Brad Friedel – 6 – A few decent saves, for example the one to deny Fortune, but should have claimed more crosses towards the end of the match.
Kyle Walker – 7 – A decent game attacking-wise, not that busy at the back but looked short of options with the ball.
William Gallas – 5 – With Gallas’ slowness he should not be playing in this kind of system and this was plainly demonstrated today.
Jan Vertonghen – 7 – A steady debut but nothing special in defence. Showed how good he is with the ball and going forward.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 7 – Another good game from the left back, potent attacking threat capped off with his goal.
Aaron Lennon – 6 – Largely ineffective going forward but did offer a few decent chances which weren’t taken.
Sandro – 6 – An average game by his standards before he was subbed off. His substitution did open us up to more attack though.
Jake Livermore – 6 – Looked short of ideas with the ball at his feet but was again adept at bringing the ball from defence into the midfield.
Rafa Van Der Vaart – 6 – Looked busy on the pitch and worked hard but ultimately nothing really fell for him.
Gareth Bale – 7 – Offered himself as a great outlet sprinting down the left wing and created a couple of decent chances which weren’t taken.
Jermain Defoe – 6 – Worked hard but didn’t really achieve much. With his height it is impossible for him to play as a lone striker but he tried his best.
Adebayor, Sigurdsson, Jenas did nothing when they came on.
By Alex Beck
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