A sole Robert Snodgrass strike saw Spurs slip to a 1-0 defeat at strugglers Norwich, causing them to slip six points behind 4th placed Liverpool.
Tottenham player ratings:
Hugo Lloris 6.5/10 - One or two decent claims by the Frenchman though little in the way of shots to deal with. Flapped at a cross at the end of the opening period. Had no chance with Snodgrass' second half goal which flew into the far corner. Made a great save from Redmond following Johnson's piledriver.
Kyle Naughton 5.5/10 - Did OK against his former loan club, with a potentially difficult battle with Nathan Redmond coming out in favour of the Spurs man for much of the game. The last 30 mins, when the game was stretched, saw Naughton lose Redmond once or twice. Was on corner duty too, a quite bizarre decision given some of his deliveries.
Danny Rose 5.5/10 - Pushed forward well early on and was determined in his defending. Struggled after the break where the side looked vulnerable to Norwich attacks. Lost Norwich goalscorer Robert Snodgrass for the goal.
Michael Dawson 5/10 - Looked to be enjoying an easy afternoon against an out-of-form lone striker before it slowly descended into another poor showing. Misjudged a bounce in the first half that almost let Van Wolfswinkel in. Played Snodgrass onside for the goal and had his customary skinning by a quick opponent as Hooper beat him with ease. Booked after a clumsy challenge late on.
Jan Vertonghen 6.5/10 - Had a decent game, including one great stretch to intercept a pass and a decent challenge to cover for Dawson. Struggled after Norwich stepped up in the second half, often frustrated with his sides movement and decision making. Emerged as the most impressive defender for the visitors. Also booked.
Etienne Capoue 6/10 - Withdrawn after just 13 minutes with a strain of some sort.
Nabil Bentaleb 5.5/10 - Unable to influence proceedings. Fine with a bit of time on the ball, and he clearly has some class when in possession, but shouldn't have finished the match. The youngster made one good block from Robert Snodgrass just as the Scot was about to pull the trigger. Looks first choice for the club whatever kind of performance he exhibits - Christian Eriksen must be livid.
Moussa Dembele 6/10 - Started out wide before being moved inside following Capoue's withdrawal. Booked for throwing the ball away. Was one of the few that looked dangerous when he moved forward with the ball, but he still do so too slowly and was frustrated by Norwich's tenacious central midfield.
Paulinho 6/10 - Curled one effort a few metres over from just inside the Norwich box. Was involved in and around the area but struggled to link up with Adebayor, and was withdrawn for Roberto Soldado midway in the second half.
Aaron Lennon 6/10 - Was busy across the attacking positions, getting on the ball frequently, but was a little wayward with his crossing. One decent through ball for Dembele that the Belgian just failed to control, but disappointed with his refusal to take on his man, something that would have opened up stronger opportunities.
Emmanuel Adebayor 6/10 - Looked isolated early on, causing him to drop deep in search of the ball. Failed to capitalise on a mistake in the Norwich defence, with a heavy touch letting him down when through on goal. Had another chance afterwards following a great one-two but again his controlling touch was poor.
Nacer Chadli ('14) 5.5/10 - Came on for Capoue early on. Displayed some decent skill to burst past his man and into the box though his cross was cut out. Had Tottenham's late chances, the first he should of scored from as Ruddy dived down to beat out his left foot shot, before two limp efforts in the last few minutes.
Roberto Soldado ('65) 5/10 - Had two chances immediately after coming on, both of which he would be disappointed to miss the target. The first in particular was that of a striker devoid of confidence, falling on his favoured right foot yet being screwed high and wide.
Andros Townsend ('82) 5/10 - Replaced Rose in Sherwood's last throw of the dice, but failed to cross well at the end of his runs.
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