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Tottenham can have no complaints after woeful West Brom loss

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A poor run of results for Tottenham continued on Sunday as their winless run stretched to four games with a loss at home to West Brom.

There can be no complaints after James Morrison's unmarked header on 74 minutes earned the visitors the points and almost to a man Spurs failed to perform.

Here we offer player ratings for the disappointing hosts and we start with the only player who can retain some credit...

Hugo Lloris - 7.0

How he must regret signing that new contract now. Blameless for the goal, Lloris was untroubled with West Brom's other three efforts on target. Unfortunately there is little he can do about the mess in front of him.

Danny Rose - 6.0

West Brom did not have wingers to trouble the full-backs and given Tottenham's narrow system there was plenty of room for Rose and Eric Dier to run into. However, there was not enough quality from the left-back when he did get forward save one ball that was expertly cleared by Joleon Lescott.

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Eric Dier - 6.0

Read above.

Younes Kaboul - 5.0

Still a fair distance away from the player he once was, the captain's armband has not helped solidify the Frenchman's game. Caught in possession far too often and his centre-back partnership looks very shaky.

Vlad Chiriches - 4.5

If Kaboul was bad Chiriches was worse. Run ragged by Saido Berahino, the Romanian did not have a clue where the attacker was for most of the game. Posiitonally suspect for the full 90 minutes, one has to wonder if  Mauricio Pochettino has his centre-back selections for league and Europe the wrong way round.

Etienne Capoue - 6.5

Did a fairly good job although Tottenham had far too much man power to deal with West Brom's attackers. Showed a good range of passing, although Pochettino needs to find a real playmaker for his team before it is too late.

Mousa Dembele - 5.5

Back to basics, which for a player of Dembele's ability is far from acceptable. The Belgian lapsed into his bad habit of sitting too deep, being too static and clogging the play. He slowed down proceedings too much and does not have the range of passing to orchestrate the play from so deep.

Pochettino needs to take the blame as well, however, as his system has allowed the two deeper midfielders to take the easy option, sit deep, play square and backwards balls and limit Tottenham's play.

Christian Eriksen - 5.5

The season has really not got going yet for the talented Dane. He struggled to get into the game and Tottenham's narrowness high up the pitch restricts the room he can operate in. Saw more of the ball when played deeper following the subs, but his set piece contribution descended into woefulness.

Nacer Chadli - 6.0

Didn't get into the game at all. Part of the collective failing rather than any individual failings.

Erik Lamela - 6.5

The one attacking spark, Lamela at least tried to create something. His dribbles went somewhere but not quite where Tottenham needed them to go. Still not quite producing the end product but at least he brings hope to the fans.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 6.0

Another who struggled to get into the game, mainly because the service was between poor and non-existent. The change to the two-striker setup at least gave Adebayor a whiff of the ball but he was dominated by Lescott.

Subs:

Roberto Soldado (for Chadli, 61) - 6.0

At least he had a shot on target - Tottenham's only one of the game. Apart from a yellow card, the substitute did not have the desired effect.

Paulinho (for Dembele, 61) - 5.0

Question marks really have to be raised about the Brazilian's future at the club. When Tottenham needed a goal and some drive from midfield, the ex-Corinthians man did little except shank the ball out of play a couple of times.

Perhaps a clearer system would help but Paulinho has yet to demonstrate the technical, physical or mental abilities needed to succeed in the Premier League.

Aaron Lennon (for Capoue, 76) - 6.0

Came on after West Brom scored but could not lift the home side.

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