Tottenham’s problems continue to mount after they were sensationally knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two side Colchester on Tuesday night.
After a goalless 90 minutes at the JobServe Community Stadium the tie went to penalties, with Tom Lapslie scoring the decisive spot-kick to send the hosts through to round four at Spurs’ expense.
Former West Ham youngster Frank Nouble scored in the shoot-out for Colchester
It was a hugely worrying night for Spurs, which will do little to appease the notion that there are serious issues for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.
Although Pochettino made 10 changes to his side, there was still enough quality on the pitch to be able to beat a side 71 places below them in the football pyramid, but they laboured badly.
They could not find the breakthrough and Colchester, who did not manage a shot on target in the 90 minutes, followed up their second-round win against Crystal Palace with an even bigger scalp on what is one of the most famous nights in their history.
There were debuts for 17-year-old Troy Parrott and 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga as Pochettino freshened up his side from Saturday’s defeat at Leicester.
Despite the overhaul, which also included a first appearance of the season for Eric Dier, the visitors unsurprisingly assumed.
control of the match.
Parrott would have been dreaming of this night for some time and he almost made the perfect start but a low shot was deflected wide after he was played in by Dele Alli.
Alli, back in the side after his weekend rest, should have opened the scoring in the 18th minute after Spurs unlocked their hosts down the right, but the England international dragged his shot wide from Oliver Skipp’s cross.
Spurs had almost all of the possession, but they were fairly pedestrian with the ball and it was only Moura who showed any intent or desire to break the lines.