A potentially tricky tie ended up as a walk in the park on Tuesday night at The Emirates as our young guns put Forest to the sword.
On a night where Tottenham were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition by lower league opposition, our visitors had only lost one game all season yet proved to be no match for our laser-focused second string side.
Before the game, the team news was good with Kieran Tierney starting alongside Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin on the bench, a plethora of youngsters also starting.
Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring on the half hour mark and just after half time Rob Holding marked his first team comeback with a goal, and then the floodgates opened. Tierney played really well and Bellerin came on and was already back to his best with 15 mins left, setting up Joe Willock in the first attack after he came on. Emile Smith Rowe was stretchered off before Reiss Nelson and Martinelli finished off the rout.
The draw has already been made for the fourth round, and we will need to win away at Liverpool if we’re to get into the quarter-finals. In the second best tie of the round, Manchester United, our league opponents on Monday night, travel to Chelsea, while Spurs were drawn against… oh, wait, what? Really…? COLCHESTER?! Unlucky.
It is back to league action at Old Trafford on Monday night in a game we more often than not, end up coming away with nothing, but despite a sneaky win on penalties at home against Rochdale(!), now could be a very good time to face United, and it remains too be seen how many of our returning young defenders will be thrown into the mix.
Team news for that one as we (copy) get it, reader(s).