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[Player Ratings] Southampton 1-2 Tottenham: How The Spurs Players Rated

Tottenham Hotspur relied on goals from Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey to beat Southampton 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Here are player ratings for the Spurs team.

Gareth Bale

Spurs relied on a controlled first half performance – with goals from Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey – and some resilient defending in the second period to make it three away wins out of four in the league so far this season. Southampton became more and more of a threat throughout the game but couldn’t quite break Tottenham’s resolve, despite pulling a goal back through Jay Rodriguez.

Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Friedel, 6 – Didn’t have much to do at all thanks to his centre-backs. Came for the ball and missed it in the build up to the goal, but made a great save before Rodriguez netted the rebound.

Walker, 6 – Impressed going forward, linking well with Lennon on more than one occasion. Unfortunately seems to be mirroring Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s habit of trying to keep the ball when it needs to be cleared. Caught out at the back a couple of times but to no avail.

Gallas, 7 – The Frenchman had clearly learnt from his errors last weekend. Put in an impressive performance which included a vital block to prevent a Saints equaliser. Still looks unsteady at times but maintained a good level of concentration today.

Caulker, 7 – I said it after the Maribor game and I’ll say it again – Caulker shows class beyond his years every time he plays. It’s hard to believe he’s only 20. Steady and stable over 90 minutes and brought the ball out of defence well. Wasn’t involved as much as Gallas (through no fault of his own).

Vertonghen, 7 – Another competent performance from the Belgian playing out of position. Worked well with Bale going forward but was always ready to defend.

Sandro, 8 – A display summed up by a stunningly brave block with his head from Schneiderlin’s powerful shot on 90 minutes. Sandro must be made of steel. Blocked, tackled and intercepted numerous times, as well as cleaning up loose balls all over the pitch.

Huddlestone, 6 – Provided a delicious chipped cross for Bale to head home, but his passing wasn’t even half as good as it was on Thursday night in Slovenia. Tired rather quickly and was first to be replaced.

Lennon, 8 –  Brilliant wing play from Lennon after some poor decision making early on. Seems to have developed massively as a player under AVB. Comes inside and looks to create chances much more than last season.  Would like to see him beat his man on the outside when he can though.

Dempsey, 7 – His best performance yet for Spurs. Got into some good positions behind Defoe and managed to score his second Tottenham tap-in. Went missing for long periods but was impressive when involved.

Bale, 7 – Fantastic dash into the area to thump a powerful header past Boruc early on. The Welshman put in some dangerous crosses in the opening stages and encouraged Vertonghen to move forward with him to good effect. Went very quiet in the second half.

Defoe, 7 – Missed two or three typical Defoe chances that would usually end up in the back of the net. However, he looked sharp and tried his best to get others involved. Sometimes difficult to see what he brings to the team if he’s not scoring, but he has been playing well in an unfamiliar role recently.


Livermore, 4 – Was brought on for Huddlestone with half an hour left in an attempt to reassure the Tottenham midfield. Failed miserably, often giving away possession with poor passes and clumsy challenges. Must improve if he wants to earn a starting place in future.

Sigurdsson, N/A

Dawson, N/A

The sooner Moussa Dembele returns, the better for Tottenham.  The Belgian will bring much needed consistency to Andre Villas-Boas’ side in the middle of the park when he’s back partnering Sandro. After an exhilarating first half display, Spurs couldn’t handle Southampton’s attacking threat and were debatably lucky to hold on for all three points.  However, the fans and AVB will undoubtedly be happy with another Premier League victory away from home.

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  1. Spurs4real

    October 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Sandro was AMAZING!!! But a 7 for Defoe?! More like a 5 for me. He was poor IMO.

    Good win though. COYS

    • shevyiddo

      October 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      But even on a bad day he gets an assist! 🙂


    October 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Our midfield weakened considerably when Livermore came in to replace Huddlestone. He has to improve his game.

  3. pbro

    October 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Vertonghen is not Dutch. Derpity derpity derp.

  4. Leonardo D

    October 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    A good first half, but the team tired in the second.
    Walker & Gallas a major liability, Huddo & Dempsey go missing far too often!
    Lloris should be in the starting 11, Friedel will NOT come out to challenge and that has caused serious calamity. Soton easily won the second half, without Benoit, Kaboul, Dembele and perhaps Ade, we will struggle – we looked like a badly tuned car running on three cylinders! We must get a striker and a midfielder in January.

    • TonyRich

      October 29, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Come on. Watch the highlights again. Gallas has been rubbish for most of season, but vs Southampton he saved us on 4 or 5 occasions… Generally one of his better games.

    • rob

      October 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

      well said mate i agree! Damiao would b nice! And moutinho would hav been good

      • shevyiddo

        October 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Bro’ get real! We can’t afford either and Levy wouldn’t spend like that if we could.

  5. Marvin

    October 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Gallas at fault for goal, left his post and didn’t win the ball – or even stay between ball and goal. Freidel should not have had to claw that first shot out – front post defender doing his job would have easily cleared.
    Sandro was MOM for me, but not for the block – I don’t believe he could have moved out the way if he tried.

  6. TonyRich

    October 29, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Why so high?!! In the second half, our midfield was beaten all ends up. They Could not pass, nor organise themselves. First half was fine, however… So ALL midfield gets 6, and Defoe gets 5 (what did he do for you to give a 7??). The rest get 7 barring Walker and Vertonghen who had off games and get 6. Excellent goal by Bale, and Lennon pulled strings for goals – so tempted to give them half a bonus point.

  7. serious

    October 29, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Sandro easily the best player on the pitch we would have lost without him. And though Defoe missed way to much chances he’s link up play was good also lennon is improving as a player something I never thought was possibale anymore so well done AVB.

  8. Gerry

    October 29, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Dont know what game you were watching.
    Defoe was pants, couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo. Livermore a boy who can’t basically do anything well except give fouls away .very disappointed with the second half as the players did not seem to understand all the complicated dross AVB drills into the at halt time. Watched the Chelski game after was like watching a different sport. Oh for a top class Striker.


    October 29, 2012 at 4:59 am

    We absolutely need a new really good striker. Defoe is not up to it. He missed three clear chances. Why did we suddenly become so sloppy in the second half? Is it through fatigue or lack of physical fitness? All we could do was to chase the ball as we were completely outclassed. We were lucky to be able to hold on and be victorious. I would like to see my team shine in both halves, not in just one as it has been most of the time so far. To finish in the top four, we have to be more consistent throughout every single entire match.

  10. Spursguv

    October 29, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Cracke me up this sort of thing, it’s a team game where the fella next to ya can make or break your day. That said Caulker was outstanding. Sandro very good but struggles for his best when stuck with hudd or Livercrappymypants. Defoe is usually crap after a fairly decent run. And that was true to form in this game. Seriously Friedel has to come off his line when the ball is in the 6 yard box. He causes problems for the back four. Personally he should be dumped asap for Lloris. Dempsey and Hudd are juggling for the slowest laziest gits in the EPL. Dempsey scored, but he lingers on every pass. We need another central mid to cover for our new sicknote dembele. Sell Dawson, Thudd and Ade in the Jan window and buy some one half decent. Wilian would be good or Remy even, both would ensure a top 3 or 4 finish. If Livercrappymypants plays anymore I’ll be wondering if AVB is a dudd or not? So the question is with so many players playing crap how did we win this game? We certainly would have lost this with redcrap in charge. So AVB must take the cred eh?

    • Anthony Thompson

      October 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Dempsey is one of the most hardworking players in the premiership and looked quite good on the ball, finally has match fitness and will only improve. Hudd is very slow but clearly effective as spurs immediately failed to keep the ball when he was replaced. obviously with parker, dembele, ade, and BAE healthy this is a much better side. Stop being so negative.


    October 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I agree. It is absurd keeping a top class goalkeeper sitting on the bench. I hope he will play for the Wigan match.

  12. CH

    October 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I love it when someone who clearly wasn’t at the game makes the ratings based on match of the day highlights.

    Sandro was far and away our best player. Livermore was a real addition when he came on. Huddlestone didn’t look good enough to be our key playmaker.

    And Dempsey was atrocious, literally could not be bothered. Made no effort, failed to get on the ball at all, and didn’t look remotely worthy of the shirt.

    • Acton_Yid

      October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      >Livermore was a real addition when he came on.”

      I’m assuming the LSD you presumably took at half-time starting kicking in around Livermore’s introduction ?!?

  13. Daz

    October 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Can’t believe how negative some of these comments are! Defoe worked hard throughout, definitely worth his 7/10! In fact every rating seems just about right, we did win the game guys!!! Stay positive 🙂

    • shevyiddo

      October 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Spot on yiddo! 🙂

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