OPPONENTS AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 4th May 2019
PREVIEW After the defeat on Tuesday by Ajax, this game assumes a new importance to ensure Champions League football next season.  A win will ensure it, anything else will take it to the last game of the season against Everton.  Injuries have hit Spurs at the wrong time, but they are not the only team having to use their squad..

With Bournemouth possibly without Dan Gosling (calf), David Brooks (ankle), Adam Smith (knee) and Dominic Solanke (hamstring) are having late fitness tests, the side could be heavily changed as Lewis Cook (knee), Simon Francis (knee), Junior Stanislas (knee), Charlie Daniels (knee) and Andrew Surman (calf) all out until next season.  They will still have some familiar faces available though.  Ake, Wilson, Ibe, Fraser and King.  Callum WIlson has been in a good vein of form this season and his partnership with Ryan Fraser has made them a dangerous duo.  Unfortunately for the Cherries, the defence has conceded lots of goals this season, which has seen them slip down the table.  It would be something Spurs should be aware of taking advantage of, but with injry problems of our own, it might not be that simple.  Son, Llorente and Janssen are all available for this match and Pochettino has to work out how to get the best out of the resources available to him. 

Bournemouth have had a tough time at home recently, but they have beaten Chelsea 4-0 there and recently ran in five at Brighton, who were reduced to ten men, although they were well beaten.  Last time out they salvaged a 3-3 draw against Southampton in a see-saw game, with the previous game a 0-1 reverse against Fulham at the Vitality. 

Eddie Howe has been hit by injuries throughout the season, but Tottenham have to, so it will be necessary for Spurs to battle to gain the space to play and it will not be a roll-over, but a game that they have to work hard to get the result that they want.

PREDICTION AFC Bournemouth    1        Tottenham Hotspur    2
Premier League Kick off 12:30
AFC Bournemouth  1 (0)  
Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)

Ake  90+0m 21s



Crowd :   10,630 Weather :  Sunny, mild, but a chilly wind
Referee :  Craig Pawson (Sheffield & Hallamshire) Assistant Referees :  Mr. Ian Hussin; Mr. Darren Cann
Fourth Official :  Simon Hooper  
Spurs kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
Lerma  (handbags with Dele)  90+4



Dier  (foul on Fraser)  11
Alderweireld  (foul on Ake)  23
Sissoko  (foul on King)  40
Wanyama  (foul on Smith)  90+3
Dele  (handbags with Lerma)  90+3  

Son  (push on Lerma)  43
Foyth  (foul on Simpson)  48

AFC Bournemouth : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
42  Mark TRAVERS

15  Adam SMITH
  3  Steve COOK
25  Jack SIMPSON
23  Nathaniel CLYNE

  5  Nathan AKE 
  8  Jefferson LERMA     

24  Ryan FRASER
  Josh KING

  Jordon IBE  (  9  Lys MOUSSET  76)

13  Callum WILSON

Unused subs: 
1  Artur BORUC
33  Chris MEPHAM
  Emerson HYNDMAN
28  Kyle TAYLOR
  Nnamdi OFOBORH

    1  Hugo LLORIS

  2  Kieran TRIPPIER
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ
Toby ALDERWEIRELD       (21  Juan FOYTH  46     )
  3  Danny ROSE

17  Moussa SISSOKO       (33  Ben DAVIES  )
15  Eric DIER       (12  Victor WANYAMA  46     )

  DELE Alli     
23  Christian ERIKSEN

  7  Heung-Min SON     

Unused subs: 
  Oliver SKIPP
  Vincent JANSSEN

18  Fernando LLORENTE

Manager :  Eddie Howe Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Mansion Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Umbro Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

A highly irregular refereeing display reduced Tottenham to nine men, although many people thought it should have been eight, while ignoring calls for penalties all over the place, but poor first half finishing condemned Spurs to an injury defeat, as Bournemouth finally huffed and puffed their defensive walls down to put the pressure on Tottenham to win their last game of the season to get Champions League football.

Changes to both sides meant a few adjustments to the style of play, but Spurs appeared to have expected that Bournemouth would close them down quickly and  they realised that they would have to move the ball quickly. With a competitive opening, Lucas Moura robbed the ball just inside his own half and immediately drove a shot at goal from the halfway line and the ball beat the keeper, who was way off his line, but missed by less than a yard. That was after seven minutes and apart from the wide free-kick struck by the fouled Fraser (which Dier got booked for) and a header off target from Lucas (who was offside), the opening 12 minutes  wasnít thrill-packed. But Dele took  Dierís pass on the left corner of the box, dragged the ball back losing his two markers and drilled a shot on target that debutant keeper Travers pushed out for a corner.

Sissoko was put away down the right and his ball into Lucas took the defence out and his early shot was rising, but down the middle and the keeper reached up to push it over his bar. Tottenham were moving the ball about more confidently now, as Bournemouth dropped deeper, nursing a couple of  knocks to Fraser and Cook. Spurs were nearly caught out, when Eriksen was bundled off the ball and Bournemouth got away with it, breaking up the left with King, who was brought down by Toby Alderweireld. From the free-kick, Tottenham nearly caught the home side out. Eriksen put a through ball to the fringe of the box for Dele to run onto, but the keeper came out to head clear.

Travers was again in action soon after and again denied Moura, when Roseís ball down the left saw the defence caught out, but the Brazilianís low shot was kept out by the keeperís leg.

Again, Spurs got behind the back four of Bournemouth, this time on the right, but Son ran the ball in from the dead ball line looking for Danny Rose, but the ball was too short and was won by a red and black shirt. It looked as though Son was trying to score a goal similar to that against Manchester City at home in the Champions League. The home support was noisy in the spring sunshine, but they were quiet when Adam Smith remembered his Tottenham roots and passed to Sissoko on the edge of the Spurs box. Two passes later, Son was free running into the box on the left and then firing too high when he only had the keeper to beat.

The keeper was having an inspired first half of his debut, pushing over a Dele header from Roseís cross with a good stop. When the ball broke Bournemouthís way, they got away through, who took the ball when it got stuck under Dierís feet, but Eric recovered to chase him and tackle from behind, but take the ball.  Bournemouth players and the crowd howled for a second yellow card, with play virtually stopping, but the referee had seen it and hadnít whistled. Son got away and put the ball across the goal from the right, but Dele couldnít sort out his feet.  After a stoppage for Son to receive treatment, Toby misjudged a long ball, allowing King through on goal, but Hugo Lloris had read it well and blocked the prod at goal for a corner, but the Dean Court crowd wanted a penalty as he bumped into King after that. The keeper also did well when a cross came in after the corner was cleared and it went through a lot of players at the near post, leaving  Hugo to take it on the floor in the six-yard box. Again, there were calls for a penalty when King ran the ball into the box and Dier went to clear, with Wilson putting his foot in front of him and going down.

When a foul was given against Son for a foul on Fraser, he went to pick the ball up and Lerma stamped on his foot. Sonny pushed the Bournemouth midfielder, who threw himself to the floor and the referee pulled out a red card. Son was pushed to the floor in the incident by Smith, who had no action taken against him. It left Spurs reduced to ten men with a couple of minutes to go until the break and damaged hopes of getting anything out of the game, while Bournemouth claimed Dier should have been sent off and that they should have had a penalty too.

TV replays indicated that Dier hadnít got the ball when he challenged King and should have gone, but that might have changed the game, with Sonís incident not happening. Whichever way you looked at it, there were problems to be sorted at half-time, with Pochettino having to restructure the team to continue the performance of the first 25 minutes. I imagine that the referee will have been made aware during the break that there had been incidents that he had got wrong (according to TV coverage) and would be looking to even them out even more.

Poch brought on Foyth and Wanyama for Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, probably to protect Dier from a potential red card, as Bournemouth players looked keen to ensure he got one, while Toby might have been struggling against the pace of Wilson and King. Losing Son limited the options up front, as now Lucas was the lone striker, but that was the least of their worries because after two minutes of the second half, they were down to nine men. Juan Foyth overran the ball and with Wilson pulling at him, challenged Simpson and brought him down. The referee got his red card out again. What I thought at half-time came true.

Spurs were being given the ball by Bournemouth, but were failing to hold the ball, presenting it straight back to the home team and giving them the chance to keep the pressure on our goal. It took the Cherries 10 minutes of the half to get a shot on target, with Lloris getting down to his near post to get behind the effort. Every time the ball went into the Spurs box, the Tottenham defenders had to be circumspect in going for the ball, as Pawson was looking to give anything that looked like a foul.

Around the hour, Spurs did exert some pressure on the Bournemouth box after breaking away and then keeping hold of the ball for a few minutes. However, when Lloris booted the ball upfield, there was no white shirt within 30 yards of it. Whereas in the first half, Spurs were finding space beyond the back four, it was now not possible, with two spare players to shut down any available space.  As Bournemouth looked for a goal, Wilson had a shot deflected over the top and then Smith struck one too high, before Wilson headed a Fraser cross wide. Ibe tried a shot from 25 yards, coming in from the left, nut Hugo fisted it away. Weirdly, Bournemouth switched Smith and Clyne as full backs to the other sides of the pitch and Tottenham had Trippier at left back and Danny Rose at right back at one stage.

There was a blow-up between Lerma and Rose, in which Danny didnít go down when Lerma tried  the same trick by stamping at him when he picked the ball up. The referee, who was weak in his consistency, only spoke to Lerma for his second offence, when the midfielder is one of the most booked players in the league. Howe brought on Mousset for Ibe and he smashed a shot well wide, but then got a header on target from a right wing cross, but it was straight at Lloris.

Having made two changes at half-time, Mauricio brought on Davies for Sissoko (on a yellow card) with ten minutes left. Lucas brought a moment of relief by running past a defender and then taking on Cook in the box, with the veteran defender looking like he might have fouled him. But, guess what, the referee wasnít interested. He was in giving a foul against Dele, when he had let Ake jumping at Lucas in the air without going for the ball go without even a free-kick.

In the last minute, Rose blocked a shot from close range by Mousset and then Davies blocked Akeís effort for a corner. From it a scramble ensued and Lloris kicked the ball clear as three red and black shirts closed in just a couple of yards from goal. It was all for nothing, as a minute into injury time, Ake had a free run on a corner and headed past Lloris from a few yards out. It was a blow when the team had held out for so long, but it was going to be hard to get anything from a game when everything has gone against you.

Wanyama got a yellow card when Smith when down with a scream and then it blew up between Lerma and Dele, with Lerma getting booked when he shouldnít  have been on the pitch. But, guess what, Dele got booked too as the referee wanted to make sure he was even handed about things. When Spurs had a goal-kick with time left on the clock, Lucas got the long ball and won a corner. Dele was pulled to the ground by Wilson with the referee conveniently looking the other way and Lucas scissor kicked the loose ball over the bar.

The two sending offs didnít just damage our hopes of securing fourth place, but also have a knock- on effect for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. We looked tired enough in the first leg but playing with nine men for half the game will have taken its tool on the side, most of whom will play against Ajax. It was not only the defence, but the midfielders, who worked tirelessly to prevent Bournemouth getting through. While not suggesting that the referee was unduly biased, it is hard to see why he had such a one-eyed game, with all the major decisions going Bournemouthís way, even to the extent of not positioning himself in a sufficiently good enough position to see exactly what was going on in the box from a late corner. Even he must have wondered why when Lerma was pushed over in the first half and he showed Son a red card, the Bournemouth player was holding his leg ??

Despite all what went on, Tottenham should have wrapped up the game in the first half.  Their goalkeeper was given the man of the match award, even though he had nothing to do in the second half, so that indicates that we had enough attacking play to make him work and really, we should have put away at least two of the chances we had and then the rest would have been academical.

Put it behind us and those two games now look like cup finals in themselves.  Can Spurs go one better and make that three ?

Stanford Rivers

Match facts

This was the first time Bournemouth had won a league match against Tottenham.

It was the first time that Spurs had two players sent off in a game since they played away at Stoke City on 19.10.2008.

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What you thought
East Stan The card count makes it look like the Battle of the Bridge and we will get done by the FA again, especially as we have been punished before.  Rather than that, they should have a look at the shocking refereeing.  We have been hard done by this season and the whole Mike Dean thing sticks in the craw, as it was never revealed what he said to Pochettino, while the FA made it public what Mauricio had said.

Double standards and no consistency.  The story of refereeing in this country.  They are wasting our time more than most goalkeepers do !

Sparky Marky With Chelsea and Arsenal having simple games to take points from in their remaining two fixtures, our recent shocking run leaves us in peril of not making the Champions League next season.  How do we wait until now to have our worst run of results in years ?

Those dropped points against Burnley and Southampton are looking embarrassing now.

Sid E. Netting We should have been out of sight in the first half, so even going down to nine men, we should have had a good enough lead to make sure that we weren't going to be caught.  Now we have to rely on other results and win against Everton, who have just hit a bit of form.

Son suspended and Kane still not fit.  It has a career defining moment for Vincent Janssen written all over it !!

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Other scores during this week :
Everton 2 Burnley 0 Friday
Cardiff City 2 Crystal Palace 3 Saturday
Newcastle United 2 Liverpool 3 Saturday
West Ham United London 3 Southampton 0 Saturday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Fulham 0 Saturday
Arsenal 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Sunday
Chelsea 3 Watford 0 Sunday
Manchester United 1 Huddersfield Town 1 Sunday
Manchester City 1 Leicester City 0 Monday


League Table  2018-19
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 37 31 2 4 91 22 95 +69
2 Liverpool 37 29 7 1 87 22 94 +65
3 Chelsea 37 21 8 8 63 39 71 +24
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 23 1 13 65 37 70 +28
5 Arsenal 37 20 7 10 70 50 67 +20
6 Manchester United 37 19 9 9 65 52 66 +13
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 16 9 12 47 44 57 +3
8 Everton 37 15 8 14 52 44 53 +8
9 Leicester City 37 15 6 16 51 48 51 +3
10 Watford 37 14 8 15 51 55 50 -4
11 West Ham United London 37 14 8 15 48 54 49 -6
12 Crystal Palace 37 13 7 17 46 50 46 -4
13 Bournemouth 37 13 6 18 53 65 45 -12
14 Newcastle United 37 11 9 17 38 48 43 -10
15 Burnley 37 11 7 19 44 65 40 -21
16 Southampton 37 9 11 16 44 64 38 -20
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 9 9 19 34 56 36 -22
18 Cardiff City 37 9 4 24 32 69 31 -37
19 Fulham 37 7 5 24 34 77 26 -43
20 Huddersfield Town 37 3 6 28 21 75 15 -54

Position before match :  3rd
Position after match :  3rd
Position after the weekend :  4th

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