Article by Rory Thompson @rory4spurs
These matches are the sort that Spurs used to slip up on, especially after a BIG Champions League game. However, this was not one of those days as Spurs ran rampant against a lacklustre Huddersfield.
The starting line-up included 7 changes to the starting eleven, clearly Alli and Kane missed out through injury but lots of players were given a rest, with squad members allowed to show their quality and most of them grabbed it with both hands.
The game started with Spurs in control against a nervous Huddersfield with Eriksen being the main orchestrater. Llorente showed rustiness and this game was a perfect warm up for the upcoming fixture list.
Huddersfield were pinned in for the majority of the first half and after 24 minutes, Wanyama scored his first goal of the season. Davies played a ball to Llorente, who miss controlled it into Wanyama’s path, he rounded the keeper and passed it into the back of the net. A goal to match Spurs dominant performance.
Two minutes later, Lucas got the first of his three as Foyth won the ball back on the half way line and played it to Sissoko, who pushed forward towards the edge of the box, dinked it past a Huddersfield defender and Lucas smashed it in on the half volley.
However, being 2-0 down sparked Huddersfield to life and they almost scored from a corner. The rest of the half dawdled to an end as the players started to play safe passes and with low intensity.
The half time would have been a good time for the players to refocus and play at a faster pace to put the result beyond doubt as soon as possible. However, this did not materialise with Huddersfield performing much better than in the first half. Llorente, who was unfortunate in front of goal, hit the crossbar with a volley and performed well in the second half.
Lucas was the main player in pressing the opposition and trying to make something out of nothing. The rest of the team played at a slower pace and seemed to have their minds on resting before the midweek Champions League game against Manchester City.
As usual, Pochettino waited before making his changes and the first was the introduction of Skipp for the outstanding Sissoko in the 74th minute. Giving the key player a rest and he got the standing ovation he deserved.
Huddersfield had some good chances to score with Lloris scrambling to save a well hit free kick but overall it was too little too late from the away team.
Lucas got his second goal when Spurs broke forward on the 87th minute and Eriksen crossed for Lucas to slide it past Hamer and wrap up the win.
Spurs brought on Rose and Son in the last 10 minutes and it was Son who played Lucas through to complete his hat trick. Although, Kyle Walker Peters was key in winning the ball back. He gave it to Son, who slipped it through and Lucas smashed it into the roof of the net and celebrated with a back flip. A truly superb performance and he has now given Pochettino a real head ache for Wednesday’s game.
After the match, Lucas brought his baby on to the pitch, which was a lovely touch for the man of the match and shows how at home he feels at Spurs, with each of the toddler’s kicks being cheered by the fans.
There will be much harder matches for Spurs but this was a morale boosting win and prepare the players for a much sterner test on Wednesday night for a place in the Champion’s League Semi-final.
Lloris: 7 – Only had one difficult save to make and did it well. Probably won’t ever have an easier afternoon.
Kyle Walker-Peters: 7 – Was good going forward and was defensively sound.
Juan Foyth: 6.5 – Good on the ball but made some silly mistakes which nearly allowed Huddersfield to get back into the game.
Davinson Sanchez: 7 – An easy game, used his pace when needed but was very comfortable all afternoon.
Jan Vertonghen: 7.5 – Played well when going forward with the ball and was defensively solid.
Ben Davies: 7 – Played well and often looking to cross for Llorente, unlucky not to get an assist.
Victor Wanyama: 8 – A great display, squashed any attacks that Huddersfield had and scored the key breakthrough goal.
Moussa Sissoko: 8.5 – Was everywhere, broke up the play, got the assist and his attacking prowess is improving game on game.
Eriksen: 8 – Grabbed an assist and his passing was excellent all game. Although, he does need to work on his free kicks!
Llorente: 7.5 – Unlucky not to get a goal and showed lots of neat touches, hopefully won’t be injured for Wednesday.
Lucas: 9 – Hat trick was excellent and he was the main player to try and force the Huddersfield players in to making a mistake.
Skipp: 6.5 – Didn’t do anything particularly brilliant or bad, good to get minutes under his belt.
Opposition Player who shone:
Grant: Huddersfield striker was starved of service but was a nuisance to the Spurs defence, kept running all game and will score goals in the Championship next season.