Teamwork makes the dream work

Participant rankings as Spurs full yet one more late comeback


FROM TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM – Tottenham climbed again into the Premier League’s prime 4 with a late 2-1 win at residence to Luton.

Spurs have been booed off at half-time after a flat opening 45 minutes however responded excellently after the break to safe one other late victory.

The Hatters put up a good battle however drop again into the relegation zone after Nottingham Forest earned a draw elsewhere on Saturday.

How the sport unfolded

Contained in the opening three minutes, Luton took a shock lead. A poor cutback from Dejan Kulusevski was misplaced by Son Heung-min, permitting former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to simply ghost previous Yves Bissouma and run the size of the pitch earlier than reducing again for Ross Barkley. He in flip pulled the ball again for Tahith Chong, who made no mistake along with his shot simply contained in the field, slotting into the underside nook.

Spurs ought to have been degree after 1 / 4 of an hour when Kulusevski picked out Timo Werner working in behind. The German ahead lower inside Issa Kabore however dragged his shot narrowly previous the put up.

The hosts have been severely threatening to get on the scoresheet and got here agonisingly shut twice in a matter of seconds. A free go from the again by Teden Mengi was pounced upon by Pape Matar Sarr, with Son racing clear and rounding Thomas Kaminski earlier than his shot hit each posts. Sarr adopted in for the rebound however his shot was cleared off the road by Mengi.

On the opposite aspect of half-time, Tottenham pulled degree. Brennan Johnson performed a beautiful little give-and-go with Pedro Porro to interrupt clear down the correct earlier than his cross was become his personal internet by Kabore with Werner lurking behind him.

One other positive Spurs transfer down the correct noticed Son play in Porro, along with his low cross this time cleared by Kabore to security.

Porro then delivered a whipped ball from deep to search out Son, whose shot was nicely stored out by Kaminski’s ft.

Down the opposite finish, Guglielmo Vicario needed to be at full stretch to push apart a shot from Jordan Clark after Spurs did not clear a nook.

Johnson and Porro continued to trigger Luton issues, with the Welshman this time turning supplier for the Spaniard, just for his shot to whistle excessive of the crossbar.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thought the house aspect had gone in entrance when Johnson appeared to have scrambled residence a cutback from Giovani Lo Celso, just for his shot to hit Kaminski, the within of the put up after which be cleared by Alfie Doughty simply earlier than it crossed the road.

With just below 5 minutes remaining, Spurs discovered that second aim. Son carried the ball away from a Luton nook, sending in Werner down the left. His ball in subject was knocked again by Johnson into the South Korean’s path, lashing a strike off Daiki Hashioka and previous Kaminski to grab the three factors.

Heung-Min Son

Son to the rescue / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

GK: Guglielmo Vicario – 6/10 – Needed to be alert to make some stretching saves when Luton shot from distance. Not so much he may have performed concerning the opening aim.

RB: Pedro Porro – 7/10 – Quiet within the first half however took the sport by the scruff of the neck within the second half, being emboldened by his partnership with Johnson.

CB: Cristian Romero – 7/10 – Quietly going about his enterprise of late fairly than going excessive along with his trademark and attribute aggression. Silenced Morris pretty comfortably.

CB: Radu Dragusin – 6/10 – Nonetheless attending to grips with the tempo of the Premier League however confirmed some promising expertise carrying the ball out from the again.

LB: Future Udogie – 6/10 – A bit naive with a few of his fouls however could not fault his work ethic or means to create overloads to Luton’s detriment.

CM: Pape Matar Sarr – 6/10 – The same old engine in midfield for Spurs. Gained the ball again a number of occasions by way of his energetic urgent and harrying.

CM: Yves Bissouma – 4/10 – Allowed Townsend far an excessive amount of freedom resulting in the opening aim. By no means obtained into his groove after that.

RW: Dejan Kulusevski – 6/10 – Opened Luton up with some beautiful passes within the first half earlier than being hooked on the break. A greater ball to Son would’ve meant Spurs did not concede the opening aim in the way in which they did.

AM: James Maddison – 6/10 – Introduced moments of ingenuity which Luton sought to extinguish with cynical fouls. Did not have a lot of a say within the remaining third till the second half.

LW: Timo Werner – 7/10 – The complete Werner expertise. Missed a sitter, compelled an personal aim, performed a vital function within the winner.

CF: Son Heung-min – 8/10 – By no means stopped working and led from the entrance excellently, even when his standard high quality was missing till late on.


SUB: Brennan Johnson (46′ for Kulusevski) – 9/10 – Utterly modified the sport. At all times obtained at his man, confirmed bravery and got here up with two aim contributions.

SUB: Rodrigo Bentancur (68′ for Maddison) – 7/10

SUB: Giovani Lo Celso (68′ for Sarr) – 6/10

SUB: Richarlison (85′ for Bissouma) – 6/10

SUB: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (88′ for Son) – 6/10

Subs not used: Brandon Austin (GK), Emerson Royal, Ben Davies, Micky van de Ven


Ange Postecoglou – 7/10 – A flat first half was once more adopted by a roaring second. Made the correct modifications to win Spurs the sport.

Tahith Chong

Chong put Luton forward / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

GK: Thomas Kaminski – 7/10 – Produced a lot of positive saves however ultimately his job of preserving Spurs out proved too powerful.

RB: Issa Kabore – 4/10 – Frequently roasted by Werner and this lopsided duel ended with the right-back scoring an personal aim.

CB: Teden Mengi – 7/10 – Luton’s most authoritative defender regardless of his younger age. Harsh on him to be on the shedding aspect.

CB: Reece Burke – 6/10 – Defended stubbornly in his one half of soccer earlier than being withdrawn on the break.

LB: Alfie Doughty – 6/10 – Given a troublesome time by Johnson within the second half however obtained his personal again with an unimaginable clearance off the road shortly previous to succumbing to damage.

CM: Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu – 5/10 – A jack-of-all-trades job in midfield, defending the backline and starting assaults with out a lot success.

CM: Luke Berry – 5/10 – Plugged gaps defensively by dropping between the full-back and centre-back however did not provide so much else.

CM: Tahith Chong – 8/10 – Like Berry had an essential function defensively, but in addition aimed to stretch play along with his pure winger instincts. Surprised Spurs with such an early aim.

AM: Ross Barkley – 6/10 – Loved himself early on dancing concerning the midfield however his affect on the match waned as Spurs took management.

CF: Andros Townsend – 7/10 – Received near Morris at occasions and went out huge at others, however all the time proved a helpful outlet. Not a foul private return to north London.

CF: Carlton Morris – 3/10 – Provided nothing in any respect. Taken out of the sport by Romero.


SUB: Daiki Hashioka (46′ for Burke) – 6/10 – Defended with vigour for essentially the most half earlier than the late collapse.

SUB: Jordan Clark (63′ for Berry) – 5/10

SUB: Fred Onyedinma (74′ for Chong) – 5/10

SUB: Cauley Woodrow (83′ for Doughty) – 5/10

Subs not used: James Shea (GK), Tim Krul (GK), Daiki Hashioka, Joe Johnson, Axel Piesold, Zack Nelson


Rob Edwards – 6/10 – Luton have been organised however ultimately ran out of concepts going the opposite method.

Participant of the match – Brennan Johnson (Tottenham)