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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane double downs winless Terriers

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored more Premier League goals at the John Smith's Stadium than any Huddersfield player

Huddersfield boss David Wagner says his team will start winning games if they keep performing like they did in the 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs moved up to fourth, but the Terriers stayed bottom of the Premier League and are still waiting for their first victory after seven games.

"I don't know if I have been prouder about my team after defeat," Wagner told BBC Sport.

"We gave it a go, really tried, fought and the performance was a good one.

"I tell the players, 'If you keep doing what you are doing with the attitude, desire and effort and stick together, the reward will come'. That's how football works."

The hosts started brightly but went behind when Kane headed in Kieran Trippier's right-wing cross.

Spurs added a second when Danny Rose went down in the box after slight contact from Florent Hadergjonaj, with Kane sending Jonas Lossl the wrong way with the resulting penalty.

Laurent Depoitre hit the bar, but the hosts rarely looked like mounting a comeback despite their hard work.

"We had chances, we were unlucky with the crossbar hit from Depoitre, and the penalty maybe was a soft one," said Wagner. "We are unlucky at the moment."

Spurs do enough to continue form

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Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham: Pochettino praises Spurs in 'difficult game'

Tottenham moved into the top four with a comfortable victory - their third win in a row, including the midweek penalty shootout win over Watford in the Carabao Cup.

While they were made to work, this game was so straightforward that Spurs were able to bring off Jan Vertonghen, who had a knock, and Mousa Dembele at half-time - perhaps with Wednesday's home Champions League game against Barcelona in mind.

Kane's three-game goalless run - a drought by his standards - is definitely over as he followed up his strike against Brighton last weekend with another two here, taking his tally for Spurs to 145.

He headed home Trippier's cross for the opener after good work by Lucas Moura, who was tackled but got up quickly to pass the ball out to the right-back.

Kane's second was more controversial because Rose went down easily in the box after a tug on the shirt from substitute Hadergjonaj. The home fans were furious but the England striker did not care as he slotted home.

"He is looking a lot more like his usual self," former Tottenham player Danny Murphy said on Match of the Day. "He went past players and was running the channels. He played as well as he has in a while.

"Everything good that Spurs did came through him."

Spurs' front three were all lively - with Moura and Son Heung-min forcing saves from Lossl and linking up well together. But in reality, there was barely any need to even play the second half because the game was done by the 34th minute.

"It was a very good win, I'm very pleased," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. "The attitude was fantastic. It was a tough game against a team desperate to win. They were helped by their unbelievable fans, among the best I have found in England.

"We are in the Premier League, it is tough, physical. Teams like Huddersfield are difficult to play. They have very good players - with the atmosphere and the manager, they will bounce back."

A long season ahead for Huddersfield

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Huddersfield 0-2 Tottenham: Wagner praises Terriers in defeat

Huddersfield battled gamely and worked hard, but they are really missing an attacking spark, a problem they have had all season. They have yet to score a home goal in four games.

They started brightly - dominating possession - but still Spurs had three shots from not many attacks before the Terriers had one themselves.

David Wagner's side, who are bottom of the table with two points from seven games, lost Terence Kongolo to injury in the first half - and his replacement Hadergjonaj conceded the penalty.

Huddersfield resorted to long Philip Billing throw-ins time and time again to little effect, apart from one which was cleared to Chris Lowe - but his 25-yard belter was saved well by Spurs' third-choice keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

That was one of few clear chances for the hosts to score. Depoitre volleyed off the crossbar in first-half injury time and substitute Isaac Mbenza forced a good save in the second half, but they never looked likely to find a way back into the game.

"Unfortunately we are without goals and points again," said Wagner. "But we need to be independent of points and the table and focus on the performance. This was a good one and sooner or later the results will come. That is what we have to be focused on."

Worst start since 1997 for Huddersfield - match stats

  • Huddersfield have failed to score in all four of their Premier League home matches this season. Only twice in top-flight history has a team failed to score in their first five home matches (West Brom in 1921-22 and Everton in 1998-99).
  • Tottenham have lost just two of their last 15 Premier League away games, winning 10 of those matches (D3).
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions against Huddersfield (W5 D3).
  • Town have failed to win any of their first seven league games in a single campaign for the first time since 1997-98.
  • Tottenham have scored in 32 of their last 33 Premier League games, failing to net only at West Brom back in May (1-0).
  • Kane is now the top scorer at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League, with four goals in two appearances.
  • He has also become Tottenham's fifth highest scorer of all time, bagging 145 goals in 221 appearances.
  • Since the start of last season, no player has provided more Premier League assists for another player than Spurs' Trippier has for Kane (7).

Man of the match - Harry Kane (Spurs)

Harry Kane
Harry Kane's two goals made all the difference

What's next?

Tottenham host Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday (20:00 BST) and then have a home Premier League match, against Cardiff, on Saturday 6 October (15:00).

Huddersfield visit fellow strugglers Burnley next Saturday (15:00).

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 25M JorgensenBooked at 44mins
  • 26SchindlerSubstituted forMbenzaat 71'minutes
  • 5KongoloSubstituted forHadergjonajat 29'minutes
  • 37Durm
  • 10Mooy
  • 6Hogg
  • 8BillingBooked at 86mins
  • 15Löwe
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forMounieat 85'minutes
  • 20Depoitre

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 12Hamer
  • 17van La Parra
  • 18Mbenza
  • 24Mounie
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33Hadergjonaj

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forWanyamaat 45'minutes
  • 2Trippier
  • 15Dier
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forWinksat 45'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 3RoseBooked at 67mins
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forSissokoat 90'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 8Winks
  • 11Lamela
  • 12Wanyama
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Llorente
  • 33Davies
  • 41Whiteman
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
23,885

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Son Heung-Min.

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur).

Booking

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Alex Pritchard.

Booking

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Zanka (Huddersfield Town).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Paulo Gazzaniga.

Attempt saved. Isaac Mbenza (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross.

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaac Mbenza replaces Christopher Schindler because of an injury.

Erik Durm (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt missed. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Laurent Depoitre.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City76102131819
2Liverpool76101531219
3Chelsea75201551017
4Tottenham7502147715
5Arsenal7502149515
6Watford7412118313
7Leicester74031310312
8Wolves733186212
9Bournemouth63121011-110
10Man Utd73131012-210
11Everton7232111109
12Crystal Palace621346-27
13West Ham7214812-47
14Brighton7124813-55
15Southampton7124611-55
16Fulham7124816-85
17Burnley6114710-34
18Newcastle7025410-62
19Cardiff6024314-112
20Huddersfield7025316-132
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