Match Report: Spurs vs Huddersfield
Heung-Min Son bagged a brace to further cement Tottenham Hotspur’s position within the top four in the Premier League. Spurs came out the far stronger side at Wembley Stadium and confined Huddersfield to their own penalty area for much, if not all, of the game. That’s not to say that Huddersfield didn’t defend well, they held a solid line and managed to diffuse the attacks rained upon them by the in-form twin-dangers of Son and Eriksen. Dier, Kane, Aurier all had shots defended well by the buttress of the Huddersfield back-four in the first 20 minutes.
Harry Kane had the first clear-cut chance for Spurs in the 16th minute. Son powerfully carried the ball down the left flank and directed a through ball into the path of Kane on the edge of the 6-yard box. Harry flicked the pass onwards in hopes of beating Lossl at the near post, but the Huddersfield Number 1 came out on top in that particular 50/50.
Heung-Min Son then opened the scoring in the 27th minute. Dele Alli found Son with acres of space before the South Korean international calmly side-stepped the surging Lossl and placed the ball into the unguarded net. Van La Parra had a chance, albeit a soft chance, to equalise on the half-hour mark with an attempt driven to the near post of Hugo Lloris. The Spurs skipper was quick to react and nullified the threat immediately. Kane found some space in the 38th minute for a chance to double but his shot was too straight and dealt with easily by Lossl.
The Second half started much the same as the first: Spurs rained attacks upon the away goal, and Huddersfield looked to squander the Lilywhites efforts wave after wave. Huddersfield finally had their first real opportunity to score after Tom Ince found space on the edge of the Spurs penalty area. He forced a save from Lloris with an incredibly powerful shot that was eventually cleared away from danger.
Son secured his brace in the 54th minute after a brilliant cross in from Harry Kane. After a ball which simply curled out of reach of the defenders, Son finished with his head after letting the ball bounce nicely in the area for him. The game then resumed the status quo, which was, Spurs attacking with a flurry of chances, and Huddersfield aiming to reset their attacks with the only thing they could do – which was to block or clear the ball. Spurs walked away with 74.5% overall possession and a total of 15 shots. Although the defence of Huddersfield can be credited for keeping the deficit to two, the team offered little else. The away side had three shots in total, only one of which can be accurately deemed a real opportunity. I think it’s fair to say they came for the draw but walked away with a loss.
Spurs go 5 points ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League with Juventus traveling to Wednesday for the second-leg of their Champions League clash.
Spurs vs Huddersfield Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 68,311
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Huddersfield
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Davies, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Aurier, Dier, Dembélé, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Huddersfield Town: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Williams, van La Parra, Pritchard, Quaner, Mounie