What happened to Mauricio Pochettino’s men during their defeat to the Hornets?

Petr Cech backed by Arsenal boss Unai Emery after yet another nervy Premier League display against Cardiff City
September 2, 2018
Marcus Rashford apologises to Manchester United after headbutting Phil Bardsley ten minutes after coming on
September 2, 2018

What happened to Mauricio Pochettino’s men during their defeat to the Hornets?


RATED AND SLATED

Spurs’ winning start to the season was ended after conceding two goals in quick succession at Vicarage Road

Tottenham were unable to build on their brilliant 3-0 triumph over Manchester United last Monday after succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were in control of the match to begin with and took the lead on 53 minutes via an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal, however, the game got away from them in the final half hour.

It initially looked like Spurs were well on their way to a fourth win in four league games

It initially looked like Spurs were well on their way to a fourth win in four league games

And quick fire goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart saw the Hornets inflict a first defeat of the season on Spurs.

Watford 2-1 Tottenham match report

But what went wrong for Spurs? Below you can see talkSPORT’s Tottenham player ratings.


Michel Vorm – 5

Some Spurs fans would have rather seen Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks after Hugo Lloris sustained a training ground injury but Vorm performed fairly well.

He did not make many saves of note but both goals he conceded he could not have done a huge amount about.

Toby Alderweireld – 5

The Belgian was playing more of a quarter-back role in a first-half Spurs dominated – setting up Dele Alli with a good chance on 12 minutes. He also did well to put off Deeney for the only sight at goal he had before the break.

It was a different story in the second-half , however, as Watford grew into the game. Alderweireld had less control as the game went on and nearly scored an own goal on 66 minutes.

Jan Vertonghen – 4

Vertonghen struggled to cope with Deeney’s hassling in the second-half

Vertonghen struggled to cope with Deeney’s hassling in the second-half

Vertonghen was working well with Alderweireld to keep Deeney quiet but lost all control of the Hornets forward in the second-half which ultimately led to Spurs losing the game.

Davinson Sanchez – 3

Deeney saw Sanchez as the weakest link so made the Colombian’s life a living hell in the second-half.

The defender was shrugged off the ball expertly by the Watford frontman at one point which turned the game around as it got the home crowd right behind their team.

Kieran Trippier – 5

Not Trippier’s best game in a Spurs shirt but it was by no means his worst.

The wing-back found a lot of joy in the first-half but his attacking threat was nullified by Javi Gracia’s men after the break as the game got taken away from Spurs.

Ben Davies – 4

There’s an ongoing battle between Davies and Danny Rose to be the first choice left-back at Spurs and this game was a missed opportunity for the Welshman.

Davies was pretty anonymous for most of the game and couldn’t help Spurs contain the hungry Watford attack in the final half hour.

Mousa Dembele – 4

Didn’t realise he was even playing in the second-half. Dembele had good control of proceedings in the first-half but did not do well at all after the break.

He was replaced by Harry Winks late in the game.

Christian Eriksen – 5

Eriksen was one of Spurs’ better players but it was still not a very good day by the Dane’s high standards.

There were a few nice moments including an awkward cross from the right in the first-half which made Ben Foster panic slightly but Eriksen went missing at points in the game.

Dele Alli – 6

Alli was brilliant in the first-half and was getting all kinds of chances to score, however, the fact that he didn’t score is one reason why Watford were able to get back into the game.

And like many of his team-mates, Alli really faded in the second-half and did not do anything of note.

Alli could have put the game out of Watford’s sight

Alli could have put the game out of Watford’s sight

Lucas Moura – 7

He’s probably been Spurs’ best player this season so far but not even Lucas Moura could help guide Spurs to four in four wins.

The Brazilian played a big part in their goal as it was his cutback which rebounded off Abdoulaye Doucoure to give them the lead.

Harry Kane – 4

This was not a great day at the office for Kane who was uncharacteristically not very clinical.

The striker missed a glorious chance with a header which could have earned his side a late point but other than that he was pretty ineffective.

Kane missed a big chance at the end of the game

Kane missed a big chance at the end of the game

SUB – Fernando Llorente – 5

Llorente was thrown on in the final ten minutes as Spurs desperately sought an equaliser but the Spaniard was no real threat.

SUB – Harry Winks – N/A

Brought on late in the game for the not very good Dembele but there was no time for Winks to make his mark on the game

SUB – Danny Rose – N/A

Rose came on in the 89th minute and unsurprisingly did nothing of note.

 





Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *