Opinion: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Portsmouth

Tottenham Hotspur are through to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Portsmouth 1-0 in North London this afternoon. Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:

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Fraser Forster – 5 – Had a decent seat to watch the game, but that was about it. Still had to put up with the boos from Pompey fans due to his Southampton roots though.

Emerson Royal – 6 – Very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with his back post header that came back off the woodwork. Put in a decent performance, although his crosses lack conviction at times.

Japhet Tanganga – 5 – Always seems way too eager to win every single ball no matter the situation, which ends up in plenty of fouls. Wasn’t too involved on the ball today.

Davinson Sanchez – 6 – He wasn’t asked to do too much defending, but won a good number of aerial balls and knocked the ball about well.

Ben Davies – 6.5 – Did a decent job of getting forward and supporting down the left, always making himself available for an underlap or ball in behind. Played a lovely ball to send Skipp through.

Ryan Sessegnon – 6 – He gets an extra point for getting the assist for the only goal, but Sessegnon’s final delivery today was a little off. Considering some of the positions he got into, I wanted more.

Pape Matar Sarr – 8 – Arguably Tottenham’s man of the match. He was so steady and reliable in the centre of the pitch, and clearly loves getting stuck in to win the ball back. He has a very effortless style that is lovely to watch.

Oliver Skipp – 5 – The first half came with a few heavy touches at key moments, and he was perhaps fortunate to get away with a late challenge. The sky over the bar in the second half summed up his match.

Bryan Gil – 7.5 – A really bright performance again for Gil. He was a constant threat down the right and always looked to take on his man and make something happen. Really impressive stuff.

Harry Kane – 7.5 – A fantastic finish that proved to be the difference maker. Sometimes, you can see what Kane wants to do five seconds before it happens. That one-two and finish looked so easy, but it was anything but.

Heung-min Son – 6.5 – Not his finest performance but he at least looked a little more like himself, taking players on and trying to make things happen.


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