Tottenham player ratings in win v Crystal Palace: Rare bad day at the office for 4/10 midfielder
By Matt Farr
Football Insider rates the Tottenham players during their 1-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.
Hugo Lloris 6 – Crystal Palace fashioned a number of opportunities, but none that were really any great concern for the Tottenham stopper.
Eric Dier 6 – Improved when handed the responsibilities as holding midfielder for the duration of the second-half. Didn’t give Palace much of a sniff.
Jan Vertonghen 7 – More comfortable than against Chelsea. Led and organised the defence well against a spirited opponent.
Toby Alderweireld 7 – Limited the threat posed by Christian Benteke, and was comfortable playing out of the defence.
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Ben Davies 6 – Didn’t look too deterred by the pace and power of Palace’s in-form wide-men. Put in a decent shift in the attacking third also. But might find further opportunities limited with imminent Rose return.
Kyle Walker 5 – Put to the sword by speedy wingers Zaha and Townsend. Offered a few enticing deliveries in the final third, but not his best showing defensively
Victor Wanyama 4 – Went to ground very easily and was lucky to escape a second booking in the first-half. Withdrawn at half-time to avoid a sending off. A rare bad day at the office for the midfielder.
Mousa Dembele 6 – Showed his strength in a demanding physical midfield battle. Picked up a knock and then struggled to remain authorative.
Christian Eriksen 8 – Looked the most likely player to make something happen for Tottenham. Stole the headlines with his stunning long-range strike.
Dele Alli 7 – Missed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock, but mattered little to final result. He was always looking to get into the right areas and link up with Kane.
Harry Kane 6 – Not allowed enough time on the ball. Dealt with superbly by Mamadou Sakho. Broke the shackles in the second period.
Son Heung-Min 6 (for Dembele 45) – An energetic introduction. Keen to drive forward and push Palace onto the back foot.
Moussa Sissoko 5 (for Wanyama 45) – Made next to no impact. Best contribution was keeping the ball in corner to run down the clock.
Kieran Trippier 5 (for Alli 95) – Little time to influence the game.
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