Soccer-Son shines as Tottenham finish streak with win over Villa

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LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Harry Kane’s Premier League aim drought continued however a virtuoso show by his strike associate Son Heung-min ensured Tottenham Hotspur’s shedding streak ended with a 2-1 residence victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.

South Korean Son didn’t add to his three league objectives this season however produced a tireless show and his two assists ensured Tottenham will head into the worldwide break with their tails up after a sticky patch.

His intelligent move arrange Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for Tottenham’s opener within the twenty seventh minute and shortly after Villa had drawn stage he once more left a Villa defending trailing in his wake to ship a cross that Matt Targett become his personal internet.

Ollie Watkins celebrated his recall to the England squad with Villa’s leveller — his first league aim of the marketing campaign.

Tottenham are nonetheless clearly a piece in progress below Nuno Espirito Santo, however the efficiency was an enormous enchancment on final weekend’s 3-1 defeat at native rivals Arsenal — a 3rd successive loss during which they conceded three objectives.

Victory lifted Tottenham into eighth spot with 12 factors whereas Villa, whose three-match unbeaten league run ended, slipped to tenth with 10 factors.

“We needed a win but a well-deserved win. We did a good match against tough opponents. Important for us, the boys and the fans. We reacted well after conceding and positive in a lot of ways,” Espirito Santo mentioned.

“Many times we conceded and go flat but this time the team did well. We missed chances to kill the game.”

There was a nervousness about Tottenham within the opening exchanges however Villa weren’t capable of take benefit and the hosts grew in confidence.

Kane was near a spectacular opening aim with a quickly-taken free kick from the midway line which had Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez back-pedalling to maintain out.

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Son additionally fired over earlier than he mixed with Hojberg down the fitting and slid a move throughout for the Dane to put a side-foot shot into the underside nook.

Villa started the second half effectively and Targett had a goalbound effort blocked by Cristian Romero, who impressed after being chosen forward of Davinson Sanchez.

Son volleyed over from a cross by Emerson Royal and out-muscled Ezri Konsa down the left however had his effort from a slim angle blocked by Martinez.

Villa left again Targett was within the thick of the motion and it was his low cross that allowed Watkins to nip in entrance of Eric Dier to attain within the 67th minute.

All eyes had been on how a fragile Tottenham would react however because of Son they did so in type.

Played in down the left by Sergio Reguilon he left Kortney Hause trailing earlier than threading a low cross to Moura and Targett’s determined intervention despatched the ball into the web.

Kane, who scored a hat-trick in opposition to NS Mura within the Europa Conference League in midweek, had possibilities to kill the sport off however was unusually hesitant and the England striker’s six-game streak with out a Premier League aim is his worst run for the reason that 2015-16 marketing campaign.

“I didn’t think there was an awful lot in the match,” Villa boss Dean Smith mentioned. “They had the outstanding player on the pitch in Son Heung-min, he set up the winner and caused us problems all game.”

(This story fixes spelling of Hojbjerg in third para)

Reporting by Martyn Herman, enhancing by Ed Osmond

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 3, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur's Lucas Moura scores their second goal REUTERS/David Klein

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 3, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in action with Aston Villa's Matt Targett REUTERS/David Klein

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 3, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs