Three talking points as Tottenham Hotspur edged past Bournemouth
Christian Eriksen scored the only goal of the game against Bournemouth as Tottenham Hotspur claimed their maiden Premier League victory at Wembley Stadium. The Danish international struck in the 47th minute with a tidy finish, much to the relief of boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs have won all four of their away matches this season but it has taken until mid-October for them to celebrate a top-flight victory at Wembley. The result keeps them third in the table, while Bournemouth remain in the relegation zone. Here are three talking points.
Tottenham finally break their Wembley duck
It wasn’t pretty, but Spurs’ Wembley hoodoo can now be consigned to the history books. They had already dropped more points at ‘home’ than they had in the entire 2016/17 campaign at White Hart Lane and this was reflected in the anxiety of the supporters.
Bournemouth were no pushovers and on another day could have left the national stadium with at least a point. However, Eriksen’s goal, which came moments after the second-half restart, was enough to separate the two sides. If Tottenham are to finish in the top four for the third season running, they’ll need to be much more consistent at their temporary base.
Bournemouth are flattering to deceive
The clocks are still yet to go back, but Eddie Howe will be more than a trifle concerned with his side’s precarious position. Publicly he is saying all the right things, but the hard facts are they have only one win and four points from eight matches. Crystal Palace’s surprise victory over Chelsea means the Cherries are only one point above bottom spot.
Unlike previous battles, Bournemouth lined up with a five-man defence and made Spurs work hard. The visitors had chances to break the deadlock but couldn’t do so and were punished when Eriksen capitalised on poor defending. Howe’s attractive style is to be admired, but as yet this season it has not yielded enough points. The clock is ticking.
Spurs are not a one-man team
Pep Guardiola’s inflammatory comments that Tottenham were the ‘Harry Kane team’ clearly riled Pochettino, who hit back at the Manchester City manager prior to the Bournemouth clash. The Spurs boss will have been delighted that his side proved against the Cherries they are not reliant on one player.
Kane, back in a Tottenham shirt after scoring two in two for England during the international break, fired a blank against Bournemouth. He tested keeper Asmir Begovic on a couple of occasions but was unable to continue his fine scoring streak. Thankfully for Pochettino, though, Eriksen showed Spurs’ success is not predicated on one man.
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