Tottenham ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, with Son Heung-min playing a decisive role in both Spurs goals.
The Spurs had lost their previous three league games by an aggregate score of 9-1 and another defeat would have seen them reach their 17-year low, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men got the job done despite the temporary disappointment of being been blocked by Villa.
Harry Kane was unable to end his drought despite coming close from the halfway line, meaning he lost six league games without a goal for the first time in six years.
But Son prepared Hojbjerg for the first half before delivering the ball which Matt Targett turned into his own net under pressure from Lucas Moura for the winner, with Ollie Watkins equalizing for the visitors.
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After a lively start without threatening Villa’s goal, the Spurs first troubled Emiliano Martinez in the 22nd minute when Kane spotted him off his line from about 50 yards, the goalkeeper forced to a desperate save.
Martinez was helpless shortly after, though.
Villa wasted possession in midfield and the Spurs broke with Son, who passed from the edge of the area to Hojbjerg, the Dane put his shot in the bottom right corner.
Chances came from both sides early in the second half, but Cristian Romero made an important block to counter Targett and Son flew shortly after a good job from Emerson Royal.
Watkins made the Spurs pay for not making the most of their superiority, the striker who intercepted on a pass from Targett.
But the Spurs got the winner four minutes later, Son deftly beating his man before shooting on goal for Lucas, whose presence forced Targett to put in his own door.
What does it mean? The spurs take the pressure off Nuno
He will soon return to a difficult situation if the Spurs fall into another rut, but for now Nuno can rest assured ahead of the national team break.
Suffering defeat to Villa and many would have expected him not to be in the lead for their next Premier League match, but they showed character to win and arguably demonstrated more offensive purpose than in any other top flight match under Nuno.
They have had the least number of shots in the league (56) before this weekend, but Spurs have made 17 against Villa, the most they have produced in a single match in 2021-22.
Son the inspiration
There were several Spurs players who impressed, with Kane, Lucas and Emerson among them, but Son was the star. Even if he will not receive the assist for Targett’s own goal, it is still fair to say that the South Korean striker has set both goals. He is now 11 in their last 12 home league games and has been instrumental in much of the home side’s best football.
Kane unlucky as the sterile race continues
There have been times this season when Kane didn’t even seem like a threat, which made his scoring problems worse. But it really wasn’t like that here, with four of his six shots hitting the mark. Sure, last season’s Kane would almost certainly have gotten one in this match, but Spurs still won and his overall performance was undoubtedly positive.
Tottenham will go to Newcastle United after the international break, while Villa will host local rivals Wolves.