Spurs 1-1 Leicester
Report from the Lane
29 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Vincent Janssen scored his first Premier League goal in our colours but it wasn’t enough to secure the three points as Leicester City hit back for a draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
It was a thoroughly entertaining match from start to finish, played with real tempo and passion throughout and one which we shaded in terms of possession and chances created, but we just couldn’t find the winner.
Moments after Dele Alli had crashed a shot against the crossbar, Janssen was upended by Robert Huth to win a penalty on the stroke of half-time and then took responsibility himself, drilling the spot-kick past Kasper Schmeichel to give us a 44th-minute lead.
But the reigning Premier League champions were level three minutes after the interval when Jamie Vardy’s cross was slotted home at the back post by Ahmed Musa.
That made for an enthralling second half in which both sides showed plenty of attacking intent in search of a winner. Christian Eriksen had three efforts saved by Schmeichel, Jan Vertonghen headed against the crossbar, Andy King and Leonardo Ulloa went close with late headers while the last touch of the game saw Danny Rose fire into the side-netting - leaving it all square at 1-1 at the final whistle.
There were 10 changes to the side which lost in EFL Cup action at Anfield in midweek – Eric Dier the only player to keep his place, but in terms of the team from last weekend’s Premier League game at Bournemouth it was just the one alteration. That came in attack, Janssen replacing Erik Lamela, who missed out with illness, with Heung-Min Son dropping back into the attacking midfield three.
Save: Alli denied by Schmeichel – 13mins
The game opened up at a frantic pace with both sides pressing high and fast and we were enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Our first sight of goal came when Son’s corner was headed away to Alli 20 yards out, who fizzed a half-volley which Schmeichel parried away. Moments later, the Dane was there again to smother Rose’s long-ranger.
Chance: Okazaki close for Foxes – 33mins
As well as a great tempo, there was a real competitive edge to the contest which made for a fantastic atmosphere. And the chances kept coming too, Victor Wanyama hitting a half-volley wide after some neat build-up play. Leicester started to create opportunities of their own, Vardy getting the ball stuck under his feet from Musa’s pass when he would have been clean through before Shinji Okazaki flicked Riyad Mahrez’s cross just over on 33 minutes and Christian Fuchs volleyed over from 25 yards.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Leicester – Vincent Janssen (pen) – 44mins
Despite those opportunities for the champions, we were still the better side and so nearly took the lead when Kyle Walker produced some great work down the right flank before cutting the ball back for Alli to rattle a shot against the crossbar from 15 yards. But we weren’t to be denied and when Janssen was pulled down by Huth in the area, referee Robert Madley pointed to the spot. Up stepped the Dutch striker, blasting past Schmeichel for his third goal of the season and first in the Premier League – all penalties.
Above: Heung-Min Son goes up for an aerial challenge with Kasper Schmeichel.
Goal: Spurs 1-1 Leicester – Ahmed Musa – 48mins
Just three minutes into the second half the visitors drew level. Dier headed away a long clearance, Wanyama nodded it back towards our defence but played it in to Vardy who burst into the area down the right channel and produced a low cross which Musa tucked in at the far post.
Chances: Schmeichel keeping us out – 59mins
We responded well to the setback and created a string of chances without quite getting a clear sight of goal. Schmeichel comfortably saved Son’s curling effort before we won a free-kick 25 yards out, Eriksen’s attempt clipping off the wall and running through to his Danish compatriot in the Leicester goal. The midfielder was there again on 59 minutes, latching onto Alli’s cut-back but his shot from just inside the area took a slight deflection and Schmeichel saved low down, while another Eriksen effort following great work from Rose looked goal-bound before it hit Huth and ran away to safety.
Woodwork: Vertonghen almost wins it – 86mins
The game was flowing from end-to-end, both sides going for the winner and it almost came from the head of Vertonghen with four minutes remaining. Janssen had already turned and shot just past Schmeichel’s upright, while Fuchs smashed a drive high and wide on 81 minutes. But then Dier played a ball out to Wanyama on the right, he sent over a great cross which Vertonghen climbed highest to meet, only for his header to hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten.
Late chance: Rose hits side-netting – 90+4mins
It was a frantic finale and Leicester had a couple of chances late on, King finding himself unmarked at the far post from a free-kick but heading straight at Hugo Lloris, while substitute Ulloa sent another header just past our post in stoppage time. But there was still time for one more opportunity, the ball running through to Rose inside the area in the final seconds but he could only fire into the side-netting.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"It was a good performance, but not enough. It’s for that reason we feel disappointed. We tried, tried and tried and it was difficult. There were a lot of positives but it’s hard to give all to try to win the game, to only take one point. We’re in a period where we need to be strong."
Vincent Janssen said
"They let us play football in our half and then used the counter-attack. Okay, they are very good at that and have a lot of qualities on the counter-attack but we were much better and deserved the three points. I scored a penalty at Liverpool as well and I thought ‘this is my penalty’. When I stood behind it, I knew it was going to be a goal. It was a great moment."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Wanyama (Winks 87); Eriksen, Alli (Nkoudou 83), Son; Janssen. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Onomah.
Leicester (4-3-2-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan (c), Fuchs; Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Drinkwater, King; Musa (Schlupp 68), Okazaki (Ulloa 78); Vardy. Substitutes (not used): Zieler, Hernandez, Gray, Amartey.
Goals: Spurs – Janssen 44 (pen); Leicester – Musa 48.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Rose, Son, Wanyama; Leicester – Mahrez, Musa, Vardy, Simpson.
Referee: Robert Madley.
We’re back at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday for our return to Champions League action as we take on German side Bayer Leverkusen. The two sides played out an entertaining goalless draw a couple of weeks ago at the BayArena and we could take a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages with a victory.