Tottenham Hotspur just about put their Manchester United defeat behind them this evening as they clinched a late 2-1 win over Fulham.
Spurs went one nil down in the first half after a calamitous own goal from Fernando Llorente, and Pochettino’s men were struggling to get anything going in defence or attack.
Dele Alli pulled one back in the 51st minute with a headed goal from a delightful Eriksen cross.
Harry Winks then added the finishing touch with almost the last touch of the game, getting his own head on the end of a Georges Kevin-Nkoudou cross.
Here are five things we learned from the match:
Llorente had no killer instinct
Fernando Llorente was chosen up front after injuries to Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, as well as the unavailability of Heung Min Son. Llorente not only scored a ridiculous own goal, but also failed to put home two or three clear cut chances throughout the match. He lacked a striker’s killer instinct, at times not really attacking the ball when it came in towards his head, but rather flinging a lifeless limb at it.
Dele Alli is a huge miss
Tottenham Hotspur may have yet another attacker to add to their injury list as Dele Alli went down clutching his hamstring late in the second half. The Spurs midfielder was then subbed off, but didn’t head down the tunnel as would be the usual procedure with a nasty injury. Hopefully it isn’t anything too serious.
Nkoudou is alive
Many Spurs fans would have been groaning at the sight of Nkoudou coming on over youngster Kazaiah Sterling after Dele’s injury. However, in his ten minutes on the pitch, the French winger created more crossing opportunities than many of his teammates did in the entire 90. Nkoudou also provided the match winning cross onto Winks’ head.
Winksy deserved it
If anyone deserved to grab the winner today, it was Harry Winks. The midfield terrier ran the centre of the Tottenham park both offensively and defensively largely on his own today, and also covered for his teammates mistakes down the wings. Covered every blade of grass, and constantly shows the passion needed to grind out a gritty win.
Draw? What’s that?
Tottenham kept up their strange record of not drawing a single Premier League game today, although they left it late to do so. Let’s hope the record continues, with the results coming on the right side of that line.
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