MATCH REPORT - SLICK SPURS CLOSE ON CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACES WITH NORWICH WIN. Fancy an in-depth read on the game? Here it is!
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Tottenham Hotspur - Norwich City
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FULL TIME - TOTTENHAM 3-0 NORWICH. It wasn't quite as one-sided as the scoreline might suggest but, nonetheless, Spurs are deserved winners. The result sends them fifth in the Premier League, two points off the Champions League spots.
Pukki battles with Sanchez for the ball but the Spurs centre-back manages to get it clear.
FOUR MINUTES OF ADDED TIME. Spurs look likelier to add a fourth than Norwich do to score a consolation.
Bergwijn gets in behind on the right only to be scythed down by Williams. No foul, though.
BAD MISS! Pukki manages to get the ball to Sargent in a dangerous position, but he fluffs his shot and Spurs keep their clean sheet.
Jacob Sorensen makes his first Premier League appearance of the season, replacing Gilmour.
Spurs make their third change of the game, Lucas coming off to a hearty round of applause as Steven Bergwijn takes his place.
GOAL! It's all over. Davies plays a nice one-two with Skipp, surging forwards and finding Son. He scores his sixth goal of the season, showing beautiful footwork to shimmy into space and stroke a shot into the back of the net.
CLOSE! Kane has another pop at goal, firing wide from a promising position.
DOUBLE CHANGE. Smith makes two substitutions in quick succession, Idah coming off for Sargent before Lees-Melou swaps out for Kieran Dowell.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg finds space in between the lines and unleashes a shot from distance, but Krul makes a straightforward save.
GOAL! Spurs may have wrapped up all three points thanks to an instinctive finish from Sanchez at the ensuing corner. The ball falls awkwardly for Gibson and he can only deflect it as far as the Colombian defender, who lashes one into the roof of the net from close range.
SAVE! The ball comes to Kane on the edge of the area and, despite being off-balance, he manages to get a shot away which whistles towards the far corner. Krul is equal to it, pushing it wide of the upright.
Another threatening counter-attack from Spurs sees Son get in behind, but he looks to cut the ball back rather than shoot and the move fizzles out.
Conte makes his second change of the match, bringing Matt Doherty on for Tanganga.
NORWICH ALMOST EQUALISE! Williams tears down the left flank and gets past Tanganga, crossing to Pukki. He slashes a shot across goal which falls to Idah five yards out, but he can only skew the ball wide.
Sessegnon gets a first-time cross into the box from the left flank, but Gibson clears before it can reach Kane.
Idah looks to have gone through one-on-one but Sanchez makes a good covering run and, regardless, the flag goes up.
CLOSE! Spurs win a corner and Kane gets on the end of it, but he's put off by a leap from Sanchez and the ball bobbles off his shoulder when he could easily have scored.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY. Can Spurs extend their lead here? Or will Norwich peg them back?
HALF TIME - TOTTENHAM 1-0 NORWICH. While Spurs deserve their lead, Norwich aren't out of this one. The visitors end the half with an impressive 62 per cent possession and, while the hosts have looked more dangerous on the ball, Smith's side have worked enough openings to suggest they could score.
THREE MINUTES ADDED ON. Norwich have a decent chance to equalise just before half time, Williams charging onto a decent cross into the box only to balloon his shot over the crossbar.
Lloris is almost caught out by a cross which drifts inside the far post, but claws it away at the last moment. Spurs counter-attack and Davies gets the ball to Son, but he can only steer an attempted volley wide.
BIG MISS! Kane gets the wrong side of Ben Gibson but, with only Krul to beat, he chips a shot well wide of the far post.
Sessegnon gets past Aarons on the left and pings a low cross into the box, but nobody gets on the end of it.
CLOSE! Son curls an excellent delivery into the box which evades the entire Norwich defence. It falls nicely for Ben Davies at the far post, but he fails to connect from close range.
Gilmour goes into the book after clipping Lucas' heels as he tries to break.
Sessegnon gives away a corner under pressure from Aarons. Gilmour steps up and sends a good delivery into the box. It's cleared as far as Lees-Melou, who sends a bouncing shot wide of the far post.
A sharp passing move ends with Son picking up the ball to the left of the box. He goes for a raking shot across the face of goal, but it ricochets off Kane's feet as he rushes into the area.
Kane thinks he's won a free kick on the edge of the area, but it goes the other way. Referee Jarred Gillett earns a pantomime boo from the stands.
SPURS SUB. Reguilon has picked up an injury, forcing Conte into an early substitution. He brings on Ryan Sessegnon in a like-for-like swap.
NORWICH PROBING THE FLANKS. The visitors are getting a steady stream of crosses into Spurs' box at the moment, looking to exploit their wing-backs' pace in the wide areas.
Sergio Reguilon wipes out Aarons to pick up Spurs' first yellow.
Pukki picks up the first caution of the game for a clumsy challenge on Kane.
Spurs make a mistake at the back and Norwich look to capitalise, Aarons sending in a menacing cross which Davinson Sanchez heads clear.
GOAL! Spurs have the opener and it's an absolute screamer from Lucas Moura. The Brazilian nips past Billy Gilmour, exchanges passes with Son Heung-min and then rockets one into the top corner from 25 yards. Tim Krul had no chance.
EARLY CHANCE FOR NORWICH. Idah gets a good ball into the box and Teemu Pukki gets on the end of it, but fires straight at Hugo Lloris.
KICK OFF! We're underway at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
FIVE MINUTES TO GO UNTIL KICK OFF. The atmosphere is starting to build at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We're moments away from them blasting the pre-match Star Wars music. Excited?
WARM-UPS ALMOST DONE. Both sides have been put through their paces and, with 15 minutes to go until kick off, they're heading back down the tunnel to make their final preparations for the game.
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TOTTENHAM VS BRENTFORD RECAP. Need a refresher on Spurs' midweek outing against Thomas Frank's Premier League debutants? We've got you covered.
CONTE HAS WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR KANE. Speaking before the match, the Tottenham boss reserved high praise for Spurs' talismanic striker despite his lacklustre domestic form this term.
CAN NORWICH GET A RESULT HERE? Following Newcastle's victory against Burnley yesterday, the Canaries have fallen back to the bottom of the table. Even if they can get a draw at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – let alone snatch a win – it would send a message that they won't be giving up in the fight to avoid relegation.
FORMATION CHANGE FOR NORWICH. Having gone with a back four in the 1-1 draw against Newcastle last week, Smith looks to have switched to a back five here with Brandon Williams and Max Aarons as his wing-backs. He has also made three changes, with Andrew Omobamidele, Pierre Lees-Melou and Adam Idah swapping in for Lukas Rupp, Christos Tzolis and Josh Sargent.
ONE CHANGE FOR SPURS. Japhet Tanganga swaps in for Emerson Royal at right wing-back but, otherwise, Antonio Conte has named an unchanged side to that which beat Brentford 2-0 on Thursday. Five points off West Ham in fourth as things stand, sixth-placed Spurs need a win here to show their rivals that they are still in contention for Champions League qualification.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - SPURS: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Reguilon, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Lucas, Son, Kane. /// NORWICH: Krul, Aarons, Omobamidele, Hanley, Gibson, Williams, Gilmour, Lees-Melou, McLean, Idah, Pukki.
CAN SPURS PUT PRESSURE ON THE TOP FOUR? Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this afternoon's fixture between Tottenham and Norwich. Spurs go into the game on the back of a three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, while the visitors have won one and drawn two of their first three games under Dean Smith. Kick off is at 14.00 GMT.