Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland's Harry Arter man of the match once again as Tottenham are held at home

Tottenham 0 Bournemouth 0

Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with Bournemouth's Harry Arter Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Tottenham's Danny Rose in action with Bournemouth's Harry Arter Reuters / Dylan Martinez
Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Tottenham's Victor Wanyama

Mauricio Pochettino accepts Tottenham need to take maximum points against mid-table teams such as Bournemouth if they are to mount a Premier League title challenge.

Spurs missed the chance to go top of the table after being held to a goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday's early kick-off.

Winger Erik Lamela struck the woodwork for Pochettino's side in the first half after Cherries full-back Charlie Daniels had earlier seen his effort turned on to the crossbar by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

"I think it was a very competitive game. They were ready to compete," Spurs boss Pochettino told Sky Sports.

"I think it was tough at the start of the game but then I think we managed the whole game, but it's true that if you don't score it's difficult to win.

"We fight a lot. I think we need to be pleased in the end because it's one point more, one clean sheet but it's true for us to be contenders we should be winning the games like today.

Bournemouth's Harry Arter holds his face
Bournemouth's Harry Arter holds his face

"We had control but we didn't create enough chances to score."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt the draw was more satisfying than last week's 6-1 thrashing of Hull.

"I think the 90 minutes today pleased me more," he said. "I thought we were very good today when you consider who we were playing against, the quality that they have.

"I think they're an outstanding team and we came into the game wanting to go toe to toe with them, we wanted to match them, play with a real high intensity, be brave and see where it got us.

"Because of our intensity, we stopped their normal rhythm and flow, especially first half. I think it's a really valuable point for us."

Midfielder Harry Arter felt the result showed how much the Cherries have improved since conceding eight goals in two defeats to Spurs last season.

"They're an unbelievable side and they work ever so hard," he said. "One thing that we had to do today was match it and for a 0-0 it was a great game to watch and that was purely down to both teams working as hard as they could.

"They haven't lost in the league season and it's easy to see why they haven't but we had a game-plan.

"We played them twice last year and they turned us over quite easily both times so it's good to see how far we've progressed and we deserved our point today."


"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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