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Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City Live Commentary, 05/12/2021

FT
3 - 0
TOT
NOR
Lucas Moura (10)
D. Sánchez (67)
Son Heung-Min (77)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Spurs now turn their attentions back to the Europa Conference League and a big final group game against Rennes midweek. If they can keep this winning run going, they can have plenty of confidence come the second half of the season. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Spurs rise to fifth in the Premier League table, just two points behind West Ham United with a game in hand. They're continuing to improve under Conte and could raise their game further over the festive period. Norwich stay bottom as their unbeaten run comes to an end. 
Tottenham celebrate the end of an easy outing which saw them swat aside an ineffectual Norwich. Conte's men looked impenetrable all game, not that their visitors made them work too hard. Goals from Lucas, Sanchez and Son secured the victory.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: TOTTENHAM 3-0 NORWICH CITY
90' + 4' Norwich put together one last half-baked assault on Spurs' box as Williams swings a cross in. Spurs win the header and the match as the final whistle blows!
90' + 3' Pukki leaves Doherty in the dust but can't get past the covering Sanchez. The Finn has yet again been Norwich's only real goal threat.
90' + 2' Norwich head Son's corner out to Doherty on the edge of the box. The Irishman controls the ball and sends a powerful shot well over the crossbar.
90' Sargent switches off as he awaits a pass inside and Skipp nips in to send Spurs upfield. Williams slides in to block Bergwijn's cross and give Spurs yet another corner. There'll be four more minutes here.
89' Spurs clear Norwich's corner easily after some headers back and forth in their own box. Davies heads Aarons' tame follow-up cross away. The Welshman has been great.
87' Norwich are trying their hardest to give Lloris at least something to do but it doesn't feel forthcoming. Davies hands the visitors a corner.
85' Sargent waits in the middle as Pukki manages to sneak a cross to him from the byline. The American miskicks the ball against his own standing foot and Spurs survive. Oh dear.
83' Despite the various changes Smith has made to his side, it feels like Norwich are no closer to finding an consolation goal. They've been pretty much toothless going forward.
J. Sørensen
B. Gilmour
Norwich City
81' Gilmour gets the last 10 minutes off. Norwich's Danish defensive midfielder Sorensen comes on.
81' Gilmour sends another ambitious effort from distance wide of the goal. It looks like that'll be the Norwich midfielder's last contribution to the match.
S. Bergwijn
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
80' Tottenham make a substitution. Lucas, who opened the scoring, goes off. Bergwijn takes his place on the right wing.
79' Davies sells Lloris slightly short with a pass back. Lloris punts out for a throw-in just as Pukki gets ideas about latching onto it.
B. Davies
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
77' Davies has quietly gone about his work for Spurs very well here. He's limited Norwich's attacking opportunities and has contributed to what will now surely be three points for the hosts.
Son Heung-Min
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
77' GOAL! TOTTENHAM 3-0 NORWICH CITY! This has become a routine win for Spurs. Davies salvages Doherty's cutback from the right and plays a one-two with Kane to approach the box. The Welshman lays off to Son who takes a touch and slots the ball calmly into the bottom left corner.
75' Gilmour has the chance to shoot just outside Spurs' penalty area and fires high and wide. The Chelsea loanee hasn't lived up to his reputation here, especially given how easily Lucas beat him for Spurs' first goal.
74' Doherty almost bursts into the box from the right but has the ball taken away from him at the last moment. Kane darts across the face of the box and sends a curler into Krul's arms.
K. Dowell
P. Lees Melou
Norwich City
72' Here's that latest Norwich change. Dowell replaces the quiet Lees-Melou.
72' Krul hurriedly clears under pressure to hand Spurs a throw-in. Norwich are about to make another substitution.
70' Hojbjerg forces Krul into making a routine save as he wins a header and shoots from the right of the box.
J. Sargent
A. Idah
Norwich City
69' Norwich decide to make their first change of the game. Sargent takes Idah's place up front.
68' It's hard to see Norwich mounting a comeback now. For all the possession they've had, their only shot on target in this match remains Pukki's chance right at the start of the game. Spurs have successfully snuffed almost all of their attacks out.
D. Sánchez
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
67' GOAL! TOTTENHAM 2-0 NORWICH CITY! Spurs have the second goal they need to probably wrap this game up. Their corner deflects off Gibson and lands kindly to Sanchez inside the six-yard box. The Colombian emphatically smashes it high into the net.
65' Norwich win the first header from this latest Spurs corner. The visitors can't escape their own half though and Kane goes for the bottom right corner from inside the D. Krul dives to his left to push the shot out for another corner.
64' Lucas manages to find Son in the box. The South Korean doesn't have time to shoot though. Aarons slides in to stop Sessegnon from crossing and hands Spurs another corner kick.
63' Norwich are beginning to grow in confidence. McLean wants a corner off Sanchez but the referee gives the decision in Tottenham's favour.
M. Doherty
J. Tanganga
Tottenham Hotspur
62' Tanganga goes off as Norwich are starting to find more joy down his side. Spurs bring Doherty on to replace him.
60' Idah floats the ball towards Aarons on the opposite side of the pitch. The offside flag goes up against the Norwich striker though.
59' Big chance for Norwich! Idah somehow pokes wide as Williams beats Tanganga down the left and finds Pukki who lays off to the Irishman inside the six-yard box! That could easily have been 1-1 had Idah's touch not let him down.
58' Norwich are still having trouble in progressing past the halfway line. Spurs' front three are staying central and cutting off their passing options.
56' Gibson wisely prods Sessegnon's cross behind for a corner as Kane lurks behind him. Son's ball in is headed out as far as Hojbjerg. The Dane can't keep his effort down.
55' Idah darts down the left-hand channel. Pukki is waiting in the centre for a cross but Sanchez does well to block and turn the attack into a goal-kick.
54' Kane's not been at his best yet. The Spurs striker trips Hanley as the pair wrestle for the ball near the byline, giving away a foul.
52' Williams' ongoing tussle with Tanganga is an entertaining one. This time the Norwich man succeeds in earning his team a corner. Hanley loops a header onto the roof of the net from the far post.
51' Omobamidele looks for Idah with an over-the-top ball. Lloris anticipates the move and gets there before the Irishman does.
49' Williams can't get past Tanganga and crashes into the Spurs defender. Norwich get the free-kick.
48' Pukki loses out up the pitch and Spurs come roaring forward. Kane gives away a free-kick, tugging Hanley as he tries to reach Lucas' throughball.
47' Aarons is disappointed to have given Spurs a corner under pressure from Sessegnon. The corner comes in and Kane nods harmlessly wide of the right-hand post.
46' Spurs get the second half going. Neither side has seen fit to make changes at half-time.
Spurs had just 39 per cent possession in the first half, but they thoroughly deserve their lead. Letting Norwich pass themselves to death is clearly part of their game plan. Norwich need to switch things up and move the ball more quickly in the second half to avoid a slow suffocation.
Spurs have the half-time advantage through Lucas' fine strike from outside the box. Conte has got them looking solid in defence and sprightly on the counter-attack. They've let Norwich have plenty of the ball but the Canaries have been too ponderous to cause the hosts many problems.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 1-0 NORWICH CITY
45' + 2' Aarons teases Sessegnon before passing back to a teammate. Norwich keep things moving. Pukki lays off for Lees-Melou but Sessegnon intercepts the Frenchman's pass. That's all for now.
45' There'll be three minutes added onto the end of this first half. Williams skies Lees-Melou's cutback from the right.
44' Skipp excellently salvages a loose Lloris punt clear and hooks it away from danger. How Norwich must wish they'd been able to get him on loan again this season.
43' Son pokes a first-time volley against a Norwich defender in the box to earn Spurs a corner. It's taken short and Krul punches away the eventual delivery.
42' Norwich will want to test Lloris a bit more before half-time. McLean's cross from the left comes too close to the keeper for his liking and the Frenchman tips it aside.
40' Spurs win possession and break quickly! Lucas frees Kane down the right. The England captain spots Krul off his line and tries to dink the ball over the Dutchman from outside the box. His effort is just a touch too high and wide.
39' Gilmour sends the free-kick into the box. McLean centres it for Omobamidele whose snap shot is blocked.
38' Lucas catches Gilmour's foot just as the Scot passes the ball on. Gilmour will now take Norwich's free-kick from near the centre circle.
36' Idah almost takes down a ball over the top in Spurs' box. Lloris is off his line quick to sweep up though. Sessegon beats Aarons down the left and Williams is in the right place to reach the cutback before Lucas does.
35' Son floats the free-kick towards the far post. Krul misses his catch and the ball lands to Davies who can't put it into the net! Norwich are living dangerously.
B. Gilmour
Yellow Card
Norwich City
34' Gilmour is shown the yellow card for his tactical foul on Lucas.
33' This is a decent spell for Norwich. They haven't really troubled Spurs yet though, barring Pukki's early chance. The visitors' latest attack breaks down and Gilmour charges into Pukki to stop Spurs' charge forward.
32' The corner comes out to Lees-Melou who smashes the ball against Skipp. It deflects out for another Norwich corner which Lucas hooks out of play.
31' Dier beats Idah to a header and hands Norwich a throw-in. The Canaries circulate the ball for a while and Aarons beats Sessegnon to win a corner.
29' Spurs are menacing on the counter. Son rolls a low cross into the feet of Kane who shoots first time. The shot bounces wide of the left-hand post.
27' Spurs enjoy a spell of possession. Kane plays a one-two with Son and barges into Gilmour, sending them both toppling to the turf. The England captain is irritated to see the referee hand Norwich a free-kick.
25' Williams' poor touch hands Spurs a throw-in down their right. Kane spots Sessegon's run down the left and frees him. Aarons does too, though, and nips in to win the ball before the substitute can cause more trouble.
24' Spurs are doing a fine job of pressing high up the pitch and preventing Norwich from getting much further forward than the halfway line. The Canaries are going nowhere fast.
R. Sessegnon
Reguilón
Tottenham Hotspur
22' Reguilon walks off the pitch unaided. His substitution looks precautionary. Sessegnon replaces him at left wing-back for Spurs.
22' Reguilon looks to have suffered an unfortunate injury. Sessegnon is being prepared to come on.
21' Spurs intercept Norwich's aimless passing in their own defensive third. Lucas crashes an opportunistic shot against a defender and Skipp slashes well wide from distance.
20' Norwich have had 64 per cent possession so far. The visitors haven't been able to achieve much with it though.
19' Norwich still have the ball and try to attack again. Williams pops a pass down the line for Idah. Dier shepherds the ball well from the Irishman and earns Spurs a goal-kick.
18' Idah receives Aarons' pass with his back to goal and keeps Norwich moving. Spurs head Williams' high cross from the left away.
Reguilón
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
16' Reguilon steams into the back of Aarons near the touchline. The Spaniard is shown a yellow card.
16' Williams' pass inside goes astray and is intercepted by Sanchez. Lucas is unable to capitalise on the Colombian's throughball though.
T. Pukki
Yellow Card
Norwich City
14' Pukki's shown a yellow card for bringing Kane down. It looked accidental but it was a clumsy challenge by the Norwich talisman.
14' Idah looks to free Gilmour on the overlap. Spurs eventually manage to clear and try to counter. Pukki slips while chasing after Kane and accidentally trips the Spurs striker near the centre circle.
12' Son has been involved in more Premier League goals at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium than any other player. That's the South Korean's 35th goal involvement here. He's really taken to Spurs' new home.
Son Heung-Min
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
10' Son was on Lucas' wavelength there, and it's just as well. It's a fantastic goal for Spurs who have started brightly.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
10' GOAL! TOTTENHAM 1-0 NORWICH CITY! What a goal by Lucas! The Brazilian skips over Gilmour's challenge and plays a quick one-two with Son before lashing into the top left corner from outside the box. Norwich's defenders couldn't get near him.
9' Spurs are starting to get a feel for the ball. Norwich's task here will largely be to resist the hosts while attacking when they can.
7' The crowd applaud in the sixth minute for little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, whose life was cruelly cut short at the age of just six. Tanganga takes Williams on down the right for Spurs, but the Manchester United loanee wins the tussle.
5' The game hasn't quite settled yet. Skipp, who impressed on loan at Norwich last season, darts through midfield and puts Krul to work with a tame drive from range.
3' Norwich create an early chance to open the scoring! Pukki latches onto Idah's cross from the right and fires low straight at Lloris from the centre of the box. The Spurs goalkeeper makes a smart save to deny the Finn.
1' The players take the knee and Norwich get this game underway!
The two teams are out on the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs are wearing their usual white shirts and navy blue shorts. Norwich are sporting their fluorescent coral third kit.
Tottenham have won their last three home league games against Norwich, more than they had in their first six against them in the competition. However, two of Norwich's three Premier League victories over Spurs have come away from home. Which side will continue their recent improvement?
Tottenham are largely unchanged from their 2-0 win over Brentford here three days ago. Tanganga replaces Emerson Royal at right wing-back. There are three changes to Norwich from their 1-1 draw away to Newcastle United. Omobamidele slots into a back three. Lees-Melou and Idah also come in having impressed midweek.
SUBS: Jacob Lungi Sorensen, Lukas Rupp, Todd Cantwell, Kieran Dowell, Ozan Kabak, Christos Tzolis, Joshua Sargent, Angus Gunn, Dimitrios Giannoulis.
NORWICH CITY (3-5-2): Tim Krul; Andrew Omobamidele, Grant Hanley (c), Ben Gibson; Max Aarons, Pierre Lees-Melou, Billy Gilmour, Kenny McLean, Brandon Williams; Adam Idah, Teemu Pukki.
SUBS: Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Dane Scarlett, Pierluigi Gollini, Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn, Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty, Ryan Sessegnon.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris (c); Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
Norwich arrive at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a new fighting spirit under Dean Smith, having picked up eight points from their last four Premier League games. The Canaries last went five games unbeaten in the Premier League in 2012-13 when they finished 11th. How they'd love to end up in a similar position this season.
Tottenham welcome Norwich to London for Antonio Conte's first meeting with Norwich in the Premier League. Spurs have won both of their first two Premier League home games under the Italian, which bodes well for their hopes of barging back into the top four discussion.
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