Player Ratings: Returning AFCON Players Battle for Man of the Match


Here are the results of your votes after Tuesday's decent draw with Tottenham.

Vito Mannone (6.67)
Was never tested to any great degree but looked confident. Distribution will forever be the most frustrating part of his game.

Lamine Kone (7.65) - MAN OF THE MATCH
The Ivorian was a man-mountain and fully deserving of man of the match. His positioning was excellent, he was composed, he was strong and ensured Harry Kane barely had a sniff.

John O'Shea (7.11)
Looked astute and capable, good performance and complimented a good defensive unit.

Jason Denayer (6.74)
Had a few shaky moments as he seems to always do but part of a sturdy enough defence.

Billy Jones (6.53)
Good enough but lacked quality when it mattered further up the field.

Javi Manquillo (6.17)
Had a tough time getting out of his own half but overall I thought Manquillo was decent. Had one foray forward where he might have been through on goal with a little more vision from Jack Rodwell.

Didier Ndong (7.62) - SECOND PLACE
Excellent. His passing (94%) far outshone anyone else in red and white (we averaged only 62%) as he was constantly in the face of Spurs' midfielders. He helped limit the influence of the in form Dele Alli.

Jack Rodwell (6.54)
Red? I'm not sure, there are plenty who think it should have been though otherwise it was a good performance from Rodwell. Still lacks confidence in possession and never looks like he will create anything, we need more in this position.

Seb Larsson (6.10)
I thought Larsson was very ineffective and his set pieces weren't great either. Typical endeavour ensures he gets an average score. A very Seb performance.

Fabio Borini (4.62) - WORST PLAYER
It seems a harsh score, though Borini was guilty of missing our two best chances. He did force a save from Michel Vorm but he put himself off the chance trying to claim a handball for outside the area even though a much better opportunity fell his way. Borini was stretching and that ended with a tame effort from 12 yards with no-one around him. He had a few other bad touches though, a couple in very good areas, but it was a much better performance than recent weeks.

Jermain Defoe (6.05)
Isolated as he often is, guilty of wasting a couple of decent positions but it was a tough game to influence.

George Honeyman (5.51)
It wasn't a great cameo, Honeyman seemed to give the ball away more times than he retained it as Spurs took control of the closing stages.

Thanks for voting, we'll collate January's scores and deliver the Player of the Month soon!
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