Tottenham Hotspur finally bagged three home points in the Premier League today as they saw off Bournemouth, following a Christian Eriksen strike in the second half. After going 17-2-0 in the final season at White Hart Lane, and being on a club record Premier League away winning streak, Tottenham had struggled in their temporary home. In their first three home matches, they suffered a 1-2 defeat to Chelsea, a 1-1 draw with Burnley and a scoreless draw with Swansea.

Tottenham has won their last two Champions League games at Wembley, including their only game there this season, a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham Hotspur end their Wembley Woes

In a game that started at the same pace as Burnley and Swansea, Bournemouth content it seemed to just to surround Harry Kane, and to park the bus in their own end of the pitch. Bournemouth was content to play to keep Tottenham off the board and wait for a counterattack.

In a dreary half that saw only two attempts on goal, one from each side, only Heung Min Son and Christian Eriksen could form any play in the Spurs half, despite his side maintaining 70% possession. In fact it was Joshua King who had the best chance of the half, when his strike from just outside the box skipped just wide of the goal.

Spurs best chance came from an Eriksen cross, with Dele Alli back-heeling the ball just over the bar.  In the 33rd minute, Eriksen played Harry Kane through, but he was too close to the goal and his volley was stopped by Asmir Begovic.

Second Half

The second half began quickly with Eriksen’s left footed strike finding the bottom corner just two minutes in.  The goal came off of a pass from Dele Alli who found Eriksen at the top of the box.

From there Spurs generally controlled the play. Harry Kane appeared to put a second goal into the back of the net, but it was correctly called back for off-side. Eriksen also had a chance to grab a brace, with his blistering volley stopped by Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic. Kane was also denied on two point blank opportunities.

There were some nervy moments for Spurs late, but Hugo Lloris was up to the task; stopping an attempt from late substitute and former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.

 

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