Tottenham vs Man City Player Ratings

Tottenham struck thrice within the space of seven minutes to beat Manchester City 3-1 and bolster their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Nasri causing problems to the Spurs defence again

By FOX Sports Staff

Samir Nasri gave City the lead in the first-half thanks to some great work by Carlos Tevez and James Milner on the right flank. While the defending champions were not utterly dominant, they looked comfortable with the one goal lead well into the second-half.

However, the introduction of Tom Huddlestone, Lewis Holtby and Jermain Defoe turned the match on its head. First Gareth Bale, returning from injury, picked out Clint Dempsey with a glorious ball for the American to tap in before Defoe cut inside Vincent Kompany to curl in a marvellous effort and give his side the lead.

Bale then put the icing on the cake by latching on to a Huddelstone pass before dinking the ball over Joe Hart to secure all three points. The result, followed by Chelsea's draw at Anfield means the race for two Champions League spots is currently in a dead heat between the three big London teams - Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

Meanwhile, with City losing, Manchester United can wrap up the title as early as Monday if they beat the visiting Aston Villa outfit at Old Trafford. 

Here we rate the players from the game at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris - 7

Pulled off a couple of crucial saves but could do nothing about Samir Nasri's goal.

Kyle Walker - 8

Was one of the few players who posed an attacking threat for the home side in the first. Got into good positions and provided a great outlet out wide at a time when Spurs were struggling to stretch City. Had a couple of decent shots on goal too.

Michael Dawson - 7

Struggled early in the game with City rampant - especially against Carlos Tevez. Did settle down later and kept the City forwards under wraps in the second-half. Had a few half chances to inflict damage from set-pieces at the other end.

Jan Vertonghen - 7

Pulled off a crucial tackle to deny Tevez in the first half and did a good job in controlling Dzeko. Looked well below his usual self going forward, with those scything runs through the heart of the opposition defence conspicuous by their absence.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto - 4 

Made a horrible tackle on Pablo Zabaleta which could have seen him sent off, and generally failed to provide any threat at all going forward. Had to rely on his midfielders to bail him out at the back more than once.

Mousa Dembele - 7

Was solid in the heart of midfield without being spectacular. Did well to break down City attacks but could not launch many himself. 

Scott Parker (off 60') - 4.5

Had very little impact on the game and was consigned to the periphery for its majority. The usual crunching tackles and barnstorming runs were missing. Lacklustre from the England man.

Clint Dempsey - 8

Looked quite bright early on, with some clever runs causing City problems. Wasted a couple of good chances before finally taking advantage of Gareth Bale's stunning ball to poke the ball beyond Hart.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (off 60') - 4

Completely anonymous and can have absolutely no complaints about being replaced on the hour mark. The Icelander has had a tough time at White Hart Lane and his woes show no signs of ending anytime soon.

Gareth Bale - 9

Was shackled well by the City midfield in the first-half and barely made an impression. The second-half substitutions allowed him a freer role from which he inflicted immense damage on City. First, there was the glorious ball from the outside of the boot for Dempsey to tap in and then a neat little dink for the third goal that put the game to bed. Injury? What injury?

Emmanuel Adebayor (off 70') - 3.5

One of the poorest players on the pitch - and how often has that been said of Adebayor in recent times? He can't buy a dribble right now and his ball control is in a steep nosedive. With Defoe finally scoring, Adebayor might not see his name on the starting line-up too often in the future.

Subs

Lewis Holtby (on 60') - 8

One of his best games for Spurs. Added creativity and supplied Defoe for the second goal.

Tom Huddlestone (on 60') - 8

Another who helped change the game. Calm on the ball and creative. Laid on a nice through ball for Bale and largely changed the complexion of the game with his positive runs and passes.

Jermain Defoe (on 70') - 8.5

Fantastic finish to make it 2-1. Gave Spurs what they had been missing with Adebayor on the pitch. It was Defoe's first goal since Boxing Day - and Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping this heralds a purple patch as Spurs make the final push for Champions League football next season.

Manchester City

Joe Hart - 5 

Could do little about all three goals but his act of petulance after Dempsey's equaliser earned him a needless yellow and a point deduction.

Pablo Zabaleta - 6

Kept Assou-Ekotto and Bale quiet for most of the game, even though the Welshman did give him trouble late on. Was not nearly as proactive going forward as he usually is.

Vincent Kompany - 4 

Had a superb opening 60 minutes during which he repelled everything that was thrown at him. Inexplicably suffered a dip in the form in the last third of the game, letting Bale's cross find Dempsey, allowing Defoe too much space and finally getting caught out of position by Huddleston's pass to Bale. Catastrophic.

Matija Nastasic - 4 

Failed to help out his senior partner when Spurs went on the attack. Never really looked like he could deal with the sharp counters and was reduced to a passenger by the end of the game.

Gael Clichy  -  6 

With Spurs struggling for width, the former Arsenal man had a good first half, bombing forward on a few occasions and even finding the time to come up with some raking crossfield balls. Went into his shell as the game progressed, much like his teammates.

Yaya Toure - 5

Not quite the dominant performance we have come to expect from the indefatigable midfielder. Looked great in the opening passages, but then struggled in his duel with Dembele in the middle of the park. Was reduced to pot-shots from distance, none of which came even remotely close to going in.

Gareth Barry - 7.5

One of the few City players who can claim to have been good throughout the game. Barry is getting better with every passing match and his development will be one of the positives Mancini can take from an otherwise underwhelming season.

James Milner - 6.5 

Great run and then pullback to Nasri for the opening goal. Milner looked quite dangerous floating in between Spurs' lines, but came off at half-time, presumably due to injury.

Samir Nasri - 7.5 

Continued his recent goal-scoring form with a sixth goal in nine games - a neat volley to give his side the lead. Lucky not to have been punished for a nasty tackle on Walker.

Carlos Tevez - 7

Great workrate and stunning vision to pick out Barry whose ball in to Nasri resulted in the goal. Could not repeat the trick though, despite looking dangerous every time he had the ball. Ultimately faded away as Spurs took charge.

Edin Dzeko - 4

Poor from the Bosnian who matched Adebayor in the ineffectual striker stakes. Failed to carve out even one decent chance on goal.

Subs:

Aleksandar Kolarov (on 45') - 5 

Went close with a curling free-kick. Poor otherwise

Scott Sinclair (on 83'): N.A

Joleon Lesott (on 90'): N.A



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