Tottenham seized the Premier League’s top spot after overcoming Yves Bissouma’s dismissal due to diving and securing a 1-0 victory against the struggling Luton on Saturday. Bissouma received his second yellow card just before halftime at Kenilworth Road.
However, Mickey van de Ven’s debut goal for the club shortly after halftime sealed Tottenham’s sixth win in eight league matches, keeping them undefeated.
Ange Postecoglou’s team now leads by two points over second-placed Manchester City, who are set to face Arsenal in a crucial match on Sunday. Tottenham’s impressive start in Postecoglou’s inaugural season has ignited hopes of an unexpected title challenge, although it remains to be seen if they can achieve it.
Postecoglou’s arrival from Celtic had a significant impact on a club previously in turmoil, attributed to poor results and unimpressive performances, exacerbated by Harry Kane’s move to Bayern Munich in the summer. Postecoglou’s attacking tactics were already earning praise, but this gritty performance only added to his accolades.
This unbeaten start marks the best in Tottenham’s managerial history, and with upcoming fixtures against Fulham and Crystal Palace, they could maintain their undefeated streak well into October. In their first meeting with Luton since a goalless draw in 1992, the struggling opponents struggled to gain a foothold against Tottenham’s blistering start.
Richarlison had an early opportunity to put Tottenham in the lead, but he disappointingly shot over from close range after James Maddison’s cross sliced through Luton’s defense. The Brazilian then squandered another chance with a low shot that lacked power and accuracy, saved by Luton’s keeper Thomas Kaminski with his foot.
As Tottenham pressed for a goal, Son took his turn to threaten, first curling wide from inside the box and then forcing Kaminski to make a smart save. Dejan Kulusevski’s strike was deflected for a corner by Kaminski, and Richarlison missed an opportunity when the ball fell nicely to him in the area after the ensuing set-piece.
VAR, which had benefited Tottenham in a previous match against Liverpool, correctly ruled out Luton’s goal late in the first half, as Elijah Adebayo had pushed Cristian Romero before Tom Lockyer nodded in the rebound.
Tottenham’s hopes suffered a blow just before half-time when Bissouma, already booked for fouling Chiedozie Ogbene, blatantly dived in an attempt to win a free-kick. Referee John Brooks promptly showed a second yellow card to the Mali midfielder.
Adebayo had a golden chance to make Luton’s numerical advantage count right after half-time but shot wide from close range after being set up by Ogbene’s cross. However, Tottenham took the lead in the 52nd minute when Maddison’s determined run led to Van de Ven applying the finishing touch from six yards.
Luton’s best opportunities to equalize were wasted by Carlton Morris, who first shot wide from a good position and then fired directly at Tottenham’s goalkeeper, Guglielmo Vicario.
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