PLAYER RATINGS: Norwich City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris – Not at fault for Snodgrass’ perfectly placed goal and made a couple of good saves otherwise, including from close range from Redmond and from range from Snodgrass again.

Kyle Naughton – A tidy defensive performance from Naughton although we desperately missed Walker bursting down the wing – the older Kyle simply does not have that attribute.

Michael Dawson – A sloppy defensive performance from the captain, making a series of unnecessary fouls.

Jan Vertonghen – Didn’t fare any better than his centre-back partner, being easily beaten by Snodgrass in the run-up to the goal and not looking too confident when Norwich were breaking at pace.

Danny Rose – Ineffective offensively and caught too far up the field on numerous occasions defensively; it is performances like these which really emphasise how much we needed to sign a left-back either in the summer or in January.

Etienne Capoue – Unfortunately had to be subbed off after 10 minutes; he reappeared on crutches part of the way through the first half. The Frenchman’s withdrawal was a costly blow, as we looked exposed on countless occasions by Norwich counter-attacking; we really lacked Capoue shielding the defence.

Nabil Bentaleb – Terrible mistake to lose possession to Van Wolfswinkel when Norwich had men up the field, which eventually led to the goal. Tidy in possession first half but lost his way in the second. Should have been subbed off for Eriksen at some point.

Paulinho – Very disappointing display from the Brazilian, with the only positive being his flick onto Ade that nearly set the forward away. Deservedly subbed, could have happened 15 minutes earlier though.

Mousa Dembele – Saw a lot of the ball, especially in the second half, and helped Tottenham to retain possession high up the pitch. However, he lacks, and did lack today, the final ball that can really carve open a defence.

Aaron Lennon – A more impressive performance from the winger today, exposing the Norwich defence and setting up good chances for both Adebayor and Soldado.

Emmanuel Adebayor – His quietest display since his reintroduction into the team; let’s hope that Ade isn’t losing his motivation again. Twice heavy touches denied him a 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper.

Substitutes

Nacer Chadli – A decent display from the Belgian, who had Spurs’ best chance of the game when the ball broke to him in the area; he should have done better than to force a good save from Ruddy.

Roberto Soldado – Snatched at his greatest chance when Ade released the ball to him within minutes of coming on, and missed a difficult header past the right post. Linked up well with the midfield and Adebayor.

Andros Townsend – Burst down the Norwich right on thrice but failed to produce a dangerous final ball – kept ending up passing it infield to Chadli or Dembele.

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