Tottenham 4 Anzhi Makhachkala 1: Player ratings

Tottenham 4 Anzhi Makhachkala 1: Player ratings as Spurs maintain their 100% record in the Europa League this season

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Tottenham
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Anzhi
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Tottenham Hostpur

Brad Friedel Defied his mature years with several impressive stops including an important one in the opening minutes. Could do little about Anzhi’s goal with his defence to blame. 7/10

Kyle Naughton Having being deployed at left-back in recent weeks, returned to his familiar right-back role and looked at ease defensively as well as providing a continuous threat in support of Townsend. However, forced to switch sides for the second-half after the introduction of Fredericks. 6

Etienne Capoue Forced to take control of the defence as the senior partner alongside Fryers and was found wanting on a couple of occasions, instilling little confidence in his defensive and organisational qualities. 5

Zeki Fryers Another opportunity for the former Manchester United defender to impress and defended resolutely. However, there were a few uncertain moments which underlined his relative inexperience and tender years. 6

Danny Rose Made his long awaited return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a toe injury picked up in September. Looked to regain his match fitness but only lasted forty-five minutes before being withdrawn. 5

Moussa Dembele Occupied a slightly deeper role on front of an inexperienced defence but still managed to drive forward at every opportunity. Overall, a powerful performance by the Belgian before being subbed shortly after the hour mark. 7

Lewis Holtby Continues to grow in stature in recent weeks and another goal here will do his confidence a world of good. Linked well with Townsend, Lamela and Sigurdsson throughout during a busy display which was capped by a wonderfully taken goal after the interval. 7

Erik Lamela Started brightly with an intelligent pass for Soldado to score his and Spurs’ second but wandered in and out of the game with little effect as the majority of the hosts’ play came down the right. 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson His early season form has dwindled and despite working hard, a wicked set piece delivery for the game’s opening goal apart, did little in the attacking third. 5

Andros Townsend Having found himself out of the starting lineup in recent weeks, the English international took full advantage of this rare European outing to remind his manager of the extra dimension and quality he brings to a goal-shy side. Terrorised the right-back throughout with some direct play with the highlight being his delightful chip for the third goal. 8

Roberto Soldado Excellent performance by the Spanish striker on an evening when he reestablished his goalscoring touch in style with a hat-trick. Took his first two goals clinically before dispatching one from the spot. Received a standing ovation from White Hart Lane when replaced – presumably to save him for Sunday. 9

Substitutes

Ryan Fredericks Introduced at the break for his Europa League debut and did little wrong at left-back as he ventured forward at every opportunity. However, seemed to go down too easily under a challenge to win the penalty. 6

Christian Eriksen Neat and tidy outing for the midfielder who used possession effectively when sprung from the bench. 6

Shaquile Coulthirst Looked very bright in a brief cameo up front with a couple of mazy runs and confident touches. 6

Anzhi Makhachkala

Evgeni Pomazan Busy evening for the ‘keeper who was forced into action on regular intervals. Looked slightly vulnerable from crosses but dealt with long-range efforts safely. Helpless for goals. 6

Kamil Agalarov Given a rough time by Tottenham’s attacking quarter but did well to thwart the threat of Lamela and then Naughton. 5

Ewerton The Brazilian gave his side a lifeline before the interval with a well-taken goal but was all undone by his failures at the other end. Gave those in white shirts far too much time and space. 4

Alexandru Epureanu Looked all at sea against the movement of Holtby et al as Spurs ran riot at the Lane. His lack of pace and positional sense was ruthlessly exposed. 4

Gia Grigalava An evening to forget for the left-back as he was pegged back by Townsend continuously. Attempted to stem the flow with a couple of rash challenged before being justifiably cautioned. 4

Vladimir Sobolev Bright performance on the right but got little change from Rose and then Naughton when he got the opportunity to run at the Spurs defence. His movement, however, caused some problems and a couple of dangerous crosses could have unlocked the hosts’ defence. 6

Ilya Maksimov Spurned a glorious opportunity in the opening minutes to break the deadlock as he hesitated with only Friedel to beat. Overrun and outplayed in the central areas, thereafter. 4

Jucilei A spirited display by the captain as he tried desperately to rally his troops but to no avail. Unlucky to concede a penalty when Fredericks went down easily under his challenge. 6

Nikita Burmistrov Worked tirelessly on the left without much reward. Saw very little of the ball as he was preoccupied with the task of tracking Townsend. Missed two glorious opportunities for a consolation late on. 5

Abdul Razak Didn’t see much of the 21-year-old, who is on loan from Manchester City. A couple of silky touches and passes showed glimpses of his potential. 6

Serder Serderov Was afforded little space by Capoue and struggled to get involved. 4

Substitutes

Benoit Angbwa Brought onto shore things up at the back in the final stages. 5

Alan Gatagov Hardly got a kick in the five minutes he was on. 5

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