Tottenham secured only their second win in eight Premier League games as they came form behind to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.
Andreas Wiemann ended the home side's goal drought, dating back to 13 Septmeber, to put the Villains into a deserved first half lead. However, the tide turned when Villa striker Christian Benteke picked up a red card for raising his hands to Ryan Mason.
Spurs plied on the pressure and Nacer Chadli swept home a corner at the far post to put the visitors on level terms, before Harry Kane's deflected 90th minute free kick put Mauricio Pochettino's men in front. It was a far from perfect performance, as the player ratings show...
Hugo Lloris - 6.5
Had no chance with Villa's goal, nor with the several efforts from Benteke. Dealt with the crosses well, but will wonder how he can be so untested for the duration of the match but could so easily be on the losing side.
Kyle Naughton - 6.5
Returned to the league team after injury and played pretty well, trying to offer some width on the right as well as being strong in the challenge. Struggled to link up with Younes Kaboul whenever Christian Benteke pulled into the space between them.
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Danny Rose - 6.0
Not a great day for Rose. He attempted to get to the Villa touchline as often as possible, but passes were either just a little too hard or Rose's delivery was poor. Like his fellow full back, Rose was given little to no cover in front of him.
Jan Vertonghen - 7.0
It feels strange that Vertonghen was not a guaranteed first choicer for Pochettino, but maybe a bit of a bruising to his ego has refocused the mind. Dealt with with Villa's aerial effect, positioning was on the whole good, but did not engage Charles N'Zogbia to stop the cross that led to Villa's goal.
Younes Kaboul - 5.0
Made a number of interceptions but was given a rough ride by Christian Benteke. Lost the big Swiss striker on a number of occassions, did not mark him tight enough, and it was not just Spurs fans who were relived when the big target man was sent off in the second half.
Etienne Capoue - 6.0
Lost/failed to notice Andreas Wiemann as the Austrian moved into a dangerous position within the penalty box. Was neat and tidy on the ball, but as Spurs chased an equaliser it was not a surprise the holding midfielder was withdrawn.
Ryan Mason - 6.5
Showed some good forward ambition with his passing and made a couple of bursts forward, but a lot of his good thinking did not quite come off.
Christian Eriksen - 6.5
Tried to create opportunities for Spurs but right of midfield is not a position that suits him. Did show some bright glimpses but did not track back. The only surprise about his half time removal was that others were not chosen ahead of him.
Nacer Chadli - 6.5
Only his goal saved him from a very poor rating, and was perhaps the reason Pochettino decided to keep him on the pitch. Finished well at the far post to level the scores, but his crosses, shots, passes and runs were often half-hearted. Seems like his best work comes in the six yard box, but does not offer enough through the rest of the pitch to warrant playing as another other than a forward.
Roberto Soldado - 6.5
Given an overdue league start as Pochettino went with a two striker setup. Went close very early on with one shot on the edge of the box, and played a delightful through ball for Emmanuel Adebayor that the Togolese front man fluffed. Faded out of the game a little as the match wore on, mainly as a result of Spurs being unable to get decent possession in the final third.
Emmanuel Adebayor - 5.5
Scuffed a one-on-one chance with Brad Guzan in the first half and showed little to warrant starting the next league game. Looked off the pace and was given a masterclass in target man front play by Benteke (even the aggression that led to the Villa red card would be a welcomed sight in Adebayor's game right now).
Erik Lamela (for Eriksen, 46) - 6.0
Didn't really get into the game despite getting on the ball several times. Tottenham's play is not yet cohesive enough to allow the likes of Lamela to flourish, especially against well-organised sides like Villa. Moved into a central position when Capoue was removed but did not manage to create the beginnings of an opportunities.
Harry Kane (for Adebayor, 58) - 7.5
Came on and instantly gave Spurs a better dynamic upfront. Made good runs, added some much needed energy and scored the winner, albeit fortunately. The say fortune favours the brave.
Andros Townsend (for Capoue, 72) - 6.5
On one of the biggest pitches in the land, Townsend finally gave Spurs some proper width. Still has a tendency to dawdle on the ball a little too much rather than being more direct and causing havoc, but his pace was much needed when he closed down a Villa clearance and nipped in ahead of Cesar Sanchez to draw the free kick that led to the winner.
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