Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur – Player ratings for Tottenham: Premier League (Part 2)

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Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur – Player ratings for Tottenham: Premier League (Part 2)
Dawson was at fault in Tottenham’s last match for Charlie Adam’s first penalty kick after the Englishman tried to play handball inside his own penalty area. However against Manchester City, the young defender was back to his best.
It can be said that Dawson was perhaps Tottenham’s best outfield player against Mancini’s men.
The center back was impervious in his distribution towards the likes of on the wings; he was also marvellous in his positioning and game reading technique throughout the encounter. In the second half
when Manchester City pushed on to kill the game with a second goal, Dawson complimented his defensive partner superbly as Tottenham kept it tight at the back to give themselves a fighting chance in the dying moments of the matchup. Rating: 8/10
Danny Rose
For an inexperienced left back who was making just his second league start of the season against a tricky winger like Adam Johnson, Rose did pretty well for most part of the match. However it can be said that he was at fault for
Peter Crouch’s goal. In the build-up to the goal, James Milner was allowed to collect the ball inside the Tottenham penalty area before crossing it towards Edin Dzeko.
Rose was at fault for not spotting the Englishman’s run down the right hand side of City’s attack. He was also at fault for allowing
In the second half Rose was completely out played by Yaya Toure after the Ivory Coast midfielder switched to the right hand side of Manchester City’s attack following Vieira’s introduction into the match. Rating: 6/10
Palacios was one of Tottenham’s best players last season. His defensive midfield role was praised throughout the English Premier League and in the close season Harry Redknapp did very well to hold onto the Honduran midfielder with
reported interest from Manchester United and When the 2010-2011 season kicked off, Palacios was once again on a fiery run of form but then Tottenham’s defensive enforcer faded away in the second half of the season.
Against Manchester City, Palacios hardly had enough time to make his mark on the game as he was substituted in the 32nd minute of the first half due to a hamstring injury. The midfielder was already struggling when Peter
Crouch’s own goal went in but at the start of the match he did a terrific man-marking job on Yaya Toure. After his removal from the match, City gained more space and time on the ball in central midfield which worked against the away side’s interests. Rating:
Aaron Lennon
Tottenham’s most threatening offensive player on the night, Lennon was much more effective in the first half than in the second one. He was sent racing in behind the Manchester City defence on a couple of occasions in the first
45 minutes but most of his time his final pass left a lot to be desired.
In the 28th minute, Lennon played in a wonderful pass towards but the Croatian midfielder failed to finish the chance off. It was perhaps Lennon’s best contribution in a match whereas Tottenham looked like
dead rubber all along. In the second half, Lennon faded away from the match as he was match stride to stride by Rating: 7/10
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