball flies through to Antony. He brings the ball down and moves it onto his right foot before blazing his shot wide of the far post!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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42 mins: Penalty shout! Casemiro is given the ball inside the box and shifts the ball onto his right foot. Junior Hoilett comes in from behind and pokes the ball away but clips the midfielder who goes to ground.

VAR takes a quick look after the referee signals to play on and they decide that the contact isn’t enough to overturn the decision.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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39 mins: Manchester United will have to continue to work hard and push up the pitch. Rashford carries the ball to the byline and pulls it back into the middle but Reading’s defenders get to it first and scoop the ball away.

There’s no rest for the visitors, no out ball, United recover the loose ball and come at them again.

NO GOAL! Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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36 mins: Reading have a reprieve! VAR comes to the rescue and spots that Wout Weghorst just strayed offside as Casemiro played the ball through to him.

The goal is chalked off and the teams are level once again.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Reading (Rashford, 35’)⚽️

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35 mins: There’s the breakthrough! It has been coming for Manchester United.

Casemiro drives the ball into the box but his through ball to Wout Weghorst takes a deflection and loops the ball into the air. Weghorst leaps at the ball and nods it over to the far side of the area.

Marcus Rashford pops up and nods the ball over the line!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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32 mins: So close! Antony is a livewire tonight. He brings the ball down the line then darts inside and takes on Baba Rahman. He strides ahead of the defender before slipping Fernandes into the box.

Fernandes shoots but pushes the effort wide of the left-hand post!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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29 mins: Manchester United are doing a fine job of winning the ball back quickly. Antony takes it to the edge of the box on the right hand side but slotting it over to Fernandes.

He stops the ball and looks to lift a shot into the near top corner but sends it too high and puts the ball over the crossbar!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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26 mins: There’s a sense that the Old Trafford crowd are just waiting for the first goal to go in. Man Utd have plenty of men up the pitch but there’s been no end product as of yet.

Tyrell Malacia twists his way into space on the left wing and slides a pass across to Eriksen. He lets the ball run onto his right foot and shoots but Holmes jumps in front of the ball and makes another last ditch block.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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23 mins: A diagonal ball comes into the Reading box and drops kindly for Antony. He slips in Fernandes who looks to reverse the pass but underhits the ball and the visitors clear their lines.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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20 mins: There’s a bit of pushing and shoving inside the Reading box as Christian Eriksen swings a cross into the middle. He can’t pick out a teammate and Baba Rahman nods the ball clear.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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17 mins: Close! Antony cuts inside from the wing and gives the ball to Eriksen inside the box. He lays the ball back to Fernandes who picks out Antony again.

The winger rolls the ball onto his left foot and whips a left-footed shot wide of the far post!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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15 mins: Save! Rashford smokes the free kick and swerves it around the wall. The effort is on target but Joe Lumley palms it away to deny him a 10th consecutive goal at Old Trafford.

The ball rebounds out to Christian Eriksen and he guides it back towards the open net only for Mamadou Loum to lunge in front of the shot and make the block!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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13 mins: Casemiro flicks the ball round the corner after receiving it from a Wan-Bissaka throw in. He passes it up to Weghorst who is then brought down by a lunging Tom Holmes.

United win another free kick in a dangerous area and Marcus Rashford is lining this up.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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10 mins: Reading aren’t as compact in defence as Preston were against Spurs. The Championship side are looking to be positive and forward thinking.

They’re passing it quickly and utilising the wide areas. A throw in deep in United’s half gets passed backwards where Weghorst drops deep and recovers the ball for the home side.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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7 mins: Close! Christian Eriksen takes the free kick and whips his shot around the wall and fizzes it just wide of the far post!

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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6 mins: Bruno Fernandes picks out Antony with a lovely cross field pass. The winger cuts inside before sending Aaron Wan-Bissaka into the box on the overlap.

The United right-back pulls the ball into the middle but can’t find a teammate. Reading’s clearance isn’t the best and Marcus Rashford takes over.

He combines with Wout Weghorst and brings the ball to the penalty area before getting hacked to ground. Free kick Man Utd.

Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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3 mins: This is an early chance for Reading! Jeff Hendrick is tripped on the edge of the penalty area but Casemiro and the visitors have the opportunity to shoot at David De Gea’s goal.

Andy Carroll, Tom Ince and Junior Hoilett stand over the dead ball. Ince takes it but drills his shot into the wall!

Kick off: Man Utd 0-0 Reading

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Manchester United get the match started at Old Trafford. Much like Spurs in the previous game, the Red Devils will expect to dominate possession and will be faced with a solid defence that they’ll have to break down.

Man Utd vs Reading

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There’s hardly time for a breather as the final FA Cup match of the day approaches kick off. Reaction and match report from Deepdale still to come but our focus moves to Old Trafford now as Manchester United take on Reading.

There were rumours that Jadon Sancho may make a return for the Red Devils tonight but he’s not in the matchday squad and neither is Scott McTominay.

Erik ten Hag has named a strong line-up and will want to put this game to bed as quickly as possible.

Kick off is up next.

Full-time: Preston 0-3 Tottenham

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90+3 mins: The whistle goes and Tottenham advance into the fifth round of the FA Cup. For just over an hour Preston gave the Premier League side a good game but Son Heung-min’s deadlock breaker was the deciding factor.

He was brilliant tonight and seems to have found his form in front of goal again.

Preston 0-3 Tottenham

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90 mins: Spurs are in cruise control now. They’ve made light work of things tonight and once that first goal went in for Son Heung-min Preston’s willpower started to dwindle.

Three minutes of added time to play.

GOAL! Preston 0-3 Tottenham (Danjuma, 87’)⚽️

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87 mins: It’s three! Arnaut Danjuma has a goal on debut for Tottenham!

Spurs work the ball quickly through the middle before Bryan Gil sends the ball out to Dejan Kulusevski on the right wing. He brings the ball into the box then pulls it back to Danjuma who guides his finish into the far bottom corner!

Lovely stuff.

Preston 0-2 Tottenham

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84 mins: Son Heung-min takes in the applause of the travelling Tottenham fans. He’s been the best player on the pitch tonight.

A couple of shots in the first half were kept out by goalkeeper Freddie Woodman but the forward stuck to his guns and earned his reward - and two goals - in the second half.

Son is replaced with Bryan Gil for Spurs.

Preston 0-2 Tottenham

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81 mins: Inside the final 10 minutes now. Can Preston get a goal to set up a tense and exciting finish to this game?

It seems unlikely but this is the FA Cup and strange things happen in this tournament.

Preston 0-2 Tottenham

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78 mins: Davinson Sanchez leaps into a tackle on Ched Evans and knocks the ball out for another Preston corner. Can the home side muster something from this?

No! The cross is swept in high and drops over by the back post but it’s a comfortable height for Fraser Forster to pluck out of the air.

Preston 0-2 Tottenham

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75 mins: Tottenham now have a bunch of players on the pitch that want to impress Antonio Conte. They’ll no doubt try to extend this lead and put the game properly out of Preston’s reach.

Danjuma almost has the chance to mark his debut with a goal but he’s not given the return pass after making a run into the box.

Preston 0-2 Tottenham

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72 mins: Antonio Conte now makes his changes. There are three in total as Oliver Skipp and Emerson Royal come on to replace Rodrigo Bentancur and Matt Doherty.

Arnaut Danjuma also makes his debut for Spurs replacing Ryan Sessegnon.

Preston bring on midfielder Ben Woodburn for Ryan Ledson.

GOAL! Preston 0-2 Tottenham (Son, 69’)⚽️

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69 mins: That should be that now! It’s brilliant from Son once again. A cutting pass comes into the box and picks out Son Heung-min. He stops the ball spins around Jordan Storey then lifts a left-footed effort into the near top corner.

Lovely finish. Spurs are two goals to the good.

Preston 0-1 Tottenham

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65 mins: It’s been a decent response from Preston who are seeing more of the ball in Tottenham’s half. Spurs remain threatening though as Lenglet whips a cross into the box and finds Perisic.

Perisic guides his header towards goal and Woodman reacts late but manages to push it wide of the target.

Preston 0-1 Tottenham

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62 mins: Tom Cannon dribbles the ball into the Tottenham box and cuts back on himself before releasing a pass. Tanganga puts a hand on Cannon’s shoulder and the forward dives to the floor looking for a penalty.

The referee has a clear view of the incident and books Cannon for simulation.

Preston 0-1 Tottenham

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59 mins: Oh here we go. Alan Browne looks to whip the ball into the box from the right wing and he wins Preston a corner. Robbie Brady takes the set piece and whips it into the penalty area.

It’s a poor corner and doesn’t beat the first man. Chance wasted for Preston.

Preston 0-1 Tottenham

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56 mins: Tottenham have livened up a bit since going in front. They’ll know that a second goal takes the tie away from Preston and they are hunting it down.

Sessegnon sweeps down the left wing and wins a corner but Preston deal with it well enough. The home fans are getting louder, they’re encouraging their team to make a comeback here.

Preston 0-1 Tottenham

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53 mins: Things are going to get difficult for Preston now. At some point they’re going to have to loosen up their defensive shape and take the game to Spurs.

The home side need to score to stay in this contest. Will there be a response?

GOAL! Preston 0-1 Tottenham (Son, 50’)⚽️

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50 mins: Glorious strike from Son Heung-min! He drops away from Ryan Ledson and receives the ball from Yves Bissouma.

Son cuts inside, takes the ball to the edge of the ‘D’ then curls a powerful strike into the far bottom corner! Freddie Woodman tries to get to the effort but can’t reach it with his lunging effort.

Tottenham lead!

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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48 mins: Shot! Tottenham pick up where they left off in the first half. They’re controlling the ball and passing it confidently up to the Preston final third then run out of ideas.

A hurry of passes sees the ball moved across to Clement Lenglet and he smokes one from range but drills his effort over the bar!

Second half: Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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No changes from either manager as the second half gets underway at Deepdale. Will we see a goal in this 45 minutes?

Man Utd vs Reading line-ups

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Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Malacia, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Weghorst, Rashford

Reading XI: Lumley, Yiadom, Holmes, McIntyre, Hoilett, Ince, Loum, Hendrick, Baba, João, Carroll

HT Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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How long will Antonio Conte leave it before introducing Harry Kane. The England captain scored the winner against Portsmouth last time out in the competition.

Will Spurs require his services once again?

Will Jadon Sancho play?

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As part of Friday’s pre-match press conference Erik ten Hag was aksed whether Jadon Sancho would feature tonight and he replied:

“He is training with the team and we will see. I said he’s on the way back, he’s making steps."

Sancho wasn’t seen travelling to Old Trafford with the rest of the players so he may not be included in the matchday squad.

Man Utd vs Reading

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Coming up at the conclusion of Preston vs Tottenham we have action from Old Trafford where Manchester United host Reading.

Erik ten Hag’s men hope to advance to the fifth round and keep their cup run going. Can Reading give them a game?

The team news for that one will be dropping soon.

HT Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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Preston have been organise and resolute in defence tonight. Can they string together a few attacks in the second half and possibly nick a win here?

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Half-time: Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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45+1 mins: Just the one minute of added time tells you how baldy this game has been lacking in excitement. The teams head into the break on level terms.

Spurs have dominated possession but the Premier League side haven’t made the breakthrough.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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43 mins: Browne and Brady are doing a fine job covering the right side of Preston’s and stop Sessegnon fro crossing the ball when he’s given it by Clement Lenglet.

Spurs then slip Kulusevski into the left side of the penalty area but his effort is blocked by a sliding Liam Lindsay.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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40 mins: Bentancur brings the ball through midfield and pass it over to Tanganga. He sends it wide for Doherty on the right wing.

The wingback has space to run into and does so before swinging a high cross into the middle. The ball loops into the penalty area but that allows Freddie Woodman to come off his line and pluck the ball out of the air.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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37 mins: Shot! Perisic takes the next corner again but slides this one over to Dejan Kulusevski. He brings the ball inside, puts it onto his left foot then laces a shot high and wide!

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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34 mins: Tottenham win a free kick on the right wing but Son hits the one-man wall who deflects the ball out for a corner.

Ivan Perisic takes this set piece but Robbie Brady heads it behind from the near post.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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31 mins: Ryan Sessegnon gets forward in his role as a wingback but is miles offside when Ivan Perisic sends a through ball behind the lines for him.

Tottenham are a bit toothless at the minute. Preston will be delighted with how the game is going.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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28 mins: A clearance from Preston sees the ball booted long up the pitch. Tom Cannon sprints forward to put pressure on Davinson Sanchez and the Spurs defender is forced into an error.

He fails to control the ball properly but gets lucky as it bobbles back to Fraser Forster who deals with it.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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25 mins: Save! Freddie Woodman is called into action again! Son Heung-min finds a pocket of space over on the inside left which allows him to strike one from range.

He takes the shot and looks for the far corner but Woodman leaps across and palms the ball wide.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

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23 mins: Very good defending from Preston as Tottenham work the ball around the front edge of the penalty area. Bentancur, Bissouma and Kulusevski all try to find ways into the box but all three get shut out as Preston moves as one towards the ball.

Spurs maintain possession though.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:22 , Michael Jones

20 mins: Alan Browne dribbles the ball through midfield for Preston as is lucky to earn a free kick after Davinson Sanchez takes the ball off him.

Preston whip the set piece into the penalty area. A scramble happens as both sets of players look to win the ball but Spurs come away with it and Preston immediately drop back to defend.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:17 , Michael Jones

17 mins: Close! Matt Doherty brings the ball inside from the right wing and sends the ball into the feet of Son. Son has no immediate options for a pass so drills a low left-footed effort towards goal.

Freddie Woodman shuffles past the path of the ball and has to leap back on himself to keep it out but the Preston goalkeeper gets two hands to the shot and manages to smother it.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:15 , Michael Jones

14 mins: Son Heung-min receives the ball on the inside left channel and spins away from two defenders before driving towards the box.

He just about makes it to the front edge but McCann sticks in a leg and wins the ball for Preston.

Tottenham are dominating possession as expected but Preston aren’t under any pressure in their final third... yet.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:12 , Michael Jones

11 mins: Ali McCann takes a knock to the face and requires a change of shirt after his nose starts to bleed. Preston hoped to challenge the Spurs back line with a counter-attack but the long pass forward flies straight through to Fraser Forster who tidies up.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:08 , Michael Jones

8 mins: Chance! Ivan Perisic takes the free kick and strikes his shot into the wall.

The ball drops kindly into the path of Dejan Kulusevski who looks up and drills an effort at goal but Rayn Ledson is aware of the danger and flings himself at the ball managing to prod it wide of the near post!

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:06 , Michael Jones

6 mins: The first corner of the game goes to Spurs with Son Heung-min whipping the ball into the middle of the penalty area after it gets played short.

The ball is cleared as far as Japhet Tanganga who’s hit with a late tackle from Ben Whiteman and wins Spurs a free kick in a dangerous area.

Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:03 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Son Heung-min drops short to collect the ball as Spurs look for a way through the Preston defence.

Dejan Kulusevski moves inside and looks to spin away from Liam Lindsay as the ball comes sliding up the pitch but the defender steps across the Tottenham forward, intercepts the ball and clears his lines.

Kick off: Preston 0-0 Tottenham

18:01 , Michael Jones

The home side get the ball rolling at Deepdale. They punt the ball over to the left wing where the ball hits Japhet Tanganga and goes out of play for a Preston throw in.

Preston vs Tottenham

17:58 , Michael Jones

Here come the teams.

There’s a packed house inside the stadium and the Preston fans are singing and chanting already. Tottenham won’t have an easy night here.

Kick off is up next.

17:55 , Michael Jones

The warm-ups are done and dusted. The players are gathering in the tunnel and kick off is quickly approaching. Will Spurs dominate against Preston tonight or can the Lillywhites shock the Premier League side?


Harry Kane is up there with the best, says Preston’s Spurs loanee Troy Parrott

17:52 , Michael Jones

Troy Parrott has not been asked by his Preston team-mates how to stop Tottenham forward Harry Kane, but admits his answer “would probably be you can’t”.

Spurs academy graduate Parrott will be reduced to watching on Saturday night after his parent club were drawn away to his current team in the FA Cup fourth round.

It could be a record-breaking occasion for Kane, who needs one more goal to move past Jimmy Greaves and become Tottenham’s outright leading scorer, but the striker has not been the sole talk of the Deepdale defenders this week.

Harry Kane is up there with the best, says Preston’s Spurs loanee Troy Parrott

Lowe wants Preston to express themselves

17:47 , Michael Jones

Ryan Lowe spoke about tonight’s FA Cup clash and says he’s excited to take on Spurs and hopes his team will express themselves against the Premier League side.

“I’m really excited, and I think the lads are excited as well,” said the Preston manager, “There’s a buzz around the place with Tottenham Hotspur coming to town, a Premier League club who are doing fantastically well.

“It’s a real opportunity for our lads to test themselves against a fantastic team.

“The message [to the players] is to go out and show what you can do. We’re live on the BBC, which everyone knows, so go and show good players how good you can be as well.

“I think the respect will be there mutually. They’ll respect us, we’ll massively respect them for where they are and what they’ve done, but I think it’s a case of going out and expressing yourselves and showcasing what you can do.”

‘We’ll have a go and see what happens'

17:42 , Michael Jones

Ryan Ledson is aware of how difficult tonight’s clash with Tottenham will be be that won’t stop Preston playing with intent and confidence tonight.

“They’ve got, I would say, the best striker in the world in Harry Kane. As I’ve mentioned, they’ve got Son too, but they’re solid at the back as well.” he said before the match,

“Obviously they’ve got Conte who’s an unbelievable manager, who’s been everywhere.

“They’ll be solid and they’ll be good going forward, so we all know it’s going to be a tough game, but hopefully we can give them a good game and give a good account of ourselves.

“It’s sort of like the pressure’s off. No one expects us to go and beat a top four Premier League side, but why not? Let’s just go and have a go at them and see what happens.”

Will Danjuma make his debut?

17:37 , Michael Jones

Spurs’ new signing Arnaut Danjuma has travelled with the squad to Lancashire and he could make his debut at Deepdale.

Danjuma completed his move on Wednesday, sealing a loan until the end of the season from Spanish side Villarreal.

He will be the first player to make his debut in the FA Cup since Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur came off the bench last season in their fourth round win over Brighton.

Danjuma starts on the bench tonight.

Arnaut Danjuma on joining Spurs

17:32 , Michael Jones

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Arnuat Danjuma after signing for Tottenham. “Obviously, this opportunity is very important to me. I’m just really happy to be here.

“To be honest with you, as soon as Tottenham Hotspur came through, it was a no brainer. It is a massive club with a brilliant coach, brilliant staff and the facilities are obviously unbelievable. So, for me, I’m very, very excited to be part of the team.

“I hope to be positive, hope to leave a good impact, hope to be able to prove my qualities as a player, hope to give something new and something enthusiastic for the fans.

“And obviously aim for the highest possible in every competition we are competing in.”

The history between Preston and Tottenham

17:27 , Michael Jones

Spurs first played Preston North End competitively in the FA Cup on 27th January, all the way back in 1900.

Then in the Southern League, Tottneham lost that first round clash 1-0 to in front of 7,000 fans at Deepdale.

But, just a year later, they were back in Lancashire at the same stage of the competition and produced a stunning 4-2 win in a replay on their way to writing history by becoming the first and only non-league team to lift the famous trophy.

Harry Kane’s bid to become Tottenham’s record scorer faces delay

17:22 , Michael Jones

Illness could see Harry Kane miss out on the chance to become Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time leading scorer in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Preston.

The Spurs forward went level with Jimmy Greaves on Monday when he hit the winner at Fulham to score his 266th goal for the club.

Boss Antonio Conte revealed afterwards Kane had struggled with a fever and he missed training on Wednesday and Thursday this week before he returned on Friday ahead of the weekend clash at Sky Bet Championship outfit Preston.

Harry Kane’s bid to become Tottenham’s record scorer faces delay

'Anything can happen’

17:17 , Michael Jones

Spurs will arrive at Deepdale to face off against Preston tonight for the first time since their meeting at the same venue in 2009 and Ryan Ledson believes his Lancashire side can cause an FA Cup shock.

Th midfielder said: “Obviously we’re coming up against some of the best players in the world. You only have to look at the front three with Harry Kane, Son, and maybe Richarlison.

“They’ve all just been at the World Cup so obviously they’re unbelievable players, and it’s good to test yourself. At Deepdale, hopefully it’s going to be a full house and the fans can get behind us and we can give it a real good go.

“Anything can happen; it’s football. In the FA Cup especially, you’ve seen some bigger shocks than Preston beating Tottenham. We’ll go there, it’s a free hit for us.

“We’ll go and enjoy ourselves, we’ll enjoy the day and give it a right good go.”

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