Spurs 3 – 1 Bournemouth Review

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Following victory on New Year’s Eve against an in-form Cherries side, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham now sit only one point adrift of fourth place.

Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most in-form teams for the majority of the 2023/24 season, and they knew that victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Bournemouth would be their third victory in their last four league matches.

This run began at the beginning of December when Ange Postecoglou’s Lilywhites welcomed a Newcastle United side led by Eddie Howe to North London. In the end, it was to be a very comfortable 4 – 1 success for the home side, who found the back of the Magpies’ net thanks to goals from Destiny Udogie (26’), Richarlison (38’, 60’) and Son Heung-Min (85’ – Penalty). Joelinton scored the visitors’ only goal in second-half stoppage time (90+1’).

This magnificent victory was followed by a trip to the City Ground to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest. The Portuguese Head Coach had previously managed Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. On this occasion, it was another comfortable win, this time by a 2 – 0 score line. Richarlison (45+2’) and Dejan Kulusevski (65’) were the goal scorers for the visitors.

Another tough test followed when Sean Dyche’s Everton were the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the day before Christmas Eve. This was a close contest, but thankfully for Spurs, they came out on top after emerging with a 2 – 1 win following early first-half goals from Richarlison (9’) and Son Heung-Min (18’). Andre Gomes (82’) was the goal scorer for the Toffees that day.

Unfortunately for Postecoglou’s side, their run of wins ended at the AMEX Stadium at the hands of Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton. In a 4 – 2 defeat, Spurs still got onto the scoresheet thanks to Alejo Veliz (81’) and Ben Davies (85’).

Then came the Premier League game against Andoni Iraola’s in-form Bournemouth side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on New Year’s Day. It was to be a 3 – 1 win for Spurs in the end, which made it three wins in their last four league matches.

Spurs opened the scoring within the first ten minutes of the match when midfielder Pape Matar Sarr found the bottom left corner from close range after receiving a pass from Giovani Lo Celso (9’). This early 1 – 0 advantage handed the home side the momentum in this match.

After an attempt on goal from Cherries forward Marcus Tavernier (14’), Tottenham did come close to doubling their lead when right-back Emerson Royal forced a save from Bournemouth Goalkeeper Neto (18’).

Son Heung-Min was the next player to come agonisingly close to scoring their side’s second goal of the game, only for his shot on goal to also be saved well by the Cherries’ Spanish stopper midway through the first half (25’).

Throughout the remainder of the opening 45 minutes, Bournemouth did begin to have a few more chances of their own. But, thankfully for Spurs, their visitors could not find the back of the net, and half-time came with the home team still in the lead thanks to Sarr’s early opening goal.

Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke had the first opportunity to score in the second half, but his two efforts on goal were saved (50’) and then blocked well by the Tottenham Hotspur defenders (51’).

Richarlison had Spurs’ first effort on goal in the second half just moments later, but his shot narrowly missed the target after the Brazilian had received a through ball from fellow forward Son Heung-Min (52’).

Finally, with less than twenty minutes remaining, Tottenham’s advantage was doubled to 2 – 0 after Son found the bottom right corner with a fierce close-range effort on goal following a through ball into his feet from Lo Celso (71’).

Richarlison then came close to making it three just a couple of minutes later, but his effort was saved by Neto after his shot had looked destined to find the bottom left corner. He then had a follow-up shot blocked by the Cherries’ defence (73’).

Then, with ten minutes remaining plus stoppage time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Richarlison finally got his goal to put the game’s outcome beyond doubt. He made it 3 – 0 after finding the back of Neto’s net with a close-range effort after former Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson had found him with a cross (80’).

A consolation goal for AFC Bournemouth did arrive in the form of Alex Scott’s first-ever Premier League goal with barely more than five minutes plus stoppage time remaining (84’).

It remained 3 – 1 at the final whistle, which confirmed a comfortable and deserved Premier League victory for Ange Postecoglou’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs were more clinical on the day, finding the net with 3 of their 6 efforts on target (they had 12 shots overall). As for Bournemouth, they scored one of their 4 on target (they had 24 shots in total).

Possession was in the home side’s favour, with Tottenham having 50.8% of the ball as opposed to Bournemouth’s 49.2%.

Following the match, Spurs Head Coach Ange Postecoglou had this to say (via Tottenham Hotspur’s Official Website): “We’re trying to build something here, and every game gives you an opportunity to grow in different ways. We were disappointed with the Brighton game (4-2 loss on Thursday), not with the performance, just elements of the way we went about things.

“Now, we’re playing a Bournemouth side, probably the most in-form team in the competition and, again, the effort the players are putting in, they’re giving the maximum in every game and that’s all we can ask.

“Again, they showed real resilience and that will help us moving forward. They’ve been doing that the whole time. Whatever bumps in the road we’ve had haven’t been through lack of effort, that helps us build what we want to build, because it’s not just about the football.”

Spurs’ next game will see them take on fellow Premier League side Burnley in the Third Round of the 2023/24 FA Cup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday 5th January 2024 (8pm Kick-Off).

Tottenham will face Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford (Sunday 14th January, 16:30 Kick-Off).

The next home league match will be against a Brentford side led by Bees Head Coach Thomas Frank on Wednesday, 31st January 2024, in a 19:30 Kick-Off in North London.

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