Bizarrely, the seminal moment was Harry Kane’s buckled ankle.
Where Spurs had been inept – the loss of Kane only focused the remaining ten men.
Son’s goal and Dele Alli’s goals were both solid examples of determination over finesse and after watching and endless array of flicks and flips fail from both of these two, getting the ball over the line was a very, very welcome sight.
A good deal of the first half of this game was much like watching a perculiar reanactmemt of the second half of the Juve game – where Spurs tried a bit, then the other lot exposed our high line. Tottenham spent a good 25 minutes looking rattled by it all.
There’s zero merit in dwelling upon ‘had Bournemouth been more clinical…’ because they weren’t. Instead the departure of Kane was a catalyst and the team as one realised the gravity of the situation.
Poch got away with it today, though. 1-4 was flattering given it could have easily been 2-2. But it wasn’t. The spectre of the Champions League is lifted. Hurrah.
Player analysis to follow but you must admit Aurier was superb value. Another foul throw in, an assist and a goal!
Flat Earthers really ought to rally round and get him some sort of award. You love inexpensive players, you adore assists and anyone who’s producing assists and goals is undroppable no matter how bad they are generally. Oh, and you love being ‘entertained.