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Huddersfield v Spurs – Premier League Match Review

Huddersfield 0-2 Spurs – Premier League Report

Spurs moved up to 4th position in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium thanks to two goals from Harry Kane.

With Dele Alli out with an injury, Mauricio Pochettino decided to return to a 5 at the back formation with Davinson Sanchez coming into the side. Despite the change in tactics it was the same result for Spurs as they achieved victory for the third game in a row.

The first significant action of the encounter came in the 4th minute as Lucas Moura tangled with Huddersfield fullback Chris Lowe just outside the Spurs penalty area. Huddersfield fans and players appealed for a penalty but referee Craig Pawson saw it as a collision rather than a foul. Even so, the initial contact by Moura was made just outside the area.

Shortly after that slight scare for Spurs, Kieran Tripper gave a signal of what was to come. His pinpoint cross found opposing wingback Danny Rose whose effort went wide. The chance was the first meaningful Spurs effort on the Huddersfield goal and the cross foreshadowed what would happen later in the half.

Harry Kane Back in the Goals

By now Spurs were in their stride and Kane had his first key chance of the match. The Spurs striker had his attempted chip saved by Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal and his resulting pull back to Lucas Moura was missed by the Brazilian.

The attack all stemmed from a clearance from Jan Vertonghen which Kane used to get in behind the Huddersfield defence. Although the finish was not there, the sharp movement from Kane showed signs of the player who has won the Premier League Golden Boot two times in the last three seasons.

Kane finally got his goal midway through the first half. Lucas Moura swerved past two Huddersfield defenders before being challenged by Terrence Kongolo. The ball ended up with Trippier whose cross found Kane at the back post and the captain powerfully headed in the opener for Spurs, giving Lossl no chance. Both the ball in from Trippier and the timing of the leap from Kane were perfect.

The next major chance in the game actually came Huddersfield’s way as Paulo Gazzaniga was called into action for the first time in the match. Former Borussia Dortmund man Chris Lowe fizzed a shot at Gazzaniga from way outside the area and the Spurs keeper did well to stop Huddersfield from getting an equaliser by saving low to his left.

The second goal came soon after for Spurs. Danny Rose played a return pass with Heung-min Son and was grabbed by Huddersfield defender Florent Hadergjonaj in the area. Referee Craig Pawson gave a penalty even though the contact from the substitute was minimal. It was, however, enough to impede Rose in the penalty area and so the decision was the correct one.

Just like he did in the same fixture last season, Kane scored twice before the interval. His penalty sent keeper Lossl the wrong way as he buried it in the right hand corner of the goal. Even if Lossl had dived the right way he probably would not have stopped it such was the quality of the shot.

The second goal for Spurs put the game to bed despite Huddersfield having their best chance of the encounter just before halftime. Erik Durm, another former Dortmund fullback, put a ball into the box which was met by striker Laurent Depoitre. Normally an aerial threat for his team, Depoitre showed his technical ability by striking the ball sweetly on the volley, giving Gazzaniga no chance. However his shot hit the crossbar, ensuring that Spurs went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Mauricio Pochettino made a double change at halftime for Spurs with Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele making way for Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks. The Dembele change in particular was perhaps made with one eye on Spurs’ upcoming match against Barcelona in the Champions League whereas Vertonghen was carrying a minor injury.

The two first half goals knocked the stuffing out of Huddersfield and the second period became a formality for Spurs. In fact it was a very uneventful half with neither team having many chances.

The only major opportunity Spurs had was within five minutes of the restart. Son’s cross was met by Moura who then tried to scoop his shot over Lossl. The Brazilian was off balance when he hit it and so did well to stay on his feet and get any kind of shot away.

The rest of the half was played at a slow pace as Spurs eased to the victory. Huddersfield were energetic and worked hard but it was the quality of delivery and finish for Spurs which gave them enough to leave Yorkshire with all 3 points.

Just as we predicted in our pre match preview, the score ended 2-0 with Kane getting on the scoresheet.

What the Managers Said

Mauricio Pochettino

“The Premier League is always tough and today we played against a very aggressive team, so physical and yes, I’m so happy, so pleased,” he said. The attitude and how we fought and approached the game was fantastic. Every season is different, every game is different and, of course, that is the ideal world but it’s impossible to always maintain the same level. The team read the game very well and that was so important because we created a lot of chances.” (Tottenham Hotspur Official)

 

David Wagner

“I don’t know if I have been prouder about my team after defeat. We gave it a go, really tried, fought and the performance was a good one.”

“I tell the players, ‘If you keep doing what you are doing with the attitude, desire and effort and stick together, the reward will come’. That’s how football works. We had chances, we were unlucky with the crossbar hit from Depoitre, and the penalty maybe was a soft one. We are unlucky at the moment.” (BBC Sport)

What the Players Said

Harry Kane

“It would have been nice to get the third and fourth in the second half,” admitted the front man, who once again captained the side. We had a couple of good chances or good opportunities, maybe just the wrong ball at the wrong time. Overall, clean sheets win you matches so the defence will be happy with that, we’re all happy with that because we all work hard for that so it’s a big win for us and (we move) on to the next one.” (Tottenham Hostpur Official)

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Man of the Match

Unsurprisingly Harry Kane is our man of the match after his two goals for Spurs. Kane has now scored the most Premier League goals at the John Smith’s Stadium signalling the attacking problems Huddersfield have had since their promotion to the top flight of English football. Kane demonstrated the kind of ability which has made him one of the elite strikers in world football against Huddersfield and Pochettino will be hoping that his form continues in Spurs’ upcoming games.

Huddersfield v Spurs Attendance

John Smith’s Stadium – 23,885

What’s next for Spurs

Next up for Spurs is their mouthwatering tie against Barcelona in the Champions League at Wembley before they host Cardiff at home in the Premier League on Saturday.

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