Bournemouth collapse to shockingly heavy defeat at in-form Tottenham
It was an afternoon to forget for Eddie Howe and Bournemouth, who suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Spurs. Admittedly, it was always going to be a tough ask to achieve a good result against such a dominant side season such as Mauricio Pochettino's, but such a disappointing performance doesn't bode well for the rest of the season. They have a comfortable gap above the relegation zone, but more points are needed to ensure survival.
Very few and far between. Giving some long overdue game time to Lewis Cook and Lys Mousset was the only real plus point, but both did little worth talking about during their time on the pitch.
It was a very uncharacteristic all-around performance from the Cherries. They lacked creativity and struggled to hold onto the ball, and when they did manage to muster an attack, they struggled to find their two strikers, Josh King and Benik Afobe. They are now without a win in three.
3 (out of 10) -- In terms of team selection, Howe couldn't have done anything massively different to change the result. However, his tactics that required Bournemouth to sit as deep as possible were completely wrong and ultimately led to defeat.
Player ratings: (1-10, with 10 the best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Artur Boruc, 4 -- He made a couple of useful saves, including an impressive 33rd-minute stop to deny yet another Harry Kane shot, but Boruc should have done better for at least two of the goals. DF Adam Smith, 4 -- He tried to influence the game with some attacking runs in an attempt to release Spurs' onslaught, but he really struggled to get out of Bournemouth's half for the entire game.
DF Simon Francis, 3 -- His conceding two goals from corners could be a comment on Francis' leadership and inability to organise his team. He's usually reliable at that, but this game was another off performance.
DF Steve Cook, 4 -- This was a rare bad 90 minutes from the former Brighton defender. He made a couple of decent interceptions, but they were quickly forgotten about as soon as Spurs started scoring.
DF Charlie Daniels, 4 -- His shot in the 74th minute was Bournemouth's only shot on target in the entire game. Other than that, Daniels did very little.
MF Junior Stanislas, 5 -- Stanislas has to be given some slack, considering it was his first start since January, but he did little of note, and his position to start in the next game is in doubt.
MF Harry Arter, 4 -- Although it's unfair to blame the defeat entirely on any particular player, Arter was a big part of the reason Bournemouth obtained just 31 percent possession. This was one of his worst games of the season.
MF Jack Wilshere, 4 -- This was another ineffective performance in midfield dished up by the Arsenal loanee. Wilshere is in the side to create chances, and his team generated just five shots all game, which doesn't look too good on him.
MF Marc Pugh, 4 -- This was a poor performance from the winger. He has had his fair share of starts in recent months, and his position in the side right now is the one most in question. He struggled to get going in this match, and his first touch was particularly poor.
FW Josh King, 4 -- He tried to stretch the Spurs' back line with his pace but didn't manage to find his impressive form from recent weeks again. However, he did receive very little service.
FW Benik Afobe, 3 -- He was nonexistent up top, and though he admittedly received little service, Afobe had a very poor afternoon all around. His touch was off, and he was repeatedly pushed off the ball.
MF Ryan Fraser, 5 -- He added some extra energy to Bournemouth's midfield, but it was too little too late.
MF Lewis Cook, 5 -- It was pleasing to see the summer signing finally given some more game time, but he did nothing of note.
FW Lys Mousset, NR -- Mousset came on in replacement of Afobe in the 77th minute and failed to add anything to Bournemouth's attack in the search for a consolation goal.
Will Kent is a freelance journalist who has worked for AFC Bournemouth, ESPN UK and ESPN FC, among others. Twitter: @WillKentSPORT