Spurs 2-1 Middlesbrough: (match report)
Yesteday afternoon Spurs extended their unbeaten run in the premier league to six matches after Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside stadium. Spurs looked sharp from the offing as they searched for an early goal and after an excellent start the Lillywhites broke the deadlock after just seven minutes courtesy of Son. The goal came about after Janssen received the ball from the resulting corner as the Dutchman held the ball before passing to Son, who danced his way through the Middlesbrough defence before firing the ball into the back of the net from ten yards. Less than 15 minutes later Son continued his rich vein of form after he netted Spurs’s second of the game after the South Korea international scored an excellent solo goal. Son showed great persistence as he worked hard to get the back the ball after he was tackled, and the winger won it back as he made his way back to a more central position in the box before curling a wonderful effort which nestled in to the top right hand corner of the net. We continued to dominate the game and ten minutes before the interval Spurs almost put the game to bed, after Son crossed the ball to Eriksen the Denmark international seemed destined to score as he let fly, but his effort was blocked by George Friend. The rebound came to Sissoko who on the right side of the box fired an effort at goal however, Victor Valdes thwarted the Frenchman’s effort with a fine save.
On the stroke of half time Dele Alli went desperately close to getting Spurs’s third of the game after the 20 year old was found by Eriksen inside the box but an off balance Alli blazed his effort over the crossbar. We continued to control the game in the second half and shortly after the hour mark Dele Alli again went close to netting Spurs’s third of the afternoon. Alli discovered space outside the area before firing an effort at goal however, Ali’s powerful effort flew narrowly over the cross bar. However, just a few minutes later the Teeside club pulled a goal back after defender Ben Gibson headed home from Stewart Downing’s whipped free kick. Eleven minutes later Middlesbrough came close to getting an equaliser through substitute Jordan Rhodes after the Scotland international got on the end of Stewart Downing’s cross as he forced a comfortable save out of Lloris. The final score was a deserved 2-1 victory for Spurs, the Lillywhites had an excellent game in North Yorkshire as they dominated the match, playing excellent free flowing football in the process. COYS
My man of the match: Son, who played superbly yet again as he scored a brace putting his tally to four league goals in the premier league this season.
– Son had 4 shots against Middlesbrough scoring two goals, Son also had a 90% passing accuracy.
– Spurs had 19 attempts on goal yesterday afternoon.
– Spurs had 59% of ball possession
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend (c); De Roon, Clayton (Forshaw 82); Stuani, Ramirez (Traore 59), Downing; Negredo (Rhodes 59). Substitutes (not used): Guzan, Ayala, Fischer, Nsue.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Wanyama, Alli; Sissoko (Lamela 69), Eriksen (Nkoudou 90), Son; Janssen (Winks 86). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer.
Goals: Middlesbrough – Gibson 66; Spurs – Son 7, 23.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Walker 63; Middlesbrough – Traore 87, Friend 90+6.