Bergwijn late strike enough for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Birmingham City

Steven Bergwijn struck in the last minute as Spurs overcame a ridged Birmingham City outfit at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bergwijn supplied a lethal right-footed finish following good work from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele as the Lilywhites followed up Friday’s 4-1 success over another Championship side, reading.

Speaking to, boss, Jose Mourinho, explained: “The attitude, even in a friendly… we could just stay okay with the draw and let it go, but the players deserved the victory because they trained for that, it was a training session where the last ten minutes was probably our best period of the game.

“Normally, in friendlies, the last 20 minutes is when you just let it go, because the result is not important. But the result has some importance. The clean sheet, too, and the fact we didn’t have injuries.

“It was tough. Karanka is very good. His team is very well organised defensively, compact, lots of pressing on the low block and it was not easy.
“At the same time, we played yesterday, we changed lots of players, but in the last 20, 25 minutes we were just missing the goal. We created chances, we tried, defensively we were very strong, I don’t remember one save for Joe or Hugo.

Mourinho added: “In the end, it’s good. It’s a pity now everyone goes for to international teams, but that’s the way it is. For many months no national team matches and they also have their competitions, so we must have empathy with them and understand they are going to take our players. We wish and pray the boys in the national teams to be back for the game against Everton without injuries.”

Tottenham Hotspur: Hart (Lloris 46’), Aurier, Dier (Davies 46’), Carter-Vickers, Cirkin (Bergwijn 46’), Gedson, Sissoko (Hojbjerg 61’), White (Dele 46’), Clarke (Son 70’), Sessegnon, Lucas Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Kane, Bowden, Scarlett, Devine.

Birmingham City: Prieto, Colin, Dean, Kieftenbeld, Bela (Miller 82’), Šunjić (Medina 82’), George (Reid 66’), Lakin (Bailey 66’), Pedersen, Friend, Crowley Sub not used: Jeacock, Seddon, Bajrami, Dacres-Cogley, Roberts, Davis, Boyd-Munce, Clayton.


Brian Jeeves