Tottenham once again overcame ten men and a half-time deficit to win on the road as goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen helped Mauricio Pochettino's men beat Hull City 2-1 at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
It was a familiar sorry story for Spurs fans as defensive failings and a poor attacking plan saw the visitors go behind to Lilywhites old boy Jake Livermore's fine strike eigth minute strike. Hatem ben Arfa spurned a fine chance to make it two as Tottenham's defence was yet again in disarray.
However, Gaston Ramirez's red card for kicking out at Jan Vertonghen changed the game. With the Tigers sitting deep, Pochettino made changes to give Spurs greater impetus, and it eventually paid off. Here are the ratings...
Hugo Lloris - 7.0
Could do nothing about Livermore's strike, but made two good saves low to his right, one in particular from Robbie Brady. A little shaky under the high ball on occasion, but you will not find anyone from Spurs criticising the Frenchman.
Eric Dier - 5.5
Very much a square peg in a round hole, the summer signing is not mobile enough to play at right back, let alone be responsible for the entire flank. Was subbed at half time and, like many, will hope Kyle Walker returns sooner rather than later.
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Jan Vertonghen - 6.5
Spurs fans will be glad to see the Belgium defender back in the starting line up. Was the most comfortable defender for the visitors, and when Spurs had a numerical advantage in the second half he was happy to be involved in the passing play.
Federico Fazio - 6.0
Strong in the air, but doubts stil persist about some of his decision making. Does look fairly composed on the ball but centre back partnership is very much in its infancy.
Ben Davies - 6.0
Handed his league debut for Spurs due to Danny Rose's injury, but did not put in a performance to secure the left back position. Like Dier, not helped by a lack of cover or help ahead of him, and got forward a lot, but did not effect the game as he would have hoped.
Ryan Mason - 6.5
Struggled in the first half as Tottenham's narrow play made it almost impossible to find a team mate in an advanced position, leading to too many balls being knocked hopelessly long. Second half was much better as he linked up with Eriksen to move the ball, open spaces, but unfortunately Tottenham will not be up against ten men each week.
Mousa Dembele - 6.0
Given a rare opportunity to impress, however was caught in possession too often. As usual, did not influence the game as one might hope, but again Tottenham's narrowness makes it hard for creative players to shine. Did not offer the greatest protection to the defence and it was no surprise when he was substituted.
Christian Eriksen - 8.0
First half - struggled to get into the game as he, Lamela and Kane all looked to occupy the same space, but was Tottenham's brightest spark. Second half he was switched to a deeper central midfield position after Dembele went off, and orchestrated the play. It was his free kick that rebounded off the post for Kane to score, and then in the last miunte of normal time the Dane found the winner with a fine strike.
Erik Lamela - 6.5
Not afraid to get on the ball but still has a habit of dallying, or going alone when team mates are better placed. However, with a more coherent game plan, the Argentine could shine.
Harry Kane - 7.5
Another who looked to get on the ball often. Showed good anticipation to knock home his goal, but should have done better with a header inside the six yard box. If he misses out on Thursday night it will only be because he is rested for Sunday.
Roberto Soldado - 6.5
Won the free kick that led to Kane's goal, went close with an effort in the first half, but should have done better when picked out by Vlad Chiriches' cross in the second half.
Vlad Chiriches (for Dier, 46) - 7.0
Has really struggled this season, but given a chance in an unfamiliar right back position and did well. Pushed forward often, put in some nice crosses including the above chance for Soldado, and was defensively better than his young team mate.
Aaron Lennon (for Dembele, 59) - 7.0
Offered some vital width on the right flank, plus offered good cover for an out of position player behind him. Put in a lovely ball that Kane missed, plus receives an assist for his little touch into Eriksen.
Paulinho (for Soldado, 79) - 6.5
Kept the play going.
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