Rating the Spurs Players Against Sunderland

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

Rating the Spurs Players Against Sunderland

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    Tottenham's strong second half performance led them to a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light over hosts Sunderland on Saturday.

    After conceding a goal late in the first half to John O'Shea, the Spurs' attack woke up in the second half with two goals scored in a six-minute span.

    The first of the two Spurs goals came by way of a Carlos Cuellar own goal as the Sunderland defender headed home a corner kick.

    Aaron Lennon scored the winning goal for the North London club in the 51st minute as he displayed his fast pace on the right wing to burst into the penalty area and score. 

    While players like Lennon and Gareth Bale had solid performances on Saturday, there were plenty of Spurs players who could have done much better.

    Here are the player ratings for all of the Tottenham players that stepped on the pitch at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

    Ratings are based off of a scale from one to 10, with a 10 being the best grade to receive. 

Goalkeeper

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    Player: Hugo Lloris

    Rating: 7

    Lloris had another quiet match in goal on Saturday as he was only forced to make three saves.

    The first-choice Spurs keeper did let in a goal in the 40th minute, but it was off of a deflection after a free kick.

    The goal did break the three-match clean sheet streak that Lloris had going after shutting out Swansea, Stoke and Aston Villa

Defenders

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    Players: Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker, Kyle Naughton

    Ratings: Walker: 6.5; Dawson: 6.7; Caulker: 7; Naughton: 7

    Walker and Dawson were constantly caught out by Sunderland's speedy winger, Stephane Sessegnon, for most of the match.

    Walker committed the biggest error of any Spurs player on Saturday when he fouled Sessegnon in the 40th minute.

    That foul led to the free kick that produced the only Sunderland goal.

    Dawson also committed a silly foul on Sessegnon in the 69th minute, which resulted in a yellow card for the central defender.  

    Caulker was the better of the defensive pair in the center of the back four, but he did not do anything significant to stick out. 

    Naughton did not perform as well as Jan Vertonghen has at the left-back position in attack this season, but he did deliver a good defensive showing on Saturday.

Midfielders

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    Players: Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Moussa Dembele, Gareth Bale

    Ratings: Lennon: 7.7; Sandro: 7.3; Dembele: 7.3; Bale: 8

    The Tottenham midfield once again impressed on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

    Lennon created a piece of brilliance in the 51st minute when he scored the winning goal for Tottenham. 

    The right winger's performance on Saturday was his best in over a month as the England international proved that his recent lack of form was just a fluke. 

    Sandro and Dembele continued their dominance in the center of midfield once again on Saturday.

    Sandro has been one of the most improved players in the EPL this season, while Dembele has proven to be Spurs' best summer signing so far. 

    Bale had his usual excellent performance on the left wing, but his strong performance was marred by a yellow card in the 81st minute.

    The Welshman was incorrectly booked by referee Martin Atkinson for what the official thought was a dive in the penalty area. 

    The booking was the fifth yellow card picked up by Bale this season, and he will consequently be suspended for the New Year's Day match with Reading at White Hart Lane.

Forwards

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    Players: Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe

    Ratings: Adebayor: 6; Defoe: 6

    Out of the two forwards out on the pitch in the 4-4-2 formation for Spurs, Adebayor was the more productive of the two.

    However, Adebayor missed two clear-cut chances on goal. The first came in the 30th minute when he hit the top of the crossbar with his shot; the second came in the 82nd minute when his shot was saved by Sunderland keeper, Simon Mignolet, on a breakaway.

    Defoe had another lackluster showing up front with Adebayor and may see his starting position taken away if he cannot score goals soon. 

Substitutes

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    Players: Clint Dempsey, Scott Parker, Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Ratings: Dempsey: 6.2; Parker: 6; Sigurdsson: 6

    Dempsey came on in the 76th minute for Jermain Defoe and produced a pass that went through to the feet of Emmanuel Adebayor in the 82nd minute.

    The American did not earn an assist on the chance because Adebayor could not get the ball past Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet. 

    Parker entered the match in the 83rd minute for his fourth consecutive appearance as a substitute since returning from his Achilles injury.

    Sigurdsson came on in stoppage time of the second half and did not have time to make an impact on the match.

     

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