Rating the Spurs Players Against Wigan

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

Rating the Spurs Players Against Wigan

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    On Saturday, the Tottenham Hotspurs were dealt a big blow after tying Wigan 2-2 in an away game.

    The match got off to a blistering start, with each club scoring a goal in the first 11 minutes. 

    After Wigan scored early in the second half, Spurs equalized in the 89th minute on an own goal by Emmerson Boyce, who had scored the first Wigan goal of the match as well.

    With the draw, Spurs temporarily drew level with Chelsea for fourth place. Chelsea plays Swansea City on Sunday and they could easily extend their lead over Spurs back to three points.

    Here are the comprehensive player ratings for every Tottenham player who stepped on to the pitch against Wigan on Saturday afternoon. 

Goalkeeper

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    Player: Hugo Lloris

    Rating: 6.8 

    Lloris may have conceded two goals on Saturday, but his efforts in net during the second half kept Tottenham in the match 

    The Frenchman made three saves overall, including one on a tricky curling shot by Ronnie Stam just a minute before the second Wigan goal. 

    Overall, it was not the best match of the season for Lloris, but it was far from his worst. 

Defenders

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    Players: Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson, Kyle Naughton

    Ratings: Walker: 6.5; Vertonghen: 6.5; Dawson: 6.3; Naughton: 6.2

    Walker had a productive match at the right-back position by winning 100 percent of his aerial battles and earning 79 touches. 

    Walker was able to put some pressure on Wigan left-back Jean Beausejour in attack, but his main contributions on Saturday came in the defensive sector.

    Vertonghen failed to mark Emmerson Boyce on the first Wigan goal and he tried to make up for his error by sending in a few lofty passes to the forward combination of Jermain Defoe, Clint Dempsey and Gareth Bale. 

    Dawson had the second-highest amount of touches for Spurs with 93 and he picked up a yellow card in the 82nd minute for a foul on Arouna Kone. 

    Naughton only played 64 of the 90 minutes on Saturday because manager Andre Villas-Boas opted to send on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is the more offensive-minded left-back in the Tottenham squad. 

Midfielders

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    Players: Moussa Dembele, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker

    Ratings: Dembele: 6; Huddlestone: 7.2; Parker: 6.5

    Andre Villas-Boas opted for a 4-3-3 formation on Saturday and he adjusted his midfield to fit that formation.

    Dembele was cast out to the left side of the midfield, but he only lasted 41 minutes because of an apparent hamstring injury.

    Huddlestone was very productive on set pieces, with his free-kick in the 89th minute wreaking havoc in the penalty area to set up the second Spurs goal of the match. 

    The 26-year-old, who impressed as a substitute against Manchester City last week, led Spurs in touches with 111 and he also hit the post with a free-kick in the fifth minute.

    Parker was out of his normal defensive midfield position and he was not as effective as he usually is against Wigan. 

    The Englishman did attempt to move forward in attack, but his best effort on goal saw his shot soar into the stands. 

Forwards

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    Players: Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale

    Ratings: Dempsey: 6.2; Defoe: 6; Bale: 7.5

    Dempsey and Defoe did not make worthwhile appearances in the Tottenham attack until late in the second half, when Spurs were chasing an equalizer. 

    The duo combined for four total shots and 63 touches, 44 of which belonged to Dempsey. 

    If Spurs do want to find themselves in the UEFA Champions League next season, both Dempsey and Defoe will have to show up for the full 90 minutes for the rest of the season.

    Bale showed tremendous effort on his goal in the ninth minute, as he chased down a lazy exchange between Joel Robles and Maynor Figueroa. 

    The Welshman was also present in the penalty area when the second Spurs goal was scored, but Lewis Holtby should be given more credit for that goal, as he put pressure on Emmerson Boyce. 

Substitutes

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    Players: Lewis Holtby, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon

    Ratings: Holtby: 6.8; Assou-Ekotto: 6.3; Lennon: 6.3

    Holtby appeared on the pitch for the first time in the 41st minute for the injured Moussa Dembele and had a big impact on the second Spurs goal in the 89th minute.

    After Tom Huddlestone's free-kick was driven across the ground of the penalty area, Holtby put pressure on Emmerson Boyce and forced Boyce to knock in an own goal past Joel Robles. 

    Assou-Ekotto was sent on to the pitch in the 64th minute by AVB to try and provide more firepower to the Spurs attack. 

    The left-back did make a few runs forward, but he did not have a huge impact on the result of the match.

    Lennon was brought on to the pitch 10 minutes after Assou-Ekotto and he was assigned with the role of providing more pace in the Spurs attack.

    Lennon was able to do that a few times in the final minutes of the match, but he did not provide the final touch leading up to the second goal of the match for the North London outfit. 

    What grade would you give the Spurs players for their performance against Wigan?

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