Tottenham player ratings: 10-man Spurs withstand pressure at the City Ground

In a game that saw Tottenham Hotspur pile the pressure on Steve Cooper with a decisive 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, Spurs dominated possession but struggled to control the match at the City Ground. Cooper’s Forest side has now lost five of their last six games, inching dangerously close to the relegation zone and sitting just five points clear of the bottom three.

Early on, Tottenham came close to scoring when Dejan Kulusevski fed Son Heung-min, but the effort was thwarted by Forest’s Matt Turner. Forest held firm, with Anthony Elanga testing Guglielmo Vicario, and Turner made a crucial save against Brennan Johnson’s shot. Ben Davies headed just over from a corner as Spurs maintained pressure.

The deadlock was broken just before the break when Richarlison leapt to head in Kulusevski’s cross. Forest threatened after the break, but a goal from Elanga was ruled offside following a VAR check. Moments later, Kulusevski doubled Tottenham’s lead with a powerful shot.

Despite an impressive save from Vicario and last-ditch blocks from Forest’s defenders, Spurs held on for the win. However, the match wasn’t without controversy, as Yves Bissouma received a red card after a VAR check for a dangerous challenge, leaving Tottenham with 10 men for the final 20 minutes.

Forest threw everything at Spurs, with Turner making crucial saves and Harry Toffolo hitting the post, but ultimately, they were unable to find the back of the net. Turner’s questionable performance saw Spurs take advantage, while Forest’s players and supporters showed their support for Cooper despite the disappointing result.

Tottenham’s Guglielmo Vicario was the standout player of the match, producing stunning saves and showcasing his value. Meanwhile, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison also delivered strong performances, contributing to Tottenham’s victory.

Ultimately, Ange Postecoglou’s side were uncomfortable at times, but they ultimately stifled Forest’s attack and secured three valuable points. Meanwhile, despite Forest’s efforts to rally and their supporters’ support for Cooper, the loss further compounds their recent poor form and moves them closer to relegation danger.


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