Tottenham player ratings against Man City: Duo 'awful', one impressive

Spurs were hammered 5-1 by Manchester City at home, with a controversial red card and penalty for Danny Rose opening the floodgates for the visitors.

Tottenham player ratings

Hugo Lloris 7/10 - Didn't have much of a chance with Aguero's exquisite dinked finish once he decided to come off his line, but made an absolutely phenomenal save to deny the Argentine a second from his header. He was arguably the only 'impressive' performer, despite shipping five. He was unlucky with City's third goal after touching Silva's effort on to the post only for Dzeko to follow up, and also with Jovetic's strike that deflected past him. Saved well from Kolarov in the last few minutes, and once again unfortunate with Kompany's goal though will be asking why his defenders were not more alert.

Kyle Walker 4.5/10 - Struggled at times early on, losing Edin Dzeko on more than one occasion. Unable to get forward at all down the right, which is when he is at his most effective. Very poor.

Danny Rose 6/10 - Found Jesus Navas hard to handle but was the one player that found space and crossing options in the Manchester City half during the first period. Desperately unlucky to see red after what looked like an outstanding last ditch tackle on Dzeko.

Michael Dawson 5/10 - Was unlucky not to have equalised from Eriksen's free kick, with his volley being incorrectly ruled out for offside. In the defensive areas, he and Chiriches were pulled apart by Aguero until the Argentine went off, and then by anyone in a light blue shirt once they were down to ten men.

Vlad Chiriches 5/10 - Performed a little better than Dawson in and around his own area, but the Romanian still found things very tough against the City midfield and attack.

Nabil Bentaleb 5/10 - The young midfielder found the going impossible to deal with early on, and looked a little out of his depth until Tottenham slowly came into the game after Lloris' wonder save. Flicked the ball just wide from another Eriksen corner.

Moussa Dembele 5.5/10 - Gave too much room for David Silva in the lead up to Aguero's goal, and didn't impose himself on the midfield battle as he would have liked. Drew a nasty foul from Yaya Toure that saw him injured and the Ivorian booked, before coming off at half time.

Aaron Lennon 5/10 - Was absent from the first half as Spurs failed to get the ball into any attacking positions on their right. Late in the first half he switched to the left in desperation and dribbled past a couple of players before Hart gathered. Involved little more in the second period.

Christian Eriksen 6/10 - Provided one great corner that nearly dropped for Adebayor, but his set-pieces were pretty much the only time he got on the ball in the first 25 minutes. After that, Spurs stepped it up a little, and the Dane had a few more free kicks and corners which he used very well. His delivery for Dawson's disallowed goal was excellent, and it was also his corner that found Capoue for the Spurs goal.

Gylfi Sigurdsson 5/10 - The Icelander struggled to get into the game in the first half, with very little offensive contribution whatsoever. Came off for Kyle Naughton after the red card.

Emmanuel Adebayor 5.5/10 - The ex-City striker was isolated for much of the game, being unable to hold up the ball and bring his teammates into the game despite displaying plenty of enthusiasm for the cause. Often found himself surrounded by City defenders and midfielders, and didn't have any chances to find the net. 


Etienne Capoue - 6/10 - His first impact on the game was a nasty tackle on David Silva that he was lucky to escape without a yellow. His second was the scrappy goal that gave Spurs the smallest of lifelines back into the game. Showed that he may be worth keeping at the club.

Kyle Naughton - 5.5/10 - Came on after Rose's red card, slotting in at left back and joining in in the often desperate defending for the rest of the half. Booked for a challenge on Navas.

Lewis Holtby - 5/10 - Arrived on the scene with most of the damage done, and had little chance to get involved.

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