Match Report: Spurs vs Bournemouth
Christian Eriksen scores to help Tottenham claim their first Premier League win at Wembley Stadium. As you would expect against 19th-positioned Bournemouth, Spurs dominated possession in the first third of the game. However, as you wouldn’t expect, Bournemouth had two very promising opportunities to go ahead against Spurs. Davinson Sanchez executed a crucial block to deny Stanislas a shot on goal. Shortly after, Eric Dier was set to score an own goal having failed to deal with a threatening Bournemouth corner. The situation demanded a strong and flexible Hugo Lloris to think fast and keep the scores balanced. The Cherries defended well throughout the first half, weathering attacks from Kane and Eriksen to keep themselves in contention.
Tottenham seemed to have stepped it up a gear when they returned to the pitch in the second period. Pochettino possibly had to share a few words of encouragement, or perhaps the weight of another winless match at Wembley started to play on the minds of the Spurs players. Just two minutes after the restart, Christian Eriksen sent Steve Cook the wrong way with a drop of the shoulder and comfortably beat Begovic to give Tottenham the lead. Nothing can be taken away from Begovic’s overall impressive performance. Around the hour mark, the Bosnian international was forced to make a double save which denied Harry Kane from increasing the deficit. I believe it was this standout moment that earnt the Bournemouth keeper the man of the match award.
Lloris was called into action as Jermain Defoe threatened against his old club in the 75th minute. Hugo swung out his leg and beat the ball away with his stretched out foot to keep his clean sheet for the game. Begovic stepped up twice more in the final 15 minutes crucially denying Eriksen and N’Koudou from increasing the Spurs lead. All in all, Begovic produced 5 critical saves. Bournemouth will walk away from Wembley with a loss, but not an embarrassing one – thanks to the remarkable exhibition of their trusty number one.
Spurs vs Bournemouth Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 73,502
Starting Line-ups: Spurs v Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Winks, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Francis, Cook, Aké, Daniels, Cook, Surman, Stanislas, Gosling, King
“We are very pleased, you need to win and take the three points. I think they played deep in the first half and we made some mistakes in our position. But in the second half, we worked and fixed that, our formation in possession was good, then we dominated. The fans were fantastic today, I am happy with the relationship between the team and our supporters.”
Man of the Match
Asmir Begovic fully deserves this accolade this game following an extraordinary string of saves to keep the deficit to just one goal.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs have a testy fixture against Real Madrid in the Champions League midweek. The Lilywhites travel to the Bernabau to continue their impressive undefeated group run.