Tottenham player ratings as Harry Kane's August curse looks set to continue despite win

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England players Harry Kane and Dele Alli both started while the former played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham‘s 2-1 victory away to Newcastle United.

Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a corner kick before Joselu equalised moments later.

Alli then headed in from a delicious Serge Aurier cross in the 18th minute to make it 2-1.

The visitors held on for all three points and here we rate the performances of their players.

STARTING XI

Hugo Lloris – His defenders let him down at times but the woodwork offered him a bit of help. Made a smart save low to his right in the second half. 6

Serge Aurier – Great delivery for Alli’s goal but always looked suspect at the back, leaving his side unmanned time and again. 5

Davinson Sanchez – Superb in the opposition’s box – getting the assist for the opener – but poor in his own. Left Joselu completely unmarked for the equaliser. 6

Jan Vertonghen – Stabbed his effort over the line – just – for the opener and was Spurs’ best defender. 8

Ben Davies – A threat going forward, set up Moussa Sissoko well on one occasion with a drilled cross. 6

Moussa Sissoko – Produced a good save from Martin Dubravka in the second half. Got forward well from midfield at times. 6

Eric Dier – A rather quiet display as he did little more than recycle possession. 5

Lucas Moura – Showed glimpses of his quick feet but vulnerable when closed down quickly and lost possession often. 5

Christian Eriksen – Was predictably among Spurs’ sharpest on the pitch. Good delivery from the corner for the opener and made five key passes. 7

Dele Alli – Not an outstanding display soon after a draining World Cup but took his chance well. Wasn’t quite as sharp to put away the second opportunity that came his way though. 7

Harry Kane – Looked well off the pace, lacking match sharpness. His touch let him down at crucial moments. The August drought continues. 4

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Mousa Dembele – Replaced Moura in the 68th minute and helped Spurs get a better grip in midfield. 6

Son Heung-Min – Added more pace in the final third in the closing stages. N/A

Luke Amos – Didn’t have much time to make an impact. N/A

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