|DATE||Sunday 25th October 2015|
|PREVIEW||Preview not produced.|
|PREDICTION||AFC Bournemouth 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
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|Last season's corresponding fixture|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will once again be without Heung-Min Son (foot), Tom Carroll (ankle), Alex Pritchard (ankle) and Nacer Chadli (ankle), but Ryan Mason is fit to be available for selection.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS :
Bournemouth welcome back Lee Tomlin, Harry Arter, Andrew Surman and Marc Pugh, but Artur Boruc (thigh) is likely to be out and replaced by Adam Federici. Long term injuries to Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel (all knee) and Tommy Elphick (ankle) are not fit for this match.
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Sunday 25th October 2015
Tottenham Hotspur 5 (3)
Kick off 14:05
|Ritchie 0m 49s||
Kane (p) 8m 28s
Dembele 16m 38s
Lamela 29m 00s
Kane 55m 40s
Kane 62m 52s
Rose (foul on Ritchie) 31
|Crowd : 11,332||Weather : Sunny, mild|
|Referee : Roger East (Wiltshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. D. Cann; Mr. M. Scholes|
|Fourth Official : Jon Moss||-|
|Bournemouth kicked off and played towards the Steve Fletcher Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|AFC Bournemouth :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Eunan O'KANE 61)
Kyle WALKER (16
10 Harry KANE (p) (14 Clinton N'JIE 85)
|Manager : Eddie Howe||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Mansion||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : JD Sports||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Rarely can a game start as badly as it did for Tottenham, conceding inside a minute to Bournemouth, but then end so satisfyingly, albeit with a few helping hands from the home keeper Artur Boruc on the way to a 5-1 away win.
Spurs welcomed back Eric Dier, with Mousa Dembele moving forward into the space vacated by the injured Nacer Chadli. Bournemouth had a number of players out injured and had been whacked 5-1 by Manchester City at the Etihad last time out.
With a 1-2 defeat out in Belgium in midweek, Spurs were looking to bounce back from that Anderlecht loss, but they began as though they had carried on from the way they played on Thursday, with former Tottenham midfielder Charlie Daniels swinging in a cross from the Cherries' left. Vertonghen got underneath it in the middle as he jumped with Murray and Danny Rose could not get anything on it behind him, leaving Matt Ritchie the opportunity to take a touch and then fire in past Hugo Lloris at the near post to send Dean Court into raptures after only 49 seconds.
It was a sleepy start by the Lilywhites, who looked like they had put the clock back ten years rather than the one hour of daylight saving. It would be another test to see how they reacted to this setback.
Six minutes was all it took for Tottenham to get back into it. Eriksen slipped a ball from the left into the penalty area and taking it to the left of the goal, Harry Kane was brought to ground by a rash rush out by Boruc and the referee pointed to the spot. The Spurs striker took the ball and put it on the spot before putting it to the keeper's left as he dived right. For someone supposedly lacking confidence, he looked well up for taking it and slotted it home without much fuss.
In the 17th minute, Spurs won a free-kick on the left wing for a foul on Eriksen, who took the free-kick, but instead of playing the ball into the box, he played it square to Rose, who hit a shot at goal. It was blocked by Francis, but dropped off Dembele, into the box, allowing the Belgian midfielder to take a touch forward and then poke it past Boruc, as he came out. It was a quick turnaround to see Tottenham lead 2-1.
Christian almost turned provider in the 24th minute, as his corner was met by Toby Alderweireld's head, but Boruc made a good save, getting a good hand to the ball. Just before the half hour, Kane made good ground on the left after receiving a good pass from Dier and the forward took on Francis and Cook. From the dead ball line, he crossed the ball, which took a flick off Cook and what seemed like an easy take by Boruc of a slow paced ball saw him fluff his gather and the ball ran loose a yard out inside the six yard box and Erik Lamela was on hand to put it into the net and give us a 3-1 lead. The keeper was having a bit of a mare.
The home team came back into the match in added time, with Ritchie crossing for Pugh to head at goal and Alderweireld cleared it from in front of goal inside the six yard box, but the ball came back in from Josh King, who curled a shot that thudded off the base of the post and out as Spurs rode their luck a bit. The half time whistle brought a reversal of the score-line the last time Tottenham were in these parts, way back in 1957.
Some longer passing from Bournemouth failed to find their targets, with Spurs continuing their pressing, which almost led to a bizarre fourth goal in the 52nd minute, as Dembele ran at Boruc, who hit his clearance straight at him. For once he had a bit of luck, with the ball bouncing straight back to him. However, his luck only held out for another four minutes, with a fantastic ball into the box from Eriksen from left of central, about 25 yards out, that bent away from Distin and found Kane stretching out a leg just ahead of the penalty spot to divert the ball on the volley past the goalie for his second goal of the match.
Tottenham were exploiting the space left in behind the back four and Bournemouth were being a little naive after being beaten heavily last week. Spurs were going forward relentlessly, with Alli having a 30 yarder deflected wide and then Kane on the right side driving in an effort that Boruc did well to beat aside. However, the keeper was culpable for Tottenham's fifth, when Eriksen's corner was met by Alderweireld's stooping header that was down at Boruc's feet, but the keeper could only shovel the ball out straight to Harry Kane two yards out and the striker gleefully knocked it back past him for his hat-trick goal. It was a simple finish, but one that found Harry on the spot and getting the good fortune in front of goal that had eluded him so far.
Using the full width of the pitch, Tottenham were stretching Bournemouth, but Ritchie let Spurs know there was still some resistance in their side, with a 30 yarder that looked like it was dipping under the bar, forcing Hugo to leap up and tip it over the bar. When the corner came to nothing, Tottenham were back on the attack and Eriksen almost rounded off the afternoon with a pearler, but his curling shot that beat Boruc shuddered the post and it bounced out. With 20 minutes left, it looked like it might be more, as Dier's low ball in was once more spilled by the goalie and Kane was on it like a flash and was seemingly up-ended once more by the keeper's foot, but the ref waved play on this time. Ten minutes later, it looked like Kane would be on the score-sheet again, as he got a volley on the end of a Bournemouth corner, but unlike Swansea, this time he got it clear instead of in his own goal !
With substitutions for both sides, it was in the closing minutes that Clinton N'Jie got his first touch, set up to run through from halfway by fellow sub Ryan Mason. He was held up by Distin, but turned away from him to hit a low shot that Boruc did well to get down to at the foot of his right hand post to keep out.
A lot of people may say "it was only Bournemouth", but these games have proved difficult for Tottenham in the past and it was a good exercise in taking chances, however they came about. Spurs demonstrated how they should put teams away and hopefully, the confidence from this match will lead to more clinical performances like this. It was a good team performance, with Kane taking the headlines, but Eriksen was also instrumental in the win and Dele Alli played a freer role that allowed him to get further forward. Dier's return helped protect the back four, where Walker was solid in the tackle and used the ball well.
It was a shame that Tim Sherwood was sacked by Aston Villa today, as their next game was at White Hart Lane, so Kevin McDonald takes charge as Spurs look to avenge their defeat of last season there and pin Villa to the bottom of the table.
have to pay more to the Government under the new Mansion Tax.
Ritchie hit the fastest goal of the Premier League season so far
within 49 seconds of the kick off.
completed 106 sprints in the match, the most to that point of the
season by any Premier League player.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Aston Villa||1||Swansea City||2||Saturday|
|Leicester City||1||Crystal Palace||0||Saturday|
|Norwich City||0||West Bromwich Albion||1||Saturday|
|West Ham United||2||Chelsea||0||Saturday|
|Manchester United||0||Manchester City||0||Sunday|
|3||West Ham United||10||6||2||2||22||11||20||+11|
|10||West Bromwich Albion||10||4||2||4||8||12||14||-4|
Position before match :
Position after match : 6th
Position after the weekend : 6th
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