10 Things We Learned From The English Premier League Football Weekend (23-25 Sept 2017)
10. A Long Term Stay Of Execution
For all their home woes, Tottenham Hotspur remain a fantastic side to watch.
The opening goal triggered harrowing hope for the neutral that England have half a chance of not shattering our hearts in the summer. Dele Alli's inch-perfect cross teed up Harry Kane for the opener, and it was as good a header as you're likely to see all season, meeting each and every criteria; it was both glancing and powerful, and so perfectly directed into the far corner that Joe Hart had absolutely no chance of stopping it. The same devastating 9 & 10 combo combined to double Spurs' lead. It was less pretty, but no less heartening for Spurs fans. This partnership, at its best, is calibrated perfectly to score goals.
The subplot of the away win concerns the manager of the home side; languishing in 18th, the scythe hovers so closely above his head that he needn't pay for a haircut - and yet, his side showed enough to almost rival Spurs' class with pure spirit, coming agonisingly close to cancelling out Christian Eriksen's third with a vintage Javier Hernandez headed poacher's finish and a full-on Cheikhou Kouyaté bullet.
They saved themselves from a proper pummelling - and might have saved Slaven Bilić from the axe. Given that there are goals in this West Ham side, it's hard to tip them for relegation, irrespective of their lowly standing.