Wingbacks Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier were vital in making the final score Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham in our Premier League clash.
Spurs battled a spirited Huddersfield side and overcame them through the use of our wingbacks. Initially overpowered, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier fought back to earn three vital points. The match ended Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Battle of the wingbacks
Both Tottenham and Huddersfield went with three centre backs and wingbacks. The Terriers initially charged out of the gate to enforce their style and tempo on the match.
When Huddersfield had the ball they were looking to get it quickly in-behind our high line. When out of possession, the Terriers were closing down and rapidly pressing. Their team sought a mistake or a long ball downfield that they could hoover up and launch another foray forward.
Huddersfield was very aggressive with the positioning of their wingbacks. Erik Durm and Chris Lowe pushed high whenever possible. As a result, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier were forced backwards. So much so that the Tottenham defence often looked like a back five.
For all of their efforts, Huddersfield struggled to create any clear-cut openings. The Terriers’ closest call was from a Lucas Moura trip on a rampaging Chris Lowe, which looked more outside the box than in. However, referee Craig Pawson waved play on.
Tottenham attack the outside centre backs
Huddersfield had the momentum, yet Tottenham created the better chances. Spurs had a plan to attack the space around the outside centre backs. This primarily concentrated on the space afforded by Terence Kongolo.
The left centre back was being easily dragged around by movement. Kongolo was often dawn from the back line, allowing a runner in-behind.
First up it was Harry Kane who darted off the back of Kongolo to receive a long pass from Toby Alderweireld. Kane stole in for a one-versus-one against goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. The Terriers stopper denied him with a good save as Kane tried to deftly chip him.
Son Heung-Min would be the next in to the space off Kongolo. Son, however, couldn’t find a cross.
The third attack would see Tottenham take the lead. Lucas Moura was the player to run off Kongolo this time.
Moura was forced wide, but his layoff found the trailing Kieran Trippier to deliver a telling cross.
In the middle, Harry Kane had pulled away from the other two centre backs, who were constantly disengaged from their wingbacks.
Kane could get a running start to tower above Christopher Schindler and head home. A goal against the run of play, but not the run of chances.
Rose on the rampage
Kieran Trippier had fought back well in his match up against an attacking Chris Lowe. Danny Rose was doing equally well against Erik Durm.
The pair of Trippier and Rose became more of a force as the match wore on, and Huddersfield had to make changes.
Rose and Trippier initially combined on six minutes. Tottenham tore through the space around left centre back Terence Kongolo. Trippier’s perfect cross picked out Danny Rose arriving in the box. Rose unfortunately headed wide. It would’ve been a very apt goal given the flow of the match, highlighting the space around Kongolo and the wingback battle perfectly.
Kongolo was injured in the build-up to our opener. His substitution forced Huddersfield in to major changes. Florent Hadergjonaj was brought on at right wingback and Rose immediately exposed him.
Hadergjonaj was caught on his heels as Rose played a neat one-two with Son Heung-Min. The passage of play also highlighted the space Huddersfield’s centre backs were leaving between themselves and their wingbacks.
Tottenham had exposed this space on the first goal. Lucas Moura had initially run through the room left between centre back Kongolo and wingback Lowe. At the far post, Harry Kane could pull off in to the space between the other centre back Jorgensen and wingback Durm, to get a running start and tower over Schindler.
As Rose raced past newly introduced wingback Hadergjonaj, he was in acres of space left by Jorgensen being so disconnected and narrow.
Hadergjonaj then compounded his error by grabbing Rose, sending him to the turf. Referee Craig Pawson had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.
Harry Kane dispatched the penalty with consummate ease. Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl was sent the wrong way and the score had quickly become Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham.
Tottenham counter attacks
Huddersfield responded well to going two goals behind. Their wingbacks were then involved in their best effort of the match. Erik Durm put in an excellent cross that Laurent Depoitre smacked against the underside of the bar.
At half time, with the score at Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham David Wagner urged his team to be more aggressive in the second half.
Huddersfield tried to flood men forward, but as a result, left huge gaps between the lines. The Terriers midfield got so far forward that they became disconnected from their back line. Tottenham got players in this space and arguably created the better chances again.
Son Heung-Min was the chief beneficiary of this space. Son raced away and found an excellent low pullback that created a glorious chance for Lucas Moura. The Brazilian rode a tackle, but couldn’t quite regain his feet in time to slip the ball past an onrushing Jonas Lossl.
Son then tore through the space again, passing up the option of a well-placed Danny Rose, to fire a shot straight at Lossl.
David Wagner tried to make changes. Huddersfield went to 4-3-3 with the introduction of Isaac Mbenza. His shot from the edge of the box, which was well saved by Paulo Gazzaniga, was as close as the Terriers came.
Time ran out with he final score Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham and three valuable Premier League points were ours.
Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham overall
A great game for our wingbacks. Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier both fought off a spirited and aggressive opening from their Huddersfield counterparts. Rose and Trippier were then heavily involved in fashioning the opportunities for Harry Kane to find the net, twice.
After three defeats, three wins on the spin resumes normal service. However, the removal of Jan Vertonghen at half time was a cause for concern with Barcelona on Wednesday.
Final score: Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham.
MOTM: Danny Rose.