Tottenham Claims EPL Summit with 10-Men Victory Over Luton

Micky van de Ven’s debut goal in English football propelled 10-man Tottenham to the summit of the English Premier League, securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Luton.

Tottenham approached this match fresh off a controversial 2-1 win over Liverpool, marked by a VAR error that disallowed a legitimate goal. The three points from this fixture, however, meant that Ange Postecoglou’s squad would temporarily claim the top spot. They faced adversity after Yves Bissouma received a red card in the first half.

Bissouma’s expulsion came after two quick yellow cards from referee John Brooks, the second for simulation. Nevertheless, Van de Ven’s close-range strike in the 52nd minute secured Tottenham’s hard-earned victory.

Tottenham had previously netted seven goals against other newly-promoted teams this season, but their early attempts fell short. Pedro Porro missed a golden opportunity when Son Heung-min set him up, and the Tottenham captain’s curling shot went astray before Luton found their footing.

The Hatters’ fans erupted in cheers when they earned their first corner in the 25th minute, yet top scorer Carlton Morris couldn’t find the mark with his header.

Tottenham remained dangerous, with Pape Sarr’s spirited run setting up Kulusevski, but Luton’s goalkeeper, Kaminski, made a remarkable fingertip save to deny the 18-yard curler.

Luton briefly celebrated a goal in the 39th minute, but it was swiftly disallowed following a VAR review that revealed Elijah Adebayo’s foul on Cristian Romero.

Luton missed a prime opportunity two minutes into the second half when Ogbene delivered a cross for Adebayo, who failed to keep his effort on target.

In the 52nd minute, Van de Ven opened the scoring for Tottenham after a series of corners. Maddison collected Kulusevski’s short corner, eluded Doughty, and set up Van de Ven to slot home from six yards.

Although the Kenilworth Road crowd fell momentarily silent, they soon rallied behind their team, and Doughty narrowly missed the target shortly after Tottenham’s goal.

Luton started gaining momentum, with Morris testing Vicario and Porro missing a shot just wide of the post in the 62nd minute.

Jacob Brown headed over the bar, and substitute Cauley Woodrow’s weak shot was saved. Doughty’s deflected effort wide was the last warning for Postecoglou’s squad.

With 14 minutes left, Postecoglou introduced Emerson Royal and Oliver Skipp for Son and Maddison, and despite the late pressure, Spurs held on to claim the top spot.

Reference:

https://www.reuters.com/sports/soccer/ten-man-tottenham-go-top-table-after-1-0-win-luton-2023-10-07/

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/football/luton-town-vs-tottenham-hotspur-score-spurs-top-of-premier-league-after-lut-v-tot-highlights/article67393249.ece

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