Three goals in a crazy eight-minute spell finally saw off a dogged AFC Wimbledon side as we reached the FA Cup fourth round at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Harry Kane opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before adding a second two minutes later, while Jan Vertonghen hit a 71st minute screamer – his first goal in our colours since netting away to FC Sheriff in October, 2013 – to settle the issue.
But it was a stiffer test than the scoreline suggests, with Michel Vorm making two excellent saves with the game goalless to prevent our League One opponents from taking the lead.
The Dons kept it tight and defended well in numbers in the first half particularly, almost going in front when Jimmy Abdou hit a right-foot curler which Vorm superbly tipped onto his crossbar, before denying Liam Trotter from the rebound.
We had chances with Kane and Erik Lamela bringing good saves out of Wimbledon keeper George Long, while Mousa Dembele struck the woodwork after the interval just moments before Vorm scrambled back to tip over Jonathan Meades’ header.
We eventually pierced the Dons' defence when Kane poked home Moussa Sissoko’s cross from close range and he did so again just over a minute later after Kyle Walker-Peters’ shot had been deflected. That second goal was his 125th for the club, moving him above Teddy Sheringham and into ninth place on our all-time goalscorers list.
The icing on the cake was delivered by Vertonghen from 25 yards to wrap up a fine but hard-fought victory.