Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham: 5 things we learned

Tottenham survived a scare to overcome Eddie Howe's plucky Bournemouth, here's five things we learned from the game

On Sunday, Spurs extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches after scoring four past Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

It was not all fun and games in the park, though: Harry Kane limped off injured in the first half and Spurs went a goal down.

Having dropped out of the Champions League after falling to a 2-1 defeat in Wembley last week, Spurs fans will have been worrying that they were about to enter a slump period.

However, a Son Heung-min brace and goals from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier helped the north London club to three points.

Here are five things we learned from the game.

  1. 1 Dele Alli returns to form

    Dele Alli started the match in poor goalscoring form.

    The England international hadn't scored in his last 15 matches in all competitions for Tottenham: the midfielder's longest period without finding the net. 

    With Harry Kane's injury, Alli's goal came at the  perfect time for Mauricio Pochettino's men and showed a willingness from the youngster to step-up in times of Tottenham need

    Alli has now scored over ten goals in each of his three seasons at Spurs in all competitions, a total of 42 goals since joining from MK Dons.

  2. 2 Bournemouth are still shaky in defence

    Bournemouth haven't kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since a 3-0 victory over Chelsea in January: the only clean sheet the club has kept in their last 17 Premier League outings.

    That said, they have only lost once in 10 matches coming into the game, a 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield.

    Eddie Howe's team played with their usual entertaining attacking endeavour but the 40-year-old manager must prevent his side from conceding if they are to improve and progress in the Premier League going forward.

  3. 3 Kane's injury strikes fear into Tottenham hearts

    Harry Kane was forced to come off in the first-half with a suspected ankle ligament injury after colliding with Asmir Begovic.

    The England international suffered with ankle injuries twice last season, missing 14 games for Spurs overall. In light of the impending World Cup, it will not simply be Tottenham fans who are worriedly tracking his progress though.

    Kane has only previously missed two matches this season because of an injury, one to his knee and one to his hamstring.

    However, his teammates rallied in his absence, easing past Bournemouth despite the fact they did not have an out-and-out striker on the pitch. Notably, Son Heung-min was superb, the South Korean netting his seventh goal in four matches for Spurs.

  4. 4 Junior Stanislas keeps improving

    On Sunday, Junior Stanislas scored his fourth Premier League goal of the season: his 18th in his entire Bournemouth career which makes him the joint 12th highest ever goal-scorer at the club.

    The 28-year-old enjoyed his most successful season with last campaign with seven Premier League goals and the winger has added another four to his tally this term.

    These goal-scoring exploits make Stanislas third in the club’s all-time Premier League goalscorers, sitting only behind teammates Callum Wilson on 18 and Joshua King 26.

  5. 5 Tottenham need Dier in defence

    Eric Dier has proved to be a calming influence on Tottenham's defence and his presence was most definitely missed in the first half against Bournemouth

    The England international has been heavily involved in his side's previous three consecutive clean sheets and has propelled Spurs to shutouts against Arsenal and Manchester United.

    The 24-year-old has been one of Mauricio Pochettino's key men this season, as the North London club boast a formidable defensive record in the league - conceding just 25 goals.

    When Dier plays, Tottenham's defence, for the most part, keep clean sheets.

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