Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Sports Mole rates the individual performances of the players in West Bromwich Albion's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

West Bromwich Albion secured their first win of the Premier League season with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane this afternoon.

James Morrison headed in from a corner in the second half to move the Baggies off the bottom of the table.

Saido Berahino had a goal disallowed in the first half, while Craig Dawson believed that he should have had a penalty after a handball incident.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look at the individual performances from both sets of players.



Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of Spurs claims a cross during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on September 21, 2014 © Getty Images
TOTTENHAM

Goal

Hugo Lloris: The Tottenham goalkeeper made some impressive saves to keep the scores level heading into the final 20 minutes, but was left rooted to the spot as Morrison headed in the only goal of the match. (6/10)

Defence

Danny Rose: Rose showed plenty of pace going forward particularly in the first half, and made some solid blocks at the back, but was booked late on. (5/10)

Younes Kaboul: The Spurs captain was probably the pick of the defenders, doing his best to halt Sessegnon and Berahino and also came close to scoring in the first half with a header that just cleared the crossbar. (8/10)

Vlad Chiriches: Chiriches had a day to forget, conceding a couple of avoidable corners in the opening 10 minutes while struggling with the pace of the West Brom attack. (2/10)

Eric Dier: Dier was probably the quietest of the back four defensively, but continued to show that he has plenty of potential going forward, sending in a couple of decent crosses towards the end of the match. (6/10)

Midfield

Erik Lamela: Lamela made a bright start to the afternoon, linking up well with Nacer Chadli to put West Brom under pressure early on, but he failed to have much impact after the break. (4/10)

Mousa Dembele: Playing a mainly defensive role, Dembele played some physical football while trying to slow down West Brom's game, but was taken off after just over an hour as Mauricio Pochettino tried to make his side more attacking. (5/10)

Nacer Chadli: Like Lamela, Chadli was busy in the first half trying to help the home side take an early lead, but he could not continue to have an impact in the second half, and was taken off after just over an hour. (5/10)

Christian Eriksen: Eriksen was one of the best players on the pitch for Spurs, providing a number of crosses and through-balls for Adebayor in the first half, while testing Foster with a few free kicks. (8/10)

Etienne Capoue: After a fairly anonymous first half, Capoue tried to set up a chance for the home side to open the scoring after the break, but was taken off in the final 15 minutes as Spurs tried to find a late equaliser. (3/10)

Attack

Emmanuel Adebayor: It was a mixed day for the striker, who was given plenty of service in the second half, but the lone striker was well covered by the West Brom defenders, preventing him from having a clean shot at goal. He was lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half after seemingly making a block with his hand. (5/10)

Substitutes

Paulinho: The Brazilian came on for Dembele for the final half-hour, but his only real contribution was a rushed shot which went well high as Spurs were trying to get back on level terms late on. (3/10)

Roberto Soldado: The striker certainly injected some added potency up front when he came on for Chadli after 60 minutes, but was ultimately unable to find the goal that Tottenham needed. (6/10)

Aaron Lennon: Lennon was sent on in response to Morrison's goal to add some pace to the Spurs attack, and he did, testing the West Brom defenders in the final moments of the match, but did not have enough time to have a real impact. (6/10)



West Bromwich Albion's English-born Scottish midfielder James Morrison celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in London on September 21, 2014© Getty Images
WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Goal

Ben Foster: The goalkeeper had a relatively quiet afternoon thanks to the performance of his defenders, but pulled off a fantastic double save in the second half, although he did leave himself with a cut to the forehead as a result. (7/10)

Defence

Andre Wisdom: The young defender was given the freedom to play a more advanced role, showing some good pace down the right flank while also making a couple of solid contributions at the back. (6/10)

Joleon Lescott: Probably the best player from both sides, the defender, who was making his debut, probably should have scored in the first half but for a careless block by a teammate. He was kept busy at the back by Adebayor and Soldado, but never gave up chasing in the box to ensure that only one real chance made it through to Foster. (8/10)

Sebastien Pocognoli: The defender was part of a well-organised West Brom defence, but did struggle with the fresh legs and pace of Lennon in the final moments, letting the midfielder get a cross in in the final moments. (5/10)

Craig Dawson: Dawson looked unbeatable at times, blocking numerous crosses and clearing a couple of efforts off the line. He thought that he should have had a penalty when his fierce shot in the first half appeared to be blocked by the hand of Adebayor. (7/10)

Midfield

James Morrison: The goal scorer forced an early save from Lloris, but was relatively quiet until he popped up to head in from a corner in the final 20 minutes. (7/10)

Craig Gardner: The midfielder did accidentally block Lescott's shot in the first half, but he made amends with some bright work up front, creating chances for Sessegnon and Berahino. (7/10)

Chris Brunt: Brunt was lively in the first half, providing the assist for the Berahino goal that was ruled out for offside, but he was much more quiet in the second half. (5/10)

Graham Dorrans: Dorrans was not the most involved up front, but he was busy in the centre, winning the ball back on a couple of occasions while getting involved in a physical battle with Danny Rose. (4/10)

Stephane Sessegnon: The winger ran at everything this afternoon, providing fantastic service for Berahino as well as having a few shots himself. He never gave up pushing for a second goal for the visitors until he was substituted in stoppage time. (7/10)

Attack

Saido Berahino: The young striker was superb, testing Lloris with a fierce low drive after having a goal ruled out for offside in the first half. All that was missing from his performance was the elusive goal. (7/10)

Substitutes

Victor Anichebe: Alan Irvine used just the one sub, sending on Anichebe for the final 90 seconds of stoppage time in place of Sessegnon. With Spurs pushing hard for an equaliser, he barely had a touch before the final whistle. (2/10)


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