Tottenham returned to winning ways with a dominant 2-0 win over Chris Hughton’s Norwich City. Two goals from Gyfli Sigurdsson helped temporarily place Spurs joint top of the Barclays Premier League table.
A stunning debut performance from Christian Eriksen helped Spurs on their way to the win with special mentions to Danny Rose, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado for particularly hardworking efforts. Cameo’s from Lewis Holtby and record signing Erik Lamela gave Spurs fans even more positives with squad depth looking crucial in helping Tottenham to battle to clinch fourth this season.
The game started very brightly indeed for AVB’s side. With Eriksen making an instant impact as well as Dembélé and Paulinho controlling the tempo from midfield. Andros Townsend had some early shots go wide and his sparkling runs continued to make the encounter exciting from the off!
The spark happened 20 minutes through when Christian Eriksen burst into the area (much like he had done in training this week) and struck the ball towards goal, the keeper could only fumble the ball to Roberto Soldado whom attempted a miraculous back heel attempt which struck the post and sped up the heart-rates of the White Hart Lane faithful. The game propelled into life and Danny Rose and Kyle Walker both provided some decent crosses from either flank to tempt the central players.
The first goal of the day came just 28 minutes through. A smart chest from Roberto Soldado landed at the feet of Christian Eriksen whom played the ball neatly through to Icelander Gylfi Sigurdsson whom replicated his effort against Chelsea last year with a curling effort into the corner. This prompted celebrations all round after a deserved goal from the Home side.
The game then went dominantly in Spurs’ favour. The play was fluid and passing was strong as they continued to press Norwich. Andros Townsend did frustrate fans after continues wide and unnecessary shots with Danny Rose striking a bizarre ball almost towards the corner flag. The persistence didn’t fray and Tottenham’s fight was relentless. Norwich did not threaten however Elmander attempted to finish his ‘Bale-like’ run but Hugo Lloris collected with ease. It was to be 1-0 at the interval and no-one could disagree it was a deserved one for the Yiddos.
The second half promised to be no different. Debutant Eriksen found himself in space just minutes in but despite runs ahead of him, he opted to shoot with the effort going over. But the second came no sooner. On the 49th minute, Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed his second of the game. Paulinho found himself wide on the right after receiving a Christian Eriksen ball and he played the ball right across Ruddy’s area fro Siggy to power home. Tottenham were in full flow and with news of Sunderland’s equaliser against Arsenal, the fans were in full voice.
The second half continued to fill Spurs fans with delight however the tempo did begin to tip. Sigurdsson wanted to add to his brace but his powerful effort was well stopped by the English keeper. Townsend continue to press and had a dipping effort go just over.
The closing 30 minutes saw the appearance of Tottenham’s record capture. Erik Lamela entered the battle with Lewis Holtby not far behind him. Eriksen was rewarded with a standing ovation for a wonderful afternoon. Holtby and Lamela were to make an instant impact. They linked well on the left to win several corner and throws however couldn’t poach much of a threat to the Canaries’ box.
The game began to teeter out as Spurs held on to their precious three points. Arsenal’s win meant that Spurs share the top spot for this evening with Liverpool and Chelsea still to play.
Lloris – 8/10, He did fumble one and get booked for handball today but had little to do.
Walker – 8/10, Very impressive forward play
Dawson – 8/10, Solidity and passion as always
Vertonghen – 9/10, Jan the man was decisively sound.
Rose – 10/10, I couldn’t fault him today. Wonderful.
Paulinho – 8/10, he ran himself ragged for 90 minutes
Dembélé – 8/10, much improvement on his Emirates nightmare
Townsend – 7/10, Greediness prevailed despite a decent effort or two
Eriksen – 10/10, our MOTM.
Sigurdsson – 9/10, two marvellous goals.
Soldado – 9/10, his work rate was phenomenal.
Our MOTM: Debutant Christian Eriksen just eases out Danny Rose on a fantastic game including an assist.
I hope you’ve enjoyed yet another Match Review from us in just under an hour since Full time. We go Second on a day where I couldn’t fault Tottenham. Continue to love our package on Matchday? Let us know…. See you on Wednesday for our Tromso preview! #COYS