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Posted on December 02, 2013 by Eddie S

Most would agree that yesterdays Tottenham performance was a vast improvement upon that of  just seven days earlier, other than the most ardent of United supporters and some of Tottenham’s media detractors it was fairly obvious that United were a little fortunate to leave the Lane with a point. A vibrant Tottenham performance could so easily have seen them take an unassailable lead before Rooney pounced on an unfortunate error by Kyle Walker.

The performance was so vibrant that the crowd got caught up in the occasion and the atmosphere was as good as at anytime this season, was it so good because of the performance or because they at last got behind the players and their coach, hopefully it was all three. there were more signs that the players are growing as a team and that it will just continue to improve. How did the players fare on this occasion?

Hugo Lloris;  He really had very little to do and had no chance with the first Rooney goal, he was perhaps a little naive in sliding in to give away the penalty as Welbeck seemed to be going nowhere. With a couple of poor kicking errors last week leading to goals Hugo Lloris needs to sharpen up a little although his style of keeping means that there will always be close calls as he attempts to cut out chances before they happen. 6.

Kyle Walker; Little bit of an up and down game, he scored his first goal of the season and then gifted United an equaliser, overall though a performance full of effort and a will to win. He carried the game to United until the last minute and his pace and engine is truly incredible. Walker was up against Welbeck and Kagawa at various times during the game and neither made much of an impression. 7

Michael Dawson; He was given a torrid time last week against the City forwards but returned to action yesterday and gave a steady performance rarely finding himself in trouble. Steady.6.

Vlad Chiriches; The last of our seven newcomers to make his debut but fast becoming a fans favourite. He still gives some moments of concern but somehow gets away with them, there is still plenty more to come from Chiriches and it can only be a matter of time before he lines up alongside Jan Vertonghen as our first line of defence. 7.

Jan Vertonghen; Not one of his best outings whilst filling in at leftback in the absence of Danny Rose but typically he never hid, up against Valencia who regularly tested him he only allowed the one cross into the box but was given considerable support form Nacer Chadli.  What a fantastic professional Vertonghen is and perhaps destined to captain the team in the future. 6.

Aaron Lennon; When he is fit and firing he is a handful for any defender in the country and Evra found it difficult to contain him at times. Lennon even found himself in a position to force the keeper into a couple of saves but sadly it seems that he is never to score enough goals to elevate him to another level. Withdrawn after 65mins, much to the disappointment of many supporters, but having only recently returned from injury perhaps sensible especially to bring on the form man of the moment Townsend. Certainly his best performance of the season.7.

Paulinho; An excellent performance from Paulinho full of effort and plenty of creative ability, his break with Soldado at 1-0 and his final pass was exceptional and could so easily have been a decisive moment in the game. AVB obviously knows his worth to the team and despite some ridiculous negativity he will prove his worth to the team. 7.

Sandro; What more can you say about “the beast” as he is affectionately known. He always gives everything he has and never leaves anything on the field of play. As usual he contained United in midfield and then found time to venture forward and score what will be a contender for goal of the month, the United keeper had a great view of the goal as he was rooted to the spot and could only admire the precision. Sandro has clearly overcome his injury problems and he and Capoue will now battle it out for the defensive spot. 7.

Moussa Dembele; After a slight dip in form lasting just a couple of games Dembele is back and the United midfield found it difficult to contain him. We know Wayne Rooney is a powerful performer but Dembele swatted him off the ball on more than one occasion. Last season alongside Sandro, Dembele was the one to drive the team forward and he did so again yesterday and probably just pinched the accolade of  being Tottenham’s best performer on the day.7.5.

Nacer Chadli; Somewhat of a surprise but as he again approaches full fitness it is clear that he is an important member of the squad and that he is fully aware of his defensive duties especially in the absence of our specialist Danny Rose. A steady performance rather than a flamboyant attacking option but he is a leftsided midfielder rather than a flying winger and so there is more to his game than simply hugging the touchline and swinging in crosses. more to come but steady.6.

Roberto Soldado; Still no goals but an opportunity missed when Paulinho set him free. Soldado must be suffering as he is all to aware that he came for a lot of money to score the goals needed and just now it is not really happening. His link up play is not bad at all and the problems are not all his as the team need to find a way to feed him. His reaction when the team scores a goal is exactly right and he celebrates with the team. Soldado has a track record for scoring goals and it will surely click in to place soon until then you have to feel for him.6.

All the substitutions brought something to the table as Tottenham went in search of a winner, AVB chose a good team and they were fully motivated and so it was a good day only let down by failure to see it out for three points.

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  1. John says:

    Agree mostly but Lennon Dembele Chiriches Sandro Paulinho and Wallker were all at close to their best and one or more warranted an 8 or better. A shame Walker over did it a bit. Have someone else take the extreme LHS free kicks and corners it leaves us exposed when they break out. And along that line have him make sure he takes care of defending as job 1. Love his commitment though.

  2. John says:

    Also have to disagree on Chadli. He doesn’t EVEN offer wing play let alone appear to have any other significant attacking skills. I would have given him a 4 rating.

    • Tony says:

      2 injury interruptions have delayed his progress but still impressed by his willingness to help vertonghen. Agree that he has plenty to do yet to convince us. Interesting that Vertonghen talked up the 3 Belgiand in the team.

  3. ArsenalBoys says:

    How does it feel to be 10 points behind us and know that we remain the kings of North London?

  4. ArsenalBoys says:

    Na we will keep it up, just you watch! As long as Aaron stays on form and Jack, we’re good.

  5. BigH says:

    Sandro should be an 8 minimum and for me was the best on the pitch. We have to build some momentum and confidence and continue to play a powerful midfield. AVB got it right this time and credit to him for doing so. Personally I would like to see Capoue in for Paulinho who looks tired and push Dembele further up.
    Why the hell are woolwich fans commenting? Ckoff and go to Jimmy Saville sites where you belong

    • Tony says:

      Wicked. Im with you on Sandro but am ok wit any 3 of that 4 for a while. There might be
      tines when sandro and dembeke are paired like last year with lanela in the free role like bale enoyed.

  6. steve says:

    Great to see Sandro getting back to his best and deserved an 8. Chiriches must be close to earning a spot alongside Vertonghen he has improved beyond recognition. Disappointed to lose Caulker but this fella is a class apart.

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