Tottenham Made It Three Wins Out Of Three At Their New Stadium With Lucas Moura The Hat-Trick Hero: March Highlights. Player Ratings. Manager Comments and Stats.
By: Marc Gingell
|13/4/2019||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||Tottenham Hotspur||4-0||Huddersfield Town|
|KO:12:30||ATT: 58,308||Victor Wanyama 24′|
|REF: L Mason||Lucas Moura 27′, 87′, 90+3|
Tottenham On A New Stadium Roll!
Tottenham are on a roll at their new stadium with their second Premier League win to go with their Champions League victory against Manchester City. Not only that manager Mauricio Pochettino has a few selection headaches now despite Harry Kane’s ankle injury flaring up again and Dele Alli with his hand problems.
Lucas Moura Hat-Trick
Lucas Moura, who started the season with three goals in three games, hit a hat-trick against Huddersfield to put him on ten Premier League goals for the season.
His first came on 27 minutes when Moussa Sissoko found him in space, in the penalty area on Tottenham’s right, as the ball sat up he rifled it through Huddersfield’s keeper Ben Hamer. Hamer would have been disappointed to have conceded but sometimes, with the ball in the air as the player hits it, the extra pace can take keepers by surprise.
Moura’s Back Flip – 10 Out Of 10
Moura had to wait another hour for his second and this time Christian Eriksen found him in the box close to the penalty spot. Moura took the ball with his left foot and with a controlled right foot volley the ball nestled nicely in the corner. He followed that up with a very impressive cart-wheel and back-flip before Son put him through on the right where he buried his shot into the top corner from the right.
Fernando Llorente – Close To Scoring
On another day Fernando Llorente could also have left the pitch with the match ball. In the first half, he flashed a header just past the post. In the second he controlled a cross from Juan Foyth with a great first touch and, in the same movement, volleyed against Huddersfield’s bar. Eriksen also found him in space in the box but Huddersfield defenders smothered his effort.
Victor Wanyama – Rare Start
Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama, making a rare start for Tottenham, got things moving in the 24th minute. Ben Davies played a ball in from Tottenham’s left towards Llorente. He miss controlled or purposefully flicked it on to Victor Wanyama, who burst past one defender, and the keeper, before tapping into the empty net with his left foot. Clever footwork from Wanyama.
Huddersfield Should Have Scored
In the first half, with the score still at 1-0, Jon Gorenc Stankovic had a great chance from a Huddersfield corner on the right but his left foot effort from close range went wide. In his defence, he might have seen it late. In the second half substitute Steve Mounie should have found the net with a header from the penalty spot after being put through by Jonathan Hogg. Juninho Bacuna also came close when Hugo Lloris turned his free kick against the bar.
Spurs Move Back Up To Third
This win puts Tottenham back up to third and it’s also five wins out of five without Harry Kane. Heung-Min Son, who made such a big impact during Kane’s earlier absence, only played a few minutes of this game as he must be being saved for Manchester City.
Quite a few others were also on the saved list but Pochettino will have to think carefully about who he picks for the Champions League battle at the Etihad Stadium. A few fringe players might be up for it.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Walker-Peters (7), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (7), Foyth (7), Davies (6), Sissoko (8), Wanyama (8), Eriksen (8), Moura (9), Llorente (7).
Subs: Skipp (6), Rose (n/a), Son (n/a),
Huddersfield: Hamer (5), Hadergjonaj (6), Kongolo (6), Schindler (5), Durm (5), Bacuna (6), Stankovic (5), Hogg (5), Lowe (4), Grant (6), Kachunga (5).
Subs: Mooy (5), Mounie (5), Williams (n/a).
Man of the Match: Lucas Moura.
- Tottenham have won their first four Premier League games against Huddersfield without conceding a goal, something they had only previously done against Cardiff.
- Huddersfield have lost 26 of their 34 games in the Premier League this season, the joint-most defeats at this stage of the season in the competition (level with Sunderland in 2005-06).
- Tottenham have won all five of their Premier League games this season without Harry Kane.
- There were just 144 seconds between Tottenham’s first and second goals against Huddersfield Town.
- With seven goals and five assists in 853 minutes of action, Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente has registered the best minutes per goal involvement rate of any Tottenham player this season in all competitions (71.1).
- Huddersfield’s Ben Hamer has conceded 21 goals in seven Premier League appearances this season, at a rate of one every 26.3 minutes, the worst rate of any ‘keeper this season to play more than one game.
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