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September 14, 2013 3:00 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 35952‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-0 Norwich City

Spurs secured a comfortable victory at White Hart Lane thanks to two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Christian Eriksen impressed on debut for the hosts

By Greg Stobart at White Hart Lane

  • Hugo Lloris
    25
    11
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Little to do but looked to dominate aerial challenges and was booked for handball following one punch when the ball failed to reach the box.

  • Kyle Walker
    18
    9
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    The England right-back always offered an attacking outlet and enjoyed a good battle with Norwich winger Redmond.

  • Danny Rose
    27
    9
    3.00

    Danny Rose

    Solid defensively and bombed up and down the left flank and made two excellent defensive blocks. Final ball was sometimes lacking - one shot went woefully off target - but played a role in Sigurdsson's goal.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    29
    7
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Comfortable defensively, strong in the air and classy on the ball as he stepped into midfield.

  • Michael Dawson
    17
    10
    2.50

    Michael Dawson

    Easy afternoon's work for the Tottenham captain. Coped with Norwich's strikers without any trouble and was simple on the ball.

  • Paulinho
    46
    4
    3.00

    Paulinho

    Played in a slightly deeper role than in previous games but kept Spurs ticking and produced a brilliant assist for the second goal when he squared along the six-yard box.

  • Andros Townsend
    19
    13
    2.50

    Andros Townsend

    Lively display from the winger, particularly early on as he looked to run at Norwich defenders and cut inside to shoot. Made some poor decisions in the final third and tried to shoot from impossible angles and distances.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    22
    13
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Clever tactical performance in central midfield from the Belgian. Took up good positions, used his strength well and played accurate passes to team-mates.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    62
    8
    3.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Won the game for Tottenham with two goals, the first swept home at the end of a good move and the second a tap in. Confident display as he looked to drift inside and shoot, although he looked to be struggling with injury when he was substituted.

  • Christian Eriksen
    213
    13
    4.00

    Christian Eriksen Top of the Match

    The new signing made an instant impression as Tottenham's playmaker, providing creativity and vision in the final third. Wonderful assist for Sigurdsson's opener and showed his class around the penalty area as he looked to shoot.

  • Roberto Soldado
    31
    13
    3.00

    Roberto Soldado

    The Spanish striker looked far more dangerous with better service to take advantage of his movement in the penalty area. Went very close twice in the first-half but saw his shot blocked by Bassong.

Substitutions

  • Lewis Holtby
    26
    11
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Replaced Eriksen with 20 minutes to play and was lively and effervescent.

  • Sandro
    22
    6

    Sandro

    Came on for Sigurdsson in the 79th minute and made the midfield more solid.

  • Erik Lamela
    32
    7

    Erik Lamela

    Made his home debut after replacing Dembele with seven minutes to play.

  • John Ruddy
    3
    2
    2.50

    John Ruddy

    Made some solid saves to keep Tottenham at bay but could do nothing about either of the hosts' goals. Should have done better with an Eriksen shot in the first-half.

  • Steven Whittaker
    3
    6
    1.50

    Steven Whittaker Flop of the Match

    Generally fine but was punished for falling asleep and losing track of Sigurdsson's movement.

  • S. Bassong
    11
    1
    3.50

    S. Bassong

    Norwich's captain was by far their best performer as he made countless last-ditch blocks and tackles to keep the scoreline down.

  • Michael Turner
    5
    1
    2.00

    Michael Turner

    Powerful in the air but struggled to deal with Spurs' attacking passing and movement and lost track of Soldado too often.

  • Javier Garrido
    3
    2
    2.00

    Javier Garrido

    Shaky early on as he failed to handle Townsend's direct running but the Spaniard did improve as the game went on.

  • Bradley Johnson
    1
    2
    1.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Sat in midfield but showed nothing on the ball and was clumsy as a defensive screen for Norwich's back four. Booked for late challenge on Soldado.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    2
    1
    2.00

    Robert Snodgrass

    Worked hard and tussled with Rose - but he never had any real opportunity to cause Spurs problems defensively.

  • Leroy Fer
    4
    2
    2.50

    Leroy Fer

    Showed one or two glimpses of ability but spent most of the game chasing shadows in midfield.

  • Nathan Redmond
    3
    1
    2.50

    Nathan Redmond

    Produced one very dangerous cross in the first-half but didn't have enough opportunities to stretch his legs and use his pace to run at Spurs defenders.

  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    5
    4
    2.50

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    The most threatening of the Norwich forwards. Tried hard but lacked service and denied by good blocks when chances did arrive.

  • Johan Elmander
    4
    5
    2.00

    Johan Elmander

    The Swede never got into the game and a frustrating afternoon was summed up by a booking for a late challenge on Rose. Replaced by Tettey 14 minutes from time.

Substitutions

  • Jonny Howson
    2
    1
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Came on for Johnson midway through the first-half. Some decent passing as Norwich looked to get back in the game.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    2
    1
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    Came on for Redmond in the 74th minute but made no significant impact.

  • Alexander Tettey
    4
    1

    Alexander Tettey

    Played final 14 minutes as replacement for Elmander.

Results
 
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