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September 14, 2013 3:00 PM BST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 35952‎
 
Top of the Match
Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen
Tottenham
Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen
Tottenham
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Steven Whittaker
Steven Whittaker
Norwich City
Steven Whittaker
Steven Whittaker
Norwich City

Tottenham 2-0 Norwich City: Sigurdsson double seals victory for Spurs

The hosts bounced back following their derby defeat to Arsenal with two goals from the Iceland international, while Christian Eriksen impressed on his debut for the hosts

By Calum Leahy

 Gylfi Sigurosson; Kyle Walker
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Tottenham recovered from their north London derby defeat to Arsenal as two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson helped secure a 2-0 win over Norwich City.

The Iceland international gave Spurs a first-half lead as he capitalised on a wonderful through pass from debutant Christian Eriksen before Paulinho crossed for the 24-year-old to add his second after 49 minutes.

Norwich were without Ryan Bennett (knee) and long-term absentee Elliot Bennett, but close-season signing Gary Hooper, still awaiting his debut due to a shin injury, made the bench.
 
Andre Villas-Boas, meanwhile, handed a debut to Eriksen and named club-record signing Erik Lamela among his substitutes. Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue and Aaron Lennon all missed out through injury.

VIEW FROM WHITE HART LANE
By Greg Stobart

A comfortable afternoon in the end for Tottenham as they beat Norwich 2-0 thanks to two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson, both to finish very well worked team moves. The scoreline could have been greater for the hosts as they dominated from the first minute against the toothless visitors. The real plus point of the game for the Spurs manager will be the performance of Christian Eriksen on his debut. The Dane was superb as he linked his side’s midfield and attack with real creativity and some touches of class.
Tottenham flew out of the blocks, creating two chances within the first four minutes and setting the tone for a dominant first-half display.

The hosts were yet to score from open play this season but first Sigurdsson and then Andros Townsend almost rectified this, both missing the target with shots from just outside the area.

Eriksen then had a good chance, jinking inside from the right and shooting low to draw a good save from Ruddy. Roberto Soldado's audacious back-heel from the rebound was saved by a combination of Bassong and the post.

And ex-Tottenham defender Bassong again came to Norwich's rescue minutes later. Moussa Dembele took out two defenders with a feint and cut-back to Soldado, but the Cameroon international blocked his goal-bound effort.

A Tottenham goal looked inevitable, and so it proved in the 28th minute when Eriksen laid the ball into Sigurdsson's path as he burst into the area and the former Hoffenheim man finished coolly past Ruddy.

Norwich had not been in the game, but they had a half-chance 34 minutes in through Ricky van Wolfswinkel. The Dutchman met Nathan Redmond's left-wing cross but was thwarted by a last-ditch Danny Rose tackle.

Rose was involved at the other end shortly before the interval, but his first-time strike at the back post soared well over.

Tottenham picked up where they left off after half-time and were soon 2-0 up. Paulinho’s low cross from the right evaded Ruddy’s dive, presenting Sigurdsson with an open goal.

The midfielder came close to getting his hat-trick on the hour mark, but Ruddy was equal to his rasping 20-yard drive.

Norwich were buckling under concerted Tottenham pressure and they had Michael Turner to thank for not conceding a third, as he made a fantastic intervention to deflect Townsend’s right-wing cross over the bar, with Soldado lurking behind him.

Chris Hughton’s side finally had a chance of their own on 68 minutes, the ball breaking to Van Wolfswinkel in the area, but Rose foiled the former Sporting Lisbon striker with a good block.

Eriksen made way for Lewis Holtby in the 71st minute, bringing a standing ovation from the White Hart Lane crowd in appreciation of an impressive debut from the ex-Ajax playmaker.

There was controversy late on as Hugo Lloris left his area to make a punched clearance. The Norwich fans called for a red card but referee Lee Mason was lenient, only showing a yellow to the France international.


Tottenham

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
85′
2.50
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
2.50
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
3.00
5
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
2.50
20
Michael Dawson
Defender
2.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
49′
3.00
17
Andros Townsend
Midfielder
2.50
19
Mousa Dembélé
Midfielder
83′
2.50
22
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Midfielder
28′ 49′ 79′
3.50
23
Christian Eriksen
Midfielder
28′ 71′
4.00
9
3.00

Norwich City

2.50
1
John Ruddy
Goalkeeper
1.50
3
3.50
5
S. Bassong
Defender
2.00
6
2.00
18
1.50
4
2.00
7
2.50
10
Leroy Fer
Midfielder
2.50
22
Nathan Redmond
Midfielder
74′
2.00
16

Substitutes

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
16
 - 
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
71′
2.50
30
Sandro
Midfielder
79′
 - 
18
 - 
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
83′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Mark Bunn
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
23
2.50
8
Jonny Howson
Midfielder
64′
2.50
12
 - 
27
 - 
11

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Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2