With Bournemouth and Spurs coming together, we all expected goals. The game was as hectic as one would’ve predicted, but the goals never came.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Tottenham on the South Coast of England as they endured their second consecutive 0-0 draw. Overall, it was their third draw in a row.
A win would’ve moved Spurs temporarily into the Premier League’s top spot. But as has happened in the past, Tottenham could not take advantage of the opportunity.
Bournemouth compressed the center of the park and crowded out most of Spurs’ attacks. It was another match to forget for our creative attacking players.
Mousa Dembele came into the starting lineup for Vincent Janssen, and the fullbacks rotated back in. Otherwise it was the same starting team that began our scoreless midweek draw with Bayer Leverkusen. For Kyle Walker it was a landmark 200th appearance for Tottenham.
Bournemouth were forced to make a couple late changes to their lineup. Junior Stanislas was only ruled out a few hours before with an injury, and then Andrew Surman had to withdraw from the team after feeling ill in warm-ups.
The home team came out flying at the Vitality Stadium. Within minutes, Hugo Lloris was forced to continue his fine form by kick-saving a point-blank effort from Charlie Daniels. The subsequent Bournemouth pressure was almost overwhelming. They racked up 5 corner kicks in the first 15 minutes as they utilized a high-pressure system quite similar to ours.
Five yellow cards were handed out in the first half, with four of them going to Spurs players. Erik Lamela was a bit lucky not to get a second yellow, for a risky slide tackle, towards the end of the opening frame.
The best chance of the game for Tottenham came in the 17th minute when Lamela hit the post with a curling effort from outside the box. The goal would’ve been a real collectors item, as Erik surprised us all by shooting it with his right foot.
xG map for Bournemouth - Tottenham. Excellent defensive performance by Bournemouth, and they were unlucky this ended 11 v 11. pic.twitter.com/8IeS163vsc— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) October 22, 2016
The second half was mostly controlled by Spurs, with a few nervous moments towards the end. But credit to Bournemouth, who defended brilliantly throughout.
The home team might have stolen a late winner had it not been for some heroic defending. Jan Vertonghen put forth another immense performance without Toby Alderweireld. One sequence in the final minutes saw him and Victor Wanyama pull-off back-to-back goal-saving tackles in the box.
Substitute Moussa Sissoko will surely be facing a retroactive ban after he elbowed Harry Arter on the sidelines before taking a throw-in. Everyone in the stadium saw it except for Craig Pawson and his assistant referees. A three-game suspension seems likely.
It was another day to forget for Vincent Janssen, who couldn’t even muster a shot after coming on for Son in the 62nd minute.
But really it was a day to forget for the entire team. Spurs have now only managed one goal in their last six hours of football.
We managed well for the first few games without him, but it’s evident now that we really miss Harry Kane. His upcoming return really can’t come soon enough. Last season Kane scored 5 goals against Bournemouth, and our chances of getting one today would’ve been a lot better with him leading the line.
Perhaps the only positive to take away from the game is that we could’ve lost it at the very beginning or at the very end. Also Jack Wilshere gave the ball away quite a bit, so we’ve got that going for us.
The focus for Spurs now turns to Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Liverpool, and then Saturday’s Premier League match with Leicester City. Three points against the defending Champions seem crucial, especially with a London-derby-packed November looming on the horizon.