Tottenham 3 Nottm Forest 1: Player ratings as Ryan Mason stars

Tottenham 3 Nottm Forest 1: Player ratings as Ryan Mason impresses for the north London side

By Sam Rogers
Tottenham
3
Nottm Forest
1

Tottenham Hotspur

Michel Vorm Was saved by the woodwork after being well beaten by Osborn’s wonderful strike. 5/10

Kyle Naughton Struggled to cause a threat going forward, and left his fellow defenders exposed at the back at times. 4

Federico Fazio Made a great challenge to make up for some early indecision, was narrowly over the bar with a rare attempt on goal. Wasn’t supported by Naughton, but struggled to allow the full-back to venture forward without fear. 4

Jan Vertonghen Much more comfortable in his preferred role in the centre of defence. Solid in defence but couldn’t prevent a simple finish for Grant in the second period. 5

Ben Davies Never afraid to get forward in the attacking moves and looked good for his industry. Put the pass in for Mason to equalise and provided a number of decent crosses that went largely unused. 7

Nabil Bentaleb Lost possession far too easily at times, causing a number of attacking moves to break down. Never really got going throughout. Looked to isolated on occasion and would benefit from a more skillful player as a foil in the midfield. 5

Benjamin Stambouli Looked lively at times and never stopped working until he was replaced by Mason just after the hour mark. 5

Aaron Lennon Sharp on the front foot, linked up well with Townsend and cut inside well to cause the Forest defenders problems. 6

Paulinho Quiet night for the Brazilian, unable to impose himself to any real degree, before being replaced by Harry Kane as a reaction to Grant’s opener. 4

Andros Townsend Looked sharp down the wing but was lucky not to concede a penalty for handball while defending his own goal. Was narrowly off target with a strike from outside the box, and hit the bar with a fine free kick with 15 minutes to go. Provided the assist for Soldado’s poacher’s effort. 8

Roberto Soldado Looked disinterested at times and is struggling to get any rhythm of late. Was frustrated at the lack of service he was getting on occasion, but showed his class to turn in Townsend’s pass with a clever deflected effort. 7

Substitutes

Harry Kane Came on after Spurs went a goal down and looked lively from the outset. Had a guilt-edged chance with a header but couldn’t get the power necessary to trouble De Vries. Got his goal in added time with a low driven effort into the Forest net. 7

Ryan Mason Came on for Stambouli and responded brilliantly with a stunning strike from all of 25 yards to bring his side level on the night. His first goal for the club will certainly be a memorable one. 8

Erik Lamela Replaced Soldado with five minutes to go, hit the post in injury time with the game dead and buried. Looked lively for the brief time he was on. 7

Nottingham Forest

Dorus De Vries Unlucky on the night as he couldn’t really do anything to prevent either of the home side’s goals. Had looked solid and untroubled until Spurs took their brace. 5

Danny Fox Looked unsure at times and couldn’t fully work out the movements of Townsend, but did well to start a few counter-attacking moves. 6

Kelvin Wilson Resilient in defence, did well to nip the attack of Townsend and Lennon in the bud for the most part. Dealt with Soldado comfortably until he scored. 6

Jamaal Lascelles Put in a solid effort for an hour or so but struggled as the game opened up in the latter stages. 5

Dan Harding Solid at the back, clearing up any loose possession. Gave nothing away despite playing in an unfamiliar position. 7

Stephen McLaughlin Knocked Veldwijk’s pass into the path of Grant for the opening goal and did a sterling job in a defensive role on the left side and was rarely troubled. 6

David Vaughan Replaced at the break after a quiet first half. Had previously looked solid but had few chances to make a real difference in the first period. 5

Jorge Grant Finished well from six yards to grab a goal on his debut. Looked sharp throughout as he sought to cause the Tottenham defenders problems. 8

Ben Osborn Made a scintillating run from inside his own half to jink past three defenders, only to see his
beautifully struck shot hit the underside of the crossbar. 7

Jamie Paterson Showed plenty of industry and worked hard throughout. Was unable to cope with Davies on occasion however. 5

Lars Veldwijk Largely frustrated with few genuine chances, but continued to work hard to get into the right positions. Provided the cross that lead to the opening goal. 7

Substitutes

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Robert Tesche Replaced Vaughan and was resolute in defence to prevent Davies from scoring. Struggled to cope as Spurs upped the ante in the closing stages though. 6

Dexter Blackstock Came on in place of Veldwijk but didn’t get a lot of time on the ball as the home side threw everything into getting the victory. 5

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