Tottenham player ratings vs Marine: Two stars get 9s as Alfie Devine nets in FA Cup rout
Tottenham eased to a 5-0 victory against non-league Marine on Sunday evening to book their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Spurs led by four goals at half-time thanks to Carlos Vinicius’ first-half hat-trick and were comfortable throughout at Rossett Park in Crosby – though only after Neil Kengni struck the crossbar from distance for the hosts while the match was still goalless. Spurs dominated in the second period but only added to their lead through a fine finish from 16-year-old debutant Alfie Devine, now their youngest ever player. Express Sport rates and slates Jose Mourinho’s men after a professional performance against their eighth-tier opponents.
Tottenham player ratings vs Marine – FA Cup
Joe Hart – 6
Was well beaten by Neil Kengni’s long-strange strike, thinking that the effort was going over the crossbar, then had to tip the ball over the bar. Responded to punch the resulting corner clear well. Otherwise hardly challenged.
Matt Doherty – 7
Denied a goal by Bayleigh Passant but saw Vinicus smash in the rebound from a yard out. Irishman consistently got forward and acted more as a wing-back than a right-back. Busy.
Toby Alderweireld – 7
A solid 45-minute showing for the Belgian – was standing of off Kengni but would’ve been Hart’s fault had he been beaten from that distance. Alderweireld not fazed by Neil Cummins’ physicality and got some valuable rest from half-time onwards thanks to the scoreline.
Joe Rodon – 8
Stood strong at the back. Similarly to his centre-back partner, battled well with Neil Cummins and even had his shirt and undershirt ripped in one first-half tussle. A brilliant block to get in front of James Joyce’s goalbound strike and then got in front of a Kengni attempt late on too.
Ben Davies – 6
Wearing the captain’s armband at left-back, spent most of the game in Marine’s half. Final balls were disappointing though and not as impactful as Doherty despite the left-hand side being the primary outlet in the second half. Had a slight limp when taken off late on.
Moussa Sissoko – 8
A dominant display in midfield and combined well with White. Another who benefitted from some rest come half-time with the job already done by then.
Harvey White – 8
Trusted with set pieces but his delivery wasn’t always the best and lifted one direct free-kick well over. That, however, was the only downside to a really bright and mature performance as the holding midfielder. More minutes in the future surely beckon.
Gedson Fernandes – 8
Just his fourth start for Spurs and his best outing yet. Linked up well with Alli throughout and helped keep the tempo with his efficient passing. Drilled one shot over the bar and might be disappointed not to have marked his evening with a goal or an assist but an encouraging night’s work.
Dele Alli – 9
Took time to get going but was sublime and probably Spurs’ best player on the pitch once he did. A brilliant pass for Vinicius’ first goal was followed by a lovely floated pass to Doherty for the second. Involved in the fourth too and heavily involved. Granted it came against non-league opposition, but Alli will hope he sent a message to Jose Mourinho.
Lucas Moura – 7
An excellent top corner free-kick to make it 3-0 on 32 minutes and some good driving runs forward. Should’ve done better with some other efforts on goal though. Got the assist for Devine’s effort after a nice backheel.
Carlos Vinicius – 9
Perhaps not as eye-catching as Alli but then how do you get less than a nine for a hat-trick? Doubled his goal tally for the season with a first-half treble, though got lucky with the first after almost messing up his first touch. Good positioning for both of his first two efforts and then a sublime lofted effort for his third. Celebrations might’ve been a bit much, mind, and should’ve scored a fourth at the death.
Alfie Devine (on for Sissoko min 45) – 8
Confident display in the 45 minutes he got on the pitch and produced a brilliant finish to cap off becoming Spurs’ youngest ever player. His debut came aged just 16 years old and 163 days old. Not bad eh?
Japhet Tanganga (on for Alderweireld min 45) – 7
Did his job in place of Alderweireld at the back. Barely required to get out of first gear. Comfortable.
Gareth Bale (on for Alli min 64) – 6
Enjoyed himself laughing at Alli falling over from the bench in the first half. After coming on, had one free-kick parried and dragged another effort wide. Not as involved as to be expected.
Jack Clarke (on for Lucas min 64) – 6
Handed just his third ever senior appearance for Spurs. A lively cameo from the left as he consistently looked to cut in on his right, although no goals came of his work. Should’ve had an assist when Vinicius fired wide late on.
Sergio Reguilon (on for Davies min 71) – 6
Got some minutes in his legs and got forward a bit. Had a bit of a mix-up with Clarke on one occasion as he looked to be lining up a shot.
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