The Tottenham boo-boys were back at White Hart Lane for a half time performance as they miserably sat in the pouring rain and destroyed the side’s ever dwindling confidence.
Andre Villas-Boas made a half time change to allow Gareth Bale to return to the left wing by putting Jan Vertonghen just behind the Welshman, and brought on Caulker for Sigurdsson which moved debutant Dempsey just behind Defoe.
The change worked and after a lot of pressure from the North London club, two goals in a short succession helped Tottenham overcome the 1-0 deficit going into half-time.
This is the first time in 2 years of Premier League football that Tottenham have come from behind to win a game, and importantly registered AVB’s second consecutive Premier League win, the first back to back win since January. However, due to his unemployment from March-August it’s hardly a reflection on AVB’s tactics.
Even though the team played shockingly in the first half, Villas-Boas changed the team and formation at half time to send a strong reply to his critics.
But how were the individual performances?
Friedel 7/10: Another solid game from the American and at times he kept the team in the match. His reflexes were tested to a large amount and despite a few of his passes going astray, he still put in a very good performance.
Walker 6/10: Good speed and agility but at times he looked very tired. However, after winning almost every aerial challenge it would be unfair to slate the Englishman who on the whole had an average performance.
Vertonghen 9/10: He made cruical tackles throughout the game and has so far kept his 100% successful tackling intact. His switch from centre back to left back also helped Tottenham change their tactics. Without a doubt Jan will be a future Spurs captain.
Caulker 7/10: Very attacking performance from the defender who came on at half time and eventually led to knocking the ball onto Faurlin which led to the own goal. As well as this, he kept the defense in order with his last-gasp tackles.
Gallas 6/10: The former Chelsea defender looked very tired and his fitness appears to be strained. Getting back from corners took a few minutes but his closing down prevented Zamora and Cisse from posing to much of a threat.
Dembele 7/10: He worked the ball well and continued to storm through the opposition. However, as he played very deep into Tottenham’s half he didn’t dominate the midfield like he normally does in what was slightly an underwhelming performance on the whole. But as he has played 3 games in 7 days it is understandable that a dip in form will take place.
Sandro 5/10: Despite making excellent defensive contributions, he gave the ball away too cheaply on numerous occasions and combined with giving a series of free-kicks away, the midfielder lost possession for Spurs quite a few times.
Lennon 7/10: He looked very quiet in the first half but his impact in the second half was undeniable. He troubled the QPR defence and his balls to Defoe into the centre helped to win Tottenham a few corners which eventually led to the goal.
Bale 7/10: Due to playing in defence for the first half, it is understandable that Bale only came into the game for the last 45 minutes. Even though he set up the second goal, there was one opportunity which Bale could have wrapped up the game if he decided to cross into the 6 yard box to an unmarked Defoe but on the whole a convincing performance.
Dempsey 8/10: He did what was needed of him and considering it was his first Premier League start since May, it was a great performance. His determination on a series of occasions allowed Spurs to press higher up the pitch and was unlucky not to be rewarded with an assist after he managed to aerially keep the ball in play from a corner, only for the chance to be wasted.
Defoe 7/10: His selfishness could’ve costed Spurs the game as he was reluctant to make the through balls to a waiting Gareth Bale but he did provide the winner after all. Even though he did impress with his poaching ability, he is caught offside too often to be rewarded with a man of the match accolade.
Man of the match: Vertonghen
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