MIDDLESBROUGH 1 SPURS 2
It seems Mauricio Pochettino agrees with my immediate assessment after the game that we must be more clinical in front of goal to put these games to bed earlier and stop letting our opponent back in so easily.
Sissoko was easily bundled aside for their goal, he never actually got off the ground and has to be a lot more aware and a lot stronger defending the far post. Gibson's header was simply too easy.
Son Heung-min continued to be a positive and Wanyama allows Dier to be rested or covered in the event of injury without losing the steel in midfield. He was going through th motions for Southampton and picked up three red cards which the commentators like to keep reminding us. He had never been sent off prior to that so it wasn't normal.
Walker is in danger of becoming consistent, Vertonghen bosses Negrado and playing 4-1-4-1 allowed Dele Alli to get forward more than the 4-3-2-1 system constraints place upon him.
Five of 19 shots on target, four of them in the first half, is a statistic we need to improve. There were too many shots off balance, just out of reach. We won, that is the main thing and the first-half was excellent, just how we need to be playing. On to Moscow.