Toothless Tottenham fail to impress

AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

A POINT apiece was of little use to either side as Bournemouth and Spurs played out a drab, goalless encounter at the Vitality Stadium.

Indeed, the Lilywhites were unable to conjure a single shot on target through the match, although a second successive clean sheet offered a little consolation to Jose Mourinho’s charges.

Nevertheless, the Cherries appeared to have snatched a vital victory, aiding their bid to escape relegation. Callum Wilson hooked beyond the stranded Hugo Lloris in the final stages of normal time, only to be denied following a VAR check which highlighted a handball from Josh King as the ball made its way goalwards.

Earlier, Harry Kane believed he should have had a penalty after he was bundled over – VAR, perhaps contentiously, seeing no foul on the England skipper.

The draw left Tottenham floundering in ninth place – their European aspirations looking decisively unlikely. Speaking after the match an agitated Mourinho said: “The performance was not good enough, but good enough to win.

“I am not saying a strong performance or a sharp one but good enough to win. In a way, they surprised us with the way they played since Bournemouth were in the Premier League I don’t remember them playing the way they did, but that is an option for them because they have a point they wanted.

“They played direct, only direct, they didn’t move the ball in the first phase like they used to do and they made it difficult for us in their approach.”

Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, July 12 when Arsenal are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (4:15pm)

AFC Bournemouth: Ramsdale, A Smith (Stacey 63’), Aké, Kelly, Rico, Brooks (Wilson 66’), Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas, King, C Wilson Subs not used: Boruc, S Cook, Surman, Solanke, Danjuma Groeneveld, L Cook, Surridge

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier (Carvalho Fernandes 90+2’), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko (Lucas Moura 75’), Winks, Lo Celso (Ndombele 46’), Lamela, Kane, Bergwijn (Heung-Min Son 46’) Subs not used: D Sánchez, R Sessegnon, Gazzaniga, Skipp, White

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Marc Perry and Simon Long
Fourth Official: Steve Martin

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Brian Jeeves

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