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    Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    It was a great Boxing Day for Tottenham Hotspur as they comfortably dispatched Norwich City 3-0 at White Hart Lane, with a brace from Harry Kane and a cracker by substitute Tom Carroll.
    Mauricio Pochettino’s team was unchanged apart from Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela switched flanks.

    The visitors started brightly, with Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe partnering Camerone Jerome up front, and wingers Nathan Redmond and Robbie Brady showed their attacking threat.
    Birthday boy Hugo Lloris was forced to make a fantastic early save from Odjidja-Ofoe, diving to his left following Brady’s delivery. Jerome showed some good skill as he broke into the box on the right, but Toby Alderweireld cleared the danger for Spurs. Lloris had to be alert once more as he diverted a cross/shot from Brady for a corner. The warning signs were there, but thankfully for the home side it remained goalless.

    The north Londoners finally got going mid-way through the first half. Dele Alli found Lamela on the left, and the crowd screamed for handball when Lamela’s cross/shot was defended in the area, but referee Mike Jones waved away the protests.
    The Lilywhites did win a penalty when Harry Kane was taken down by Goalkeeper Declan Rudd, who escaped punishment, but was left helpless as Kane calmly fired home to the right of the keeper.

    Alli won a corner on the left as he accelerated into the area. From the corner, Rudd made a great double save from Alderweireld’s header, then Alli. Alderweireld was gifted with another strong opportunity following a corner from the right, but somehow failed to find the target.
    Tottenham then doubled their lead with a wonderfully worked team goal. Dembele started it all by winning the ball inside his own half, passing to Lamela, and Alli provided the pass for Kane who scored with a hard and low effort from a sharp angle. This was Harry’s 27th league goal of the calendar year, breaking Teddy Sheringham’s Premier League record for the club.

    The Canaries were thankful for the half time interval so they could regroup. Early in the second period, Alli had a good shot blocked by Ryan Bennett, and Rudd was called into action again as he saved from Alli and Lamela after nice work from Eriksen. Lamela was influencing the game, and his renewed confidence was shown by a sublime “rabona” shot which Rudd saved.
    Norwich fans thought they should have had a penalty after Lloris and Jerome collided, but nothing was given. Tom Carroll came on for Eriksen on 72 minutes, and Alex Neil opted for a double change in an attempt to swing the game back in the favour of his side.

    Alli left the field to a great ovation from the Spurs faithful, and Son Heung-min entered the fray. Carroll received a pass from Ben Davies and hit a stunning effort from 25 yards which nestled into the far corner. That was his first Premier League goal for the north Londoners, and it was one to remember.
    Lloris made a stunning double save from Dieumerci Mbokani and Jerome, however, the second effort was questionably offside anyway.

    Dembele took a knock late in the game, and may be a doubt for Monday’s game at Watford. He was replaced by fellow Belgian international Nacer Chadli.
    Watford, who secured a fantastic result at Chelsea, will be a real test, and Pochettino may be forced to rest a few of his regulars. Danny Rose is likely to return to the starting XI at left back.

    With Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United tasting defeat last time out, and Watford and Crystal Palace drawing, the last set of fixtures could not have gone any better (other than Manchester City winning). Top four is a real possibility, dare I say it, maybe higher. But we must make sure that we keep up the good form to consolidate our strong position.
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