Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe credited Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris following the goalless draw between the two teams on Thursday evening.
Spurs were held to a 0-0 stalemate away to Bournemouth in the midweek Premier League fixture, which was a dent to the club’s push for European qualification this season and leaves them ninth in the table.
With the north London derby up next at the weekend, Jose Mourinho’s team go into that off the back of a poor attacking display that saw them register zero shots on target and really struggle to provide any flair in the final thrd.
But there was a third clean sheet in four games to highlight the improvement at the back for Spurs and it’s something Mourinho prides himself on.
Howe singled out Spurs shot-stopper and captain Lloris for his excellent one-on-one save in the closing stages from attacker Harry Wilson.
The 33-year-old Frenchman was quick off his line to read a dangerous moment, before spreading himself to block the ball and deny Bournemouth a late winner.
“It was a good opportunity and I think there goalkeeper has done very well to save Harry’s opportunity,” Howe said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
TBR’s View – Spurs must fight back against Arsenal
Spurs fans won’t have been pleased with the latest showing from their team, who need to raise their game for the weekend’s home clash against Arsenal in the north London fixture.
Spurs have unquestionably in recent years been one of the most eye-catching teams to watch across Europe with an expansive style and plenty of high intensity, but it’s rivals Arsenal who look rejuvenated under Mikel Areta that go into the weekend with more momentum.
Mourinho’s side are going to need to defend well to keep out a dangerous attack that consists of marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s up to Spurs’ forward talents such as Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Giovani Lo Celso to be on the front foot with an aggressive approach.