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The real Dele Alli stands up: Full player ratings as Spurs get first win under Mourinho

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:32, 23 November 2019

Tottenham Hotspur achieved their first away league win since January, beating West Ham 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura gave Tottenham a two-goal lead going into half-time before Harry Kane further increased their advantage shortly after the break.

Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna pulled goals back for the hosts but it would not prevent Jose Mourinho getting a win in his first game as Tottenham manager.

Here’s how the players rated at the London Stadium:

West Ham United

Roberto – 2 – He did make one or two good saves but it was more of the same for Roberto. The Spaniard looked the opposite of safe hands, lacking confidence and composure when dealing with crosses into the box. Allowed Son’s goal to go through him, almost as though he wasn’t there.

Ryan Fredericks – 6 – West Ham’s best attacking player in the first half, looking to get at Davies when he could. Produced a good cross into the box for West Ham’s best chance. Was under fire defensively however, without much help from his teammates.

Issa Diop – 4 – Didn’t actually start too badly but regressed as the game went on. Lost the ball in the build up to Son’s goal and was then beaten in the air by Kane for Tottenham’s third. Did produce a wonderful tackle to prevent Kane from making it four, however.

Angelo Ogbonna – 4 – Like Diop, started fairly well but fell apart as Tottenham’s confidence grew. Scored a late consolation goal.

Aaron Cresswell – 4 – Had a relatively quiet first half in both defence and attack as Spurs favoured the opposing wing. But he should have done more to stop Lucas getting in front of him for the Brazilian’s goal.

Declan Rice – 7 – Possibly West Ham’s best player in the first half, looking composed on the ball while also strong defensively through the middle. Kept his levels up after half-time and thought he had pulled another goal back for West Ham late on but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Andriy Yarmolenko – 2 – Really struggled in his 55 minutes on the pitch, not adding too much in attack or defence – leaving Fredericks overrun at times.

Mark Noble – 7 – Was decent in midfield alongside Rice, but let down by his teammates until it was too late.

Robert Snodgrass – 4 – Tried to get West Ham forward but was unable to produce anything of note until late in the game.

Felipe Anderson – 2 – A really quiet first half for the Brazilian, who was taken off at half-time.

Sebastien Haller – 2 – Had West Ham’s best chance, heading straight at Gazzaniga, but that was his only contribution of the first half. Looked anonymous and uninterested otherwise.

Substitutes:

Michail Antonio (for Anderson 45) – 8 – Within the first few minutes of the second half, Antonio had already contributed more than the man he replaced. Pulled one back for West Ham with a good finish.

Pablo Fornals (for Yarmolenko 56) – 5 – Didn’t add too much after coming on with Antonio hogging the attacking limelight.

Carlos Sanchez (for Diop 64) – 5 – His arrival was greeted with boos from West Ham fans but he did help keep the midfield solid – although Tottenham took their foot off the gas slightly.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga – 5 – Had very little to do in the first half. Beaten by the power of Antonio’s strike but should have done better for Ogbonna’s finish.

Serge Aurier – 7 – A solid game defensively and sent in a pinpoint cross for Kanes header.

Toby Alderweireld – 6 – Largely untested at the back but looked strong to keep Haller quiet. Was perhaps beaten too easily by a simple skill from Antonio for the Englishman’s goal.

Davinson Sanchez – 6 – Kept West Ham’s attack very quiet alongside Alderweireld for most of the game but let himself down slightly in losing Ogbonna for West Ham’s second.

Ben Davies – 6 – Did not get forward as much as he may have been expected to, but was solid defensively.

Eric Dier – 5 – The midfielder did not have the best game in the middle of the pitch, struggling to make an impact both defensively or while on the ball.

Harry Winks – 7 – Always moved about the pitch making himself available to teammates in trying to get the ball forward. A good display.

Lucas Moura – 7 – Showed good awareness to get into the box and finish Son’s cross, finishing well at the far post. Continued to threaten West Ham’s defence in the second half.

Dele Alli – 9 – The midfielder’s best game for some time. Looked to break West Ham’s defence with him passing from the start, with a few decent passes through to Kane – who couldn’t time his runs. Set up Son’s goal with another fine pass through the defence and played a big part in Tottenham’s second, managing to keep the ball on the pitch with a neat flick while on the floor. Certainly Dele Alli, and not his brother.

Son Heung-min – 8 – Another excellent game for the South Korean, who looked to capitalise on poor defending. Opened the scoring with a decent finish through Roberto and then set up Lucas with a good ball across the area.

Harry Kane – 7 – Played on the edge of West Ham’s backline, feeling that’s where he could hurt them the most. Two early offside calls weren’t great but he managed to beat the defence in the second half to score Tottenham’s third with a good header.

Substitutes:

Danny Rose (for Davies 75) – 5 – Replacing the injured Davies, Ross helped secure Tottenham’s win.

Christian Eriksen (for Alli 79) – N/A – Did not have enough time to make an impact.

Moussa Sissoko (for Lucas 82) – N/A – A late sub.

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