Tottenham player ratings vs Fulham: How did Defoe and Lamela fare on rare starts?

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With strikers seemingly forgetting how to find the net at Spurs, two players scored their first goals for the club to earn the North Londoners a much needed win

In what was a difficult away trip across London, it is fair to say that the result mattered more than the performance for Spurs. That Hugo Lloris was their best player only underlines that this certainly wasn't a classic performance, but ahead of a month of games they'll believe they can really profit from, this may be just the kind of result the club needs.

Hugo Lloris 8/10 - MOTM - The Spurs goalkeeper had a strong game after a disappointing last couple of outings. Made several top class saves and thwarted former Spurs favourite Dimitar Berbatov more than once with his athleticism.

Kyle Walker 7/10 - Walker was up against some rampaging runs from winger Pajtim Kasami and recalled fullback John Arne Riise. The England international did well, and as the game went on once again proved himself to be a key attacking weapon for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen 5/10 - The Belgian struggled to impose himself on the game, and was given the run around by goalscorer Dejageh at times. More proof if it was needed that the ex-Ajax man is no fullback. Finished the game with an injury that looks like it may keep him out for the next game or two.

Vlad Chiriches 7/10 - The Romanian captain had a decent game, though found it a challenge at times against a resurgent Berbatov. Still impressed overall though, and caught the ball really well for his goal to become the first Romanian to score for the club since the days of Popescu and Dumitrescu.

Michael Dawson 6/10 - A better performance by the Spurs captain than he's displayed in recent games, but it was his poor decision to venture forward from deep that saw him lose possession and Fulham score their goal. Did well later on as Fulham laid siege to the Spurs goal.

Sandro 7/10 - Was strong defensively once again, making one thunderous challenge against ex-Gunner Phillipe Senderos. Nearly scored for the second game in a row as an effort heading goal-wards from inside the box was deflected wide. Unfortunate to be replaced as Spurs chased the game.

Etienne Capoue 5/10 - Was booked early on and found the game tough against an enthusiastic Fulham midfield. Was withdrawn at half-time and replaced by the more offensive Lewis Holtby.

Paulinho 6/10 - Missed a great opportunity to open the scoring when he skied a simple shot after using great skill to get in a shooting position. Doesn't look to have the composure and finishing to play the goalscoring midfield spot at this moment in time, though nearly made up for it with a great late header. Looked better a little further back once Holtby took to the field.

Aaron Lennon 7/10 - Looked dangerous whenever Spurs countered, and much more comfortable after moving to the right-hand side. Saw a lot of the ball as Spurs used that flank to attack for much of the game, and may even be the manager's first choice winger at present.

Erik Lamela 7/10 - Grew into the game after switching to the left wing, and gave arguably his best display in the Premier League. Granted, that probably isn't saying much, but it certainly looked like the right idea for Villas-Boas to play him in this game.

Jermain Defoe 6/10 - Just that little bit quicker than Soldado, which gave Spurs more urgency whenever they broke. His willingness to shoot whenever he can makes him a more dangerous player outside the box too compared to the Spaniard. Wasn't great, but did more good than harm with this performance.

-Substitutes-

Lewis Holtby 45' 7/10 - The German came on at half-time in an offensive move from Andre Villas-Boas, and signalled his intent to affect the game early on with an effort that went wide. Drifted out of the game after Spurs conceded, but came back with a bang to score a fantastic winner. Is a more natural attacking midfielder than Paulinho.

Nacer Chadli 69' 5/10 - Was thrown on in desperation in exchange for Sandro with Spurs hoping for a goal. Few moments to impress but naturally added a little more attacking presence.

Andros Townsend 78' 6/10 - The young England winger was the last throw of the dice as Villas-Boas sought a winner. Also had little chance to make an impact but did carry the ball up the field well as Spurs defended their slender lead.

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