Spurs into fourth as Forest are cut down

Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Nottingham Forest 

Tottenham Hotspur enhanced their aspirations of a top-four Premier League finish with a 3-1 triumph over relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest in N17.

Again, the North Londoners were pitted against a side desperate to derail them for contrasting reasons: “They’re fighting for every point, every goal,” Lilywhites boss, Ange Postecoglou explained.

“You’ll notice that, every game, that everyone is fighting for something, whether that’s up the top, up the bottom, in the middle.”

And so it proved. Murillo almost had Forest ahead early on. The Brazilian’s audacious attempt from inside his own half had Guglielmo Vicario back peddling frantically but drifted wide of the target. But Murillo’s next contribution proved costly as he diverted Werner’s low centre into his own goal.

Keeper, Matz Sels saved from Yves Bissouma, then denied Brennan Johnson, against his old club, from point-blank range. But having weathered the storm, Forest drew level when Chris Wood swept home after Anthony Elanga had teed him up.

Wood should have had Forest in front, but fired against an upright from three yards, with Vicario spralled after saving from Mark Yates. 

Johnson’s low cross was deflected against a post, then Sels brilliantly saved from substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg immediately after the restart. But Spurs looked the more likely. Micky van de Ven hammered home after Heung-min Son had teed him up. Spurs ahead, seven minutes into the second half.

Spurs soon appeared to be out of sight. Pedro Porro thumped home, right-footed, from ten yards, after James Maddison had created an opening from the left.

Son was a whisker away from making his four hundredth Spurs appearance with a goal. A combination of Sels and a post denied the popular South Korean skipper. 

The victory, Tottenham’s eighteenth of the season, lifted them into the top four. They return to Premier League action on Saturday, April 13 when they face Newcastle United at St James Park (12:30pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Pedro Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Udogie, Bissouma (Hojbjerg 46′), Sarr (Bentancur 46′), Maddison (Kulusevski 76′), Johnson (Scarlett 89′), Son (Capt), Werner (Lo Celso 76′) Subs not used: Austin, Royal, Dragusin, Davies

Booked: Werner (foul), Bentancur (foul)

Goals: Murillo (own-goal) 15′, van de Ven 52′, Pedro Porro 57′

Nottingham Forest: Sels, N Williams (Montiel 87′), Omobamidele, Murillo, Aina, Yates (Sangare 81′), Danilo (Reyna 81′), Elanga, Gibbs-White (Dominguez 68′), Hudson-Odoi, Wood (Origi 68′) Subs not used: Turner, Toffolo, Niakhate, Ribeiro

Booked: Yates (foul), Gibbs-White (foul), Williams (foul)

Goals: Wood 27′

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Simon Long

Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

VAR: Michael Salisbury

Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring

Brian Jeeves

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