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...and the big man's our Opta Player of Month

Posted on 5 December 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Opta Index have totted up the totals for our statistical Player of the Month for November - step forward, again, Dean Richards.

The big man has been in outstanding form all season and wins his second Opta Player of the Month award in succession.

Here are Opta Index's findings...

In the five matches Spurs played in November, Glenn Hoddle's side managed to secure one win — against Leeds — and two draws, while the other fixtures at Sunderland and Arsenal ended in defeat.

With not all the results going Spurs' way, it comes as no great surprise that the Player of the Month for November according to Opta Index was a defender - Dean Richards.

On his forays into the opposition half of the pitch the 28-year-old totalled five attempts at goal, four of which were headed.

But it was at the back of course, where he made his most telling contributions.

In all five matches he made more clearances than any other Tottenham man, giving him a grand total of 66 for the month — a tally no Premiership player could match. Indeed, over the course of the 2002-03 campaign he has got the ball clear on more occasions than any other top-flight star.

Richards also found the time to break up opposition play with 28 tackles, 61% of which were successful. The only player in the top flight who could better this total in November was Sunderland's Gavin McCann, who made 34 challenges for the Black Cats in the same number of games.

It will be interesting to see who comes out on top between Richards and Darren Moore this Sunday when Spurs take on West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane. The Baggies defender has made the second-highest total of clearances this term behind the former

Saint, so both sets of forwards will have their work cut out in the televised clash.

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Dean Richards (Tottenham Hotspur)
Minutes played450
Goal Attempts
Goals0
Shots on target2
Shots off target2
Blocked shots1
Passing
Goal assists0
Passes188
Pass completion %71%
Crossing
Crosses0
Cross completion %0%
Dribbling
Dribbles4
Dribble completion %100%
Defending
Tackles28
Tackles won %61%
Blocks6
Clearances66
Interceptions6
Discipline
Fouls5
Offsides0
Yellow cards0
Red cards0