Spurs 1-1 Liverpool
Report from the Lane
27 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Rose rescued a hard-earned point against Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League's early kick-off.
The left-back scored from inside the Reds' area with 18 minutes remaining after a dangerous Eric Dier cross from the right wasn't dealt with by the visitors' defence.
It cancelled out James Milner's penalty, which came just before half-time after Erik Lamela bundled over Roberto Firmino in the 18-yard box.
Liverpool certainly had the better of the first half and we were indebted to some fine goalkeeping from Michel Vorm to keep the score goalless in the opening half hour. He twice kept out Philippe Coutinho, including a brilliant fifth-minute reaction save, and was alert to deny Sadio Mane breaking through on a couple of occasions as well.
We grew into the match as it went on and the eventual 1-1 scoreline means we remain unbeaten since the beginning of the campaign.
There was just the one change from manager Mauricio Pochettino to the side which beat Crystal Palace here at the Lane last weekend – Dele Alli returning to the starting line-up ahead of Vincent Janssen, who dropped to the bench. Heung-Min Son returned to the matchday squad as a substitute following his appearances for South Korea at the Rio Olympics while Harry Winks was introduced off the bench in stoppage time for his Premier League debut. There was a familiar face on the Liverpool bench, too – our former Academy graduate Kevin Stewart taking his place among Jurgen Klopp’s substitutes.
Save: magnificent stop from Vorm – 5mins
It was a really frantic opening to the game and it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring. Firmino broke into the area and squared for Coutinho, unmarked 10 yards out, but his fierce drive was stopped on the goal-line by Vorm’s out-stretched leg – a stunning reaction save.
Save: Vorm again denies Coutinho – 26mins
Both sides were attacking with intent but again Liverpool were the closest to breaking the deadlock when Mane clipped a pass over from the edge of the area to Coutinho, who chested it down and fired goalwards but Vorm was down smartly again. Vorm was in the thick of the action, having twice sprinted from his line to deny Mane with his legs. We were then forced into an early substitution, Janssen coming on for the unwell Kyle Walker. Eric Dier moved to right-back, Dele Alli into the base of the midfield, Kane into the centre of the attacking three with Janssen up top.
Goal: Spurs 0-1 Liverpool – James Milner (penalty) – 43mins
We had started to build some momentum and pressure without creating a clear chance, but just two minutes before the break Liverpool took the lead. Lamela bundled into the back of Firmino close to the byline and referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot. James Milner sent Vorm the wrong way and the visitors went into the interval ahead.
Above: Christian Eriksen on the ball.
Woodwork: Matip clips the bar – 53mins
As we looked to work our way back into the game, Eriksen dragged a shot wide of Simon Mignolet’s far post before Liverpool went close again, Joel Matip climbing highest to meet Coutinho’s corner but just shaving the crossbar with his header. Then Mane smashed the ball into the back of our net from close range on 56 minutes following another counter-attack, but the assistant’s flag was up and it was ruled out.
Chance: Eriksen over the bar – 62mins
Our best chance of the game so far arrived just after the hour mark as Lamela worked the ball to Toby Alderweireld who in turn found Dier down the right. His low cross fell kindly for Eriksen coming onto the ball just inside the area, but he couldn’t keep his effort down. Just moments later, Lamela whipped in a free-kick out on the right flank which was heading for the top corner, only for Mignolet to tip over – and from the resulting corner, the Belgian stopper made a fine save to keep out Alderweireld’s glancing header.
Goal: Spurs 1-1 Liverpool – Danny Rose – 72mins
There had certainly been a shift in the momentum and we were enjoying our best spell of the game, resulting an equaliser from an unlikely source. A lovely move saw Dier find space down the right, he cut onto his left foot and delivered a cross which Lamela flicked on to Rose, eight yards out to the left of goal. He controlled with his chest and sent a shot past Mignolet.
Frantic end: Alderweireld in the thick of the action – 90+1mins
Neither side was prepared to sit back and settle for the draw and Alderweireld was in the spotlight at both ends in the closing moments. Having headed over the bar six minutes earlier, he motored back to make a vital last-ditch block and deny Adam Lallana what might have been a stoppage time winner following a dangerous Liverpool counter-attack.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"It was a very tough game, both teams played with passion - that is important and I thought we showed character and were competitive. I’m only pleased with the players and the effort they made on the pitch was fantastic. It’s difficult to play and to show good football when both teams want to press and both teams have such good players."
Danny Rose said
"For the first hour I was wondering where the chance might come from. It’s fair to say we didn’t play as well as we did last weekend against Palace. If we don’t win games the aim is not to lose and we’re happy we managed to get a point but at the same time, we're disappointed we didn’t play as well as we can and create more chances."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Walker (Janssen 27), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen (Winks 90+3); Kane (c, Onomah 83). Substitutes (not used): McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Son.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana (Stewart 90+3); Mane (Sturridge 88), Firmino, Coutinho (Origi 69). Substitutes (not used): Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas.
Goals: Spurs – Rose 72; Liverpool – Milner (pen) 43.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Rose, Vertonghen, Alli; Liverpool – Mane, Coutinho, Henderson, Matip.
Referee: Bobby Madley.
There is a break in the fixture list next weekend as the game turns its attention to the international scene, so we’re not back in action until Saturday, September 10. That day sees us travel to the newly-named bet365 Stadium, home of Stoke City, who opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough followed by a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Manchester City. They were away to Everton this afternoon in the 3pm kick-offs.