Player Ratings: Tromso 0-2 Tottenham

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There was neither the goal glut that people wished for nor the post-6-0 blues that Spurs fans feared as the Lilywhites comfortably beat the Norwegian side deep inside the Arctic Circle. Goals from Vlad Chiriches – which may be recorded as an own goal – and Mousa Dembele gave Spurs the victory that means that they still possess a 100% record in this year’s Europa League, and they will be in the draw as a group winner.

Brad Friedel – 6 – Hardly touched the ball as many of Tromso’s ‘chances’ either ended in a miss or a tackle, but the American’s distribution was at times impressive as he picked out Chadli on the chest on 2 occasions.

Kyle Naughton – 5 – Why has a fan been allowed onto the pitch? Get him off!!

Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad. But he allowed the Tromso left-sided players to get in behind him down the flank on a number of occasions and didn’t look altogether too convincing on the artificial surface.

Michael Dawson – 6 – Solid enough although, like many of the team, did struggle with passing and ball control on the bouncy surface.

Vlad Chiriches – 7 – A composed and classy performance, capped with a neat goal.

Zeki Fryers – 6 – Building on his sporadic performances earlier in the season with another solid display at left-back, with a quiet but accomplished display.

Etienne Capoue – 6 – At the moment he is an able understudy to Sandro and this performance didn’t produce fireworks, but was solid and determined on his gradual return from his 10 game lay-off.

Mousa Dembele – 7 – Quiet in the first half but really grew into the game as he pushed up in the pitch in the second half, capping his fine performance with a neat finish and unlucky not to get another just moments later as his dinked finish struck the inside of the post.

Andros Townsend – 6 – Saw plenty of the ball but struggled to either make room for a shot or pick out a team-mate: a quiet display.

Nacer Chadli – 6 – Reasonably impressive on his return from injury and despite the bad press he has received as being a ‘flop’ signing, put in a good performance. Why should we judge him so early in his Tottenham career if we’re not going to do the same for Eriksen, Lamela and co.?

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6 – Quiet, like many players, with occasional flashes of ability.

Roberto Soldado – 6 – Made runs left, right and centre all day but was rarely found by a team-mate, and when he was, he had his back to goal and could do little more than lay the ball off. Lost motivation towards the end of the game.

Substitutes


Jan Vertonghen – 6 –
Composed.

Lewis Holtby – 6 – Influential.

Erik Lamela – 6 – Lively.

 

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