Spurs finally find a way to win at Wembley
Second-half strike from Christian Eriksen seals three points against stubborn Bournemouth side
14 October, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
SPURS 1 (Eriksen 47)
SPURS won their first three league points this season at their temporary Wembley home through a hard fought but ultimately one-sided 1-0 victory this afternoon.
A neat second-half strike by Christian Eriksen was enough to seal the win, and cement Mauricio Pochettino’s side in third place.
Speaking after the match, Pochettino said: “It was an important win and an important three points. The first half was difficult. We could not find the space as they sat very deep.
“The second half we changed it a little bit, we started to move the ball quicker. The performance in the second half was enough to win – we had that little edge.”
He added that the result would act as a springboard to turn the national stadium into a fortress – as White Hart Lane was last year.
He said: “It is important to feel Wembley is our home. It can be difficult to adapt – we had that three years ago at White Hart Lane, but we then adapted and felt invincible. Give us time here and we will perform.”
As Pochettino pointed out, despite Spurs dominating possession, Bournemouth were difficult to break down – and Spurs found themselves having to survive a couple of first-half scares. Hugo Lloris kept things even on 20 minutes when he pulled off a superb reflex block low to his left after a Bournemouth cross had struck Eric Dier and was heading goalwards.
But despite the lion’s share of the ball, Spurs had to wait until the 33rd minute to register a genuine shot on target. Harry Kane broke the massed ranks of black and red as he latched on to a pass from Eriksen but he couldn’t get a shot off cleanly to finish. Toby Alderweireld also went close with a powerful header that flew narrowly over.
Spurs took the lead just 40 seconds into the second half. Heung-Min Son went down the right, found Eriksen inside and the Dane bundled through a challenge to find the ball dropping nicely on to his left. He slotted home neatly from just inside the Bournemouth area.
It settled the home side but, despite creating a handful of decent chances, they could not get a cushion of a second.
It was to make no difference – Spurs have finally won three Premier League points at Wembley.
SPURS: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son (Sissoko, 74), Kane (Llorente 84), Dier, Winks, Alli (Nkoudou 90), Eriksen.
Subs not used: Vorm, Foyth, Aurier, Walker-Peters.
BOURNEMOUTH: Begovic, Francis, Cook, Gosling, Ake, Surman, Daniels, Smith (Defoe 74), Cook (Mousset 82), King, Stanislas (Ibe 74).
Subs not used: Boruc, Pugh, Arter, Afobe,