Tottenham Hotspurs’ Korean midfielder Son Heung – min scored a first half double as the London side dispatched hosts Middlesbrough 2 – 1 in a Saturday 24 September league match which Kenyan international Victor Wanyama once again featured for the entire 90 minutes.
The match was all one way from the initial stages with on form Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Cristian Eriksen trying an early shot that bounced off the legs of Argentinian Christian Stuani before new signing Moussa Sissoko flashed a shot over the bar all on the third minute.
Middlesbrough’s Alvaro Negredo misdirected a header moments later when well placed on the fifth minute and with that going a good chance for the hosts to take an early lead in the match.
They came to be punished just two minutes later as Son Heung – min played a one two with Vincent Janssen before beating Calum Chambers on his debut and firing low past Victor Valdes.
Spurs did not relent despite getting the opener and Dele Alli, who recently signed a new deal at the club, stung the palms of the former Barcelona keeper with a shot from 25 yards.
Son was on a run and should have completed an early brace after another good darting run that was only stopped by Ben Gibson.
There was no denying the tricky Korean on the 23rd minute however; he picked himself out of a difficult position near the byline and got to the edge of the box before curling a shot into the far corner of Valdes’ post to make it two goals.
Spurs went close on the 36th minute with Sissoko this time hammering a low shot after some good work from Eriksen and Son. Dele Alli then had another miss from very close when it seemed easier to score; he actually scooped the ball from eight yards out after being picked out by Eriksen and that came to be the final act of the first half.
The second half was a bit more relaxed for Spurs and for that they paid a price with Kyle Walker getting booked for a needless handball on the 62nd minute.
Three minutes later, Spurs with the foot off the pedal gave away a free kick that was floated in by the long serving Stewart Downing and was met by Ben Gibson who headed downwards past the reach of Hugo Lloris to cut the deficit.
The hosts could however not add to the goal to be able to pick something from the game as Spur registered yet another win on the road.