There was a other day of frustration for the boys in Lilywhite as they were held to a goalless draw with South Coasters Bournemouth.
Eric Dier continued to deputise for the injured Toby Alderweireld at centre-half, while Heung-Min Son returned to the spearhead of the attack in place of Vincent Janssen.
Fresh from his heroics in Leverkusen on Tuesday, Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris was the first of the two ‘keepers to be called into action as he saved spectacularly from Harry Arter’s close range effort.
But Spurs quickly found their rhythm, Dele Alli doing what he does best with a breathtaking double-nutmeg in the Bournemouth half to set up Erik Lamela, who’s curling right-foot effort skimmed the outside of the upright.
Christian Eriksen was still searching for his first Premier League goal of the season, and he was next to go close as his deflected effort was kept out well by Cherries’ stopper Artur Boruc.
But the tone of the first half soon changed, as frustration got the better of Mauricio Pochettino’s young Spurs side.
The challenges began flying in, which saw Erik Lamela work his way into the referee’s book, followed closely by Jan Vertonghen for a challenge on the wiley Callum Wilson:
Dele Alli tasted a piece of his own medicine as former Spur Adam Smith knocked the ball between his legs, causing the England midfielder to chop him down in frustration to become the 3rd Tottenham man to have his name taken.
Danny Rose completed the quadruplet of players cautioned before the break.
The second half started in brighter fashion, with Erik Lamela – who was lucky to still be on the field after a few rash challenges the wrong side of his first yellow card – breaking through to fire over Boruc’s near post.
As Spurs pushed for an opener, Pochettino called upon £17.5million summer signing Vincent Janssen to attempt to grab his first League goal, replacing top-goalscorer Heung-Min Son in the process.
Janseen held the ball up well throughout the reminder of the game but Spurs’ attack fizzled out disappointingly towards the end of the game.
The most impressive moment of the match came later as firstly Victor Wanyama and then Jan Vertonghen produced two stunning pieces of last ditch defending to deny Bournemouth an opener.
Even Ledley King himself would have been proud of this body-on-the-line stuff from Super Jan:
Moussa Sissoko was Spurs’ next replacement, relieving a quiet Dele Alli, but his performance will be marred by an altercation with Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.
The Frenchman seemed to elbow to Irish midfielder as he went to collect the ball for a throw-in, and could see retrospective action taken against him by the FA.
The match ended with neither team having broken the deadlock, with Spurs travelling to Anfield in midweek for an EFL Cup tie with Liverpool.
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