Ex-Spurs captain Michael Dawson praises two players after APOEL win, claims Son Heung-min was pick of the bunch

Chris Martin of Derby and Michael Dawson of Hull in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Tottenham Hotspur beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel...

Hull City defender and former Spurs captain Michael Dawson has told Sky Sports' Soccer Special (06/12/2017) that he was pleased for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Fernando Llorente after they scored against APOEL Nicosia.

With some poor performances in the league, Spurs fans were hoping to see a better display against APOEL, even with manager Mauricio Pochettino making a host of changes given that his side had already qualified for the knockout stages.

That rotated Spurs side swept to a 3-0 win, with striker Fernando Llorente opening the scoring, bagging his first Tottenham goal having spun a defender and tucked away Serge Aurier's cross.

Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur shoots and scores his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia at Wembley Stadium on...

Llorente set up Son Heung-min for the second before half time, before Georges-Kevin Nkoudou also scored his first Spurs goal with a deflected second half strike.

Tottenham head through to the knockout stages of the competition having dropped just two points in the group stage, with Wednesday's display capping off a fine campaign so far.

Pochettino will be particularly pleased for striker Llorente, who was looking to score for Spurs at the 17th time of asking since an August move from Swansea City, whilst Nkoudou – a 2016 arrival from Marseille – also finally got off the mark.

Chris Martin of Derby and Michael Dawson of Hull in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

After the final whistle, former Spurs captain Michael Dawson told Sky Sports that the night was 'great' for both players, noting that the record surrounding Llorente's goal drought wasn't exactly fair given that he was only ever really coming on as a substitute.

Dawson picked out 25-year-old wide man Son as the star of the show though, before again praising fringe duo Llorente and Nkoudou for grabbing their first Tottenham goals.

“He's maybe been coming on for 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there, but the appearances still rack up,” said Dawson. “It still says 17 appearances since he scored. He's got his first goal, Nkoudou did as well, so it was great for those two and it was a comfortable evening for Spurs.”

“Son obviously played at the weekend, but I thought he was the pick of the bunch. Llorente did well, as did Nkoudou to get the goal – he'll be delighted that he got his first goal for Spurs as well,” he added.

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