Tottenham 2-1 Anderlecht

A superb goal by Mousa Dembele fired Tottenham into a commanding position in Group J of the Europa League with just two fixtures remaining. Spurs can wrap up their group if they win their next match, against AS Monaco who scored a late equaliser to draw 1-1 in the reverse fixture.

Anderlecht started the game the brighter side and it was only after a long period of defending did Harry Kane give Tottenham the lead just before the half hour mark. Kane, on the turn, rifled his shot into the bottom corner without pausing to consider the keeper’s position in the goal – something he would practise week-in week-out on the training ground.

Spurs looked the more likely team to score next and Ben Davies’ luck is still out as his shot bounced off the crossbar – he is still yet to score in his Tottenham career.

But it was Anderlecht who equalised with substitute Ezeqiel timing his run to perfection to get behind Jan Vertonghen and nestle the ball off the bottom of the left hand post, past Lloris and into the back of the net. Out of both teams, Anderlecht looked the more likely to score a winner heading into the last 10 minutes.

The game took another twist when substitutes Josh Onomah, Son Heung-Min and Mousa Dembele combined to score the winner. Onomah’s motivation to keep the ball in led to Mousa Dembele’s missile – a goal that he said was probably the best of his career. The pundits on BT Sport and ITV were equally impressed with Dembele’s goal – he definitely has the ability, we just don’t see enough of it.

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Kane is back to his usual self

Harry Kane’s return to form has been pleasing for all Spurs fans and he continued his goal scoring run last night, his first in European competition this campaign. A goal against Manchester City, three against Bournemouth, a goal against Villa and now Anderlecht has put his season back on track; he has regained his confidence as was suggested by the audacious trick he attempted whilst in the opposing penalty area.

Alli shouldn’t be deployed in an attacking role

Dele Alli was deployed yesterday evening further up the field as an attacking player by Mauricio Pochettino, a position in which he didn’t excel. The young Englishman has been played in a more defensive position this season and has caught the eye, alongside Eric Dier, of Roy Hodgson for inclusion in the England senior squad. Alli’s frustration was clearly shown when he slumped in his seat after being substituted towards the end of the match.

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An encouraging night for Pochettino and his team; one which will hopefully boost their confidence going into the North London Derby at the weekend.

 

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