PLAYER RATINGS: Tottenham 1-5 Manchester City

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Two disgraceful refereeing decisions helped Manchester City to a crushing defeat of Spurs and a place at the top of the League. Sergio Aguero gave City the lead early on before Michael Dawson had a goal wrongly disallowed from a delightful Christian Eriksen free-kick, before Danny Rose was sent off for a great, ball-winning tackle on Edin Dzeko. With the man advantage, City took control but Spurs showed some fight with a goal through Etienne Capoue.

Hugo Lloris – Possibly the best goalkeeping performance ever to concede 5 goals, making string after string of top-class saves including a world-class stop from an Aguero header that kept us in the game in the first half. Outstanding display.

Kyle Walker – Offered nothing going forward and was poor at the back, failing to control Jovetic and being caught out of position too often.

Michael Dawson – Given the run-around by Aguero in the first half but improved after his withdrawal and made some top quality blocks. Volley in the first half wrongly chalked off for offside.

Vlad Chiriches – A weak performance from the Romanian who couldn’t cope with both the strikers and Silva, thus enabling City to get in behind and have shots on goal far too regularly.

Danny Rose – Decent going forward in the first half and made an absolute beast of a tackle on Dzeko, for which he was inexplicably penalised and sent off.

Nabil Bentaleb – Kept his composure reasonably well but was simply overran in central midfield and didn’t receive enough support from Eriksen in front of him.

Mousa Dembele – Good first half display, coping with Toure reasonably well, and there is no doubt that his withdrawal through injury did hurt us.

Aaron Lennon – Anonymous throughout and didn’t offer enough defensively, although he was quite hard-working.

Christian Eriksen – It’s tough when you see none of the ball but the Dane did absolutely nothing today, other than a couple of delightful set pieces.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – Supported Rose admirably in the first half but offered nothing in attack.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Decent with regards to holding the ball up and retaining possession, but never looked like scoring or even having a clear sight of goal.

Substitutes

Etienne Capoue – No doubt that he should have played from the outset instead of Sigurdsson to help nullify Silva – was quite good when he came on and I suppose it is a slight consolation that he got his first Spurs goal.

Kyle Naughton – Made a few crucial interceptions but didn’t have a left mid in front of him and so was exposed time and time again.

Lewis Holtby – Saw very little of the ball.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. We need a striker that knows where the back of the net is and a creative midfielder along with a left back. But as usual Mr Levy will leave it too late, that and Mr Baldini wasting most of the Bale money on players that aren't good enough to make our first eleven. I'm starting to question the board and the deals they've been making.

    • how do we know there not good enough they have not been given a chance ( and Sigurdson is) remember laughing at
      mertesacker well we dont now, give them a chance and if they are not good enough get rid but at least give them a chance

  2. Adebayor, Loris, and Rose before his sending off were the only players to show anything good all night. Daws and Vlad were just awful, Dembele and Bentaleb awful, Lennon anonymous in yet another big game going badly, and with Walker he's always first to blame his teammates but was poor defensively himself.

    I'm a fan of what Bentaleb has done so far but this game looked a bit much for him. Daws was the same, he loves the club, and he's a great guy to have, but he cannot be considered a first choice center back if we are serious about holding our own with the best in the league.

    The decisions were awful but prior to them we could not handle City's pressing, everyone wanted too many touches and the only time we looked ok the whole game was 10mins in the first half when we realised we can pass the ball first time.

  3. I'm lost for words.This team will not reach the top 4,totally overrated and poor(not everybody,but u are judge by the teams performance)
    Danny Rose was hard done by the linesman,and Kyle Naughts is just 0
    Overall everybody was poor,showed to much respect to City.

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