Tottenham miss chance to go top at Bournemouth but escape red cards

For Tottenham Hotspur the overriding emotions at the final whistle were ones of frustration and no little relief. They remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League but a chance was missed here to go top for a few hours at least, through a combination of their own bluntness and a display from Bournemouth that brimmed with energy and organisation. Heading back to London, Mauricio Pochettino and his men will also reflect on the fact that things could have been a whole lot worse had they had two players sent off here, as could well have been the case.

Erik Lamela was fortunate not to collect a second yellow card on 40 minutes for a lunge on Dan Gosling while late on in the contest, Moussa Sissoko, on as a substitute, struck Harry Artur with an elbow that enraged the midfielder and the majority of those in attendance. The referee, Craig Pawson, had a clear view of the first incident and a somewhat obstructed view of the other but in either case will surely feel that he should have taken firmer action. For Bournemouth, it was a case of what might have been but they can nevertheless take great encouragement from their display here and a fourth successive game without defeat.

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