Lucas Moura bagged a wonder goal as Tottenham Hotspur made it three home wins in a row under Antonio Conte, after a hard-fought 3-0 win over relegation strugglers Norwich City on Sunday.
After what was an evening opening in which Teemu Pukki went close early on, the hosts took the lead inside ten minutes through Moura, the Brazilian forward combining well with Heung-min Son before unleashing a stunning strike into the top corner.
Despite that early advantage, Conte’s men were far from comfortable as they struggled to really take hold of the match, with their narrow lead looking particularly vulnerable as Adam Idah failed to make the most of a potential opening on the hour mark.
That seemingly served as a wake-up call for the north London outfit as they then went on to net twice in the space of ten second-half minutes, unlikely scorer Davinson Sanchez making it 2-0 after firing home on the rebound.
Two soon became three as the ever-impressive Son rounded off another well-worked Tottenham move, the Korean international working space in the box before lashing in past a helpless Tim Krul.
While the scoreline may somewhat flatter the hosts, the result does see them move up into fifth and just two points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, with a game in hand on their London rivals, while for the Canaries they remain three points from safety.
Speaking after the match, goalscorer Moura was unsurprisingly delighted to grab his first goal of the season, as he also praised the ‘aggressive’ style of play that has been introduced by new boss Conte.
“Very, very happy. Finally managed my first goal this season. The performance of everyone, I think we are good mentality and we need to make sure we keep going this way,” Moura told Sky Sports.
“It is natural for me, my kind of game. I started to dribble and when I found space I just decided to shoot. With Tottenham it is top three. I scored some nice goals and I am happy to help the team.
“I think we have a good mentality. Step by step we work very hard a and try to put on the pitch what Antonio gives us. Our style of play is aggressive now with a lot of intensity. We are doing very well.
“In the Premier League we cannot sleep. If you give them space they will find a goal. The first half we dropped a bit and they started to come into the game. Second-half we started well. It was more confident.”
Spurs have a pivotal Europa Conference League clash to come with Rennes on Thursday, before taking on Brighton at the Amex on Sunday.