Tottenham player ratings vs Southampton: Ade good, Rose bad

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Tim Sherwood saw his side win 3-2 at St Mary’s in his first Premier League match in charge.

Tottenham picked up a much-needed three points on Sunday against Southampton, winning 3-2 at St Mary’s.

The side switched to 4-4-2 and looked much more dangerous as an attacking threat.

Here are the player ratings for the away side.

Hugo Lloris – 6/10

Caught out of position for Southampton’s second and looked less than convincing under the high ball, opting to punch rather than catch on occasion.

Kyle Walker – 7/10

A competent performance from the England right-back, who used the ball relatively well and covered the ground with his pace.

Michael Dawson – 7/10

The Spurs defence looked susceptible at times, but their skipper won his fair share of the aerial battle and made some timely tackles.

Vlad Chiriches – 6/10

Slightly at fault for the hosts’ opener, the Romanian was pulled out of position on occasion and was not overly convincing.

Danny Rose – 5/10

Can offer a threat going forward, but looked really shaky at the back. Repeatedly caught up the pitch and Southampton’s main attacking threat came from exposing the Spurs left-back.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

Looked sharp in possession before being withdrawn and put in the effort to close opponents in the absence of a designated defensive midfielder. Needs to be more careful when in possession in his own half though.

Christian Eriksen – 7/10

Showed glimpses of what he is capable of with neat touches, and also worked hard without the ball to show he can play in central midfield in a 4-4-2 system.

Erik Lamela – 5/10

Consistently on the periphery of things, the Argentine had little to no effect on the game before being withdrawn.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7/10

A tireless runner, Spurs look more of an attacking threat when he is in the team. Some great movement off the ball was not picked up by his team-mates, when the Icelander was in scoring positions.

Roberto Soldado – 6/10

Another industrious display by the Spaniard, who looked much more comfortable in this system. Failed to take a number of chances in the second-half however.

Emmanuel Adebayor – 9/10 – Man of the Match

Two goals were just rewards for an excellent all-round display. Looked sharp, with his pace and physique tormenting the opposition rearguard.

Substitutes

Nabil Bentaleb – 6/10

Came on for the injured Dembele and showed some composure on the ball, but struggled to get heavily involved.

Nacer Chadli – 7/10

Looked more of a threat than Lamela and put in a delightful cross that Soldado should have scored.

Jermain Defoe

Not given enough time to suitably impress.

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