Premier League Review: Tottenham Hotspur v Nottingham Forest
Spurs 3 – 1 Nottingham Forest Match Review
Tottenham Hotspur successfully returned to winning ways against Nottingham Forest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. Antonio Conte’s side won 3-1 in what was a comfortable afternoon for the Lilywhites.
This result continues Spurs’ great form in the Premier League, with four wins in their last six matches. Conte’s side sit in fourth place with the win over Forest extending the gap between themselves and Newcastle United in 5th to four points. They remain in touching distance of 3rd place Manchester United, with just 4 points separating them.
The match looked to have started in the best possible fashion for Spurs, who looked to have taken the lead after just three minutes. It was Richarlison who had found the net, only for his goal to be ruled out for offside following a VAR review (3’).
Cristian Romero had the next chance for the home team, but his header on goal flew just too high of the net after a great cross from Heung-Min Son following a free-kick (13’).
The deadlock was broken just before the twenty minute mark when the club’s all-time leading scorer Harry Kane found the back of the net with a header into the bottom right corner (19’).
It was almost 2-0 ten minutes later when Kane had a powerful close range effort saved well by Keylor Navas after an accurate pass into his feet from Son (29’).
Son had an effort blocked, before Ben Davies saw his header miss the target after a pass from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (30’).
Spurs had a fantastic opportunity to double their advantage late in the first half. Richarlison drew a foul from Forest defender Joe Worrall inside the penalty area which resulted in the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty kick. Kane made no mistake, finding the net with an effort that gave Navas no chance (35’).
Kane almost got his hattrick moments before the break, but his shot from inside the box was too high (43’). The Spurs defence then had to show resilience, blocking an effort from Jonjo Shelvey in stoppage time (45+2’).
Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure in the opening stages of the second half, and after an excellent performance from Heung-Min Son he was rewarded with less than half an hour remaining.
The South Korean received the ball from Richarlison, before finding the bottom right corner of the net to put the match beyond their visitors. (62’).
The home team had further chances to extend their advantage, but it was Steve Cooper’s side who got the final goal of the match. Joe Worrall scored a consolation goal with a close range header (81’).
It was a dominant performance from Conte’s team. They had the most possession (55%), compared to Forest’s 45%. Spurs also had more shots on target with 7 compared to their visitors’ 5.
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