Tottenham 0-0 Crystal Palace: Spurs player ratings

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Tottenham were fortunate to draw against Crystal Palace as both teams were unable to score at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The hosts were poor throughout, and only good saves from Hugo Lloris and the woodwork saved Spurs from another dire home defeat as Mauricio Pochettino's side returned to their previous rigid, turgid play that has blighted the Argentine's first season in charge in north London.

The head coach must take responsibility for the poor performance as his decisions stunted Tottenham's play.

With Erik Lamela coming in for Aaron Lennon, the Lilywhites had no natural width, and it was not until the final ten minutes that Lennon finally came on.

Before that, Lamela had been withdrawn at half time to be replaced by the equally ineffectual Nacer Chadli as Palace proved tough, resilient and organised opponents, with a clear game plan, unlike Spurs.

Here are the player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 7.5

How long before the French stopper grows tired of the inpetitude of those ahead of him and seeks a team worthy of his quality? Dealt well with the high balls from Palace's numerous corners, and produced an excellent save to his right in the second half as well as showing exceptional handling whenever called upon.

Eric Dier - 6.5

Came back into the team at right back after injuries to Kyle Naughton and Vlad Chiriches. Was troubled by Yannick Bolasie time after time but was given very little help and did well considering his experience and that he is really a centre back. Tried to get forward but with very little effect.

Ben Davies - 6.5

Starting to look a solid member of an improving back line, and did put in a good cross in the first half. Dealt with Wilf Saha and Bolasie better than Dier, but again Spurs might have hoped for more going forward from the Welsh full back.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.5

Forming a very strong partnership with Fazio in the heart of Tottenham's defence. Great positioning, dominating in the air, with some impressive interceptions. Comfortable on the ball as always, but its disappointing that the Spurs centre backs get so many touches on the ball.

Federico Fazio - 7.5

Same as Vertonghen. Fazio looks settled at White Hart Lane, comfortable in the air (as to be expected given his size) and has a good understanding with Vertonghen. Maroune Chamakh rarely troubled him.

Nabil Bentaleb - 6.0

Did not do much wrong, but did not influence the game enough. Tottenham's play was slow and stodgy, and Bentaleb was a part of the problem. Did not show a good enough reading of the game, meaning passing opportunities were often missed and the easier, backwards option taken.

Started to get desperate and play massively ambitious long diagonals that were easily intercepted, and at times did not have enough bite in the challenge.

Ryan Mason - 6.5

Showed for the ball a bit more than Bentaleb and did make runs forward. Was subbed after an hour as Pochettino tried to find a solution to Tottenham's poor display, but that fact that nothing changed when Mason was removed may indicate he was not the cause.

Christian Eriksen - 6.5

For a player of such ability, this was a poor performance from the Dane. Tottenham's cramp style limited the space Eriksen could operate in, and as anyone who has watched Spurs for the majority of this season will know when Pochettino's side play so narrow Eriksen struggles. Was switched to the right hand side for the second half, but that only further limited the ex_ajax man's influence.

Erik Lamela - 4.5

If this was a youth product making his debut, you would say he is out of his depth. That this is a £30million record purchase indicates that Lamela is a) overpriced, and b) playing in the wrong position. He is not a midfielder, he has no defensive instincts nor the work rate needed in the middle of the park.

He left Dier alone to deal with Bolasie time and time again, he was slow on the ball, failed to beat a man and his passing was terrible. He drifted inside too often, was caught in no man's land when Palace were in possession, and you have to ask why he was selected to start. No surprise he was subbed at half time, and Pochettino needs to evaluate exactly what Lamela is.

Harry Kane - 6.0

Tried hard to drive Spurs forward but was too often crowded out as Spurs lacked any fluency going forward.

Roberto Soldado - 6.5

Spurned one very good chance when he sidefooted over, also had a couple of half chances but showed good movement and touches when Spurs did turn the tempo up from a slow waltz to a light jog.


Nacer Chadli (for Lamela, 46) - 5.5

Tottenham's top scorer, but how is anyone's guess. Came on and showed he struggles to beat a player for pace or with skill, and generally wafted about until being put upfront when Soldado went off, when he basically disappeared until the final whistle.

Paulinho (for Mason, 66) - 6.5

To be fair to the much maligned Brazilian, he did try to inject some energy into a lifeless Spurs team. Unfortunately he doesn't have the technical ability to conjure something out of nothing and any spark he tried to ignite was quickly put out by his team mates.

Aaron Lennon (for Soldado, 83) - 6.5

The fans were singing "One Aaron Lennon" as the side was crying out for some pace and width. His introduction was far too late to have a real impact, and by taking off Soldado Pochettino had removed his penalty box threat.

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