AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hostpur: Spirited performance from the Cherries earns credible point


AFC Bournemouth go four home league games unbeaten, holding visitors Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw whilst scuppering their chance to top the table.

This will have pleased on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who completed his first 90 minutes of football since September 2014, and was booed by the away end throughout the contest.

Charlie Daniels almost put the Cherries ahead inside the first five minutes, his effort from six yards was well saved by Hugo Lloris and onto the crossbar before being cleared.

With nothing between the sides for the first quarter of an hour, Erik Lamela came alive in the middle of the park, jinking through a Harry Arter challenge before sending one crashing off the bar; it had Boruc well beaten.

The Argentine was booked one minute later, and shortly after that so too was Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli, both for cynical shirt tugging, as the game took a gritty turn.

After being shown a yellow 10 minutes earlier, the robust Lamela was playing with fire as he backed in heavily on Arter once more, this one from behind and late.

With Cherries fans calling for marching orders, referee Craig Pawson gave the winger a last warning with only 41 minutes played.

Josh King jostles for possession with Danny RoseSpurs were quickest out of the traps in the second half, Alli had a drive punched away three minutes after the restart and if it was not for the tracking Simon Francis, Lamela would have been one on one with Boruc moments later.

But the Cherries’ back-line were not to be beaten, and the last half hour saw few chances, the most notable talking point being Moussa Sissoko appearing to have elbowed Arter in the face with 10 minutes to go.

As injury time was being signalled, Max Gradel was released down the left side and there was little Spurs cover, but Moussa Dembele showed electric pace to catch up, nicking the ball as the winger wound up to shoot.

All in all, both managers said that a draw was the fair result, but Spurs may live to rue another two points dropped in the Premier League.