Spurs 2-0 Huddersfield - report from Wembley
Sat 03 March 2018, 17:16|Tottenham Hotspur
A second brace in four days from Heung-Min Son was the difference between the sides as we beat Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Following his two goals against Rochdale in the FA Cup in midweek, the South Korean forward scored one in each half to secure the three points against the Terriers, who defended stoutly all afternoon but were ultimately beaten by two smart finishes from Son, who now has 15 for the season.
We were in control for the majority of the match and probably could have won by more on another day. Harry Kane was denied at close-range by Jonas Lossl and Christian Eriksen’s deflected free-kick hit the post while he too was denied by the Terriers goalkeeper as we dominated the first half. We broke the deadlock on 27 minutes when Dele Alli threaded a delightful ball through for Son, who skipped past Lossl and tucked home.
After the break Kane again went close, only for the sliding Christopher Schindler to deny him, before the visitors, who struggled throughout to create clear-cut chances, forced Hugo Lloris into a fine save to keep out Tom Ince’s 20-yard drive.
Our second arrived on 54 minutes, Kane the provider with a wonderful cross which bounced up perfectly for Son to head back across goal and into the net to settle the outcome and stretch our unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.
Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to the team that won at Crystal Palace last time out in the Premier League with Jan Vertonghen coming in at the expense of Victor Wanyama, while Son started in place of Erik Lamela. Only Son and Eric Dier retained their places from the midweek FA Cup win over Rochdale. Our former Academy product Alex Pritchard started in midfield for Huddersfield but was forced off injured in the first period.
SAVE: LOSSL KEEPS OUT KANE – 17mins
It was a bright start to the game with both sides looking to play on the front foot when in possession. We went close twice in two minutes when Kane’s low cross to the back post was just out of reach of the stretching Dele, before the roles were reversed and Kane just failed to get on the end of Dele’s pass. Lossl then made a good close-range save from Kane who latched onto Son’s drilled centre after the South Korean international had produced a magical piece of skill to skip past Florent Hadergjonaj, while Eriksen’s free-kick clipped off Mathias Zanka and skimmed off the far post for a corner.
Above:Eric Dier stays strong.
GOAL: SPURS 1-0 HUDDERSFIELD – HEUNG-MIN SON – 27mins
We were pinning Huddersfield back inside their half and when they did get the ball, they had few options in forward positions and we were winning it back quickly again. Eriksen almost broke the deadlock on 26 minutes, nutmegging Jonathan Hogg out on the right and forcing Lossl into a save, but we went ahead a minute later. The goal came from a Huddersfield throw mid-way inside our half but we won the ball back, Dier found Kane who chested into Dele’s path and he sent Son away with the perfect pass. Son rounded Lossl and slotted into the empty net, the ball flicking the far post on its way in.
GOAL: SPURS 2-0 HUDDERSFIELD – HEUNG-MIN SON – 54mins
The second period continued like the first, with us dominating possession and pushing the Terriers back, Kane going close on 48 minutes when he connected with Dier’s excellent low cross but Schindler blocked on the slide. Son almost added a second but couldn’t sort his feet out 12 yards from goal – although there was more than a hint of a foul on him from Terence Kongolo – before Lloris was called into action to produce a flying save to deny substitute Tom Ince’s 20-yard drive. Then came the second goal on 54 minutes, Kane delivering a delicious cross from the right which Son headed on the bounce past Lossl.
CLOSE: KANE VOLLEYS JUST WIDE – 79mins
That goal took the sting out the game in truth and there were few moments of action in the final half-hour. The visitors threatened when Rajiv van La Parra threaded a pass in to Danny Williams, but Ben Davies was across to cover and denied him a shooting opportunity with an excellent sliding tackle, while Zanka did likewise on Serge Aurier at the other end moments later. A little over 10 minutes from time, an Eriksen corner fell perfectly for Kane on the penalty spot but this time he was off target and volleyed a yard wide, before Williams’ 20-yard shot was comfortable for Lloris. We had a couple of late breakaways as gaps started to appear and the game got stretched, but we couldn’t take advantage.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"I feel so happy, very pleased. The performance was good and I’m happy because the three points help us to be in a very good position in the table. It’s so important because if we want to have the possibility until the end of the season to fight for the top four, I think this result is so important today. The team was very patient, I think we showed great quality and we are so happy because in the end now we are going to think only about preparing for the game against Juventus (on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League)."
Heung-Min Son said
"It was a very difficult game. The most important thing was that we dominated the game from the start and at the end we deserved to win. Everyone is happy to get three points from this important game. When they’re staying deep, trying to defend and trying to counter-attack of course it’s difficult but we have many good players who can do something different. We just enjoyed it. I think we were a bit unlucky, we could have scored many goals. With just two, we feel a bit sad. Of course, we want to score more goals but we are happy to get three points."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Sissoko 76), Eriksen, Dele (Lucas 82), Son (Lamela 70), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Rose, Wanyama.
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Hogg (c, Depoitre 83), Williams, Quaner (Ince 33), Pritchard (Billing 45+1), Van La Parra, Mounie. Substitutes (not used): Green, Smith, Malone, Lowe.
Goals: Spurs – Son 27, 54.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Dele, Huddersfield – Hogg.
Referee: Kevin Friend.
Man of the Match
With a whopping 90 per cent of fans' votes on social media, Heung-Min Son was named Man of the Match.
The last of three consecutive home games takes place on Wednesday as we entertain Juventus for the second leg of our Champions League round of 16 clash. We hold a slight advantage over the Italian giants – finalists in two of the last three seasons – following the impressive 2-2 draw in Turin last month, but Juventus are experienced campaigners in the competition and will prove tough opponents. Kick-off at Wembley is at 7.45pm.