Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a goal in each half as Tottenham began life after Gareth Bale with a routine victory over Norwich at White Hart Lane.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas handed a debut to new signing Christian Eriksen and the Dane created the first goal, with Sigurdsson slotting home.

The Iceland international converted a Paulinho cross for his second and was then denied a hat-trick by John Ruddy.

Andros Townsend almost scored a third but was also thwarted by Ruddy.

The comfortable nature of the victory was just what Villas-Boas would have wanted after saying the club needed to "move on" from Bale's departure to Real Madrid.

Tottenham stronger this season - Villas Boas

The result gives Spurs nine points from their first four Premier League games, an improvement on their tally of five at the same stage last season, when they went on to finish just one point outside of the Champions League qualification places.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton returned to the club where he spent 13 years as a player and 14 years on the coaching staff having distanced himself from the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's position earlier this week.

Hughton made eight signings during the transfer window, but it was one of his old club's new recruits who had a telling influence in the opening period.

Midfielder Eriksen, signed from Ajax for £11.5m, went straight into the starting line-up, unlike forward Erik Lamela, who was among the substitutes once again.

His impact was almost instant as a weaving run ended in a shot which Ruddy parried and Roberto Soldado back-heeled against the post from close range.

Analysis

"Tottenham fans will be very pleased but shouldn't get too carried away as Norwich were very poor by their standards. It should have been more than 2-0 and I don't think we'll know the full story about Tottenham until these new players settle. Eriksen was very good, but there's a lot of juggling for AVB to do before we know what Tottenham are capable of."

Playing behind the Spanish striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Eriksen continued to find space and on 28 minutes weighted a pass into the path of Sigurdsson, who calmly netted Spurs' first league goal from open play this season.

Norwich responded with their only meaningful attempt of the first half, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel firing wide from 10 yards after a Nathan Redmond cross.

But four minutes into the second half their deficit was doubled.

Eriksen was again prominent, sliding a pass wide to Paulinho, whose cross evaded Ruddy and left Sigurdsson with little to do.

The former Swansea player was denied a hat-trick when Ruddy palmed wide a stinging effort from 30 yards and the goalkeeper then blocked a Townsend strike from inside the box as Norwich offered little threat.

Sigurdsson's hopes of a hat-trick ended when Sandro replaced him, with Eriksen also departing to a standing ovation on 71 minutes.

As the pace of the play dropped, Lamela, signed from Roma, came off the bench to make his home debut.

And when Van Wolfswinkel had a sight of goal blocked in the late stages, Spurs' sixth consecutive home league win was assured.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas:

"Sigurdsson is a big fighter in this squad, always hoping for his opportunity to arrive.

'No complaints' from Norwich boss

"When it does arrive, he puts on performances like this. It was the same for him last season, in February and March. We saw his best level today.

"Eriksen already has so much experience from Ajax, he really linked the game well for us in the final third today. It's easy for him to find his passes when his quality is so good.

"The second goal early in the second half gave us immense tranquillity. I think we played really well, and created great moments of football."

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton:

"It was a real tough day for us. We came up against a Tottenham side with the quality they've got. Not only on the pitch but the choices they've got off the bench as well.

"We tried to stay in the game and up the energy in the second-half which I think we did but in the first half, it was tough for us with the movement they've got."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris Booked
  • 02 Walker
  • 03 Rose
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 17 Townsend
  • 19 Dembele (Lamela - 83' )
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Sandro - 79' )
  • 23 Eriksen (Holtby - 71' )
  • 09 Soldado

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 16 Naughton
  • 11 Lamela
  • 14 Holtby
  • 30 Sandro
  • 18 Defoe

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 05 Bassong
  • 06 Turner
  • 18 Garrido Booked
  • 04 Johnson Booked (Howson - 64' )
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 10 Fer
  • 22 Redmond (Pilkington - 74' )
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 16 Elmander Booked (Tettey - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 08 Howson
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 27 Tettey
  • 11 Hooper
Ref: Mason
Att: 35,952

Match Stats

Shots

23 4

On target

7 1

Corners

8 1

Fouls

2 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +3:48

Danny Rose manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:40

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

90:00 +3:39

Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross.

90:00 +3:34

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:04

Clearance by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

90:00 +1:57

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:34

Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Lamela.

90:00 +1:28

Michael Turner makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:26

The ball is sent over by Erik Lamela.

90:00 +1:18

The ball is crossed by Erik Lamela.

90:00 +0:26

Clearance by Kyle Walker.

89:32

Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

89:29

Centre by Kyle Walker.

88:26

Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

88:09

Leroy Fer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker.

85:52

Clearance by Raniere Sandro.

85:51

Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball.

85:39

Shot comes in from Robert Snodgrass from the free kick. Jan Vertonghen gets a block in.

84:35

Hugo Lloris goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

84:35 Booking

Booking

84:21

Hugo Lloris is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

84:09

Joe Paulo Paulinho makes a clearance.

84:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.

83:30

Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.

83:01

Lewis Holtby challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick.

82:21

Corner taken by Lewis Holtby.

82:07 Substitution

Substitution Erik Lamela joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mousa Dembele.

81:37

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.

78:33 Substitution

Substitution Raniere Sandro replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

77:48

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by Leroy Fer.

77:47

Clearance made by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

77:43

Corner taken by Lewis Holtby.

77:07

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

76:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Pilkington.

76:13

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

75:36

Andros Townsend takes the chance to get an effort at goal. John Ruddy makes a block.

75:30

The ball is sent over by Jan Vertonghen.

75:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lewis Holtby.

74:55

Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

74:54

Centre by Danny Rose.

73:48 Substitution

Substitution Johan Elmander goes off and Alexander Tettey comes on.

73:39 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Pilkington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Redmond.

72:59

Clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

72:57

Andros Townsend crosses the ball.

71:24

Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.

70:44

Mousa Dembele manages to make a clearance.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Holtby comes on in place of Christian Eriksen.

69:57 Booking

Booking

69:57

The referee shows Johan Elmander a yellow card.

69:48

Andros Townsend takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

68:40

Nathan Redmond takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Kyle Walker gets a block in.

68:36

Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.

67:46

Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Danny Rose results in a free kick.

66:43

Jan Vertonghen restarts play with the free kick.

66:12

The official flags Johan Elmander offside.

65:35

Andros Townsend has an effort at goal. John Ruddy parries the ball away.

64:20

Danny Rose takes the free kick.

63:54 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Howson comes on in place of Bradley Johnson.

63:27

Unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick.

62:20

Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.

62:18

The ball is swung over by Christian Eriksen.

62:15

Corner taken short by Christian Eriksen.

61:58

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

61:54

The ball is swung over by Andros Townsend.

61:26

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

60:57

Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

60:54

Danny Rose delivers the ball.

60:24

Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson. John Ruddy parries the ball away.

60:11

Mousa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.

60:04

Mousa Dembele fouled by Leroy Fer, the ref awards a free kick.

59:42

Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.

59:19 Booking

Booking

59:19

Javier Garrido is shown a yellow card.

59:08

Javier Garrido gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend.

58:38

The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker.

58:02

Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.

57:08

Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

57:05

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend.

57:00

Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

56:58

A cross is delivered by Roberto Soldado.

56:20

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

55:44

Johan Elmander is ruled offside.

54:41

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

53:45

Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.

53:34

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

52:25

Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.

51:59

Johan Elmander is caught offside.

48:55

Assist by Joe Paulo Paulinho.

48:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham 2 - 0 Norwich Gylfi Sigurdsson scores a left footed goal. Spurs 2-0 Norwich.

48:54

Clearance by John Ruddy.

48:52

A cross is delivered by Joe Paulo Paulinho.

48:21

Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

47:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Jan Vertonghen.

47:13

Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.

47:11

Danny Rose crosses the ball.

46:46

Clearance made by Mousa Dembele.

46:17

Christian Eriksen takes a brilliant shot and went wide right of the net.

45:04

Clearance made by Danny Rose.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:44

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

45:00 +0:41

Javier Garrido takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:13

Andros Townsend is adjudged to have handled the ball.

44:13

Shot by Andros Townsend cleared the crossbar.

43:44

Mousa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Johnson.

43:26

Javier Garrido manages to make a clearance.

42:05

Clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

41:19

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

40:59

Leroy Fer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen.

40:20

Danny Rose takes a brilliant shot and cleared the net.

40:19

Header by Roberto Soldado goes to the left of the goal.

40:17

Kyle Walker delivers the ball.

39:03

Clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

34:48

Ricky van Wolfswinkel takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Rose.

34:46

A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond.

34:19

Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

34:02

Andros Townsend takes the chance to get an effort at goal. John Ruddy catches the ball.

32:56

Bradley Johnson makes a clearance.

32:54

Centre by Andros Townsend.

32:03

Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.

31:50

Clearance made by Danny Rose.

30:17

Danny Rose takes a fantastic shot and missed to the right of the goal.

30:10

Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

29:42

Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

29:39

Danny Rose produces a cross.

29:21

Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

29:19

The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend.

29:07

Kyle Walker manages to make a clearance.

29:04

John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

28:40

Roberto Soldado is ruled offside.

27:16

Assist on the goal came from Christian Eriksen.

27:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Gylfi Sigurdsson - Tottenham 1 - 0 Norwich Gylfi Sigurdsson slots the ball right footed into the goal. Spurs 1-0 Norwich.

27:12

A cross is delivered by Danny Rose.

25:25

Corner from the taken by Christian Eriksen.

24:59

Roberto Soldado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong.

24:54

Michael Turner makes a clearance.

24:51

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

24:26

Christian Eriksen takes a shot. Robert Snodgrass gets a block in.

24:23

Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.

24:21

Christian Eriksen crosses the ball in from the free kick.

23:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Danny Rose.

22:09

Danny Rose makes a clearance.

20:06

Kyle Walker takes the free kick.

19:34

Bradley Johnson is cautioned.

19:34 Booking

Booking

19:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roberto Soldado by Bradley Johnson.

18:30

Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.

18:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

17:11

Clearance by Johan Elmander.

17:08

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the right by-line.

16:37

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.

15:20

Shot by Andros Townsend cleared the bar.

14:02

Javier Garrido manages to make a clearance.

13:59

The ball is crossed by Andros Townsend.

13:28

Clearance by Michael Turner.

12:50

The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.

11:36

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

11:17

Joe Paulo Paulinho delivers the ball.

11:08

Clearance by Javier Garrido.

11:03

Roberto Soldado takes the chance to get an effort at goal and bounces off the post.

11:00

Christian Eriksen takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by John Ruddy back into danger.

9:35

Clearance by Michael Turner.

7:54

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

7:47

Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mousa Dembele.

7:40

Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

7:29

Clearance by Robert Snodgrass.

7:27

The ball is crossed by Danny Rose.

7:06

Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.

7:03

Christian Eriksen delivers the ball.

5:26

Johan Elmander takes a weak shot. Hugo Lloris blocks the ball.

4:13

Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

3:50

Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

3:19

Shot by Andros Townsend went wide right of the target.

2:55

Javier Garrido manages to make a clearance.

2:52

The ball is swung over by Joe Paulo Paulinho.

2:45

Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

2:41

Andros Townsend produces a cross.

1:33

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a brilliant shot and cleared the crossbar.

0:34

Mousa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.

0:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leroy Fer on Mousa Dembele.

0:00

The match begins.

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