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Tottenham 1-0 Partizan: Player Ratings

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Tottenham delivered an improved performance to overcome Partizan Belgrade by a single goal in Group C of the Europa League at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

A Benjamin Stambouli strike early in the second half proved the difference as both sides had chances to get more on the score sheet.

Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased his side played better than they have recently, with an improved tempo, better positioning, quicker passing and more attacking impetus gave the first shoots of a Spurs recovery.

Player Ratings

Hugo Lloris - 7.0

Produced a world class save to push Vladimir Volkov's header wide late on. The Frenchman is a top keeper, with concentration levels to match.

Kyle Naughton - 6.5

Spurs look better with a proper right back in place, and with Aaron Lennon up ahead of him there was better balance to the right flank. Still liable to the odd mad moment, such as his pass straight to a Belgrade attacker in the Tottenham defensive third.

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Ben Davies - 6.5

Still finding his way at the Lane. Looked to get forward often but not linking up proficiently with his team mates. Defensively looked a bit stronger than in recent showings.

Jan Vertonghen - 8.0

Man of the match. An excellent centre back performance from Jan. A giant in the air, comfortable on the ball, the Belgium international made several crucial interceptions and tackles, and generally looked head and shoulders above the rest.

Vlad Chiriches - 7.0

Romanian Chiriches was a clanger waiting to happen last time out at the Lane against Besiktas, but after a good cameo at right back against Hull, Vlad put in another good performance here. Another centre back comfortable on the ball, however, his lack of height saw him caught out by a lofted through ball that a better team would have capitalised from.

Benjamin Stambouli - 7.5

Did well to put Soldado in and then follow up to score, and impressive and comfortable on the ball, however he was left behind worryingly whenever Partizan broke past the midfield. He really did look like he was tugging a boat, so slow was the Frenchman, and Spurs fans will hope its just a lack of match fitness that is to blame.

Mousa Dembele - 6.0

Played in a central three with Stambouli and Paulinho, given license to get forward, but from minute one he looks like a man who has already played 90 minutes. He needs to effect the game more but simply put his attacking instincts and passing are not good enough and he was pulled off again before the hour mark.

Paulinho - 6.5

Looked more comfortable with two other central midfielders around with him, where he can use his physical attributes to get up and down the pitch. A bit like Dembele, needs to influence the game more.

Aaron Lennon - 7.0

Started on the right side, and looked to have a bit more verve and energy than previously shown. Tried to penetrate down to the touchline but was unable to get good delivery into the box, and his flicks did not quite come off. However his role helped improve the shape and tempo of the team.

Erik Lamela - 7.0

Went close with one brilliant curling effort, was a general live wire and the feeling is he is starting to acclimatise to Tottenham.

Roberto Soldado - 7.0

Went so close with his little dink over the keeper, only to see the ball hit the post and Stambouli tap in. Had a few chances but luck just was not with him, however he never stopped making runs and his link up play, when the ball is on the floor, was superb.Just needs goals.

Subs

Nabil Bentaleb (for Dembele, 56) - 6.5

Made his return from injury, showed a bit of his passing ability, and will hope to get more opportunities in the cup competitions.

Harry Kane (for Soldado, 65) - 6.5

Showed strength to get past a couple of defenders and almost win a penalty.

Harry Winks (for Paulinho, 87) - 6.5

Got a few touches on the ball.

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