An early Eric Dier goal was enough to see off Cardiff City as we dominated possession. Tottenham were coming off a tough loss against Barcelona, but the Englishman got us off to the perfect start with a goal from a corner.
Cardiff had their chances and Toby Alderweireld saved an effort off the line in the first half. The Bluebirds were reduced to 10 men after Joe Ralls was sent off in the second half.
Tottenham couldn’t take advantage of their numerical advantage, however, and held on for an important three points. The win lifted us to third in the table, ahead of Sunday’s games.
There were a few stars for us at Wembley and here are the player ratings.
Hugo Lloris – 7.5/10
The Frenchman was a little slow in a couple of occasions and needed Alderweireld to make a clearance to keep the clean sheet. The keeper also pushed a header onto the post to ensure we get the three points.
Kieran Trippier – 7/10
The Englishman did a decent job as his cross led to the first goal. Trippier had a couple of crosses in the box and wasn’t troubled much.
Toby Alderweireld – 8/10
Alderweireld did a great job in keeping the away side from scoring. His first clearance was incredible and it came at an important time too.
Davinson Sanchez – 7/10
The Colombian’s header led to Dier’s goal in the eighth minute but the defender wasn’t dominant in the air, as he normally is.
Danny Rose – 7/10
The left-back wasn’t great in the first half but did much better in the second.
Eric Dier – 7.5/10
The midfielder had a much better game when compared to recent outings. Dier scored the only goal of the game and protected our defence.
Moussa Sissoko – 7.5/10
The Frenchman did a pretty good job in the first half with his link-up play and put in a quality shift for the home side.
Harry Winks – 7.5/10
This was a better performance from the youngster as he ran things in midfield. Winks had a few decent drives with the ball and seems to get better with each minute on the pitch.
Son Heung-min – 6.5/10
The South Korean got into a couple of good spots to shoot but missed the target. Son doesn’t look sharp this season and needs more minutes on the pitch.
Lucas Moura – 7.5/10
Moura had a great chance to score from a Trippier cross but his header was above the bar. The Brazilian was bright in the first half and was at the end of a cynical challenge from Ralls which saw the Cardiff man get red.
Harry Kane – 6.5/10
Kane tried to score and but the ball would not go into the net. It didn’t matter as we won the game and the Englishman can now think of international football.
Erik Lamela – 6/10
It was a surprise not seeing Lamela start but he did an OK job once he came on.
Victor Wanyama – NA
Wanyama came late on to shore things up.
Ben Davies – NA
The Welshman was brought on late to keep things tight at the back.
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