Tottenham player ratings vs NS Mura: Ryan Sessegnon nightmare while Dele Alli fades far too early

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Tottenham’s Europa Conference League campaign hit another stumbling block as they were beaten 2-1 by Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

Here’s how Antonio Conte’s side rated in Maribor...

Pierluigi Gollini 6

Could do nothing about the goal and did not have another save to make.

Davinson Sanchez 4

Slipped in the build-up to Horvat’s goal but only after he’d gotten himself into a dreadful position anyway. Looked uncomfortable on the left of a back-three before Sessegnon red card forced switch.

Japhet Tanganga 6

One of only two players to continue from the Premier League side as Conte sought another look at his likeliest Cristian Romero replacement but had to be shifted to left-back after Sessegnon red card and then to the right after changes.

Joe Rodon 6

Easily the best of Spurs’ defenders and made a crucial last-man tackle. Story of his Spurs career when hooked after half-time while Sanchez stayed on the field.

Matt Doherty 3

Touch looked rusty and wasteful with his final ball. Like Sessegnon, blew an opportunity to impress a manager desperate to implement a system which should suit him.

Oliver Skipp 6

Tidy enough in possession and has himself into the ground to make up for man disadvantage but midfield balance looked off.

Tanguy Ndombele 6

A driving force on the ball who looked most likely to create an opening during a turgid first half, though left Skipp exposed at times.

Ryan Sessegnon 2

One blocked shot was the sum of his offensive contributions before two rash challenges prompted a red card on 32 minutes. Quite simply, a nightmare.

Dele Alli 4

Frustrated when two good runs in behind were not spotted early on but then faded badly. Spared the humiliation of another half-time withdrawal, but only just.

Bryan Gil 5

Runs around lots looking energetic, but, unfortunately, not threatening.

Harry Kane 6

For 72 minutes, the promise of an improved performance against Leeds was fading but hope will be that a superb, composed finish represents another step towards his best form under Conte.

Substitutes

Ben Davies (Doherty 54’) 6

Never tested but brought stability.

Heung-min Son (Gil 54’) 6

Went close to an equaliser soon after introduction but was otherwise quiet.

Eric Dier (Rodon 54’) 6

Like Davies, added calm and leadership to the backline.

Lucas Moura (Dele 54’) 6

Picked up an assist for Kane’s goal, albeit in rather fortuitous fashion given defenders should have intercepted his pass.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Ndombele 75’)

Unused: Lloris, Austin, Reguilon, Emerson, Winks.

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