Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Gillingham: Five-star-Spurs set up last 16 meeting with Liverpool

Tottenham were excellent at home to Gillingham.

Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Gillingham: Five-star-Spurs set up last 16 meeting with Liverpool
Spurs players celebrate the opening goal (photo: Mike Hewitt / Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Carroll, Winks; Lamela, Onomah, Eriksen; Janssen.
Gillingham: Bond; Jackson, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Konchesky; Osadebe, Dack, Byrne, Wright; Emmanuel-Thomas, McDonald.
SCORE: 1-0, Eriksen 31'. 2-0, Eriksen 48'. 3-0, Janssen 51'. 4-0, Onomah 65'. 5-0, Lamela 68'.
REFEREE: David Coote (ENG): Booked - Onomah.
INCIDENTS: EFL Cup 3rd Round Tie.

Tottenham Hotspur easily rode the challenge of Gillingham in the EFL Cup third round on Wednesday, triumphing 5-0 at White Hart Lane to book their place in the last 16, where they'll meet Liverpool.

With Mauricio Pochettino fielding a fairly strong side, it was no surprise to see Spurs in control, Christian Eriksen netting the first two with a brace either side of half-time, before Vincent Janssen, Joshua Onomah and Erik Lamela all got on the scoresheet before the night as out. Lamela, in particular excelled, picking up three assists as well as his goal on a night where the Lilywhites never looked in danger. 

Few chances for Gills as Spurs dominate

Although it took Danish international Eriksen half an hour to eventually open the scoring, he went close in the first few minutes, testing Jonathon Bond with a long range effort which was beaten away. 

However, the visitors did threaten briefly at the other end, ex-Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas nodding wide of Michel Vorm's goal as he latched onto a long throw.

Unfortunately for Gillingham, that was to be one of their few chances on the night, Janssen and Eriksen going close in the aftermath before the latter eventually opened the scoring.

Eriksen breaks the deadlock with scorcher

It was a superb goal that broke the deadlock, Eriksen fed the ball in midfield before he strode forward, beating substitute 'keeper Stuart Nelson with an effort that dipped and swerved just under the crossbar in the centre of the goal.

Vincent Janssen was keen to pick up his first Tottenham goal, and thought he had as he was presented the ball in the area, rounding the 'keeper and shooting only for Deji Oshilaja to clear off the line.

Four goals in 25 second half minutes seal it

He would eventually get his goal, just after Eriksen scored his second at the start of the second half. It wasn't as amazing this time around, the attacking midfielder bursting into the area before poking under the 'keeper, but it knocked the stuffing out of Gillingham, who conceded a penalty just two minutes later, Kieran Trippier tripped in the box.

Despite being on a hat-trick, Eriksen allowed Janssen to step up to the spot in order for the Dutch international to get off the mark for the season, and he did so by sending Nelson the wrong way.

It was game, set and match by that point, but Spurs were still in the mood for more goals, and it was more goals that they got. 

Having set up Eriksen for both of his goals, Lamela claimed his third assist of the night by playing Josh Onomah in, the youngster scoring his first senior goal by placing the ball just inside the goalkeeper's near post. 

Much like the second and third, the fourth and fifth goals came in quick succession. Onomah's in the 65th, Lamela's just three minutes later. Moving into the area with the ball, Lamela tucked away his effort cooly into the bottom right hand corner.

There were chances for more goals, and promising 17-year-old Marcus Edwards almost had one of his own after coming on for a brief 13 minute debut. Taking the ball from deep, a dribble and one-two presented him with the ball on the edge of the penalty area, only for his deflected strike to fly just over the bar.

Still, that highlight was only a mere footnote on an extremely productive night for Spurs, as they marched into the fourth round, with the last 16 draw pairing them with Liverpool.