Colchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Colchester win 4-3 on penalties)

Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino is unable to give assurances he will still be in the job next season but insists he is happy at Spurs.

Tottenham were on the wrong end of a Carabao Cup upset as they went down on penalties to Colchester United in the third round.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino opted for wholesale changes for the Carabao Cup trip to League Two Colchester with 10 changes from the team beaten by Leicester in the Premier League at the weekend.

The only player to keep his place  in the starting side was keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, as first choice stopper Hugo Lloris returned as a substitute.

Tottenham failed to make any real impact in a low-key first half as neither team forced any chances of note.

The North Londoners did raise their level after the interval and with 53 minutes on the clock 17-year-old Troy Parrott managed to meet Eric Dier’s cross, but he failed to keep his effort on target.

Spurs’ best chance came just before the hour mark as Kyle Walker-Peters cross evaded everyone and came back off the woodwork.

Pochettino opted to throw some big guns into the fray as Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen were brought on with 24 minutes remaining. In a final throw of the dice Erik Lamela was introduced on 78 minutes but the trio were unable to make any impression on the game and penalty kicks were required.

Eriksen missed Spurs’ opener but the Premier League club were handed a lifeline when Jevani Brown failed to score with Colchester’s third spot kick, only for Lucas Moura to miss the fifth for Pochettino’s men as they slipped to an embarrassing  defeat at the Colchester Community Stadium.