Tottenham finally produced the football manager Tim Sherwood has been promising, beating Stoke City 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
White Hart Lane enjoyed some outstanding attacking football, and the home fans will be happy to that their own team were the ones getting the plaudits.
A solid defensive display by Tottenham, excellent midfield performance, and front two full of menace completely overran a Stoke side looking hugely short of confidence. It was in stark contrast to both the performance and result Spurs produced on Boxing Day, when they drew with West Brom.
From the off Tottenham attacked with drive, and the only surprise was that it took so long for the hosts to open the scoring - with Roberto Soldado netting in the 37th minute following a Ryan Shawcross handball. Moussa Dembele, who alongside Paulinho dominated in central midfield, scored the second from distance, and Aaron Lennon hit in a superb volley to top the scoreline off. Quite frankly, it could have been a lot more.
Below are the Tottenham team ratings:
Hugo Lloris 6.5/10 - The Frenchman had very little to do in the game, dealing with just one effort on target - a tame Peter Crouch header.
Kyle Naughton 7/10 - Much more comfortable on the right hand side, and released Lennon with a superb through ball for an early chance. Made an important challenge on Assaidi as he burst past him in the second half, and was very solid throughout.
Michael Dawson 6.5/10 - His most comfortable Tottenham game for a while. Made a dangerous challenge on Assaidi just as the Moroccan shaped to shoot, getting what looked like the slightest touch on the ball.
Vlad Chiriches 6.5/10 - A vast improvement on his Boxing Day performance, playing with confidence without doing anything unnecessary. Back to the kind of showing he exhibited in his first couple of months at Tottenham.
Zeki Fryers 6/10 - Lucky to get away with a challenge on Walters when he was the last man. Looked like the inexperienced player that he is in the first few minutes, but improved as the game went on.
Paulinho 8/10 - Outstanding in the first half, full of flicks and excellent running. Provided an absolutely outstanding pass through to Soldado, and looked really dynamic alongside Dembele. Came off with a knock on the hour, and just loses out to Dembele as best player.
Moussa Dembele 8/10 - MOTM - Excellent alongside Paulinho in a really dominant central midfield, carrying the ball from deep and using his strength to maintain possession. Harshly booked following an altercation with Ryan Shawcross, and just after scored a brilliant solo goal from 25 yards, beating a couple of players and then rifling it into the bottom corner.
Aaron Lennon 8/10 - Was lively on the right-hand side against Pieters, with his crossing and running a constant threat. Scored his first goal in 21 games with an outstanding volley that flew into the far corner to make it 3-0. Withdrawn early to keep him fresh for the game against Manchester United.
Christian Eriksen 7.5/10 - Looked to get on the ball whenever he had an opportunity and was a real creative influence, despite playing on the left hand side of the Tottenham midfield. Had a hand in almost everything decent going forward.
Emmanuel Adebayor 7.5/10 - One of those days when he looked really interested. Lively on the ball and was even tracking back. Should have buried a chance in the first quarter of an hour, completely miskicking his attempt, but had a good game. Won the penalty after Shawcross handled his overhead kick.
Roberto Soldado 6.5/10 - Volleyed just wide after great work from Paulinho. Made a great pass to Adebayor that led to the penalty, which the Spaniard then dispatched expertly. Missed a guilt-edged cutback from Lennon, weakly shooting into Sorensen's arms, but set up Lennon's goal with a great pass. Looks a much better player alongside another forward.
Etienne Capoue 62' 6/10 - Came on after Paulinho has suffered an ankle knock, and was a perfect replacement, offering a slightly more defensive option just as Spurs went two up.
Erik Lamela 75' 6.5/10 - Was instantly involved after coming on, nearly scoring with his first touch and then setting Naughton free down the right. One terrible challenge on Pieters saw him booked.
Nacer Chadli 80' 6.5/10 - Replaced Adebayor, and also looked to get involved in what was some exhibition play by Tottenham in the last few minutes.
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