Tottenham vs. Bolton: Player Ratings from Spurs' 3-0 Win
With this afternoon's win, Tottenham matched a club record of six straight league wins in the Premiership.
Fans at White Hart Lane guessed that it was going to be three points by the end of the match, but they could have never guessed just how easy it was going to be.
Speedy winger Gareth Bale scored just seven minutes into the match off a fast break down the left side of the pitch. Bolton then put themselves out of contention as Gary Cahill committed a needless foul on Scott Parker, earning a red card and putting Wanderers down a man.
With the advantage in the scoreline—and in total men on the pitch—Tottenham knocked in two more goals before the final whistle, winning 3-0 and moving into second place on the league table.
It was just another day at the office for Tottenham, but how did all the players do? Check out my ratings and tell me if you agree.
William Gallas: 7.5
Paired well with Kaboul and filled in well at center-back for Ledley King. Bolton never really had any chances to get on the scoreline and rarely put together attacks that moved inside the Tottenham penalty area.
Younes Kaboul: 7.5
No news is good news, right? Bolton's Kevin Davies was a non-factor in this game and that's because of the work that Gallas and Kaboul did in the center of the defense. Kaboul helped support the attack on the right side of the pitch, even getting a chance to knock a shot at goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 7.5
Incredibly disciplined and had incredible energy, running up and down the left side of the pitch as though he were Gareth Bale. Supported the attack well and prevented any build up by Mark Davies.
Kyle Walker: 8.0
Easily the most versatile and energetic defender on the pitch. Blocked off the right side from attack, knocked a shot at goal and had a superb interception from Chris Eagles in the middle of the first half.
Scott Parker: 8.0
Paired well with Modric in the middle of the field and his tackling led directly to Gary Cahill's frustrating and senseless red card. The midfield was organized and fluid, thanks in large part to Parker.
Luka Modric: 7.5
As already said, paired well with Parker in the midfield. Almost found the back of the net in the second half with a beautiful, curling shot. Fine passing, excellent crosses, everything fans have come to expect from the Croatian international.
Gareth Bale: 8.0
Man of the match. Opened up the scoring with a quick run down the left side of the field and played as well as any midfielder in the league for the first 45 minutes. Took his foot off the gas in the second half. Would have liked to have seen a second goal, but his assist on Defoe's score produced the same result.
Aaron Lennon: 7.5
Scored his second goal of the season, so cheers for him. Showed his ability to cross the ball well, especially in the second half.
Rafael Van der Vaart: 6.0
Came on in the waning minutes of the game, but was never pressured to do anything more than dump the ball off. Bolton had quit long before he came into the game.
Jake Livermore: N/A
Played well for the five or so minutes he was given, but didn't really do anything. Wasn't asked to either.
Emmanuel Adebayor: 6.0
After two goals and an assist last week, Adebayor missed several chances this game and was (surprisingly) the most disappointing player on the pitch for Tottenham. He needs to be consistent though. What if Tottenham was facing Chelsea and lost 3-2? His missed opportunities would serve as a larger concern than they do right now.
Jermain Defoe: 8.0
Caused fits for Bolton's defense, especially after they lost Cahill to red card. His assist to Lennon in the 50th minute was a thing of beauty. His tap in just minutes later showed how smart he is—putting himself in great position and knocking in an easy one.