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Defence take the credit as smash-and-grab win hides Kane and Son’s quiet day

first_imgTOTTENHAM relied on their defence to produce a huge smash-and-grab win at Wolves on Sunday.Jan Vertonghen popped up to head the stoppage time winner having spent 90 minutes being terrorised by Adama Troare.3 Mourinho’s men produced an away day masterclass – but it could have been very differentCredit: ReutersIt was the rapid winger who netted his side’s goal at Molineux, driving in from range to level up Lucas Moura’s excellent individual effort earlier on.As Jose Mourinho’s side head up to fifth in the Premier League table, Marc Mayo rates the Spurs pack who claimed the 2-1 win.PAULO GAZZANIGA – 7The goalkeeper was rarely tested for large parts given Wolves’ propensity for shooting right at him. But, having had no chance with the goal, he produced excellent strong parries to deny Raul Jimenez and Roman Saiss in the second-half.SERGE AURIER – 6Far from the erratic display Spurs fans still fear with the right-back, his zone was largely ignored defensively as Wolves hammered Vertonghen’s left flank.DAVINSON SANCHEZ – 7Faced up to a very dangerous home attack well, making blocks and ensuring openings down the middle were never too clear-cut.TOBY ALDERWEIRELD – 6Part of an overall solid defence that lost its head somewhat late on, as symbolised by Alderweireld’s awful lunge for a yellow card on Traore.3 Harry Kane toiled away with little reward at MolineuxCredit: ReutersJAN VERTONGHEN – 7Thoroughly outmatched in the pace department up against Adama Traore but stood off him and defended intelligently. He was naturally powerless at times up against the winger’s sheer athleticism but had the last laugh with a well-aimed winning header.MOUSSA SISSOKO – 6The nature of the game suited the Frenchman and he came out reasonably well, keeping an eye on Wolves’ central midfielders as they operated deep and away from dangerous areas.ERIC DIER – 6An oddly active attacking performance for the anchor man, contributing the assist for Lucas and hitting the post with a daring run in the first-half.LUCAS MOURA – 6Hit his third goal in five games under Mourinho with a powerful eighth minute finish – and very little else. For a counter-attacking setup, Spurs hardly utilised his pace at all.3 Lucas Moura struck a fine eighth minute openerCredit: EPADELE ALLI – 5The midfielder was forced to drop back a bit given Spurs’ insistence on not having the ball, leading to limited moments in attack. Played a sweet chip through to Dier in the first-half but couldn’t make his mind up when through one-on-one beforehand.SON HEUNG-MIN – 5A quiet afternoon for Son who laboured in the rain and was a spectator for much of it.HARRY KANE – 4Not his sort of game with Tottenham intent on playing balls into space on the counter-attack, especially after going ahead. Hit the deck too easily on two occasions, trying to win penalties that were simply never there.latest football newsGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossSUBS:Christian Eriksen – N/A (On for Lucas, 89)Juan Foyth – N/A (On for Alli, 90)Harry Winks – N/A (On for Son, 90)Unused: Skipp, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, WhitemanTottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more