On Wednesday, Tottenham’s melancholy was lightened by Harry Kane, who scored twice in a stunning 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace to help Nottingham Forest escape the drop.
On Wednesday, Tottenham’s melancholy was lightened by Harry Kane, who scored twice in a stunning 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace, helping Nottingham Forest escape the drop zone. Forest defeated bottom-of-the-table Southampton 1-0, troubled Wolves drew 1-1 at Aston Villa, and struggling West Ham and Leeds drew 2-2 to split the points. After the World Cup, the Premier League resumed, and Antonio Conte’s erratic Tottenham, who finished fourth last season, had only earned one point from two games.
The disgruntled Italian manager, who enjoyed success at Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Juventus, issued a warning this week that he would only stay if he was completely sold on the club’s plan.
Despite a lacklustre first-half effort from his team, Conte eventually received the response he was looking for following Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa.
He told Sky Sports, “The character of this team always appears. “Perhaps only in the most recent game against Aston Villa did we not respond strongly. Otherwise, we play with strong character in every game.
It is quite significant. We received three points. We’re still keeping a careful eye on the good positions. It’s crucial to win when your confidence is low after a loss.
Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, was instrumental in maintaining the score at 0-0 throughout the first half at Selhurst Park as Spurs struggled offensively. However, things changed after the break.
In his 300th Premier League game, England captain Kane scored twice in five minutes to close the gap on Jimmy Greaves’ Spurs record of 266 goals, which he now trails by just two.
Ivan Perisic’s left-wing cross found Harry Kane, who expertly headed past Vicente Guaita at the near post to give Tottenham the lead in the 48th minute.
When the ball dropped to Bryan Gil on the right and he flicked a pass to Kane, the English forward struck a low strike unerringly into the bottom left corner to double Spurs’ advantage.
Midway through the second half, Matt Doherty made it 3-0, and Son Heung-min added one more goal four minutes later to put Spurs at 33 points, two points behind fourth-place Manchester United.
With a crucial 1-0 win over bottom-club Southampton, Nottingham Forest was able to escape the Premier League’s relegation zone.
With his fifth goal of the year, Taiwo Awoniyi gave his club their first away victory in the top division, boosting their chances of surviving.
After only managing six of the previous 33 points, Steve Cooper’s team has now collected 11 of the last 21 available, and they deservedly won a big game on the south coast.
Cooper told the BBC, “It’s better to be out of the bottom three than in it for sure, but it’s one step at a time.” “In addition to challenging myself and the staff, I pushed the players hard to achieve the first away victory. We’re all on the same team.”
“The goal is not just to stay out, but to climb up the table,” he continued. “But that’s easier said than done, and we will do everything we can to get results.”
When West Ham seized a 2-1 lead over Leeds at Elland Road, they were on track to earn their first league victory since October. However, Spain international Rodrigo equalised the score in the 70th minute.
The Premier League team of David Moyes, who had dropped their previous five games, is still in a precarious position, narrowly edging out the bottom three on goal differential.
As a sign of respect for West Ham’s joint-chairman David Gold, who passed away earlier on Wednesday at the age of 86, both teams donned black armbands.
At Villa Park, Daniel Podence gave Wolves the lead, but Danny Ings equalised in the 78th minute to keep Wolves in the relegation zone.
Everton, led by Frank Lampard, fell into the bottom three as a result of Wednesday’s results.
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On Thursday, Manchester City plays Chelsea in an effort to cut the deficit to five points from the lead held by Arsenal.