- Attendance 45,154
Tottenham take on Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium.
Games won: 5
Games drawn: 1
Games lost: 1
Last 5 vs Bournemouth
20 Mar 2016 – Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – 3-0 Premier League
22 Oct 2016 – AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur – 0-0 Premier League
15 Apr 2017 – Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – 4-0 Premier League
14 Oct 2017 – Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth – 1-0 Premier League
11 Mar 2018 – AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur – 1-4 Premier League
Report by John Ellis at Wembley
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 AFC Bournemouth
Pochettino made four changes with surprisingly three within the back four
With Foyth and Walker-Peters chosen, the right flank had an inexperienced look.
After a sterile opening ten minutes in front of a quiet crowd, the game burst into life with two openings for the visitors with the first being blocked and Lloris being alert to intervene for the second chance.
This stung Spurs into life and a long range Eriksen effort took a wicked deflection to put Spurs into a one goal lead!
Almost immediately Spurs nearly scored a second but Walker-Peters sliding in at the far post couldnt quite reach the driven low cross.
Son picked the ball up in the 23rd minute and rifled his shot home from long range to make it 2-0 which delighted the large Asian following in the crowd.
Spurs had hardly seemed to move out of first gear and yet were 2-0 up!
In the 35th minute a delightful ball inside the full back from Winks let in Walkers-Peters to cross perfectly for Moura to drive low into the net to make it 3-0!
Walker-Peters had laid on all three goals – He’s magic you know…
Lloris having received a 32nd birthday rendition from the fans was called into action a couple of times in the closing stages of the first half but in truth had enjoyed a relaxed opening 45 minutes.
Just before the interval the stretcher was brought on for Simon Francis for what looked a serious injury from what seemed an innocuous incident.
Right on half time Lloris made an excellent trademark reflex save to keep out a close range header.
The feeling at half time was of a low key performance bringing a 3-0 lead – if City or Liverpool it would be said the sign of champions…
The second half started in much the same way as the first half.
Again it was Bournemouth who created the first opening. A run down the Spurs right, a cross and the ball was slid into the back of the net but the lineslady raised her flag and the goal was chalked off.
Moura burst the middle and was brought down for a free kick. As at Everton Kane took the ball from Eriksen and shot into the keepers arms. He once scored a deflected free kick at Aston Villa but has never really threatened since.
A lovely move in the 61st minute involving Kane led to Rose passing to Eriksen who played an exquisite chipped pass to Kane. The ball came over Kane’s shoulder and he showed fantastic technique to fire into the net to make it 4-0!
The visitors looked certain to reduce the deficit in the 66th minute but out of nowhere Rose slid in to block the shot! Rose is finally getting back towards the swashbuckling player he once was.
A further cross from the Spurs right brought a strong header which with Lloris rooted to the spot should really have been on target.
In the 70th minute, Spurs broke down the left. Rose cleverly slipped in Kane who held off two defenders but slipped as he was about to shoot. Kane somehow retained possession whilst on the ground. The ball was played to Moura whose shot was saved but Son was on hand to score his second and Spurs fifth – 5-0!
Sissoko again a commanding presence broke through the middle. He ran and he ran before unleashing a long range effort which was unfortunately blocked. The significance of him having the confidence to attempt such an effort was immense.
The 78th minute brought a roar from the crowd from the crowd as Leicester City had come from behind to take a 2-1 lead against Manchester City. The in play Premier League table showed Tottenham Hotspur in second place!
The first minute of added time saw a tremendous volley from way out on the flank fizzing just over the Spurs bar.
The referee blew the final whistle and Spurs had won at a canter notching eleven goals in their last two matches.
Leicester best City and so at the half way stage of the season Tottenham Hotspur sit second in the table six points behind the leaders. According to the experts in the media, it is a two horse race to the title between Liverpool and Manchester City… well if that is the case, even they can’t deny through gritted teeth that Spurs are on the march and in the mix!
Tottenham Starting XI
Line-up will appear here shortly.