Spurs Player Ratings vs Manchester United


Lloris 6 – His kicking isn’t a particular strength, but it was a little more loose than usual today (40% pass completion). Otherwise, he did what was asked of him, and commanded his area well.

Walker 6 – Certainly could have done better for the goal, but he wasn’t helped by Dawson’s positioning. Did OK at the other end of the pitch, consistently getting forward in support of Lennon and helping to bring the best out of our flying winger.

Dawson 6 – His first half booking caused him to be a little cautious and, for me, he could have done far better for the goal. His distribution was quite “mixed” today, ranging from excellent cross-field passes to feet, to passes going straight into touch.

Caulker 6 – Got away with a clear foul in the box, and was a bit unsure with his passing (ending with a 74% pass completion rate).

Naughton 5 – Another who was wasteful in possession (also ending on 74% pass completion), and I still feel he hampers a lot of our attacking play with his predictable drop of the shoulder and movement inside.

Lennon 9 – A constant threat, leading to a last minute assist. He made six key passes (as a comparison, Bale didn’t make any). His work rate was also fantastic, as usual – he tracked back phenomenally.

Parker 6 – Rusty. Dwelt on the ball frequently, lacked his usual “safe” passing style, and as a result he dipped to 81% pass completion (last season he averaged 90%). He kept working hard all game, though – hopefully he will find his rhythm quickly.

Dembele 8 – Worked very hard, and was a strong influence – particularly in the second half. He made the joint most passes of all players (along with Phil Jones), and maintained an impressive 91% pass completion, with four key passes.

Bale 6 – Found it tough as United tried to double-up on him. As a result, he mostly received the ball in areas where he was unable to effect the game. Was a little unlucky with a right foot effort that he did well to keep down.

Dempsey 8 – Whilst his passing wasn’t consistently good, he worked exceptionally hard throughout to link play, and got his reward with the late equaliser.

Defoe 4 – Was largely uninvolved, but made poor decisions when he had the ball. Whilst he had a 100% pass completion rate, he only actually made 8 passes in the entire game. He’s on a poor run of form and badly needs a couple of goals to get his confidence back.

Assou-Ekotto – Whilst I was calling for him start, and then for him to be brought on at half time, AVB was justified in easing him back in, as he looked well short of match sharpness, and frequently gave the ball away. However, it was his cross that led to the goal, showing the benefit of having a full-back who is prepared to play further up the pitch.

Huddlestone – Didn’t have much time to make an impact, but was sloppy with his first touch, and misplaced quite a few passes.

Whilst my ratings might appear low I felt that, whilst individuals weren’t necessarily playing to their potential, it was a good team performance on the whole. We worked hard to press United and restricted them well, whilst also offering a threat at the other end, largely through the in-form Lennon.

A big thanks to Chris Miller, editor of WindyCOYS.com and @WindyCOYS on Twitter for the Ratings.  If you’d like Chris to become a regular fixture with his ratings piece on the site, leave your comments below and hopefully he will!

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  1. I think you are being more than a bit harsh – we were playing Man Utd and, second half in particular, dominated play – I was at the game and not having the benefit of sitting in front of a TV did not see what happened between Caulker and Rooney but throughout the game the ref gave everything against us so this may have levelled things up. where you are unfair, LLoris intercepted a lot of balls before they could become a threat, Defoe ran his legs off as the lone striker and had several attempts at goal. You have to give more credit to Utd defending and their keeper who had an excellent game. Bale was great second half and Hudd made one badly placed pass nut otherwise was great. The score that mystifies most is Parker – he had a brilliant game – easily an 8 for me – you don't outfight Utd without a great shift like that next to Dembele.

  2. No comment on your ratings other than to obesrve they're a bit harsh. I was there and witnessed no end of professional fouls that went unpunished by the ref. Fergie makes out they were robbed by one decision but myopically ignores the fact that the ref bottled giving two yellow cards and sending off two of his players. Defoe did his best but his finishing was poor. Hudd looks like he's been at the Big Macs again but overall I couldn't fault any of the players efforts- we should have won and played against 10 men- simple as that. We need another striker however- to replace the mercenary

  3. Windy, I allways alums your states, but time you should spend more time watching the game than data. Your ratings are far too low, with the exception of Dawson. We were playing MANU a team that is running away with the league (only once in history has a team accumulated more points after 23 games). Each player requires at least 2 additional points. COYS

  4. Agree with other observations here; markings are harsh. All players deserve more credit for outplaying Man U in second half. It was Man U so allowances need to be made for less time on ball to pick players out etc. I would say many of their players season stat's were low too caused by our pressure and speed in harrasing in midfield and defence. Van Persie very quite; he only needs one chance though. I also don't agree in basing marks on stat's averages, trust your eyes and mind. Agree Lennon outstanding and just reward. Parker first full match for approx 12 months a fantastic effort. Defence on the whole was good and solid but leaving both BAE and Vertonghan off surprised me. Bale certainly attracted a lot of heat and today we played to Lennon more often and more early. Happy with this! I too thought Hudd was good, we could have used him V QPR I felt.

  5. Great game, deserved the win showed that we desparetly need a striker with that killer instinct. If you Utd had had the chance we had they would have buried us. COYS.

  6. IMHO, Adebayor is a complete waste of space and we need to get shot of him ASAP. Since he signed he's either been injured, away sunning himself or, when he's actually playing, strolling around the pitch like his laces are tied together. Replace him with Man City's Edin Dzeko, a proper goal scorer who's desperate to get out therefor 90mins and show what he can do.


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