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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City: Final score 2-0, instant reaction

Well, that was satisfying. Tottenham Hotspur comfortably defeated Norwich with two goals from open play.

Jamie McDonald

Tottenham Hotspur have recovered from their loss at Arsenal just fine, and they've scored their first goals of the season from open play in the process. With Christian Eriksen in the starting XI and Gylfi Sigurdsson shifted out to the wing, Spurs looked excellent and comfortably defeated Norwich City, 2-0.

There were a few early giveaways and holes in the middle as Spurs found their footing, but the home side settled in and started to control the match around 10 minutes in. They almost took the lead in the 11th minute when Eriksen forced a save from John Ruddy after beating two men, which was followed up by Soldado hitting the post with an audacious backheel attempt.

Spurs took the lead in the 27th minute after a great spell of dominance. Soldado set it up by chesting a ball down to Eriksen, who slotted a pass down the left side of the box for Sigurdsson, who made the perfect run and finished off the move to put Tottenham on top.

Sigurdsson completed a brace just a few minutes into the second half at the end of a similarly gorgeous move. Eriksen was a major part of it again, finding Paulinho with a pass down the right flank. The Brazilian hit a square ball with pace that eluded everyone on its way to the back post, where Sigurdsson tapped in to double his team's lead.

The rest of the game featured very little action in Spurs' defensive third, but very few clear opportunities for Tottenham either. Sigurdsson had another shot saved and Andros Townsend had some nice moments, but the game mostly consisted of Spurs not wanting to make a mistake and holding onto the ball. Erik Lamela, Lewis Holtby and Sandro all received late cameo appearances as Tottenham held onto their clean sheet.


- I was so happy to see Siggy score twice. He's struggled early in the season and I hope that's a massive confidence boost for him.

- Christian Eriksen makes such a massive difference in our team. We really seem built to play around a No. 10 and didn't know what to do when we didn't have one. The transformation in the team with him in it was massive, and I think we'll see similar results when Lewis Holtby starts.

- This was a less than spectacular performance by Andros Townsend, compared to his earlier outings. Don't be stunned to see him lose his place to Erik Lamela for next week's Premier League game.

- Danny Rose seems to get a little bit better with each game.

- The pivot of Dembele and Paulinho was mostly solid and helped us dominate possession, but their deficiencies were also obvious at times. Norwich had a few dangerous counters right through the center of the pitch, even if they didn't get much of the ball otherwise or make anything of those chances. If we're going to play them together, one of them needs to stay home a bit more than they did in this game.

- Still loling at that sequence at the end with Michael Dawson and Hugo Lloris derping.