Tottenham Hotspur beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 away with targets by Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski for a second straight win that nudged them nearer to the Premier League prime 4 on Friday though that they had midfielder Yves Bissouma despatched off late on.
Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs group began the season in scintillating type earlier than being hobbled by accidents however obtained again on monitor with a 4-1 residence win over Newcastle United and adopted that with victory in a tricky-looking recreation on the Metropolis Floor.
Pushed on by inspirational captain Son Heung-Min, the guests appeared the slicker aspect from the beginning and had been duly rewarded when Richarlison guided residence a header in first-half stoppage time from an excellent Kulusevski cross.
It was the Brazilian’s third purpose in two video games, a welcome burst after beforehand struggling to attain for Spurs.
Swede Kulusevski sealed the win himself within the sixty fifth minute when he picked up a unfastened go from Forest keeper Matt Turner, sidestepped Moussa Niakhaté and smashed the ball by the palms of the U.S. worldwide and into the web.
After Kulusevski’s purpose, Turner pounded the turf with each arms, lowered his head and coated his face.
Forest obtained a lift when Bissouma was proven a pink card after a VAR overview for a harmful foul 5 minutes later however had been unable to chop the deficit, extending a winless run to 6 video games.
“It is a robust recreation right here, it’s a must to earn no matter you get,” mentioned Postecoglou, “They [Forest] are clearly fairly determined for factors. For probably the most half, we stayed fairly calm and composed … I am actually happy.”
The consequence left Tottenham on the sting of prime 4 Champions League qualifying locations. They continue to be fifth however at the moment are stage on 33 factors with Manchester Metropolis and 4 factors behind leaders Liverpool, albeit having performed a recreation extra then their rivals.
Steve Clarke’s Forest are sixteenth on 14 factors, 5 factors above the drop zone of their second season since promotion.
At 1-0 down, the hosts thought they may have equalised when Anthony Elanga poked residence for close-range, however his effort was dominated offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
After the sending off, Spurs got here below extra stress, with Guglielmo Vicario producing an excellent save on the road along with his leg from a Harry Toffolo header, then seeing the ball bounce off each the publish and him from a Neco Williams shot.
“We’re in slightly dip in the intervening time in type,” mentioned Williams. “That is soccer. Now we have to stay collectively and the outcomes will come ultimately.
“You noticed the gang right this moment, they love the supervisor and we love the supervisor as effectively. We imagine in him and the followers imagine in him, it’s only a matter of time to select up the outcomes.”
Kulusevski was buzzing after his purpose and help, saying life was good for Spurs below Postecoglou.
“If I might select my soccer, that is my soccer, assault, very enjoyable coaching classes, goal excessive at all times … play to win,” he mentioned.
Spurs winger Brennan Johnson, a Forest academy graduate, was subbed off within the thirty second minute after taking a blow to the top.
Reuters and the Related Press contributed to this report.