By Ray Munyoro
Warriors striker Admiral Muskwe had a decent game for his side Wycombe Wanderers as they played Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup clash on Monday.
Muskwe was one of the top performers for the Championship side that had managed to hold Jose Mourinho’s side only to crumble with four minutes remaining on the clock.
The Zimbabwean started, playing for seventy-three minutes in the match, and called goalkeeper Joe Hart to action earlier in the game.
The former Manchester City shot-stopper denied Muskwe a dream goal 10 minutes into the game. His team was first to find the back of the net through Nigerian international Fred Onyedinma in the 26th minute.
Gareth Bale levelled matters on the stroke of half time.
The Chairboys managed to hang on for much of the game, only to choke in the dying minutes.
A flurry of late goals – two from substitute Tanguy Ndombele and another from Harry Winks – helped Spurs go through.
More interesting was the fact that Jose Mourinho had to turn to his big guns including Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Ndombele to secure the victory.
Mourinho’s relieved celebrations said it all after Winks’ goal.
“If it goes to extra-time, it would be bad for both teams,” Mourinho later admitted after the game.
Wycombe coach Gareth Ainsworth said they want to use their performance as motivation going forward.
“I am flattered they had to put some big names on to get in front,” he said.
“We have only trained one day in the last eight, that has hampered things, missing a couple of key players but no excuses – for 85 minutes we were well in the game, the third and fourth goals killed us. We go again, it’s not going to be the FA Cup but I am determined to stay in the Championship,” he said.
Muskwe’s appearance was his second in the tournament and for the club since arriving at the English Championship side on loan from Leicester City this month.
He was deployed as a right winger in a 4-4-3 formation and got a rating of 6.6/10. The 22-year-old made one attempt at goal and completed 6/12 passes.
He also won 4/5 duels and succeeded in 2/3 tackles. Nhau/Indaba