Tanganga, Lamela impress: Tottenham player ratings from win over Boro

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After pulling out a come from behind draw in the first match, Tottenham Hotspur used a pair of first half goals to best Middlesbrough and advance in the FA Cup.

After not starting the previous two matches – but both coming on in the second half – Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela helped drive Spurs from the start and gave Jose Mourinho plenty to consider as Tottenham Hotspur advance in the FA Cup. Here are the player ratings from the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

Defence

Paulo Gazzaniga 7.5/10

Paulo Gazzaniga had a solid game despite giving up a late goal. Gazzaniga had three saves on would-be goals and made another nice block out wide after Boro beat Spurs offside trap by making himself big and blocking the cross. There was little he could do on the goal but did enough to help Spurs advance.

Japhet Tanganga 8/10

Making his second start for the senior club in as many games, Japhet Tanganga continued to impress. Playing right back, he pushed up the right flank and caused a lot of trouble for Middlesbrough. Tanganga had a couple of decent crosses and led the team in touches with 96. He showed bursts of energy late, driving up the touchline in injury time. But like many crosses on the day, no one was on the other end. Another solid showing from the young academy product.

Davinson Sanchez 6/10

Sanchez was not quite as assured as he was on the weekend versus Liverpool, but still put in a solid shift. A constant presence in the air, it was Sanchez winning the long clearance that led to the second goal on the game. He almost miscommunicated early with Gazzaniga on a header back but avoided disaster. Sharp with his passing, hitting a 95%. Although the times he didn’t connect led directly to Boro chances.

Jan Vertonghen 6.5/10

After a great start to life under Jose Mourinho, Jan Vertonghen has shown some age as of late. It was a ball Vertonghen was unable to control that led to Boro’s best chance in the first half and Gazzaniga’s first save. Vertonghen also was beaten over the top on the trap.

Ryan Sessegnon 6.5/10

I’m not sure if Sessegnon was left wing-back or left wing during the match. Often found glued to the touchline, Sessegnon had a few runs at the right back and served up a couple of nice crosses. The biggest event for him on the night was probably his miss at the back post. At 51 minutes Japhet Tanganga played a beautiful cross that went across the mouth of the goal to Sessegnon at the back post, only to have the effort blow over the crossbar. It was a disappointing moment in an otherwise, productive, yet uneventful outing for Sessegnon.

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