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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Video Highlights Spurs vs Crystal Palace


A decent performance without being anything special. Vertonghen looked fitter and had a good game, Kyle Walker was probably Man of the Match for me, he was mopping up everything in defence, making tackles, interceptions, getting us out of trouble or simply showing awareness in chesting the ball back to Michel Vorm.

Vincent Janssen fluffed his lines in Soldado fashion when he had his chance but apart from that showed the qualities some were saying he didn't possess, pace and close control when the ball is played forward to him. As with any new signing he will need a goal to settle him. If you watch the highlights and stop them at 3.34 minutes which is the replay of our goal.

Don't watch the play, just watch Janssen to the left of Wanyama and you'll see him slip from one side of his marker to goalside in anticipation of Kane heading the ball into a danger area. He did and Wanyama was there to head it in but Janssen had lost his marker and was lurking. he was showing all the instincts of a striker, anticipation rather than just reacting to what happens, that augurs well.

Dele Alli got some more game time into his legs and played a superb first-time through ball for the Janssen chance when he replaced the disappointing Eriksen.

A win was important today and that was achieved despite plenty of improvement needed. We scored from a corner but we continue to look at though we should do better. Alderweireld had a free header that he put straight at the keeper, then Wanyama put one over (tough one), Alderweireld put one wide and Dier missed the target.

At the other end, Eric Dier seems to be becoming more commanding in the air. He was in the way of Everton last week, first knocking the ball out for a corner, then heading that away, then heading the next corner away and this week he was aerially strong again. He and Wanyams kept getting in each others way, by which I mean they were taking each others space.

No side is a finished article at this time of year, especially clubs in Europe who ease their way into a season, hoping to win as they do. It makes games difficult whoever the opposition are so a win is a satisfactory result, it puts us at the right end of the table. We need a win next week to cement a decent start.


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