The Terriers appeared clueless in attack for the most part of the game while Spurs, on the other hand, also found it difficult to find clear-cut chances. But, Harry Kane was at his best as the English international netted two first-half goals to seal all three points for the Lilywhites.
Tottenham Hotspur player ratings
Paulo Gazzaniga (8.5/10): Starting his third game in a row and was excellent in between the sticks. He denied Jonathan Hogg with a flying save in the first half before pulling off another extraordinary save to keep out Mbenza’s curling effort. He made a total of five saves, eclipsing Jonas Lossl’s total of four in the tightly fought encounter.
Kieran Trippier (7.5/10): A very good outlet on the flanks, as he found the Tottenham attackers with ease. His perfect cross to set-up Harry Kane for Tottenham’s opener was arguably the most important moment of the game.
Toby Alderweireld (7.5/10): Uncharacteristically faltered in his ball-circulation in the first half, making a few inaccurate long-passes. But, a calm and composed second-half display helped his side see out their two-goal lead.
Davinson Sanchez (8.5/10): While Alderweireld appeared a little tentative with his passing in the first half, it was Davinson Sanchez who bailed the Belgian with some diligent defensive clearances and tackles. Also, the Colombian won the most number of aerial duels, thus proving his worth in central defence.
Jan Vertonghen (7/10): It was a mixed game for the Tottenham captain, who, despite enjoying a decent first half, was taken off at the interval. It is believed that the Belgian international might have been taken off with the game against Barcelona in mind.
Danny Rose (8/10): Found himself at end of a great chance early on when he shot the header wide. He won the penalty which led to Spurs’ second and put simply, he looked like his old self, which is a great sign for Pochettino.
Eric Dier (7/10): Struggled with his ball circulation once again, making a host of misplaced passes which could have been more costly against an opponent of a higher calibre. He will have to be more assertive with his passing against the mighty Barcelona.
Mousa Dembele (7/10): A decent performance from the Belgian international before he was taken off at halftime. Looks all set to play a key role against the Catalans.
Lucas Moura (8.5/10): His mazy runs across the Huddersfield’s defensive line initiated the move which resulted in Spurs’ opening goal. Moura was excellent throughout the game, often emerging as Spurs’ main creative spark in attack. However, he certainly needs to work on his end product, having missed a few glorious opportunities which could have added further gloss to the scoreline.
Heung-Min Son (8/10): His clever pass broke Danny Rose free for Kane’s opening goal. But most importantly, the South Korean was tireless, covering a lot of ground to help his side in the first line of press.
Harry Kane (9.5/10): Looked like his usual self when the English international made no mistake in converting two easy opportunities in the first half. Kane also showed immense strength to hold on to the ball on several occasions whilst linking up play.
Harry Winks (7/10): Replaced Jan Vertonghen just after the restart. His introduction allowed Eric Dier to drop deep, which helped him regain his defensive solidity while Winks played his role of seeing out Tottenham’s two-goal lead in the second half.
Victor Wanyama (7/10): Came on for Mousa Dembele at the start of the second half and the robust midfielder helped his side keep Huddersfield at bay with his strong tackling.
Mousa Sissoko (NA): Replaced Heung-Min Son in the dying embers of the game.
Stat courtesy: Whoscored