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November 8, 2012 10:05 PM SAST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ A. Munukka‎
Attendance:‬ 27089‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 3-1 Maribor

An excellent Jermain Defoe hat-trick gives Andre Villas-Boas a first and much-needed win in the Europa League as Spurs impress against the Slovenian champions at White Hart Lane

By Ewan Roberts at White Hart Lane

  • Hugo Lloris
    4
    6
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Showed signs of his proactiveness, but was hugely at fault for Maribor's equaliser. Too slow to read the danger, Lloris allowed Beric to close him down before trying to trick past the Slovenian forward, only for the striker to tackle him and deflect the ball into an open net. Was untroubled for much of the night, and will be relieved his mistake didn't cost Spurs three points.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    10
    0
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    The smouldering Belgian used the ball well, and was calm and composed in possession. Made a reckless challenge just on the edge of the box that resulted in a dangerous free-kick.

  • Kyle Naughton
    7
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    At fault for Maribor's equaliser, playing a slightly under-hit pass back to his goalkeeper, despite the lurking presence of Beric. But he played well, and kept Ibraimi contained throughout, with Maribor's No.10 having been so dangerous in Slovenia. Made an excellent recovery challenge to deny Tavares.

  • Michael Dawson
    8
    0
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Played some fantastic, long range passes across the pitch, finding Bale regularly. Bossed Beric in the air, out-jumping the Maribor forward with ease. Had a comfortable night and forged a quick understanding with Vertonghen.

  • Kyle Walker
    5
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Largely untroubled defensively and got forward with verve and energy, showing his frightening pace and troubling Milec with his overlaps.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    9
    0
    3.50

    Tom Huddlestone

    Used the ball well in midfield, over long distances and short. Perhaps went too deep in search of the ball. Showcased that vision with a lovely pass to Gareth Bale for Spurs' third, the Welshman didn't even have to break stride.

  • Aaron Lennon
    5
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    Raided down the right wing with such speed, but didn't produce enough in the final third. Linked well with Walker, covering his fullback well against the overlaps of Mejac, who had been so dangerous in Slovenia. Replaced by Falque with only stoppage time remaining.

  • Gareth Bale
    7
    0
    4.00

    Gareth Bale

    A frequent out-ball down the left, he marauded down the flank throughout the night, whipping in deliveries and providing constant danger. That threat produced Spurs' opener, with Bale whipping in a pin-point delivery for Defoe to tap past Handanovic. Created Tottenham's third with a wonderful run and cross. Picked up a booking for dissent following a blistering 60-yard run. Came off for Mason after a very good display.

  • Thomas Carroll
    8
    1
    4.00

    Thomas Carroll

    A very promising performance from the youngster, always showing for the ball, fighting to find space. Spread the play well, especially for Spurs' opener where he sent a flighted ball out wide to Bale. Added an assist with a wonderfully weighted first-time half-volleyed pass for Defoe's second.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    5
    1
    3.00

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Played behind Defoe, in the hole, dropping deep to link with Huddlestone and Carroll. Could have scored a couple of brilliant goals but for some wayward finishing and the linesmen's flag. The first a tidy chip, the second a mis-timed volley after a lovely lobbed pass from Bale.

  • Jermain Defoe
    9
    0
    4.50

    Jermain Defoe Top of the Match

    Continued his fine form with three super finishes. For much of the first half Defoe had been feeding off high crosses, until Bale delivered a perfect cross for the diminutive forward to open his boot and glance into the bottom corner. At the start of the second half he latched onto Carroll's through-ball and tucked the ball into the bottom corner with another lovely finish. He rounded off his hat-trick with a far post tap-in after good work from Bale. Replaced by Dempsey with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Mason
    1
    1

    Ryan Mason

    Replaced the brilliant Bale with five minutes left to play.

  • Clint Dempsey
    3
    2

    Clint Dempsey

    Came on for Defoe with a little under 10 minutes remaining, but had no time to make an impact on the match.

  • Iago Falqué
    4
    2

    Iago Falqué

    Came on for Lennon in added time, and had little opportunity to touch the ball.

  • Jasmin Handanoviç
    1
    1
    3.00

    Jasmin Handanoviç

    Couldn't do a lot with Defoe's clinical finishes, but was assured otherwise, leaving his line to punch clear with great authority and success.

  • Aleš Mejač
    1
    1
    3.00

    Aleš Mejač

    Picked up a deserved yellow card for a cynical body-check on Walker, and was frequently worried by the pace of Spurs' right flank. Didn't get forward with the verve and ease that he displayed in Slovenia.

  • Aleksander Rajčevič
    0
    2
    1.50

    Aleksander Rajčevič

    Made a very good challenge on Adebayor that had the home crowd calling for a penalty, but minutes later slipped just as Bale whipped in a cross from which Defoe opened the scoring. Didn't follow Defoe for the Spurs striker's second goal, allowing him to peel off and fire his shot past Handanovic.

  • Arghus Soares Bordignon
    0
    2
    2.50

    Arghus Soares Bordignon

    Struggled with the different dimensions of Spurs' attack: Defoe's movement and Adebayor's physicality. Less troubled than partner Rajcevic, but struggled to decide whether to drop deep and follow the Togo forward. More at ease on set-pieces.

  • Željko Filipović
    0
    2
    2.50

    Željko Filipović

    Partnered Mertelj in midfield forming a hard-working, tough-tackling duo. But wasn't progressive enough with the ball, generally only ever playing it backwards or sideways. Contributed to Maribor's lack of possession with his conservative, often wayward, passing.

  • Martin Milec
    0
    1
    1.50

    Martin Milec Flop of the Match

    Couldn't handle Bale, either getting too tight and watching as the Welshman wriggled away, or backing off too much and allowing him to cross. Should have closed down the winger for Spurs' opener, and left too much space for Defoe to invade for the second.

  • Goran Cvijanovič
    0
    2
    2.00

    Goran Cvijanovič

    Spent much of his time on the pitch chasing shadows, doubling up on Lennon and tracking Walker's overlapping runs from deep. Had almost no impact offensively. Took several set-pieces, which were generally very poor. Understandably replaced by Mezga.

  • Aleš Mertelj
    0
    2
    2.50

    Aleš Mertelj

    Worked very hard in midfield, sitting in front of his back four, pressing Carroll and Huddlestone. But it was to little avail, and when he did win possession, he did very little with the ball. Made to look a bit silly when he came out wide to try and halt Bale. Replaced by Dodlek with just a few minutes remaining.

  • Marcos Magno Morales Tavares
    0
    2
    2.50

    Marcos Magno Morales Tavares

    Seemed to have run himself into the ground after about 10 minutes, wheezing as he attempted to close down Dawson and Vertonghen. Was less energetic off the ball as the game wore on, but could have provided an equaliser with a jinking run and cross. Was replaced with 15 minutes remaining by Komazec.

  • Agim Ibraimi
    0
    2
    2.50

    Agim Ibraimi

    The winger, so dangerous against Spurs in Slovenia, had a quiet night against Naughton and made no impact on the match. Quiet, ineffective and periperhal.

  • Robert Berić
    1
    1
    3.00

    Robert Berić

    Should have headed Maribor level when unmarked, but minutes later made amens. The Maribor forward anticipated Naughton's back-pass, closed down Lloris and half-blocked-half-tackled the ball into the back of the net. Occasionally linked play well, but got little change out of Dawson and Vertonghen.

Substitutions

  • Dejan Mezga
    0
    2
    2.50

    Dejan Mezga

    Replaced the disappointing Cvijanovic which 20 minutes remaining, and was no more effective. Struggled to break through a solid Spurs right flank.

  • Timotej Dodlek
    0
    2

    Timotej Dodlek

    Replaced Mertelj with just a few minute remaining and had no time to influence the match.

  • Nikola Komazec
    0
    2
    2.50

    Nikola Komazec

    Came on for Tavares with 15 minutes of normal time remaining. Was as quiet offensively as the Brazilian had been before him.

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