Luton 0-1 Spurs
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Reduced to ten men, Tottenham Hotspur maintained their unbeaten record and secured a narrow victory at Luton, propelling them to the top of the Premier League.
Yves Bissouma’s dismissal just before half-time left Spurs at a numerical disadvantage, but their winning goal arrived in the 52nd minute courtesy of Micky van de Ven, who tapped in his first goal for the club after a setup by James Maddison, who had cut the ball back from a short corner.
Van de Ven, the Dutch defender, expressed his delight at scoring the match-winning goal, citing it as an “amazing feeling.” He recounted that Son Heung-min had predicted his goal on the bus to the stadium, a prediction that turned out to be spot on. He praised the team’s strong mentality.
Luton had a goal from captain Tom Lockyer disallowed when Elijah Adebayo was judged to have fouled Cristian Romero as he headed Mads Andersen’s free-kick across the goal.
Although Luton adopted a more positive approach in the second half, creating several opportunities, Tottenham managed to hold on for the win, leaving Rob Edwards’ team still searching for their first home win of the season.
Under the management of Ange Postecoglou, Spurs have now gone unbeaten in eight Premier League games and lead Manchester City by two points, with City set to face Arsenal on Sunday.
Tottenham’s early dominance saw them threaten the Luton goal repeatedly in the opening 20 minutes. Richarlison had two early chances, missing the target on the first attempt and having his second effort saved by Luton goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.
Pedro Porro had a shot wide, and Son Heung-min capitalized on a poor clearance by Tom Lockyer.
Yves Bissouma, who had been in good form, received his fifth booking of the season, ensuring he would miss the next game for Spurs. However, he then received a second yellow card for diving on the edge of the Luton area.
After taking the lead in the second half, Postecoglou’s side created few additional chances and opted for a more defensive approach, substituting Son and Maddison with Oliver Skipp and Emerson Royal.
Postecoglou commended his team’s “character and resilience” but believed they should have been “three or four up” after the first half.
If the match between Manchester City and Arsenal results in a draw or a City defeat on Sunday, Spurs will head into the international break as the league leaders.
Luton Town, managed by Rob Edwards, continue to struggle at Kenilworth Road, earning just four points from eight games this season. Despite improving in the second half, they couldn’t manage a shot on target until their disallowed goal in the 40th minute.
With a one-man advantage in the second half, Luton missed a golden opportunity as Adebayo failed to convert a well-placed pass from Ogbene. Their efforts to find an equalizer were in vain, as Alfie Doughty’s chance went wide, and Carlton Morris was denied by Spurs goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario. Luton appeared fatigued by the final stages of the match.