Sep 23, 2017
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How Tottenham’s players rated as they beat West Ham in the London derby

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In a heated London derby at the London Stadium, it was the visitors Tottenham who held on to emerge victorious with a 3-2 win over West Ham United.

Harry Kane got on the scoresheet twice alongside Christian Eriksen to give his side a dream start, though Chicharito pulled one back for West Ham not long after the hour mark.

A red card for a foolish challenge by Serge Aurier which saw him earn his second yellow opened the tie up, with Cheikou Kouyate ensuring there was a nervy finish as he added a second for the Hammers, but it wasn’t enough.

Here is how Mauricio Pochettino’s side rated…

Hugo Lloris – 6

Had little to do in truth and could not be blamed for either goal. He made one smart save from Chicharito and emerged to deny Marko Arnautovic as a sweeper keeper on a couple of occasions. Flapped at a late cross.

Serge Aurier – 7

Played very well with some excellent tackles and a valuable attacking contribution as he burst down the right hand side and looked to put the ball into the box. However, the tackle which saw him sent off for a second yellow card was foolish and left his team-mates in real trouble.

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Toby Alderweireld – 8

Kept Aurier in check and often covered for him when he was caught out too far up the field. His experience and leadership alongside Davinson Sanchez will be a huge help as he adjusts to life in the Premier League.

Davinson Sanchez – 8

Hugely improved on his display against Swansea, he looked strong from the off making a crucial block in the opening minutes. His style and aggression were perfect for a heated derby game like this. Handled Andy Carroll well.

Jan Vertonghen – 8

Looks more comfortable going forwards on the left with every game. Looked solid and reliable at the back and like Alderweireld, helped Sanchez out at times as well.

Ben Davies – 7

Played in a more advanced position than he has previously found himself and delivered plenty of balls into the box. Those deliveries weren’t always the best, but after missing two games through injury some rustiness may be expected.

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Eric Dier – 7

Dier was the engine in midfield and did his job effectively and quietly. Did very little to stand out but cleared things up well when West Ham looked to break through the middle.

Moussa Sissoko – 6

Too many of his crosses failed to beat the first man when he was going forwards and then lost Chicharito and allowed him to score for his goal. Did little to justify a place in the starting line-up.

Christian Eriksen – 9

Scored with a pinpoint finish after being involved in the first goal, setting up Dele Alli to provide an assist for Harry Kane. At the heart of most of Spurs’ most threatening attacking play, he was a stand out performer.

Dele Alli – 8

Did well with his movement for the first two goals, claiming an assist for the first and having his shot saved before the striker scored the second. Could have got on the scoresheet later on but fluffed his lines and had a quiet second half.

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Harry Kane – 9

Hit the woodwork twice and found the back of the net twice too. Had less service in the second half but was still a threat. The Hammers looked terrified and struggled to keep up with the England international.

Subs
Harry Winks – 7

Made his presence felt and his energy was valuable late on against tired legs.

Kieran Trippier – 6

Brought on to add some defensive strength on the right but West Ham scored with a move down his flank.

Fernando Llorente – N/A

Held the ball up well in the final moments.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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