Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Having feared where the goals were coming from, two duly arrived, didn’t they my Son? On me head Son, was the other one I thought of. The headlines aren’t important, the result is. 2 – 1, second in the table, Manchester City to visit next weekend. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
Barely had we reached the halfway mark of the first forty-five minutes and the game was all but over. Two goals in sixteen minutes and Spurs were in an unassailable lead – as it turned out.
We adapted our style to Harry Kane’s absence and came out of the blocks quickly. Opening the scoring early in the game settled any nerves the players had and doubling that lead just past the halfway mark in the game underlined the good that Son’s first goal did.
Two good finishes as well. The first from ten yards, the second curled in from the edge of the area. Both were the sort of finish a player brimming with confidence produces. Playing further forward, Son ensured that any shock from Kane’s injury was mitigated. And how.
It brings into question even thinking of selling the Korean in the summer. It’s easy to be wise after the event but with this kind of performance, why was it an option that the club seriously considered. Thankfully, reflecting on their choice meant that the decision was reversed. Of the options are the club, he looks the brightest so far.
And it makes you wonder how he and Kane might play together more productively in the future? Son works hard but we expected more goals from him. With those finishes, the expectations climbed higher. A more effective working partnership may also ease the pressure on Kane himself. He’s been looking like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders since the summer; gradually improving as the games pass but perhaps this rest will do him good.
It’s done us good as well. Getting off to a winning start which, if we can follow it with a result in Moscow, we’re set fair for Manchester City next weekend.