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Spurs see off lacklustre Norwich

HAPPY DAYS: Spurs celebrate a goal

A VIBRANT Tottenham took all three points with a comfortable 2-0 win against a lacklustre Norwich City this afternoon (September 14).

Two Gylfi Sigurdsson goals were enough to see Spurs’ new squad maintain their decent start to the 2013-14 season.

£108m worth of players have arrived at White Hart Lane and work now begins in earnest for manager Andre Villas-Boas and his coaching staff to find the best way of moulding this galaxy of new stars into a cohesive team. Today they found it but they will face tougher challenges than Chris Hughton’s City presented.

The opening period saw the home side desperate to erode the memory of their last league outing, a 1-0 loss to arch rivals Arsenal just before the international break.

A strangely subdued home support was brought to life when flying winger Andros Townsend sent a rasping left foot drive just wide of the City post after just three minutes.

City boss Hughton was so concerned by his team’s errant defending that he was off the bench within minutes of the kick-off. The remainder of the half would justify his worries as his team were taking a pounding in north London.

Central to Spurs’ superiority was new boy – aren’t they all - Christian Eriksen whose jinking run caused panic in the City penalty area. His effort was saved by City ‘keeper John Ruddy, who also kept out Roberto Soldado’s follow-up back heel.

Soldado was unfortunate again moment later, this time his effort on goal was blocked by City captain, and former Spurs man, Sebastien Bassong in the 23rd minute. But the first home goal was not too long in coming.

Sigurdsson was the scorer on 27 minutes after Soldado had
chested the ball down to the influential Eriksen who neatly fed the goalscorer.

City’s only chance of the half came when after a fine run and cross by Nathan Redmond, Ricky Wolfswinkel fired wide ten minutes before the break. He should have done better.

Norwich's poor first half was a surprise. The visitors come into this match knowing that they had a great track record at White Hart Lane in recent times. Norwich were undefeated in all three matches they played against Tottenham last season.

The second half replicated the first. Lots of home pressure, City unable to cope and Sigurdsson getting on the scoresheet. His double was complete four minutes after the restart to effectively put the match to bed.

While Sigurdsson grabbed the goals, Eriksen and full-back Danny Rose also gave notable displays for Villas-Boas’ rampant side. If Rose continues his good form he could get a call up for England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers next month.

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