Asteras 1 Tottenham 2: Player ratings as Andros Townsend shines

Player ratings as Spurs survive a nervy finish to claim their first ever victory in Greece

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon
Asteras
1
Tottenham
2

Tottenham

Michel Vorm Largely untroubled first half save for one slightly shaky moment under a lofted free-kick. Should have been troubled early in the second half, but four Asteras attempts within the first 10 minutes all missed the target. A fine save with five minutes to go kept the Spurs nerves calm for a while, before Barrales’s late penalty squirmed past him. 7/10

Eric Dier Looking to push Asteras back from the early minutes, which left him caught out a little at the back, but a couple of good last-ditch tackles spared his team’s blushes. 6

Federico Fazio Good positional awareness from the Argentine, who was cool in sidestepping attackers as early as the fifth minute, and well-placed to cut out a dangerous through ball from Mazza on the half hour. Unlucky to concede a late penalty after a nudge on Barrales, and indeed to see red for the challenge. 7

Jan Vertonghen Spurs’ captain for the night – many think that he was unjustly passed over for the armband – was the first to introduce any real urgency with a purposeful run forward after the half hour. Otherwise had his ups and downs, and still lacks the air of command he once had in a Spurs shirt. 6

Ben Davies One vital interception prevented Rolle being put through after 15 minutes in the course of a solid first half. The Welshman had his mindless moments in the second half, though, as Spurs came under the cosh. 5

Benjamin Stambouli Showed eager running, but generally looked to take up less advanced positions than midfield partner Dembélé. Lacks the power in the challenge of other defensive midfielders, which may have contributed to the loss of control from which his team suffered after half time. 6

Mousa Dembélé Feeling his way back into the team after falling a little out of favour; looking to make his usual driving runs, but his passing lacked concentration and he was nowhere near his bulldozing best. 6

Andros Townsend (man of the match) Was tracking back well from the early stages, and grew in attacking prominence. Drew the penalty from Sankaré, which he dispatched expertly past the keeper’s left hand; then a pinpoint cross found Kane for the second in the 42nd minute. Kept the forward momentum going for Spurs throughout the more difficult second period. 8

Erik Lamela Had Spurs’ first meaningful strike at goal with a left-footed effort straight at the keeper from outside the box midway through the first half, but as has been the case a little too often this season – rabona a fortnight ago notwithstanding – lacked the penetration to show for his skills. Withdrawn at half time for Soldado. 6

Christian Eriksen It has been a stop-start season so far for the Dane, and this game was little different. A cute backheel in the box was cut out in the first few minutes, before an exploratory pass didn’t quite reach Dier; he then started dropping back a little in an effort to dictate the tempo of the game, to mixed effect. Replaced by Mason just after the hour. 6

Harry Kane Spurs’ man of the moment was leading the line this evening, and showed his strength and confidence throughout. Does not have the shoot-on-sight instinct of some front men, but good in the link-up play, and worked his way above the defence to nod home Townsend’s fine cross late in the first half. Replaced by Paulinho for the final fifteen minutes. 7

Substitutes

Roberto Soldado On for Lamela at half time, but continues to lack the purpose that has characterised Kane’s involvements this season. 5

Ryan Mason Came on for the last half hour, and helped to stem the tide which had started to turn against the visitors. 6

Paulinho Replaced Kane for the final quarter of an hour. N/A

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