Tottenham Hotspur did it the hard way in the Premier League again tonight, not helped by some questionable refereeing, but they go up to second.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings from the 2-1 win at home to Brighton.
Hugo Lloris – 7 – Heart in mouth in the final minutes when Hugo came for a cross, but he was brave. Little to do until the final ten minutes but stood firm.
Matt Doherty – 7 – Doherty has been a little underwhelming so far this season as he has adapted to a new position, but he looked a lot better today.
Toby Alderweireld – 9 – Defended well, both on the ground and in the air. Same old Toby, reads the game well, even if he is not blessed with pace. Did not put a foot wrong. What a ball that led to the goal too!
Eric Dier – 7.5 – A big improvement when it comes to marking up from set-pieces. Looked good in the air, even if he does struggle playing out on his left foot at times.
Sergio Reguilon – 7.5 – As I have said a few times now, Reguilon is amazing going forward but needs to learn when to stand up and stay with his man defensively. Dives in too much. Lovely weak-foot assist for the Bale goal though!
Moussa Sissoko – 7 – Works hard in the engine room and covers the full-backs but lacked a bit of quality on the ball this evening.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 8.5 – So underrated in this team. Hojbjerg just mops everything up, recycles the ball, and gets Spurs moving again.
Tanguy Ndombele – 5.5 – Looked to be bossing it for the first ten minutes, then went into his shell a little. Perhaps the yellow hard hampered his ability to get stuck in.
Erik Lamela – 5.5 – Worked very hard as usual and created a couple of nice opportunities. If his decision-making was more consistent, he would be a class act.
Heung-min Son – 5.5 – One to forget for the South Korean tonight. The ball seemed to bounce off him and Lamptey played him off the pitch. He’s allowed an off night.
Harry Kane – 7.5 – Took his penalty well, as well as winning it in the first place. Always looked to drop in and create where possible, while also tracking back to defend. Ran the clock down like an expert.
Giovani Lo Celso – 6.5 – Added more creativity and drive that Ndombele managed in the first half. Nice to be able to rotate them based on form.
Gareth Bale – 7 – It was only a cameo, but what a cameo it was! He worked so hard in the final ten minutes to see that game out too!
Ben Davies – N/A
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