Spurs' player ratings following 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest

Goals from defenders Micky Van de Ven and Pedro Porro led to way to a Spurs victory at home Sunday, allowing the home team to lock up fourth place in the Premier League table heading into next week
Tottenham put on another impressive performance in the second half in front of their home crowd, securing a 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest.
Tottenham put on another impressive performance in the second half in front of their home crowd, securing a 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest. / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Another excellent second-half display in front of their home fans led Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over visiting Nottingham Forest. Several players, such as defenders Micky Van de Ven and Pedro Porro, helped lead the charge in a Lilywhite win. Let's dive in and see who made the biggest impact on today's match.

GK Guglielmo Vicario: 7/10. The Spurs goalkeeper really couldn't do much about Nottingham Forest striker Chris Wood's goal that tied the score in the 27th minute, but still had a solid day. He notched five saves on the afternoon, including denying Wood later on in the contest.

LB Pedro Porro: 7/10. Didn't have the best first half, as he was nutmegged on Wood's tying goal in the first half, but he redeemed himself in the second. The Spanish international scored Spurs' third and final goal on the day and was named Man of the Match by All Football App.

CB Cristian Romero: 7/10. Another solid display from one of the squad's vice-captains, Romero has really settled into his leadership position of the squad and has provided steady play in tandem with Van de Ven. The Argentinian has come into his own during Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou's first season at the helm.

CB Micky Van de Ven: 9/10. The Man of the Match according to the Premier League, and that is probably the right call. VDV again displayed why he is so crucial to what Postecoglou is building in north London, frequently covering Romero's back with his tremendous pace. Not to mention his rocket of a goal in the 53rd minute, which gave Spurs a lead they would never let go of. Van de Ven has definitely earned this superlative given to him by 90min.com: "an obscenely gifted athlete."

RB Destiny Udogie: 6/10. As good and useful as the young Italian was in offense, his defensive lapses put Spurs in a precarious spot a few times during the match. Although he is valued for his contributions in attack, he must continue to improve defensively as well.

CM Yves Bissouma: 6/10. Substituted at halftime, Bissouma didn't really affect the game in either attack or defense. That in itself is unusual, as the Mali international is one of the Lilywhites' key players in midfield. A humdrum outing for the midfielder today.

CM Pape Matar Sarr: 5/10. Also hooked after a quiet first half, it will be interesting to see if Sarr or Bissouma are in the starting 11 next weekend at Newcastle United. The young midfielder has had a breakout season under Big Ange, but today's performance wasn't indicative of the impact he's had on Spurs' season so far.

RW Brennan Johnson: 6/10. Playing against his former club for the second time since he arrived at White Hart Lane on Deadline Day last September, Johnson didn't make his mark on the match as he has over the last few weeks. A few quality runs from the young Welshman, but not his best day.

AM James Maddison: 7/10. A lot to like from Madders' display today, as he continued to round back into form coming back from an earlier injury suffered against Chelsea last fall. Although he didn't look pleased to be replaced in the 75th minute, his continued build-up to full-match fitness is paramount for the future success of Postecoglou's side.

LW Timo Werner: 8/10. Definitely the best player among Spurs' attackers today, Werner put on a display that just enhanced the argument that Spurs should make his 15 million pound loan option from RB Leipzig permanent after the season. His cross led to an own goal by Nottingham Forest that led to Spurs' first lead of the game, and he was involved in both Porro and Van de Ven's goals. Another excellent display by the German winger this afternoon.

ST Heung-Min Son: 7/10. A good outing for Sonny today. Even though he didn't find the net (he came close though on a shot to the right post of Forest), he assisted on VDV's goal and was constantly in and around the ball. There's a reason why he's the captain, and hopefully, he'll be the captain for a long, long time.


CM Rodrigo Bentancur: 7/10. Although dealing with a broken toe, Bentancur had an excellent match in relief of Sarr today. He held strong on both sides of the ball and helped initiate multiple Spurs' attacking chances with sharp and decisive passes.

CM Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 7/10. Another stabilizing presence for Tottenham, Hojbjerg himself had a chance on goal stopped today after replacing Bissouma at the half. Once again, Big Ange's use of substitutes helped lead the Lilywhites to another key three-point performance.

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Dejan Kulusevski (6/10), Giovani Lo Celso (6/10) and Dane Scarlett (N/A). Coming on in the 75th minute for Maddison and Werner. Kulu and Gio tried to make a few things happen in the attack but ultimately didn't provide too much on the day. A late-match cameo for Scarlett (coming on for Johnson in the 89th minute) didn't provide too much, but it was nice to see the young starlet on the pitch once again for the Lilywhites.