Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings vs Wolves

5

Alan Hutton

Carlo Cudicini – 6

Rarely called upon, but some good distribution.

Younes Kaboul – 7

Was quite prominent during the first half at both ends of the pitch, but his game was cut short by a hamstring injury just before the Wolves goal.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 6

Willing as ever going forwards, but outfoxed for the visitors’ goal. Thankfully, no left foot-right foot quandraries this time.

William Gallas – 6

Steady on his home debut, but could have conceded a penalty in the first half when he felled Jarvis in the box. Was tested by Wolves’ front men.

Ledley King – 6

His concentration and positional sense were required against Doyle and Fletcher. Not at his very best, but effective in nullifying much of the threat.

Rafael van der Vaart – 7

Highly promising until his withdrawal late in the game. His passing might prove to be a crucial part of the jigsaw. Not helped here though by what seemed a nominal right sided role. Took his penalty with assurance. Needs fitness.

Tom Huddlestone – 6

A composed presence in the middle throughout, but not his best passing or shooting day.

Jermaine Jenas – 7

Impressed midweek and again here. Played with lots of energy, found a pass or two, and when he made an mistake was able to atone for it. Deserves a run, given the form of Palacios.

Gareth Bale – 7

The usual lung-bursting display. Did much of his best work before the break, with pace and quality abundantly clear.

Robbie Keane – 6

Needs a goal badly. Unable to convert when teed up by Bale. The effort seems to be there, but the magic dust is sadly not forthcoming. Really doesn’t need to be booed by a minority of the Spurs fans though. He went to Liverpool, he came back; live with it guys.

Peter Crouch – 7

Got involved plenty, but his headers tended not to drop to Spurs advantage. Still, a decent shift from the lanky one.

 Subs:

Alan Hutton – 8

Matchwinner! Who could have imagined that when Big Al replaced Kaboul immediately after the Wolves goal, the Flying Scotsman would go on to swing the game in Spurs’ favour. I suspect that countering his surging runs into the box was not part of Mick McCarthy’s pre-match preparations. Won the penalty with a rampaging dash, and then scored a flukey third through sheer persistence.

Roman Pavlyuchenko – 7

After his introduction for Robbie Keane, he was hardly seen until the 87th minute, when Huddlestone’s charged-down shot fell to his feet. The finish that followed was cool and decisive for a 2-1 lead.

Aaron Lennon – 6

A late replacement for van der Vaart, had a hand in the second goal, but little time to sparkle.

By Andy Knaggs

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5 COMMENTS

  1. 6 for Huddlestone??? Can someone out there get me a pair of those specs that makes you look like Brad Pitt when you look at yourself in the mirror? Cos you must all be wearing them if you can see anything good about any of his performances this season. For the life of me I dont know what he actually does apart from stroll around making sideways passes….ooooh look! with the OUTSIDE of his foot!!! Wow!!!!! At least Jenas and Palacios put a shift in.

  2. mike,mike,mike…..has he dated your daughter, tommy is one of our finest players, he does pass a ball so well, i almost felt offended by the innacuracy of your thoughts, i truly believe he will represent england for many years, hes young, will add goals to his game, i think hes great, he played more minutes than anyone in our best season of many years so how can you beleive what you say, his passes are not sideways, they are direct,creative,accurate and brings the wideman into play high up the pitch, cant wait to see how he grows.

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