Three Spurs players make Garth Crooks’ team of the week after win over Man City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur found themselves on the right side of a win against the current Premier League title holders in North London at the weekend, as they defeated Man City 2-0.

Spurs were up against it in the first half when it was a matter of attack versus defence, the Lilywhites riding their luck at times at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, the tide turned in the second 45, particularly as Zinchenko picked up a second yellow after a cynical foul on Harry Winks in a breakaway.

Now a man up, Spurs took the game to Man City and opened the scoring through new boy Steven Bergwijn, signed from PSV only last week with many fans in the UK betting online believing that it will improve their chances of a top four finish.

Heung Min Son then doubled Tottenham’s lead over the Citizens with a deflected finish after a great assist from Tanguy Ndombele.

After the momentous win, Spurs had three players named in Garth Crooks’ team of the week, Hugo Lloris, Steven Bergwijn, and Heung Min Son.

On Lloris, Crooks said: ‘Regular readers will know that I am not a huge fan of Spurs’ Hugo Lloris but credit where credit is due.

‘The France World Cup winner was the difference between the two teams on the day. The penalty save by Lloris was one of the many turning points in this game against a Manchester City side that seemed to be in control from start to finish. However, from the moment Lloris saved the penalty and speedily recovered to stop Raheem Sterling from getting the rebound, his performance got better and better.

‘His overall handling was clean and decisive while his decision-making was excellent. I’ll be very interested to see if he can retain this form and for how long.’

On Bergwijn, Crooks said: ‘What a start for the lad. To make your Premier League debut against the ‘outgoing’ champions and to score the goal that changes the game is one thing. To do it with such a wonderful piece of skill is something else entirely. The chest control by Steven Bergwijn and the volley that followed was the stuff of boyhood dreams.

‘How Manchester City didn’t put this game to bed in the first half is a complete mystery to me. However, once City went down to 10 men there was only one team that was going to win this match.’

On Son, Crooks said: ‘If ever Tottenham needed a performance out of Son Heung-min, then this was it. In the absence of Harry Kane, Spurs are struggling up front. Son is a runner and not a natural striker with his back to goal, which leaves Spurs lacking someone who can hold and retain the ball.

‘Nevertheless, Son ran himself into the ground against Manchester City and was rewarded with a well-deserved goal for his efforts.’

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