Club record signing Joelinton’s first goal in English football gave United a surprise win at – and Steve Bruce his first points as their manager.

The ian striker took advantage of sleepy defending to control substitute ’s through pass beautifully before drilling past Hugo Lloris.

Atsu, sent on after Allan Saint-Maximin had to go off with an early hamstring injury, provided the assist with his first significant contribution.

Spurs lacked the creativity to break down a resolute side, whose four-man midfield spent a large chunk of the contest sitting deep in front of a back five.

Son Heung-min, making his first appearance of the season after completing a three-match suspension, saw a bouncing first-half volley beaten away by Martin Dubravka, then rolled a shot wide shortly before the interval.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sent on and Giovani lo Celso for the final half-hour in an attempt to salvage something from the 500th match of his managerial career.

It almost worked: Lo Celso’s pass for ended with the England captain falling under Jamaal Lascelles’ challenge – but Mike Dean ruled it was not a penalty, and was backed up by the check from video assistant referee (VAR) Anthony Taylor.

Then Eriksen’s superb diagonal pass gave Moussa Sissoko the room to cross low, but skied his shot over the bar from around eight yards.

Robust ’s perfect response

Newcastle's supporters celebrate

’s fans have had to spend a fair amount on petrol money in the season’s first three weeks – with a 516-mile round trip to Norwich last weekend followed up by this 560-mile round journey to north London.

They must have wondered why they had bothered going to Carrow Road, given a feeble display in a 3-1 defeat, with centre-back Paul Dummett later acknowledging that “it wasn’t right” in the warm-up – and admitting that the players had to take responsibility.

Manager Bruce was looking for a lift after beginning his reign with two defeats – and his players provided it for that loyal travelling support.

produced a display of immense discipline in intense heat in north London, with Dummett and his fellow centre-backs Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar working themselves into the ground.

It was not just the defenders who toiled, though – striker Joelinton showed he was willing to help at both ends of the field by getting back to heard away two early Erik Lamela corners, and he ran himself to the point of exhaustion, eventually coming off in the final moments with apparent cramp.

The visitors had only 20% possession, and had to absorb plenty of early pressure, but it was a sign of how well they did that managed just two shots on target.

had the game’s first shot on goal, with Sean Longstaff’s rising drive tipped away by Lloris after Joelinton had held up the ball for him.

Bruce was not thrown by the early injury to French winger Saint-Maximin, who pulled up in the first 15 minutes after chasing a Matt Ritchie free-kick that ran out of play.

’s manager will have been pleased that his players showed such a willingness to work for the cause – a characteristic that will be vital in the months ahead.

Son cannot find the spark

Son Heung-min

have conceded the first goal in all three of their matches this season – but while they recovered to beat Aston Villa and draw at , they could not fight back here.

They may well have had a case for a 78th-minute penalty as Lascelles leaned across Kane as they chased Lo Celso’s pass; with VAR official Taylor deciding to back referee Dean’s original decision.

But Spurs did not do anywhere near enough to pick holes in ’s blanket defence until time was running out. They failed to register a single shot on goal until the 33rd minute, when Son was denied by Dubravka.

The South Korean forward was given a sign of just how tough an afternoon he would have when a promising second-minute run down the left was snuffed out by Emil Krafth, the right-wing back.

On the occasions when Son managed to get past Krafth, he then found Schar blocking his path.

Perhaps if Moura had not steered wide when Dubravka missed Kane’s cross right on half-time, would have had the platform on which to build a victory.

But then if Eriksen had played from the start, Spurs maybe would not have found themselves still chasing an equaliser as time ran out.

The Dane, whose contract expires at the end of this season, has made it clear he wants a new challenge – but while he remains a player, the question for Pochettino is: Why not make full use of him?

More to follow.

Line-ups

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Walker-PetersSubstituted forEriksenat 62′minutes
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 3RoseBooked at 66minsSubstituted forDaviesat 88′minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 8WinksBooked at 11mins
  • 27
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forLo Celsoat 62′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15Dier
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Eriksen
  • 29Skipp
  • 33Davies

  • 1Dubravka
  • 17Krafth
  • 5Schär
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forFernandezat 82′minutes
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieBooked at 47mins
  • 24Almirón
  • 14Hayden
  • 36Longstaff
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAtsuat 17′minutes
  • 9JoelintonBooked at 87minsSubstituted forMutoat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Shelvey
  • 13Muto
  • 15Willems
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
59,245

Match Stats

Home TeamAway Team
Possession
Home80%
Away20%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Attempt missed. Ben Davies ( Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez ( Hotspur).

Miguel Almirón ( United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min ( Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Winks.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

Attempt blocked. ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, United. Yoshinori Muto replaces Joelinton.

Booking

Joelinton ( United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón ( United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joelinton.

Harry Winks ( Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joelinton ( United).

Toby Alderweireld ( Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, United. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Almirón ( United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by .

Substitution

Substitution, United. Federico Fernández replaces Jamaal Lascelles because of an injury.

Attempt missed. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jamaal Lascelles ( United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Hotspur.

Delay in match ( Hotspur). VAR checking.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

Offside, United. Fabian Schär tries a through ball, but is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Giovani Lo Celso ( Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Joelinton ( United).

Attempt blocked. ( Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Hotspur. Conceded by Miguel Almirón.

Booking

Danny Rose ( Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Rose ( Hotspur).

Fabian Schär ( United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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