Tottenham Hotspur put their midweek Champions League heartbreak behind them on Sunday afternoon as they came from behind to secure a 1-4 win at Bournemouth - their first victory of the season after conceding the first goal of the game.
Junior Stanislas' early opener hinted that Spurs were to be sentenced to further doom and gloom after Juventus dumped
The young Frenchman drew the solitary remaining Spurs guardian before squaring a pass to his teammate, only for the 28-year-old Londoner's chipped shot to rattle the bar when, in truth, it looked easier to score; although Hugo Lloris' advance did increase the difficulty of the opportunity.
Spurs caught out by a through ball again, but Stanislas is no Dybala and it remains scoreless.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 11, 2018
However, the spurned chance seemed to have minimal effect on the left winger, as just three minutes later, he broke the deadlock
Junior Stanislas (18) is now Bournemouth's joint twelfth highest ever goal scorer.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 11, 2018
He is also their third ever highest goal scorer in the Premier League (13). pic.twitter.com/c9OJfaqQP6
Harry Kane has come off injured.— Coral (@Coral) March 11, 2018
Spurs may as well pack up and head off to Lanzarote until August.
Bournemouth 1-1 Tottenham HT: Took Spurs 30 minutes to wake up, but with Eriksen seeing more of the ball, they look as though they have goals in them, despite Kane blow. Bournemouth's defence has been impressive, for the most part. Interesting 45 coming up. #BOUTOT #AFCB #COYS— Joe Owens (@joejournosun) March 11, 2018
The high tempo from the opening 45 minutes was carried over into second, with Spurs building on their increased dominance in the latter stages of the first half but still finding difficulty in breaking down Eddie Howe's resolute defence.
That was until the stroke of the hour mark, when
After going behind, Bournemouth began to get a foothold in proceedings again. And Wilson thought he had brought the contest back on level terms after he leathered his attempt into the back of Lloris' net, only for referee Dean, similarly to Kane earlier in the game, to rule it out; this time for a shove on Davinson Sanchez.
And moments later the tie was put to bed, as Son took advantage of the ultra-attacking mindset of the hosts and raced away unopposed, rounded Begovic and secured all three points for the visitors.
Son Heung-Min's game by numbers vs. Bournemouth:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 11, 2018
26 (84%) passes completed
4 shots on target
3 take-ons completed
2 tackles won
Filling Kane's boots. pic.twitter.com/icsmDJ6Hnn
But that did not stop the visitors' ruthlessness, as Aurier took advantage of the Cherries' custodian's weak palm from substitute Kieran Trippier's cross to head home from a tight angle and round off, in the end, a convincing victory
The win offers Spurs slight comfort following their disappointing week in Europe and, more importantly, means if they taste defeat next time out at Chelsea, their top four spot will still be retained.
Headline team news ahead of our @premierleague game against @SpursOfficial...— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) March 11, 2018
One change to starting XI
Mousset starts, with King on bench
Arter returns to squad
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