Dele Alli’s second-half goal was enough to book our place in the next round of the Carabao Cup as we edged past Barnsley at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The England midfielder was on hand in the 65th minute to convert from close range to finally pierce the Tykes’ resolute back line in this third round tie, giving us the victory we deserved on the balance of play.
A fairly uneventful first half saw Juan Foyth and Fernando Llorente both head over from Kieran Trippier corners while Barnsley’s Liam Lindsay went close at the other end with a flicked header from another corner.
We were thankful to Michel Vorm for keeping the game goalless just 20 seconds after the interval when he produced a wonderful stop to deny Ike Ugbo from 15 yards out, before we started to get a grip on the game. Dele had a shot deflected just wide after excellent build-up play from Foyth, who was very impressive throughout, before Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies kept out a Harry Winks effort.
The opening goal arrived when Moussa Sissoko and Trippier combined to set up Dele, who was alert to the latter’s low cross into the box and prodded home from six yards. Davies denied substitute Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Heung-Min Son twice in the closing stages, but Dele’s goal did the job.
The draw for the fourth round is on Wednesday evening, after Manchester United’s tie with Burton Albion.