Search

Tottenham Hotspur: Heung-min Son believes fast start was vital in win over Stoke City

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 December 2017

Heung-min Son scores the second goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Stoke City (pic: PA Wire)

Heung-min Son scores the second goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Stoke City (pic: PA Wire)

PA Wire/PA Images

Spurs took the lead inside 25 minutes at Wembley and never looked back against the Potters

Heung-min Son says it was crucial Tottenham Hotspur got an early goal in their 5-1 Premier League victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

In previous games this season, Spurs had struggled to break down teams who defended solidly at Wembley.

That wasn’t the case against the Potters, though, with the hosts taking the lead in the 21st minute after Ryan Shawcross turned the ball into his own net.

Further goals followed from Son, Harry Kane (2) and Christian Eriksen, before Shawcross scored in the right net to pull one back for Stoke.

The victory over the Potters was a first victory in five league games for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, and Son believes their fast start was the catalyst.

“It’s difficult because we had a big problem with these teams when they did defence with 10 players and use counterattacks, it’s so difficult,” said the South Korean international.

“We were just saying (beforehand) today the first goal is going to be very important. We were going to press high and make life difficult for them.

“We were lucky to get an own goal, but it was very important to be there and get it.”

Saturday’s win for Tottenham saw them come up against one of their former players, with Kevin Wimmer in defence for Stoke.

During his time with Spurs, Wimmer struck up a good friendship with Son, who was pleased to see his former colleague again.

“I’m really sorry for him because we won 5-1, but he’s still my best friend,” added the 25-year-old.

“I miss him a lot and it was good to see him on the pitch. I was really, really happy to see him again.”

• Additional reporting by Ben Pearce.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

FA Women’s Super League 2: Millwall Lionesses 4 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1

10:00

Tyrells Premier 15s: Saracens 105 Worcester Valkyries 0

Yesterday, 22:50

Arsenal’s U23s produced an electric display to thrash Manchester United’s U23 side on Monday night, with Konstantinos Mavropanos making a solid first appearance in red and white amongst a strong Gunners team.

A strong Arsenal U23 side eased past a young Manchester United U23 side at Meadow Park on Monday evening. Read Layth Yousif’s player ratings as new first team signing Konstantinos Mavropanos made his first start for the club with hot-shot starlet Eddie Nketiah grabbing a brace as they joined a number of players who impressed.

Yesterday, 21:38

Bostik North: Haringey Borough 1 (Yiga 90) Hornchurch 2 (Fairweather-Johnson 10, McKenzie 87)

Yesterday, 17:00

Everton boss reflects on 4-0 thrashing away to Tottenham Hotspur and concedes he should have been more boring

Yesterday, 16:00

Hendon manager Gary McCann praises Dagenham & Redbridge loan signings Joe White and Liam Gordon after a week at the club.

The 24-year-old moved onto 127 goals for the club on Saturday and is hoping to eventually be Spurs’ record goalscorer

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now