Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Bournemouth: Match Review

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur 4-0 Bournemouth: Match Review

Tottenham took apart Bournemouth in the lunchtime kick off and extended the gap between themselves and the fighters for the top four and Champions League football next season, as well as more importantly closing the distance between themselves and the league leaders Chelsea to four points, before the West Londoners take on Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Harry Kane returned to start for the first time since his injury vs Millwall in the FA Cup and Kyle Walker was back in for Kieran Trippier after his customary MOTM performance vs Watford, other than that it was same team that dismantled the Hornets last Saturday.

Spurs eased themselves in to the match in typical fashion, retaining the ball well in deep midfield with Eriksen, Dier and Dembélé  all picking out Walker and Dele frequently, but they were unable to find Kane and Son in the 18 yard box to create any clear cut chances in the first 15 minutes.

Then in the 16th minute, after a controversial decision from referee Michael Oliver to award a corner to Spurs, which ultimately proved to be correct, Eriksen swung in the corner which was flicked on at the near post by Alderweireld before Mousa Dembélé controlled well off his thigh before flashing a half volley past Arter Boruc from close range, his first goal of the season.

Three minutes later, Jack Wilshere gave the ball away in his own half, it ricocheted off Dier in to Kane with his back to goal, what followed was a sumptuous flick around the corner which Hueng-Min Son latched on to, an inch perfect touch past Cook, blistering pace to get past him an a firm, low finish under the keeper made it 2-0 after only 20 minutes.

Heung-Min Son celebrates his 19th goal of the season
Early in the second half Dele Alli chipped a ball in to Kane with his back to goal, who used a fine bit of strength and agility to move himself away from Francis, before smacking the ball in to the bottom right corner with his left foot from 12 yards, which essentially sealed the points.

Then, a sad and upsetting moment for all inside White Hart Lane, Harry Kane broke away and looked to curl the ball in to the far corner, Jack Wilshere managed to block the shot and Kane accidentally caught Wilshere’s ankle, which meant Wilshere was unable to continue and had to leave with the ankle injury he is so synonymous with. Shame. I was gutted. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke, wishing him a really speedy recovery… ish.

Spurs controlled the game until late on, and despite a late strike from ex-spur Charlie Daniels which Hugo caught comfortably, Spurs managed to grab one more in the 92nd minute. A cross from Eriksen found Janssen, who’s initial left footed shot was going wide, was blocked back in to his path, and he placed a right footed drive in to the back of the net for his first goal from open play in the Premier League, much to the relief of the crowd, the manager and I’m sure, himself.

Yet another excellent home performance from Spurs resulting in yet another very convincing victory, which will fill them with confidence, especially if Man United can take something off Chelsea tomorrow.

Player Ratings:

Hugo Lloris: 6.5/10

Kyle Walker: 7.5/10

Toby Alderweireld: 7/10

Jan Vertonghen: 7.5/10

Ben Davies: 7/10

Eric Dier: 7.5/10

Mousa Dembele: 8.5/10

Christian Eriksen: 8/10

Hueng-Min Son: 8/10

Dele Alli: 7.5/10

Harry Kane: 8/10

Subs:

Victor Wanyama: 6.5/10

Vincent Janssen: 7/10

Moussa Sissoko: 2/10 (IT’S SISSOKO)

MOTM: Mousa Dembélé

The sort of commanding midfield domination we’re accustomed to seeing nowadays from our Belgian midfield general, capped off with a goal, which is what we need to see more of from him with all of his ability. Looked to be a goalscoring threat as well as a creator and box to box midfielder. Fantastic performance yet again.

Looking Ahead:

The big one. Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Semi Final. Saturday 22nd April. Kick off 17:15.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Middlesbrough: Match Review

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur 1-0 Middlesbrough: Match Review

Spurs managed to capitalise on the earlier results with a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough this evening, putting some breathing space between them and Arsenal and Liverpool, and staying within nine points of league-leaders Chelsea.

Lloris regained his place in the side after missing out against Sunderland through illness, and Ben Davies came in for the injured Danny Rose in an otherwise unchanged line-up. Pochettino stuck with the 4-2-3-1 which failed to break down Sunderland in midweek.

Despite the first chance falling to Boro just four minutes in when Negredo saw his headed effort sail over Lloris’ bar, Spurs enjoyed the brighter of the opening exchanges. Son saw his low effort well saved by Valdes, moments before Davies’ low cross narrowly evaded Kane

Alli, Eriksen and most notably Son were all combining well to trouble Boro’s back line, and their movement and interplay was very effective throughout the first half, but it was often the final ball or finish that was letting the visitors off the hook during the first half.

Alderweireld and Kane both went close with headers midway through the first half, with the former clipping the post via an Eriksen corner whilst Kane headed over after being picked out well by Son. Kane then thought he’d given Spurs the lead just before half time when he converted Son’s low cross, but the official correctly spotted that he was offside.

Tottenham experienced a slightly slower start to the second half, but were still dominating possession. Eriksen troubled Valdes 50 minutes in with a first time shot that the Spaniard parried away after a good run by Son, but it wasn’t until the 58th minute that the home side took the lead.

Son made yet another dangerous run into the area, and his footwork was too quick for Bernado, as the South Korean was brought down as he shifted the ball onto his right foot. There were no prizes for guessing who was going to take it upon themselves to convert the subsequent penalty. Despite missing his last one against Southampton, Kane dispatched his spot-kick cooly and confidently to put the hosts in front.

Harry Kane celebrates breaking the deadlock and firing the Lilywhites ahead.
Spurs couldn’t manage to build on this lead, with Son going closest when his left footed strike hit the outside of the post, and this almost came back to haunt them. First Negredo’s acrobatic attempt flew just wide of Tottenham’s goal, and then a big chance fell to an unmarked De Roon in injury time, but he couldn’t catch his volley cleanly and his shot ended up too wide of the target to trouble Lloris.

Despite not being at their very best, Spurs just about managed to take all three valuable points from the match to pull away from Liverpool and Arsenal who both fell to defeats earlier in the day.

Player Ratings:

Hugo Lloris – 6/10

Kyle Walker – 6/10

Eric Dier – 7/10

Toby Alderweireld – 7/10

Ben Davies – 7/10

Victor Wanyama – 8/10

Moussa Dembele – 7/10

Dele Alli – 7/10

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Heung-Min Son – 8/10

Harry Kane – 7/10

Man of The Match:

Heung-Min Son made the difference in the Spurs side today, attacking most prominently from the left. His ability to run at the opposition made him a hard player to handle, and this eventually won the penalty for the goal. On top of this, the winger was a constant threat with his shooting, and made a couple of good chances with his crossing.

Looking Ahead:

Liverpool away in the Premier League. Saturday 11th February. Kick Off at 17:30.

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Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Review

FeaturedSunderland 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Review

Pochettino’s men today had a real opportunity to make ground on the league leaders and push two points in front of fellow North Londoners Arsenal, on a day where they dropped all three points losing 2-1 to Watford at the Emirates.

Even pre-match, the tides were turning against Tottenham with Captain and first team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris not travelling with the team due to illness. Even so, a strong side was fielding, where Pochettino deciding to return to a four at the back formation with Kevin Wimmer dropping to the bench and match winner at the weekend, Heung-Min Son returning to the squad.

It was clear that something was missing and that quality from players such as Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen was lacking. In a game of not many chances, the biggest talking point of the first half was definitely the appalling challenge from Jack Rodwell on Moussa Dembele which should of seen him with marching orders down the tunnel.

The biggest chance of the first half arguably fell to a man in red & white as Fabio Borini had a shot on the edge of the box which kindly fell into the area of back up goalie, Michel Vorm.

Chances were few and far between in this tie for reasons not easy to see for many fans alike. On a day that was already looking against Spurs, matters got worse as on the 38’ minute Danny Rose limped off with an expected ankle injury. Overall uneventful and quite frankly boring first half.

No changes were made by either manager at half time but the game was certainly in need of rejuvenation. This game wouldn’t see any changes made until the 72’ and 73’ minutes respectively.

Spurs looked most dangerous from crosses flying into the box from either sides but even then the joy was short lived. Heung-Min Son and Kyle Walker were the main two wide threats but did not manage to conjure up anything that resulted on an attempt on target.

Shots and pressure on Vito Mannone’s goal were so scarce that holding midfielder Victor Wanyama decided to try a couple of very ambitious long shots which ultimately came to nothing,

Right up until Lee Mason blew the final whistle, Tottenham looked lacklustre and not up for the challenge ahead.

On a day where every other top four team, Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool dropped vital points, it is easy to say that Pochettino’s men missed an opportunity to open up the title race and for once in the season apply real pressure to the league leaders. Although Spurs move up to second, the performance was nowhere near good enough.

Player Ratings:

Michel Vorm – 5/10

Kyle Walker – 6/10

Eric Dier – 5/10

Toby Alderweireld – 5.5/10

Danny Rose (38’) – 7/10

Victor Wanyama – 6.5/10

Moussa Dembele – 7/10

Dele Alli – 5/10

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Heung-Min Son – 6/10

Harry Kane – 5/10

Man On The Match:

A tough decision in a tough game to watch. Moussa Dembele although not spectacular was certainly the best player in a golden journey, especially in the first half. It was thee sort of day where fans were screaming for the Belgian to go all the way, all alone. The box to box midfielders talents were on full display today as he breezed past some Sunderland players as if they weren’t there. Notable mention goes to Dembele’s midfield partner who put in another solid shift today.

Looking Ahead:

Middlesborough at home in the Premier League. Saturday 4th February. Kick Off at 17:30.

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Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers: Match Review

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers: Match Review

A gem that started off with a lovely gesture from the Tottenham players as they trained wearing ‘Get Well Soon Ryan’ shirts referring to the ex-Spur Ryan Mason after his shock injury last week would prove a tough, unpredictable cup tie.

Coming into this match undoubted favourites, many Spurs supporters were hoping for a calm 2 or 3 nil finish but that was certainly not the case! After a great comeback against Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino decided to make nine changes to the team, some forced and some tactical.

Many had thought that the game of the weekend had already been played earlier in the day – after Wolves shocked Liverpool to a 2-1 defeat – but this tie proved to be a very good rival. It was clear from the offset that Wycombe weren’t here to play around. The crossbar came to Tottenham’s rescue in the first minute of the game as a header from striker, Paul Hayes.

The pressure kept on piling up on Spurs as Wycombe came with intent to progress in the FA Cup. It only took 23’ minutes for Wycombe’s number nine, Paul Hayes to rocket in a left footed volley from a poorly cleared corner. Strangely, it was the League two side who was piling on the attacks in the first half, which resulted in yet another shock goal for the visitors in the form of a penalty.

The first 45’ minutes was one for the Spurs players to get behind them and definitely forget about as they receiving the half time team talk from Pochettino and the back room staff.

One substitution was made during half time – Vincent Janssen on for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. A switch that would prove fruitful for the Lillywhites’s. On the 60’ minute, Tottenham were put right back into the game as Heung-Min Son’s deflected shot found its way into the back of the net. More substitutions were made straight after as Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele were introduced on the 61’ minute.

Only a mere four minutes stood between Spurs’ first and second goal. After Vincent Janssen was fouled inside the box by Aaron Pierre the Dutchman calmly slotted the resulting penalty past Chelsea loanee, Jamal Blackman.

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Vincent Janssen drew Spurs level with a penalty.
By this point, the Tottenham faithful were looking for the winner but this tie was far from over. The willingness to press and push the Spurs back line accompanied with luck in the form of a Kieran Trippier injury saw Wycombe take the lead once again on the 84th minute. It looked set in stone, the headlines of ‘Premier League giants knocked out by Wycombe Wonderers’ were already being written but there was still life left in this game.

One man had to come to Tottenham’s rescue again. Dele Alli. In the dying minutes of the game, Alli wriggled himself past the Wanderers defence and with the composure he had, side footed the ball into the net for the sixth goal of the game.

Wycombe fans were distraught but still had high hopes of the replay back at Adams Park. However  Heung-Min Son had other ideas. In true Tottenham fashion, the South Korean left it to the last second of the game to play a lovely one, two with Janssen in the box and then smash the ball into the box for the winner.

The stands erupted as every Tottenham fan inside the stadium were brought to their feet by this true FA Cup magic. Not only were the fans in a state of jubilation but the players were too as celebrations could be seen on the White Hart Lane pitch.

After a very eventful game for players and fans alike, Tottenham found themselves on the right side of a 4-3 result and with a place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup as the quest for silverware is still alive.

Character has certainly been a main theme in the last two Spurs games. Definitely not the worst time to be a Tottenham supporter.

Player Ratings:

Michel Vorm – 6/10

Cameron Carter-Vickers – 6/10

Kevin Wimmer – 5/10

Kieran Trippier – 7/10

Harry Winks – 8/10

Eric Dier – 6.5/10

Moussa Sissoko – 7/10

Ben Davies – 6.5/10

Josh Onomah – 6/10

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou – 7.5/10

Heung-Min Son – 9/10

Substitutes:

Vincent Janssen – 8/10

Dele Alli – 8.5/10

Mousa Dembele – 7.5/10

Man of The Match:

The matchwinner – Heung Min-Son. On a day where many Spurs players put in poor performances, the South Korean was Spurs’ hero of the day. Whilst we’ve seen him perform a lot better, he won the tie and sealed our place in the next round which more than makes up for a couple of disappointing shots that went high and over the bar during the game. Special mentions to Harry Winks and Vincent Janssen also for putting in a good shift.

Looking Ahead:

Sunderland away in the Premier League. Tuesday 31st January. Kick off at 19:45.

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Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Review

FeaturedManchester City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Review

Spurs went into this game as favourites after playing some scintillating football over the last few weeks – the thrashing of Tony Pulis’ West Brom last weekend and outclassing Antonio Conte’s Chelsea a fortnight ago. City on the other hand were looking a depleted side coming into the game; losing 4-0 at Everton last Sunday and enduring a very inconsistent season.

Liverpool and Manchester United dropped points earlier in the day, giving Spurs some breathing space as well as the opportunity to pull further ahead and consolidate a place in the top four. But that task was always going to be much easier said than done, especially against a wounded Pep Guardiola side looking to answer their critics.

City came rapid out of the blocks and asked early questions to the Spurs defence and Hugo Lloris. Pablo Zabaleta had an early chance where he found himself in unfamiliar territory right in front of goal, but the presence of Toby Alderweireld put the right-back off and Spurs escaped early City pressure.

Not too long after, Raheem Sterling found himself through on goal, but dragged the ball slightly wide and Danny Rose forced him to delay his shot on goal which Spurs eventually mopped up. Spurs looked surprised at City’s early pressure, but somehow managed to hold out for a 0-0 scoreline at half time. Remarkable.

City however began the second half just as they did the first. Their persistence eventually paid off as Sane put City ahead. Hugo Lloris had an absolute ‘mare as he tried to come out and deal with Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, but found himself in no man’s land when he missed the header which presented Sane with the glorious opportunity to tuck the ball away into an empty Spurs net.

City continued coming forward and soon doubled their lead in the 54th minute. The ball was whipped into the area, which Hugo caught in his hands but then lost grip of the ball and it fell perfectly into Kevin De Bruyne’s feet – the Belgian made no mistake and put City 2-0 ahead. Jubilation for Pep and majority of the spectators  at the Etihad, not so much for Pochettino and Spurs.

It was an uphill task for Pochettino’s men from this point on and the win looked all but secured for City. Wrong.

Four minutes after City doubled their lead, Kyle Walker delightfully crossed the ball into the box which Dele Alli headed in. Spurs were back into the game after looking like they were on the brink of losing. A lifeline for the Lilywhites.

Spurs sat back after and invited the City attack forward. They continued to threaten by having a few shots at Lloris’ goal, winning a few corners and really looking to seal the game by scoring another goal. However, Eriksen moved the ball forward for Spurs, something that wasn’t done enough during the game, and managed to find Kane with a pass which the striker then flicked towards the direction of Heung-Min Son – the Korean made absolutely no mistake with his finish, finding the bottom corner of Bravo’s net. Two shots on target, two goals. Spurs somehow have pegged City back after looking like they were on the verge of defeat.

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Heung-Min Son was the hero of the day for Spurs.

Gabriel Jesus then was sent on by Pep Guardiola in an attempt to revive their lead. The Brazilian looked lively on his Premier League debut and immediately got involved with a cross right across the face of goal which failed to pick out a City player.

Shortly after, the debutant seemed like he had won the game, but was given offside (correctly much to the frustration of Manchester City, but it was a sigh of relief for the Spurs players who done well to weather the storm and see the game out in the end in order to gain a point on Liverpool who lost earlier in the day and stay in second place (for now, at least).

Spurs remain unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions – winning seven and drawing once. We’ve certainly had worse days.

Player Ratings:

Hugo Lloris – 6.5/10

Eric Dier – 7/10

Toby Alderweireld – 8/10

Kevin Wimmer – 6/10

Kyle Walker – 8/10

Victor Wanyama – 9/10

Mousa Dembele – 8.5/10

Danny Rose – 8.5/10

Christian Eriksen – 7.5/10

Dele Alli – 7.5/10

Harry Kane – 7/10

Substitutes:

Heung-Min Son – 8/10

Harry WInks – 8/10

Moussa Sissoko – 7.5/10

Man of The Match:

Victor Wanyama. It could have been much worse without him today. He’s been amazing since he arrived from Southampton during the summer and today was a stand out performance from him. If he continues playing like that, give the man all the spaghetti in the world and keep him here forever. Steal at 11M. Class.

Looking Ahead:

Wycombe Wanderers at home in the Emirates FA Cup. Saturday 28th January. Kick off at 15:00.

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Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Bromwich Albion: Match Review

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur 4-0 West Bromwich Albion: Match Review

Tottenham Hotspur ran out emphatic winners today beating West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane was back amongst the goals as he netted a hat-trick only a week after his girlfriend gave birth to their first child – clinching his second hat-trick in the Premier League.

Right from the off, Spurs started the game well and looked dominant in the early intervals. Ben Foster was tested a couple of times early on by Spurs’ number 10, but the keeper pulled off a few good stops which inevitably had the Spurs fans thinking, ‘it’s not going to be another one of those days, is it?’

 

No, it definitely wasn’t going to be one of those days. The Lilywhites broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when Christian Eriksen delightfully picked out Harry Kane with a pass and the striker made no mistake with the finish despite missing a great chance earlier on. An early goal was needed to take a little pressure off – especially considering our recent record against the Baggies.

Spurs looked rampant and hungry for even more goals and they got the much needed second goal through an own goal in the 26th minute. Man of the moment Dele Alli laid a pass off to Christian Eriksen who shot at goal, but it took two deflections off West Brom players before it ended up at the back of the visitors’ net for the second time of the afternoon.

Five minutes afterwards, it looked like Spurs had added a third goal to their tally but the goal was ruled out for offside. The move consisted of a delightful give-and-go between Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli which ended with Alli finishing the move off. Unfortunate to be offside.

West Brom were way off the pace in the first period and it was soon clear that Toby Pulis shared a few stern words with them at half time. The second half began with the Baggies offering more offensively, but couldn’t manage to trouble Hugo Lloris nor the Spurs defence too much.

Spurs soon started to pick up the pace again and revived the dominatation which they left off in the first half as Kane added a third for the Lillywhites in the 76th minute. After he seemingly lost the ball, Kyle Walker won the ball back off West Brom’s McCauley and put a cross in for Kane which the Englishman finished off brilliantly.

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Harry Kane was very much back amongst the goals today.

It wasn’t done and dusted just yet though for Pochettino’s men. Harry Kane completed a well deserved hat-trick in the 81st minute when Dele Alli elegantly lifted the ball in the air and beyond a few West Brom defenders which gave Kane a chance to complete his hat-trick; and as he so often does these days, Harry Kane cleverly found the back of the net.

The three points move Spurs up to second in the league – a point ahead of Liverpool who play Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow. Today could prove to be a big day in Spurs’ season.

Player Ratings: 

Between The Sticks – 

Hugo Lloris: 7/10.

A very quiet afternoon between the goalposts for the French captain today. Not really called upon into action, nor did he have to make any spectacular saves that he usually does, but another clean sheet.

Defence – 

Jan Vertonghen: 7.5/10.

An excellent game for Jan until he picked up an ankle injury which initially looked bad. Pochettino said after the game that we will soon find out more about his injury following scans in the next couple of days.

Toby Alderweireld: 8/10.

Another faultless performance from the Belgian. Rarely ever puts a foot wrong and he done no wrong yet again today. A normal day in the office for Toby.

Eric Dier: 7.5/10.

A good game for Eric as he joined Jan and Toby again to play three at the back in Pochettino’s new preferred system. It looks set to be Dier’s new role in the upcoming months.

Midfield – 

Kyle Walker: 9/10.

Exceptional. An outstanding performance from Walker as he continued his impressive form as a wing-back – long may his form continue.

Victor Wanyama: 8/10.

The Kenyan put in a good shift yet again today and is proving to the Spurs fans once more just why Pochettino brought him to White Hart Lane. Clever business for only £11m. A steal.

Mousa Dembele: 8/10.

Dembele has experienced a steady start to this season, but today was most definitely  one of his better days. Looked like the Dembele of last season – gliding past players like a ghost. Good performance.

Danny Rose: 9/10.

Nothing new to see here, just Danny Rose being Danny Rose. Another great performance from Danny in his new wing-back position although he drifted more into the centre and into the right at parts during the game. Danny plays where he wants.

Attack – 

Christian Eriksen: 8.5/10.

Back to his best. Controlled the game well today and looked like the Christian Eriksen that we wish to see every single week. Consistency from him is required if we’re to push for the title again.

Dele Alli: 8.5/10.

Despite not continuing his league scoring form, it would be unfair to say he wasn’t at his best today. Made chances for others around him, including a marvellous assist to Kane for his hat-trick.

Harry Kane: 9/10.

Amazing. That’s all. Despite missing eight weeks through injury, he’s now only one goal behind Diego Costa today in the race for the Golden Boot and looks well on track to beating his last season goal tally. Goalscoring machine.

Substitutes – 

Ben Davies: 7.5/10.

Came in for the injured Jan Vertonghen in the second half and played his role at the back for our clean sheet. Might we see him play as part of the three at the back whilst Vertonghen is out? It seems likely.

Harry Winks: 7.5/10.

Another good run out for Winks as he replaced Dembele in the second half. Passed the ball well and helped Spurs get further up the pitch when possible.

Heung-Min Son: N/A.

Replaced Kane in the final few minutes of the game. Barely had a chance to get make a mark in the game.

Man of The Match: 

Harry Kane. Although the two fullbacks could have a good argument too. Without Kane’s goals today we wouldn’t have won so comfortably, though. The best of the bunch.

Looking Ahead: 

Manchester City away in the Premier League. Saturday 21st January. Kick off at 17:30.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa: Match Review

FeaturedTottenham Hotspur 2-0 Aston Villa: Match Review

The third round of the FA Cup is normally a very exciting time in the football calendar with many David versus Goliath games occurring. However, the big dog, Tottenham Hotspur, comfortably breezed into the next round after beating Aston Villa 2-0 at White Hart Lane.

Right from the outset, it was clear to see that Steve Bruce’s side had set up to frustrate this weakened Tottenham side. On most attacks from Spurs, attackers Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son found themselves coming up against six Villa defenders.

The first half was really a tale of two well rehearsed teams who barely made a mistake between them. Neither goalkeeper had many saves to make and even then both keepers looked confident when any danger came towards them.

A very compact and well drilled Villa side seemed a very worthy opponent of this Spurs side, attacks in the first half were hard to come by but in the 71’ minute that all changed. After a period of sustained pressure from the North Londoners, a very well placed N’Koudou ball was expertly headed into the back of the net by a very unlikely source – Ben Davies.

Ben Davies celebrates with teammates after giving Spurs the lead.

After the first goal, the whole complexion of the game changed, as the Championship side were forced to push out more and try and put the Lillywhites under more pressure. Chances in on goal became more frequent for Tottenham as it looked like a second goal was inevitable. And eventually, on the 80’ minute, Heung-Min Son calmly slotted the ball past Johnstone in the Villa net.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now extended their winning run to six since that loss to Manchester United. Spirits should be sky high after this run of results, as Tottenham look forward to their third home game in a row to West Brom.

Player ratings:

Between The Sticks –

Michel Vorm: 7/10.

A pretty standard performance was put in by the Dutchman today as not many shots came his way throughout the 90 minutes.

Defence –

Cameron Carter-Vickers: 8/10.

With this being CCV’s second only start in a Tottenham shirt, he definitely impressed many faces as he calmly dealt with any pressure on the right side of the defence, winning headers and battles all game long.

Toby Alderweireld: 8/10.

Solid performances have become standard for the Belgian defender as he has truly come into his own whilst playing and dominating this back line of three central defenders. Alderweireld was substituted for Kevin N’Koudou in the 71st minute.

Kevin Wimmer: 7/10.

Wimmer was the most attacking defender as he always looked to find the right passing option to start another Tottenham attack.

Midfield –

Kieran Trippier: 9/10.

Another start and another MOTM performance from the newly found attacking wing back in this three at the back formation. Crosses were always expected and delivered perfectly from Trippier from the right of midfield.

Eric Dier: 6/10.

Although Dier did not necessarily have a bad game, he was not a stand out performer as he carried out he duties well while also managing the rest of the team.

Harry Winks: 8/10.

The young Englishman has found his feet in this Tottenham side, establishing himself as a very driven and hardworking ball playing midfielder who was well paired alongside Eric Dier.

Ben Davies: 7/10.

Davies got his first goal in a Lillywhite shirt today, after netting a difficult yet very well placed chance 20 minutes from full time.

Attack –

Moussa Sissoko: 8/10.

A very willing runner with technical talent is hard to find these days but Sissoko showed off these two attributes as he assisted Son for the second goal of the day. Sissoko was substituted for Josh Onomah in the 85th minute.

Vincent Janssen: 5/10.

Once again, Janssen is proving to us why he is not challenging Harry Kane to a starting position as his lack of mobility was once again very apparent in the game. However, Janssen showed off his fierce presence as he held up possession for most of the 60th minutes he was in the game.

Heung-Min Son: 7/10.

Another goal to add to the Korean’s ever growing tally allowed Tottenham to seal off the game against Aston Villa.

Substitutes –

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou: 8/10.

Many supporters wanted GKN to start today but he was only limited to half an hour of football. However, he delivered in them very few minutes, tormenting former Spur, Alan Hutton with his raw pace.

Dele Alli: 7/10.

Today showed how crucial Dele is to the setup of this Spurs side as the shape of the team was changed and almost pivoted around the youngster as soon as he stepped foot on the pitch.

Josh Onomah: N/A.

Onomah only managed to grab 5 minutes of football as he was substituted on for Sissoko on the 85th minute.

Man Of The Match:

Kieran Trippier is awarded the MOTM award for his second game in a row after a very impressive attacking performance was put in by him. Crosses are one of Trippier’s strong points and he exploited this from the right side of the field against Jordan Amavi and from the corner kicks that were awarded to Spurs.

Looking Ahead:

West Bromwich Albion at home in the Premier League. Saturday 14th January. Kick off at 12:30.

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