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Gareth Bale controls the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wycombe and Tottenham at Adams Park. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale controls the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wycombe and Tottenham at Adams Park. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale controls the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wycombe and Tottenham at Adams Park. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho suggested Gareth Bale may have forced his way into his first team plans for Thursday's Premier League game against Liverpool after he played his first 90 minutes in the 4-1 win against Wycombe in the FA Cup.

Spurs looked like being taken to extra time by the Championship strugglers as they missed a host of chances to kill the game after Gareth Bale’s goal had cancelled out Fred Onyedinma’s surprise opener for Wycombe.

Even the introduction of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min could not do the trick until the final five minutes when a Harry Winks strike and a quickfire Tanguy Ndombele double sent Mourinho’s men through to a fifth-round tie at Everton.

Bale played his first 90 minutes for Spurs since his loan move from Real Madrid last summer and he won words of praise from Mourinho.

"It was good, was good," he said of Bale's performance. "Some good movement. Some one and against one, beating people, attacking people, creating chances. Of course scoring a goal.

"I never felt he couldn't play the 90 minutes. I never felt that I needed to change him and that is good. Of course the Championship is a good, competitive level and the aggression is high and the intensity is good. So I'm happy.

"We had some good performances from the boys that started the game. Of course Winks man of the match which is very much deserved because I thought he was very, very good in everything he did, apart from the goal.

"The goal is just a very small important detail but happy because I think the attitude of the team was very professional and it's the kind of game that even if we lose because we don't take chances and they score in the last minutes, let's say that, I wouldn't be sad because very professional performance."

The late goals were a blessing for Mourinho, whose side are back in Premier League action on Thursday when champions Liverpool visit north London.

"I knew that the game was going to be difficult – we started preparing for the game by showing the players what they did a few years ago at White Hart Lane," Mourinho said, referencing the 2017 fourth-round tie which Spurs won 4-3 at the death.

"Six of these players and the manager are still in this team. So that I think was a good start and then we prepared for the game knowing it could be hard and it was. It’s not easy to handle their style of play.

"If you don’t score goals they stay in the game and it was great for us to score in minute 85 because that gave us the possibility of not playing extra time, which would have been not good for us."

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