Sunday 26 January 2020

Bournemouth v Tottenham - story of the match

Bournemouth and Tottenham battled out a goalless draw in the early kick-off on Saturday
Bournemouth and Tottenham battled out a goalless draw in the early kick-off on Saturday

Tottenham missed the chance to go top of the Premier League table as Mauricio Pochettino's men were left hanging on for a goalless draw at Bournemouth.

Spurs could have climbed above Manchester City and Arsenal with a victory in the weekend's early kick-off but it was Bournemouth who had the better of things at the Vitality Stadium and should arguably have taken all three points.

Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko were both fortunate not to be sent off for the visitors in a feisty match that yielded six yellow cards, while Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes at club level for the first time since September 2014.


"If Spurs can't win games at West Brom and at Bournemouth then talk of winning the PL is fantasy" - former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar.


Harry Arter. Arter was a doubt to play as he was struggling with a knee injury but Bournemouth will be thankful he did. The midfielder was everywhere, flying into tackles and at the heart of his team's attacks. Arter set the tempo for the Cherries' dynamic display.


A fractious contest gave Craig Pawson a busy afternoon and Tottenham were fortunate to finish with 11 men. Sissoko's elbow caught Arter in the face while Lamela could have received a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Dan Gosling before half-time.


Bournemouth might have come into the game with the view that a draw would be a positive result but by the end it was the visitors who left the more satisfied with a point. Eddie Howe will be ruing his side's wastefulness in front of goal while Pochettino may be yearning for the return of Harry Kane. Spurs have now scored only once in three games.



Hugo Lloris: 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker: 7

Eric Dier: 7

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Danny Rose: 6

Mousa Dembele: 7

Victor Wanyama: 6

Christian Eriksen: 5

Dele Alli: 6

Erik Lamela: 6

Son Heung-min: 5


Vincent Janssen (for Son, 62 mins): 6

Moussa Sissoko (for Alli, 72 mins): 5


Arter Boruc: 6

Adam Smith: 8

Simon Francis: 7

Steve Cook: 6

Charlie Daniels: 7

Andrew Surman: 7

Harry Arter: 8

Jordon Ibe: 6

Joshua King: 7

Jack Wilshere: 7

Callum Wilson: 7


Max Gradel (for Ibe, 60 mins): 6

Benik Afobe (for Wilson, 82 mins): 6

Ryan Fraser (for King, 88 mins): 5


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