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Tottenham 2-2 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland brought up mixed feelings for Spurs watchers.

The way Mauricio Pochettino's side dominated possession, started both halves on fire and struck the woodwork twice was excitingly impressive, however it was almost inevitable that the lead would be lost, twice, and there is still much for Pochettino to work on.

Here are the Player Ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 6.5

Will be disappointed with the manner in which both Sunderland went in, although there was nothing the Frenchman was helpless for both of them. That the hosts only had one shot on target but still managed to score twice, must grate.

Danny Rose - 6.5

After a warm greeting from the home fans, ex-Sunderland loanee Rose played well, bursting forward on occasion and winning a dubious free kick late on that was wasted.

Eric Dier - 6.0

Any Tottenham worries came from the right flank, with Dier struggling with both Adam Johnson and Ricky Alvarez. Not given great defensive support from those ahead of him, and perhaps showed that right back is not really his position.

Vlad Chiriches - 7.0

Some impressive interceptions aside, Chiriches did not have much defensive work to do but there is still a feeling that the Romanian international does not entirely convince, with his failure to deal with the free kick that lead to Kane's own goal adding to the doubts.

Younes Kaboul - 6.5

Again, Kaboul did not have a lot to do and by and large did okay, but with both goals Kaboul might feel he could have done better. He failed to block Adam Johnson's strike adequately, instead deflecting the ball out of the reach of Lloris and Rose, and Kaboul was another defender who could have dealt with the late free kick before it hit Kane.

Etienne Capoue - 6.5

Kept things ticking over in central midfield, but in games where Spurs have so much possession they need a little more creativity from their deeper midfielders. Another who was too easily evaded by Johnson for the ex-Man City winger's goal.

Moussa Dembele - 7.0

Returned to the starting line up and was unlucky not to score when his rasping 25-yard shot cannoned off the post. When moved to a more advanced position after Chadli's withdrawal he struggled to get into the game. Can Pochettino get Dembele to make the most of his undoubted ability?

Nacer Chadli - 8.0

Another good performance from arguably Tottenham's man of the season so far. Anticipated well to score following Adebayor's parried shot, also played in the cross that led to the havoc before Eriksen pounced for the second. Looks most at home in the new system that gives him license to roam.

Christian Eriksen - 7.0

It has been a tough start to the season for the Dane, and Saturday was the same. Struggles to find room in the new system, with Chadli and Lamela crowding him for room, and it might be worth trying Eriksen in a deeper position when Tottenham are expected to dominate. Was rewarded with his burst into the box to tap in after Sunderland failed to deal with Chadli's cross, but the goal did not mask a fairly limited performance from such a talented player.

Erik Lamela - 7.5

Hit the bar with a tremendous strike from the edge of the box. The Argentine was involved heavily in Tottenham's attacking play but too often dwelt on the ball and slowed down the attack. It may be his second season but his lack of Premier League experience is apparent. But so is his skill.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 7.0

Did alright, had a few shots, but was often outnumbered and ventured too deep to get on the ball. The lone strike system can be blunted by a deep, organised defence, and Adebayor did not get the kind of service he needed. Was also guilty of stopping the attacking momentum at times, but a more cohesive, fluid attacking plan should help him and others.

Subs

Benjamin Stambouli (for Chadli, 70) - 7.0

Made the join most tackles in only twenty minutes on the pitch, tidy with the ball, a bright cameo on his Spurs debut.

Harry Kane (for Adebayor, 79) - 6.0

Unfortunate to score the own goal as the ball was not intercepted before hitting him yards out. Did not offer much offensively as Pochettino's subs proved detrimental.

Aaron Lennon (for Eriksen, 86) - N/A

Lennon has slipped down the pecking order and did not have the time to prove the manager wrong.

The manager

Mauricio Pochettino - 6.5

Tottenham started very brightly but were pegged back almost immediately. The way Sunderland scored will annoy the Argentine, and there are still mentality issues in the squad. Starting line-up worked well without making the most of their possession, while the subs and changes did not work at all, only succeeding in killing off Tottenham's attacking flow.

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