Conte’s Spurs continue to shine as the Canaries are caged

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City

Unbeaten in four Premier League outings – Three of clean sheets – And after brushing aside relegation-haunted Norwich City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, just shy of the top four too boot – Crisis at Spurs? What crisis, I hear you cry? 

Sure, the North Londoners continue, at times, to fluctuate. But on this evidence, when it’s good, it’s really good. Antonio Conte has stirred the Lilywhites inner beast.

While Spurs have begun to find their feet under Conte, similar could be said of Norwich. Unbeaten in three and appearing a whole lot more used to their surroundings under the guidance of former Aston Villa boss, Dean Smith. Indeed, only a smart save from Hugo Lloris denied Teemu Pukki an early opener for the Canaries – Adam Idah providing the Finnish frontman with the opportunity.

Oliver Skipp had impressed during a season-long loan at Norwich. Back in Spurs colours, the tenacious midfielder drove forward but could only find Tim Krul’s midriff as the home side responded.

But Spurs have a bit of zip about them these days and Lucas Moura was about to bring the house down. The Brazilian picked the ball up twenty-five yards from goal, turned and absolutely leathered, right-footed high into the top corner of the Canaries net. Heung-Min Son involved – Krul left clutching thin air – N17 in raptures. 

Lucas Moura rifles home Tottenham’s opening goal in their 3-0 Premier League victory over Norwich City (Rob Newell CameraSport)

Harry Kane almost profited after Son had miskicked goalwards. Meanwhile, Spurs edged closer. Son’s delightful free-kick eluded Krul and a clutch of potential takers, then Kane lofted over Krul but a whisker wide as the home side continued to provide the greater threat.

Spurs had a let-off shortly before the hour. Idah somehow scuffed wide with only Lloris in his way – Brandon Williams superbly fashioning the opening from the left – Pukki also playing a pivotal role in the move.

Krul stuck out a glove to divert Kane’s speculative attempt. but from Son’s resulting flag-kick, Davinson Sanchez latched onto the loose ball before thumping home from six yards.

Kane continued his duel with Krul. The keeper again came out on top as the England skipper drove straight down his throat. But when Ben Davies and Oliver Skipp combine to tee up Son, Krul was left helpless as the South Korean superstar rattled home Tottenham’s third. 

Tottenham Hotspur now tur their attention to the UEFA Europa Conference where they face Stade Rennais in N17 on Thursday, December 9 (8pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Tanganga (Doherty 62′), Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Reguilon (Sessegnon 23′), Skipp, Hojbjerg, Lucas (Bergwijn 79′), Son, Kane Subs not used: Gollini, Rodon, Winks, Dele, Ndombele, Scarlett

Booked: Reguilon (foul)

Goals: Lucas 10′, Sanchez 67′, Son 77′

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Gibson, Omobamidele, Hanley, Williams, Gilmour (Sørensen 81′), Lees-Melou (Dowell 73′), McLean, Idah (argent 69′), Pukki Subs not used: Rupp, Cantwell, Kabak, Tzolis, Gunn, Giannoulis

Booked: Gilmour (foul), Pukki (foul)

Goals: None

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistants: Ian Hussin and Neil Davies

Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson

VAR: Peter Bankes

Assistant VAR: Wade Smith

Attendance: 57,088

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Brian Jeeves

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