Spurs climb to fifth by beating Norwich

by 24britishtvDec. 5, 2021, 7 p.m. 20
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Antonio Conte said Tottenham faced a season of "hard work" despite moving to within two points of a Champions League spot with a third successive Premier League win.

Tottenham boss Conte, however, is not getting carried away after taking 10 points from his first four league games in charge.

"We have to build a solid base and a good foundation if we want to try to be competitive in the future and fight for something important," said the Italian.

"I know for Tottenham, it will be a season of work. Hard work."

Brazil forward Moura opened the scoring by finding the top corner from 25 yards following a move in which he beat two Norwich players and played a one-two with Son Heung-min.

Norwich should already have been ahead but Teemu Pukki fired straight at Hugo Lloris before Moura scored his first Premier League goal since February.

Davinson Sanchez doubled the lead, the Colombian defender lashing home as Norwich failed to deal with a corner before Son made it 3-0 with a neat finish.

At 1-0, Harry Kane missed a chance to score his first top-flight goal under Conte when he spotted Tim Krul off his line, but the England captain's lob over the keeper fell wide of the target.

The Canaries are three points from safety after their first defeat under Dean Smith.

They missed a golden chance to equalise when 20-year-old Republic of Ireland forward Adam Idah fired wide from close range before Sanchez had made it 2-0.
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Tottenham were drifting in eighth spot in the table when they sacked Nuno Espirito Santo last month, but are now two points off a Champions League spot with a game in hand after leapfrogging north London rivals Arsenal.

Yet they are far from the dominant force Conte wants them to be, and remain a work in progress.

Spurs were fortunate not to concede, particularly when the defence opened up to allow Idah a chance he failed to take.

It proved a key moment as Spurs struck twice in the space of 10 minutes to take the game away from the Canaries.

While Conte knows there is plenty of hard work ahead, at least Spurs are building momentum and getting into the habit of winning matches.

While Kane's lack of goals remain a talking point, Son is flourishing under Conte after finishing the game with a goal and an assist, while Conte is looking for Moura to add to his first Premier League goal since 28 February.

"I think he scored an amazing goal but he has the quality to score more goals - and he has to score more goals in the rest of the season," added Conte.

This was Norwich boss Smith's second defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season after overseeing Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at the venue before being sacked last month.

Smith will be encouraged by the number of opportunities his side created but will also wonder how his side did not score as Pukki, Idah and substitute Josh Sargent wasted good chances.

Having dropped to the bottom without playing on Saturday after Newcastle's win over Burnley, the Canaries now have back-to-back home games.

Smith will spend the week with his players on the training pitch working on their finishing and defending before Manchester United's visit next Saturday.

"The performance is a step in the right direction, the result aside," said the Norwich boss. "We have to learn how to defend better, especially from set-pieces."
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