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    Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Gillingham: Janssen off the mark as Spurs cruise past Gills in EFL Cup

    By Alex Easley
    Vincent Janssen scored his first Tottenham goal in their 5-0 win over Gillingham.
    Summer signing Vincent Janssen scored his first goal for Tottenham in a 5-0 EFL Cup third-round victory over Gillingham on Wednesday evening.

    Janssen opened his English account from the penalty spot after captain on the night Christian Eriksen scored twice, and before Josh Onomah also scored his first goal for the club, as well as Erik Lamela’s finished the rout off.

    Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh was back at White Hart Lane for the first time since spending a decade at the cub as a player from 1990 to 2000, but it wasn’t the best of returns as the League One side were dominated from the first whistle to the last.

    Harry Kane’s ankle injury, which was sustained against Sunderland at the weekend, meant Janssen would start up front and the 22-year-old Dutchman capped a hard-working performance with a thoroughly deserved goal.

    Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino changed every single one of his starting XI from the team that eat Sunderland, but chose to add an injection of youth mixed with experience.

    Eriksen and Lamela both started, having been rested three days before, but it was the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Onomah - all products of Spurs' academy - that were most eager to impress.

    Carter-Vickers was assured, although rarely tested, and Onomah scored his first senior goal for the club, but Winks stood out among the youngsters, his strength on the ball and incisive passing impressive throughout.

    Marcus Edwards, the 17-year-old compared by Pochettino to a young Lionel Messi on Tuesday, was also handed his debut late on and nearly capped it with a goal, his stinging shot palmed over the bar.

    Eriksen was at the heart of everything going forward and his fizzing shot early on forced Jonathan Bond to palm over the crossbar, the goalkeeper's last involvement before he was taken off injured and replaced by 35-year-old Stuart Nelson.

    Eriksen and Lamela both flashed efforts off target when they should have at least tested the keeper but the Dane soon made amends when he drove a dipping shot from 25 yards, which flew over Nelson and into the top of the net.
    Christian Eriksen (right) celebrates scoring his first goal of the night.
    Janssen was busy against the physical Deji Oshilaja but for a while his, and the home crowd's, desperation for a goal went unsatisfied as Nelson denied the striker from close range and then, even after rounding the goalkeeper, Oshilaja was in the right place to clear off the line.

    If Gillingham's plans were to keep things tight for as long as possible, they were scrapped early in the second half as Eriksen and finally Janssen scored twice in three minutes.

    First, Eriksen latched on to Lamela's ball through before poking a finish under Nelson's body and then the midfielder generously passed up the chance for a hat-trick, handing Janssen the penalty after Oshilaja had brought down Trippier.

    Janssen coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner as the crowd responded with the biggest cheer of the night and the striker was swamped by his celebrating team-mates.

    Eriksen was removed before the hour as Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was thrown on for his debut since he joined from Marseille in the summer, but there was no sign of the hosts letting up.

    Onomah added a fourth with a lovely side-foot finish and in the 68th minute, Lamela's creativity was rewarded when he hammered the fifth and final goal into the top corner.

    There was even time for the highly rated Edwards to come on for the final 15 minutes and only Nelson's left hand prevented his stinging shot from finding the net in what might have completed Tottenham's perfect night.


    Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies, Winks, Carroll, Lamela, Eriksen, Onomah, Janssen

    Subs Used: Nkoudou, Edwards, Walkes

    Gillingham: Bond, Jackson, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Konchesky, Emmanuel-Thomas, Wright, Byrne, Osadebe, Dack, McDonald

    Subs Used: Nelson, Wagstaff, Knott
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