Pulled off several easy stops, and one brilliant one from Bale in the first half, but definitely should’ve done better with Bale’s first goal as the ‘keeper got a hand to the winger’s strike. Out-smarted for the second as Bale’s finish was sublime.
Made several good blocks and interceptions, but almost made a catastrophic error when Bale robbed the ball from him just outside the area, but the winger couldn’t hit the target. Was often dragged out to the right to help De Laet with Bale, a job Crofts should have been doing.
Almost afforded Spurs a very good opportunity in the opening minutes, but his blushes were spared as Adebayor couldn’t find a teammate. Aside from that early mistake, the American had a decent game and always looked to pick out a player in attack when bringing the ball out of defense. Made a brilliant tackle in the area on Modric as the Croatian was about to shoot.
R. De Laet
Initially started on the left and wasn’t given too much to think about, however it was a different story entirely when he switched to the right as the Belgian, on-loan from Manchester United, was given the run-around by Bale. Looked more comfortable in attack and against any player other than Bale. Forced off in second half with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Did fairly well at left back against Kyle Walker. The only player in the squad from Norwich’s last season in the Premier League and he showed his experience again and again to block Walker’s crosses.
Played very narrow, therefore giving Kyle Walker a very easy time at right back and also gave the England international ample opportunity to attack. Was neat in possession, but often shifted the ball when he could’ve held on to it a little longer. Won a free-kick on the edge of the area before taking it and missing by a couple of inches.
Was expected to be out on the right wing, but drifted into the center just as much, something that was quite detrimental to De Laet’s chances against Bale. Was good in possession, but should have offered more width and more crosses. Replaced by Pilkington with 15 to go.
Managed some nice touches at times, but was given little time on the ball in the first-half as the visitors exerted a lot of pressure. As the hosts saw off Spurs’ pressure, Hoolahan was at the center of every Norwich attack, but his forward passes were often too clever for his forwards.
Struggled to get to grips with the dominant Modric and Sandro during the first period, having little answer to the duo. As the first half progressed and as Norwich got into the match a bit more, the midfielder was given slightly more time on the ball.
Lucky to escape without a booking for a high arm when challenging Assou-Ekotto in the first half. Did his best to make things happen up-front for the Canaries, throwing his weight about an awful lot, but given very few sights of goal.
Similarly to his partner in attack, his physical presence was a problem for the Spurs defense, but also had few chances. Went close with a curling effort, but Friedel knew it was going wide as soon as it left the former Millwall striker’s foot.
Very easy night for the American. His most worrying moment of the match saw Surman’s free-kick go wide of his right-hand post and hardly made a save.
Often struggled with Holt’s physicality as the 30 year-old continuously looked to get in between the ball and the defense, but the France international looked more comfortable than his partner. Won his share of the tussles, but certainly not his easiest night in a Spurs shirt.
Taunted by the Norwich fans, who called him a worse Kyle Naughton, although not quite as politely put. Rarely found in his own half during the first half and was always an outlet in attack as he effectively played as a right-winger, however his final-ball could have been so much better.
Incurred the wrath of the home support inside the first five minutes as the former Lens man went tumbling after a challenge from crowd-favorite Grant Holt. Just like Walker on the right, spent most of his time in attack. Replaced by Rose with 20 minutes to go.
Couldn’t handle Holt’s physical presence at all and was also given a tough time by Morison, particularly in the first half. Given very little to think about after halftime as Norwich was deflated after Bale’s opener.
Norwich had little answer for the Welshman, who was rampant at times. Received more than his fair-share of stick from the home fans, but responded with his football. Missed a brilliant chance on the half-hour mark as he missed the target from seven yards out, but he made amends, scoring with an easy finish 10 minutes into the second half then added a second with 25 minutes to go with a cleverly taken chip over the on-rushing Ruddy. Marvelous performance.
Ran the game at times. The Croatian was a delight to behold in the midfield, pulling off the numerous clever flicks that Adebayor couldn’t. Supremely accurate with his passing and showed immense drive from his deep position.
His usual combative self in the center for Spurs and he even did his best to add an extra player to the attack when invited forward. Given a good reception from all fans when replaced by Livermore in injury time.
R. van der Vaart
Very quiet in the first-half, but did a bit more after the break, started a few attacks from deep and always looked for Adebayor. Eventually taken off for Kranjcar.
The quietest of Spurs’ midfield, but what he had to do, he did well. Broke up the play and gave the ball to the attackers, can’t really ask for too much more.
Attempted fancy flick after fancy flick but time and time again he couldn’t pull them off, and little else was working for him either. Probably should have given Spurs the lead in the 32nd minute, but his touch in front of Ruddy was heavy. Despite failing many times with his footwork, he kept faith in his ability and he eventually set up Bale for the opener with some brilliant close control in the area.
- 13 D. Rudd
Replaced the injured De Laet with about 30 minutes to go. Didn't have too much to deal with, but did find himself used as an unorthodox striker at times.
Given the last 15 minutes.
- 4 B. Johnson
Came on with Bennett with 15 minutes to go but bossed by Walker.
- 21 A. Wilbraham