Rating the Tottenham Defence
Given their percent of possession, Spurs did not spend a ton of time on defence against Morecambe. Yet, Tottenham defended long enough to make a mental mistake and make the game so much more than it should have been.
Japhet Tanganga – 4
For the second straight cup match, Japhet Tanganga was on the hook for the opponent scoring. Morecambe did now have many corner kicks but thanks to poor marking by Tanganga, it counted for the Shrimps. Completely asleep at the back post and lost in space defensively, Tanganga has shown he needs more minutes just not in Spurs first team.
Joe Rodon – 6.5
Finally getting a start, it looked early like Joe Rodon was not ready for the moment. His lackadaisical early defending was a microcosm of the team. In the second half, Rodon was one of the first to noticeably up the intensity. His drive with the ball from deep to dribble quickly ahead rather than allow more sideways passing was a positive sign, was it enough to earn more minutes?
Ben Davies – 6
Ben Davies saw a ton of the ball but did very little with it. Davies had little to do defensively and was just willing to knock the ball around sideways for the most part. A high level of accuracy on his passes because he did not play difficult balls.
To say Pierluigi Gollini was really tested by Morecambe would be dishonest. Gollini did make one save, coming in the first few minutes of the match but was lonely for much of the match. Was not alert enough, especially if you ask Rodon, coming off his line on a few long balls and probably could have stepped out and defended the corner better but was not the only player to ball watch on the Shrimps goal.