Son Heung-min snatches late victory for Tottenham to deflate Luton

Son Heung-min snatches late victory for Tottenham to deflate Luton

If Tottenham find yourself qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League then they’ll in all probability look again on this nerve-shredding comeback victory as an important second of their marketing campaign.

Having recovered from the shock of conceding to Tahith Chong’s good end within the third minute due to an personal objective from Issa Kaboré initially of the second half, it appeared inevitable that Ange Postecoglou’s aspect would go on to assert all three factors and stay scorching on the heels of rivals Aston Villa. However regardless of Spurs throwing every thing at Luton, together with a late goalmouth scramble through which Alfie Doughty cleared the ball off the road by a matter of millimetres late on, Rob Edwards’s aspect seemed like that they had earned an important level till Son Heung-min struck 4 minutes from time to interrupt Luton hearts.

It meant the South Korean has now moved forward of Tottenham legend Cliff Jones into fifth place within the membership’s all-time goalscoring record and, having surrendered so meekly to Fulham earlier than the worldwide break, the house supporters and Postecoglou may breathe a sigh of reduction.

“We made the sport very troublesome for ourselves after conceding a disappointing objective,” stated the Tottenham supervisor. “There’s numerous nervousness across the place as a result of each match means a lot at this stage of the season however I assumed the lads dealt with it very well.”

For Luton, the late defeat was a bitter tablet to swallow as they dropped again into the underside three as soon as once more after Nottingham Forest’s draw in opposition to Crystal Palace.

“I really feel sick proper now,” stated Edwards, whose aspect face one other journey to north London in opposition to Arsenal on Wednesday night time. “Tottenham are an important group however to lose so late from our attacking set-piece is troublesome to take. However to be aggressive with the quantity of gamers we now have lacking is a superb credit score to our gamers.”

Edwards revealed that his aspect’s harm woes had been so dangerous this week that their coach Kev Foley managed to tweak his hamstring whereas making up the numbers in coaching. So it was a patched up Luton aspect that took to the sector for his or her first league encounter at Tottenham since Gary Lineker scored twice in a 4-1 victory on the outdated White Hart Lane in November 1992.

Not that it appeared to faze them. A fast break within the third minute that started when Andros Townsend robbed Son of possession and sped downfield ended with Chong discovering the again of the web by way of Guglielmo Vicario’s far submit after being picked out fantastically by Ross Barkley’s intelligent sq. cross throughout the realm. “Convention champions, you’ll by no means sing that,” sang the away supporters in delight.

Issa Kaboré’s personal objective handed Spurs a route again into the match. {Photograph}: Alex Pantling/Getty Pictures

Tottenham loved 74% of possession within the first half however squandered quite a lot of alternatives to attract degree. Dejan Kulusevski’s good lengthy ball performed in Timo Werner, just for the German – most popular to Brennan Johnson in Tottenham’s solitary change from the Fulham defeat – to overlook the goal with the objective gaping. Solely Luton will know the way they survived the following assault, with Son’s shot coming again off each posts earlier than Werner and Pape Sarr noticed their goalbound efforts blocked by Kaboré after which Teden Mengi.

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Postecoglou’s palms remained rooted in his pockets when Werner gave away possession to stall a promising assault, whereas Edwards was a whirl of arms on the touchline as he cajoled his group into place. Watched on by David Pleat, the previous supervisor whose title is synonymous with each these golf equipment, it gave the impression to be working as Luton in impact shut down the sport. Postecoglou headed down the tunnel to a small variety of boos from the house followers.

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It was maybe stunning to see Kulusevski moderately than the ineffective Werner changed by Johnson on the break, whereas Luton have been pressured right into a defensive change as Daiki Hashioka got here on for the injured Reece Burke. The previous Forest winger Johnson had an instantaneous affect when a one-two with Pedro Porro allowed him to whip in a harmful cross that was was his personal web by Kaboré, underneath shut consideration from Werner.

Someway Luton have been hanging on after one other last-ditch clearance from the excellent Kaboré. Porro fired over from shut vary earlier than Son by some means did not convert from two yards out due to a mix of Thomas Kaminski and a determined last-ditch clearance from Doughty. Nevertheless it was Son who had the ultimate say when he fired house after being arrange by Johnson and allowed Postecoglou to lastly have fun.

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