Lifting the Capital One Cup could be the key to unlocking Tottenham’s potential, giving them a winning mentality and providing the spark that takes the club on to bigger things, according to Jan Vertonghen.

Erik Lamela celebrates after putting Tottenham ahead at White Hart Lane

Erik Lamela came off the bench at half-time and got the crucial breakthrough nine minutes later as Tottenham earned a 2-0 home win over Brighton and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Hendon boss Gary McCann. Pic: Andrew Aleksiejczuk

Hendon boss Gary McCann is hopeful that one day the Greens will be able to build a fanbase like Dulwich Hamlet.

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tottenham blogger Henry Tribe believes Spurs fans should be patient with Mauricio Pochettino, despite the disappointing start to the Premier League campaign.

Marc Weatherstone (centre) congratulates his fellow goalscorer Karl Oliyide as Wingate secure their home win. Pic: Martin Addison

Wingate & Finchley halted a run of five straight defeats as two second-half goals secured a much-needed 2-0 home win over VCD Athletic in the Ryman League Premier Division.

Ben Davies

Ben Davies admits he has been frustrated as he continues to wait for his first Premier League start at Tottenham, but he is determined to be patient, keep any irritations to himself and avoid causing any problems in the squad.

Younes Kaboul

Captain Younes Kaboul says Tottenham’s “blackout” after half-time yesterday was unacceptable – and he believes Spurs “looked defeated” as soon as they conceded the equaliser in their 2-1 home defeat against Newcastle.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen (centre) in action against Newcastle

Tottenham endured another Europa League hangover as Newcastle came from behind to win 2-1 and inflict Spurs’ third home defeat of the season in the Premier League.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (right) celebrates his opening goal at Sunderland with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Harry Kane's treble took his tally to seven goals in 10 games for Tottenham this season

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick while Erik Lamela netted a brace, including a wondergoal, as Tottenham thumped Asteras Tripolis 5-1 in the Europa League at White Hart Lane.

Hendon striker Leon Smith

Hendon extended their unbeaten league record to 10 matches after coming from behind to pick up a point at home against Billericay Town on Monday.

White Hart Lane

Tottenham blogger David Lee was pleased to see a change of direction in the last home game against Southampton and believes the Lilywhites should continue to kick towards the Park Lane end in the second half at White Hart Lane.

Lukas Podolski scores Arsenal's winner against Anderlecht (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger insists he retains full faith in Lukas Podolski after the German forward’s late winner in Arsenal’s 2-1 Champions League victory against Anderlecht.

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates with Alexis Sanchez (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Arsene Wenger celebrated his 65th birthday with an enormous slice of good fortune as two late goals saved Arsenal from embarrassment and secured a 2-1 win in Brussels.

Jan Vertonghen

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy with Jan Vertonghen and that the defender is content at Tottenham amid ongoing speculation of a rift and uncertainty about the defender’s future.

Ben Davies

Ben Davies says he consulted his countryman Gareth Bale before signing for Tottenham in the summer.

Harry Kane celebrates his goal against Besiktas in the Europa League at White Hart Lane

Tottenham blogger Mike Williams believes the in-form 21-year-old Harry Kane deserves to be starting up front ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino shows his frustration during Tottenham's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City

Spurs correspondent Ben Pearce reflects on Tottenham’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

The Ham&High's Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler

The Ham&High’s Wingate & Finchley blogger Simon Swingler reflects on the Blues’ current losing run as they prepare to face Metropolitan Police in the Ryman League Premier Division tomorrow.

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck in action against Hull (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Danny Welbeck’s last-gasp equaliser rescued Arsenal from their second straight defeat as they shared the points with Hull in a lively 2-2 draw.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored four times against Tottenham, taking his tally to seven goals in three games against the Lilywhites

Federico Fazio was sent off on his Premier League debut while his countryman Sergio Aguero scored four times as Tottenham went down 4-1 at Manchester City.

Hendon boss Gary McCann

Hendon’s FA Cup dreams came to an end for another season as they lost 1-0 at Dorchester Town.

Mauricio Pochettino. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his Tottenham players to forget last season’s thrashings against Manchester City as they prepare to travel to the Etihad Stadium.

Alex Scott of Arsenal Ladies. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Skipper Alex Scott hopes the Gunners’ experience in finals can give them the edge as they defend their Continental Cup crown against Manchester City on Thursday night.

Roy Keane during a book launch at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood is preparing to host its second Sports Writing Festival from Thursday October 23 to Sunday October 26.

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