Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Stoke City; Player Ratings

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Tottenham reached a new low as they rolled over at home to a Stoke City side that showed heart, determination and organisation in the match at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The Spurs defence parted like the Red Sea to allow first Bojan then Jon Walters to score, and while Nacer Chadli scored with over ten minutes to go Stoke held off the hosts easily as Mauricio Pochettino's men struggled once again. It is now two wins from their last eight games.

There were few, if any, bright spots for Spurs fans, here are the ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 6.0

Might have felt he should have done better for Bojan's first strike that did not go in the corner, but rightfully will feel his defence could have done a lot better for both goals. The proposed move to Real Madrid cannot come soon enough.

Kyle Naughton - 5.5

Struggled with Victor Moses and his pace but was one of the better Tottenham defenders until he took one for the team and brought down the Nigerian when through on goal. Unfortunately, given Tottenham's options at right back, it may turn out to be a very silly decision. Kyle Walker's return is becoming a point of desperation for Pochettino.


Danny Rose - 5.5

At least showed some passion. His cross led to Tottenham's goal and he never stopped making runs forward, which he had to do since those ahead of him showed no inclination to run the left flank. Unfortunately the quality is not always there and an alarming number of goals are coming from his flank.

Federico Fazio - 5.0

It seemed strange that it was Fazio and not Jan Vertonghen that retained their place from Thursday's victory in Greece, and this performance did nothing to explain Pochettino's decision. The only positive for Fazio is that he was not the worst centre-back.

Younes Kaboul - 4.0

An absolute stinker for the captain as he backed off and backed off from Bojan as the Spaniard ran forward. While other defenders were concerned by Mame Diouf, Kaboul showed the lack of leadership and decisiveness that has plagued the Frenchman and the Spurs defence this season.

Then went AWOL without any thought for what was going on around him as Ryan Shawcross's header came back at the Tottenham defence and Diouf crossed to Jon Walters who Kaboul had left in 20 yards of space.

Has failed to get anywhere near the form he had before his serious knee injury two years ago, and has to be relegated to the reserves until he shows some improvement.

Etienne Capoue - 5.0

Poor display from the defensive-midfielder as he failed to offer protection to the defence and was terribly weak in the tackle. Has to be given, and subsequently take, more responsibility. Pochettino's system is light on responsibility and high on players tripping over themselves.

Ryan Mason - 5.5

Looked to get on the ball and start moves but simply not enough players on his wave length. Guilty of some poor decision making, but did go close with a couple of efforts. Tired as the game wore on, and it was his sloppy play that led to Naughton's red card.

Christian Eriksen - 5.0

Another poor day for the Dane. Seems unable to find his role in the current side, and given how poorly others are playing, fault would seem to lie not at the Dane's feet but Pochettino's. That said, on current form Eriksen does not deserve a starting place.

Nacer Chadli - 6.0

Crossed for Kane's glorious chance in the first few minutes, then scored around 75 minutes later. Other than that very little from the player who seems to cover a lot of ground without actually doing anything.

Not quick, strong or technical enough to play as part of the 'three' behind the lone striker, Pochettino has to see that the Belgium's strengths lie in the final third, especially the penalty box. That he is Tottenham's top league goalscorer indicates what is Tottenham's second biggest problem, after defending.

Andros Townsend - 5.0

Given a chance after impressing on Thursday but did nothing to warrant his inclusion. Withdrawn at half time but few would have noticed.

Harry Kane - 5.5

Missed a glorious chance very early on as he fluffed his header with the goal gaping. Showed plenty of effort and went close a couple of times, but wasted a free kick late on when he hit the foot of the wall.


Erik Lamela (for Townsend, 45) - 5.0

Forced Asmir Begovic into a finger tip save with a free kick but in open play he either dallied on the ball or was dispossessed. Not up to the speed of the Premier League yet and ended good moves by refusing to play in a free team mate and instead holding on to the ball. Pochettino's system is too fluid for Lamela to find his way into the league.

Moussa Dembele (for Eriksen, 45) - 4.5

When you need a game turned around, who do you call? Dembele? The Belgian is languid at the best of times, but looked like he had not got much sleep on Saturday night.

Some terrible passes, some dribbles that went backwards rather than cause Stoke trouble, and was also brushed off the ball on several occasions. Dembele is far too inconsistent to warrant a place in the team and ultimately Pochettino needs to cut Tottenham's losses.

Emmanuel Adebayor (for Capoue, 65) - 5.5

Who do you call when you need a goal? One-league-goal-this-season-Adebayor? Seriously?? To be fair to the big Togolese, he did occupy the Stoke defenders' thoughts more than Kane or the rest of the Tottenham side, but did not actually do anything apart from challenge for a few headers.

Had one half chance late on but typical for this Spurs squad he did not show the concentration or composure as he screwed the header harmlessly wide.


Mauricio Pochettino - 3.5

Having rested Adebayor, it was a surprise that the big target man was not selected against the physical Stoke defenders. Kane was rewarded with a much justified league start but the decision to play Fazio and not Vertonghen looked the wrong decision and so it played out.

The midfield is still a problem going forward and back, while the lone striker continues to be isolated. The persistence with the 4-2-3-1 setup clearly is not working, and on the tight White Hart Lane pitch Pochettino's complaints about a lack of width are falling on death ears when he continues to play inside-out wingers. Needs to change tactics and squad management.

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