How Bournemouth's players rated in their goalless draw with Tottenham
After a tricky start to the season, Bournemouth have really started to hit their stride. They had won their three previous home games before their 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime, but their performance was good enough to suggest that the club can still be very optimistic for the season ahead.
The Cherries probably had the best two chances of the game, falling to Charlie Daniels and Benik Afobe, in a game which frustrated their opposition. Harry Arter was everywhere in midfield and the defence stood up incredibly strongly to Spurs’ attacking threat.
Here’s how Bournemouth’s players rated:
Artur Boruc – 6
Forced into a couple of sharp stops to deny a deflected effort from Eriksen and a scuffed chance from Danny Rose, but barely had anything to do thanks to his excellent defence. Sometimes looked slightly uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, but all in all, a solid display.
Adam Smith – 7
Didn’t have the opportunity to get forward with gusto very often, but stuck to his defensive duties very well. He put in a great tackle late on to deny Erik Lamela the chance to give Tottenham a late winner. Never really looked threatened by Spurs’ front four down his right hand side.
Steve Cook – 7
A very good performance from the Bournemouth centre half. Never really looked threatened by the differing threats of Son and Janssen and executed a couple of excellent tackles when Spurs appeared to be launching any dangerous attacks.
Simon Francis – 7
Like Cook, captain Francis put in a very mature defensive performance that Spurs could not break down. Was slightly more restrained than Cook going into tackles, but this worked in Bournemouth’s favour as he mopped up all danger. Put in a wicked cross at the end which could have led to a winner from Afobe.
Charlie Daniels – 6
Spurs probably had their most dangerous attacks on the right, down Daniels’ side of the pitch, with Erik Lamela in particular causing the former Tottenham man a few minor problems. Still, he stuck to his defensive task well and very nearly put Bournemouth into an early lead from a well worked corner. Only a brilliant save from Lloris stopped him being the hero.
Dan Gosling – 7
Replacing the ill Andrew Surman just before kick-off, Gosling did not look at all flustered or unprepared in an unflappable midfield display. He held his position in front pf the back four excellently and stuck to Alli and Eriksen like glue whenever they got into central positions.
Harry Arter- 8
Was perhaps a bit enthusiastic with some of his challenges, but Arter dominated the midfield and directed the tempo of the game with his boundless energy. Spurs, Victor Wanyama in particular, could not deal with his constant harrying, and he was calm and considered when he got on the ball. Man of the match performance.
Josh King – 5
Another replacement in the team, coming in for the impressive Junior Stanislas, but King failed to have much of an impact on the game. He worked hard, but rarely provided the kind of dangerous wing play that could have cause Tottenham real problems.
Jordon Ibe – 6
Was dangerous on the odd occasions that he decided to try and take Walker on the outside, but killed the momentum of a few too many attacks thanks to his propensity to check back inside. Still, he is showing signs that he is starting to fit in on the South Coast.
Jack Wilshere – 6
Completed 90 minutes in the Premier League for the first time since 2014, which is the biggest positive he can take from the game. Victor Wanyama kept a close eye on him, but there were a couple of occasions where his link up play with Wilson looked pretty promising. A good day, overall.
Callum Wilson – 7
Nothing really fell for Wilson in terms of chances, but his persistent running and energy up top gave Bournemouth the platform to relieve the pressure from Spurs attacks. He gave Vertonghen a lot of issues with his energy but just didn’t get a real chance to put his side into the lead.
Max Gradel (for Ibe 60′) – 5
Lacked finesse at crucial moments. Was brought on to be a pacey option to tire the Spurs defence but his touche let him down too often. Missed the chance to play Wilshere through for a one-on-one late on.
Benik Afobe (for Wilson 82′) – N/A
Had a good chance with a header, but was not on the pitch long enough to alter the outcome of the game.
Ryan Fraser (for King 88′) – N/A
Showed his speed and tenacity in a five minute cameo. A first Premier League run out since August for the Scot.