Rating the Tottenham Players Against Coventry

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2013

Rating the Tottenham Players Against Coventry

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    On Saturday Tottenham advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane over League One side Coventry City

    Andre Villas-Boas' club were the beneficiaries of two goals from American Clint Dempsey and one goal from spectacular Welsh winger Gareth Bale. 

    Bale and Dempsey combined for two of the three goals in the dominant performance by the home side. 

    The win over Coventry was a solid performance from everyone involved, and here are the match ratings for every Spurs player that took the pitch on Saturday at White Hart Lane. 


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    Player: Brad Friedel

    Rating: 7

    Friedel was handed his first start since December 6, when he played against Panathinaikos in the Europa League. 

    The 41-year-old American did not have to do much on Saturday, but when he was needed, he came through with easy saves to thwart any thought of a Coventry comeback. 

    Friedel was forced to make four saves against the League One side, whose best chances came towards the end of the first half after they were already three goals down. 


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    Players: Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Ratings: Naughton: 7.2; Dawson: 7; Caulker: 7; Assou-Ekotto: 7.1

    The Tottenham back four were not tested too much throughout Saturday's match. 

    Naughton continued his impressive development at the full-back position with a strong performance at right-back in place of Kyle Walker, who was being rested on Saturday.

    Dawson and Caulker were able to hold the Coventry attack to very few chances with ease, as the visitors presented very few attacking opportunities during the entire match.

    Assou-Ekotto made just his first appearance for Spurs since suffering a knee injury back in September. 

    The best run forward that the left-back had came in the 53rd minute when he combined with Gareth Bale and sent a pass into the penalty area towards Tom Huddlestone. 

    The Cameroon international did not have to worry about the attacking end of his game on Saturday, as Bale took control of the left wing from the first minute. 


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    Players: Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Ratings: Bale: 9.5; Huddlestone: 7; Parker: 7; Sigurdssson: 8.8

    Bale ran rampant down the left wing, as Coventry could not control the Welsh winger at all on Saturday.

    Bale combined well with Clint Dempsey during the first half, and he netted a goal off of a shot by Dempsey that was deflected towards the goal.

    The Welsh winger was able to volley home the deflection past Coventry keeper Joe Murphy for his 10th goal of the season. 

    Huddlestone and Parker replaced the usual central midfield duo of Sandro and Mousa Dembele.

    The starting pair on Saturday did not have the same effect in the attack that the regular starting duo usually has, but that was not needed, because of Bale's dominance. 

    Sigurdsson played a crucial part in two of the three Tottenham goals. 

    It was Sigurdsson's free kick that produced the first goal of the match, when Bale flicked a pass on to Dempsey, who finished off the brilliant piece of play with a goal.

    Sigurdsson directly combined with Dempsey on the club's third goal, as the Icelandic midfielder sent a corner kick into the penalty area that found the head of the American. 


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    Players: Emmanuel Adebayor, Clint Dempsey

    Ratings: Adebayor: 6.5; Dempsey: 9

    After showing signs of promise against Reading on New Year's Day, Adebayor had a horrible match against Coventry on Saturday. 

    The Togo international did not make the most of his opportunities and looked lethargic at some points during his 90 minutes on the pitch.

    Dempsey's performance was the complete opposite of that of his forward partner on Saturday. 

    The American scored two goals, in the 14th and 37th minutes, to seal the victory for Spurs before the halftime whistle blew. 

    The first goal scored by Dempsey was produced from a lovely flick-on by Bale off of a free kick by Sigurdsson. 

    Dempsey's second goal showcased his aerial abilities, as he headed home a Sigurdsson corner kick to clinch the victory for the North London club. 


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    Players: Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele, Tom Carroll

    Ratings: Townsend: 6.2; Dembele: 6; Carroll: 6

    All three substitutes came on in the second half when the match was already decided.

    Townsend came on in the 69th minute to replace Bale after his magnificent performance. 

    Townsend did produce one shot in the 80th minute, as he hit the side netting in an effort to score a fourth Tottenham goal. 

    Dembele and Carroll both came on with 10 minutes left to give Parker and Sigurdsson a well-deserved rest. 

    Neither midfielder produced anything to write home about during their time on the pitch. 


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