A brace from Harry Kane continued Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season in a 2-0 away victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Only five minutes had elapsed when Spurs opened the scoring on the breakawTotteay. Dejan Kulusevski collected a loose ball in the centre circle before striding forward and releasing Kane in space. The England international set his sights, rolling the ball into the bottom corner to leave Dean Henderson rooted to the spot.
Brennan Johnson was particularly menacing for Forest in the early exchanges, but it was the visitors who were carving open their hosts at will on the counter-attack.
Joe Worrall was forced into a last-ditch sliding challenge to deny Kane a quick double after the forward was slipped through.
Son Heung-min then curled an effort agonisingly over the crossbar after Forest failed to clear their lines. At the other end, Lewis O’Brien stung the palms of Hugo Lloris from distance where Worrall was inches away from getting on the end of the rebound.
Johnson and Morgan Gibbs-White combined neatly from Harry Toffolo’s low driven cross four minutes before the interval, but the latter steered his effort off target.
All of Forest’s endeavour threatened to be undone, however, when referee Craig Pawson pointed to the penalty spot after Steve Cook handled the ball while contesting with Kane in the air. The Forest defender was perhaps fortunate only to see a yellow card, but he was indebted to his goalkeeper when Henderson sprung to his right to deny Kane from 12 yards.
The roof nearly came off the City Ground minutes later when the home side raced down the other end and came within inches of an equaliser. Toffolo’s cross was headed into the path of Neco Williams by Yates, but the Welshman’s effort was deflected wide.
Son had a couple of bites at goal that were heroically thwarted by Forest to deny Spurs their second of the afternoon, while Kulusevski went close minutes later second of the afternoon kuluselvski went close minutes later.
Steve Cooper threw on most of his summer signings in search of an equaliser, with Emmanuel Dennis going close in the 79th minute after jinking inside and firing towards goal.
However, nine minutes from the game’s end, the visitors ended it thanks to a trustworthy source. Ryan Sessegnon, a substitute, first messed up a two-on-one situation, but Richarlison made an amazing effort to recover the ball on the sidelines. In order to make up for his earlier missed penalty, the Brazilian found Kane at the back post who, unmarked, had the easiest of headed finishes.
After the ball fell invitingly for the defender from a corner in stoppage time, Worrall had the opportunity to cut the deficit, but he blazed over.
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