Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Burnley – 28th February
It was vintage Gareth Bale at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, with a return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Sky Sports brought some pre-match entertainment, with Roy Keane effectively calling Bale “average.” Which he took personally.
It took just two minutes for Bale to be distinctly unaverage, latching on to a low in-swinging ball from Heung-Min Son to make it 1-0.
Spurs continued to bombard the Burnley defence with chance after chance. Then it was Harry Kane’s turn in front of goal.
After a fantastic start to the game, Bale picked the ball up well inside his own half and sent a long ball out to Kane, who came inside and smashed the ball past the breakdancing Nick Pope.
Before long, it was three. Sergio Reguilón floated a ball to Lucas Moura, who expertly put the ball into the back of the net.
Much of the same came early on in the second half. Serge Aurier looked good on the right, Kane was all over the park, and the midfield duo of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele were controlling the middle of the pitch.
Burnley slowly began to grow into the game, but then Spurs broke at lightning speed. Son found Bale with a cross-field through ball and without hesistation, the Welshman found the far corner to send Spurs four up.
Full time, a strong defensive display and the fourth time in a month scoring four goals… lots to be pleased about.
Oliver Skipp (Norwich) vs Brentford – 3rd March
A huge clash at the top of the Championship saw Skippy help his side to an important three points, taking Norwich 10 points clear at the top.
Despite one over-ambitious attempt at a pass to Max Aarons, his clever play on and off the ball, commanding challenges, and fantastic block in stoppage time earned him yet another ‘Man of the Match’ award from Norwich’s Twitter page.
We’re sure the Spurs fans had nothing to do with his landslide victory…
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Bournemouth) vs Bristol City – 3rd March
‘CCV’ scored a late goal, courtesy of his backside, to earn Bournemouth three crucial points in their hunt for promotion.
No clean sheet for the American, but it was a decent enough overall performance, and his winning goal made it a thoroughly good evening.
Jack Clarke (Stoke) vs Swansea – 3rd March
A frustrating evening for Jack Clarke, as he conceded a penalty in the final seconds of injury time, which was converted, costing them a point. There was minimal contact, if any.
He certainly divided opinion after coming on as a substitute at half time, with his lively play on the ball, and his ability to draw fouls, causing the winger to trend on Twitter.
Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim) vs Union Berlin – 28th February
Came on for a 23 minute cameo in a disappointing draw, after playing 20 in the Europa League that Thursday.
Before then, he had missed seven games through injury, so it was a much needed return to play for the Englishman.
Juan Foyth (Villarreal) vs Atlético de Madrid – 28th February
Villarreal succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league-leaders Atlético, with Foyth playing in the role of right-back.
The Argentine was not at fault for either of the goals and it was a confident performance yet again, despite appearing in multiple positions this season for the Yellow Submarine.
Troy Parrott (Ipswich Town) vs Accrington Stanley – 2nd March
His spell at Millwall may not have been particularly successful, but Troy Parrott seems to be making a name for himself in East Anglia.
He didn’t have too many sights of goal, but he won a penalty and worked tirelessly in the victory for the Tractor Boys.
Harvey White (Portsmouth) vs Doncaster – 2nd March
He recently scored his first senior goal, but Harvey was unable to prevent his side from a poor 2-1 loss at the hands of Doncaster Rovers.
The loss will be a bitter blow to Pompey’s promotion hopes, as now they could fall out of the playoff spaces if games in hand don’t go their way.
Fulham 0-1 Tottenham – 5th March
After a cutting edge display of attacking prowess on Sunday, a more subdued affair was in store for Thursday’s midweek fixture.
Fulham had a lively start to the game, repeatedly driving at Spurs’ defence, dominating the first 10 minutes with 60% possession.
Hugo Lloris, fresh from receiving his 100th Premier League clean sheet, was eager to make it 101 against the London side.
A combination of him and Davinson Sanchez kept Fulham at bay. Then in the 19th minute, a pass from midfield by Dele found Son on the wing, who then returned the favour to an onrushing Dele into the box – meant Spurs took the lead.
However, de ja vu struck late into the first half, as Tottenham and Harry Kane especially, failed to capitalised on a few golden chances to double the lead.
This theme continued into the second half, where Spurs’ failure to kill the game off nearly resulted in the spoils being shared.
Josh Maja rightfully scored in the 62nd minute, only for VAR to dubiously rule the goal out for a handball in the build-up. Since that the decision, the law has already been changed.
Ultimately Tottenham’s defence stood strong, with the likes of Sanchez playing superbly once again, and showing many fans why he deserves to play every week.
Next week, Tottenham host Crystal Palace in the Premier League & Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.