The Lilywhites looked lifeless in attack as they failed to register a single shot on target. Meanwhile, former maestro Christian Eriksen practically ran the show in the red and white stripes of the west London outfit.
It was a disappointing day all-round for Spurs as in the early kick-off, arch-rivals Arsenal had defeated Manchester United to cement their name down in fourth spot – they are now two points clear heading into the final five games of the season, so it’s in their hands.
Antonio Conte will surely be left reeling as his side struggled to create any chance of note with neither of his wing-backs able to contribute creatively and when they can’t deliver, Tottenham’s frontline often falters.
It’s no wonder the pair of them were substituted as the Italian’s only changes.
Plenty of flak will head Emerson’s way after delivering another sub-par showing since his summer move from Barcelona but arguably, it was his wide counterpart, Ryan Sessegnon, that let the 52-year-old boss down the most.
Sergio Reguilon was on the bench, albeit nursing an injury, so it’s not as if his place is secure over the final few fixtures.
From a whopping eight crossing attempts, the England U21 international failed to find a single Spurs star, nor did he manage to fire off a successful long ball – only making 73% of his 22 passes, as per SofaScore, who also graded him as the lowest-rated (6.3) player on the night.
None of those 16 passes translated into a key chance created, nor did he manage a successful dribble or even a shot on goal.
Elsewhere, from his 53 touches, the 21-year-old wing-back lost possession a whopping 19 times (second-most), meaning he handed the ball back to the Bees once every 2.8 touches and once every 3.9 minutes – sloppy.
In terms of defensive output, the Lilywhites lighweight wasn’t much better either, registering just the one tackle, whilst he lost 66.6% of his duels and failed to put in an interception or block, also via SofaScore.
‘Very nervy start. Made an important interception in his own box just after the half-hour mark, but he lacked the quality going forward and was very predictable in his play.’ he then explained.
Sessegnon, who was also described as being “really poor” by Press Association journalist Jonathan Veal, evidently badly let his manager and the side down and he was one key reason to why they struggled in the final third.
He’ll need to improve massively as the Spaniard nears a return to full fitness in the coming weeks.