Pochettino and Aurier happy with FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers.


Fernando Llorente celebrates (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Fernando Llorente completed his hat-trick for Tottenham as the north London club thrashed League Two Tranmere Rovers 7-0 in the FA Cup third round, and manager Maurcio Pochettino expressed delight after the win.


The Spurs boss told BBC Sport: "I am very pleased but very cold! It is so cold! We were very solid, they worked very hard in the first half and of course, we were a little bit lucky to open the scoring.


"In the second half we found space and were very clincial in front of goal. It was 7-0 but it was very tough to open the scoring.”


On Harry Kane - who scored his ninth goal in his last eight FA Cup appearances - coming off the bench in the 75th minute, the Argentine said: "It was the plan to give Harry Kane 15-20 minutes to play, he always wants to play. It is important too for the fans here and the opponents to enjoy Harry Kane, he's an icon in England and not everyone can have the opportunity to see him. It was important to show some respect to the people who are here, it was very nice for everyone.


"It is difficult to sign anyone this month. If we can find someone to improve us then we are open but it is so difficult."


Serge Aurier who broke the deadlock with a stunning finish told BT Sport: "I'm happy for my two goals and happy for the team that we won today. We were a good team and want to keep going for the next round.


"It was a big moment for me and the team, and today we won a good game. Now we must stay focused for the next game."


Fernando Llorente has scored his second hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur, with both coming in his last two starts in the FA Cup (also v Rochdale in February 2018).


And, Serge Aurier has scored as many goals against Tranmere tonight (two) as he had in his first 35 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions combined before today. 



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