Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Watford: Tottenham Player Ratings
Tottenham Hotspur had goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to thank as they drew 0-0 with Watford in the English Premier League clash at Vicarage Road.
This was just the second clean sheet in Mourinho’s 16th game in charge of Tottenham as we fell further behind Chelsea in the race for the fourth spot. Spurs should have taken the lead in the first half but Moura’s effort was kept out well by Ben Foster.
Erik Lamela thought he had won it for his team at the death, only to see his goalbound effort denied by the slightest of margins.
Things could have been much worse for Spurs had Troy Deeney converted from the spot after Jan Vertonghen handled the ball in the box. Gedson Fernandes made his debut in the final minutes and gave a good account of himself in the time given to him.
Thankfully, Gazzaniga saved Deeney’s penalty effort well to rescue a point for Tottenham. The draw leaves Tottenham winless in four games as Mourinho looks to salvage what he can from a disappointing season.
Tottenham Player Ratings
Paulo Gazzaniga (7/10)
The Hero for Tottenham on the night. Saved Troy Deeney’s penalty to rescue a point for his side. Did well to also parry Chalobah’s cross in the first half. The 28-year-old has received flak at times for his mistakes, especially against Chelsea this season. He, however, stepped up here when it was required.
Serge Aurier (5/10)
Energetic performance as usual from the Ivorian but was also characteristically sloppy on the ball. Got stuck in and almost picked out Erik Lamela, who was so close to winning the game for Spurs.
Toby Alderweireld (6/10)
A better performance by the Belgian after a couple of off-colour games. Did well to cover for Aurier and handled Deulofeu well. Was at hand to make some crucial interceptions and clearances.
Jan Vertonghen (4/10)
Looks out of sorts and was off the pace today. Was careless to give away the penalty and struggled at times to communicate effectively with Tanganga.
Japhet Tanganga (5/10)
The youngster continued his merry go round of the defence by starting at left-back this time around. Had his hands full against the impressive Sarr and picked up an early yellow for bringing the Senegalese down. An unconvincing display by the youngster in an unfamiliar position.
Dele Alli (5/10)
Not his finest performance. Battled hard and did his defensive duties well. Found less joy in attack, however. Threaded a few fine passes and went close with a header in the second half. Pretty forgettable performance otherwise.
Harry Winks (5/10)
Wasteful at times and should have done much better with the ball. Was forced to cover for Aurier during the full-back’s forward forays. An uninspiring performance.
Giovani Lo Celso (7/10)
The Argentinian continued his vein of good form and was easily Spurs’ best outfield player. Kept possession and was always on the lookout for the forward pass. Came off with ten minutes to go.
Son Heung-Min (4/10)
Continued his poor post-suspension form as he ran into blind alleys and couldn’t take advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves. Had a couple of shots straight at the keeper in the first half and failed to test the keeper in the second half.
Lucas Moura (6/10)
Showed heart but lacked the quality on the day. Forced a good save off Foster in the first half and almost set up Gedson Fernandes. Improved as the game went on and was much better in the second half.
Erik Lamela (5/10)
Started off well and went on a few good runs early on. Faded as the game went on, only to see his effort fall short by the thinnest of margins in stoppage time. He tried to do too much on his own even when a pass was on.
Christian Eriksen (6/10)
An unimpactful substitute off the bench. The Danish star came on for Dele Alli as Spurs tried to add more impetus going forward. Made a couple of good late moves which ultimately led to nothing.
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Gedson Fernandes (NA)
Came on in the dying minutes and made a few good touches. Not enough time to make an impact.