Tottenham won their initial Premier League game of 2020 by beating bottom-of-the-table Norwich at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Spurs had gone three league games without scoring this year before Dele Alli smitten just before half-time, redeeming serge Aurier’s cross.
But Norwich hit back when Ryan Sessegnon brought down easy lay Aarons within the box and Teemu Pukki pink-slipped the spot-kick beyond Hugo Lloris, who created his return after three months out with a separated shoulder.
Buoyed by that goal, the Canaries took the sport to their opponents as they looked to snatch what would have been an A unexpected valuable win in their battle against the drop.
Todd Cantwell’s cross was cut out with Pukki lurking unmarked within the box before Cantwell lashed well over from the edge of the box.
And Tottenham got their second within the closing stages once Alli’s deflected cross whorled to the far post, wherever Son Heung-min was reachable to nod in.
Victory – Tottenham’s first within the Premier League since beating Brighton on boxing day – means that Jose Mourinho’s side move up to sixth.
Norwich, meanwhile, remain bottom and six points adrift of safety.
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