Tottenham Hotspur were full value for the three points as they dominated throughout Saturday's 1-0 victory over struggling Middlesbrough, courtesy of Harry Kane's second half penalty.
- Tottenham Hotspur 1 Middlesbrough 0
- Son gives Boro's defence numerous problems
- Alderweireld hits the post
- Kane strikes home a second half penalty
- Negredo volleys an effort wide
Spurs were simply a class above Middlesbrough and had a number of opportunities to score in the first half with Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane guilty of missing good chances. However, the pressure paid off when Kane struck home a 58th minute penalty after Son was brought down in the box.
Christian Eriksen was denied by Victor Valdes before Dele Alli put the rebound just inches wide in the second half. Boro offered virtually nothing in attack and the game ended in a well deserved 1-0 win to Spurs.
Tottenham dominated possession in the first half and were completely in control as Middlesbrough sat back and defended in numbers. In the fifth minute, Son Heung-min was put clear by Dele Alli and he forced a diving save to his left from Victor Valdes.
Moments later Alli was cleverly played in by Christian Eriksen and he hit the side-netting from a tight angle. The pressure on Boro's goal was relentless and in the 25th minute Toby Alderweireld's glanced header hit the outside of the post.
The best chance of the half was missed by Harry Kane when the excellent Son crossed in the 35th minute, but the striker conspired to head over from 10 yards when he should have scored.
After the break, Spurs finally made the breakthrough when Son was brought down in the box by Bernardo Espinosa, and Kane stepped up to convert the penalty in the 58th minute.
One minute later Valdes kept the away team in the game when he saved Eriksen's stinging effort from the edge of the area after more good work by Son. Alli then put the rebound just inches wide of the post as Aitor Karanka's men began to wilt under the onslaught.
Son was having an outstanding game and he again showed skill to create a shooting chance but his effort hit the side-netting in the 67th minute.
The pace of the action slowed in the final few minutes although Boro did try and push forward more without creating any real openings. The Lilywhites looked like they could score every time they attacked with Alli getting in Kane's way when the forward was about to turn and strike.
Alvaro Negredo did attempt a spectacular overhead kick in the 85th minute from Fabio's cross, however his attempt went wide with Hugo Lloris seemingly having it covered.
Marten de Roon had the away team's best chance in injury time after Negredo played him in but he volleyed wide with the goal at his mercy.
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