Tottenham ended Bournemouth’s impressive recent run by beating the Cherries 3-1.
Rodrigo Bentancur made a miraculous recovery here to start in midfield as a resurgent Bournemouth travel to north London in search of a fifth win in a row.
The visitors were in the lead after just nine minutes when Pape Sarr galloped on goal and fired low into the left corner.
Spurs enjoyed most of the ball in the early exchanges and should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute as Richarlison played in Heung-min Son but the South Korea international’s effort was saved by Neto.
Andoni Iraola’s side showed some of their late form in this game, eventually racking up 12 shots before half-time without really testing Guglielmo Vicario.
Into the second half and the Cherries were on top when Dominic Solanke broke through, but Destiny Udogie was there to make a last-minute challenge to stop the striker’s equaliser.
However, Heung-min Son showed his class in the last quarter when he doubled Spurs’ lead with a superb finish.
The home side grabbed a third in the last 10 minutes to secure the points when Richarlison poked in Brennan Johnson’s brilliant cross.
Bournemouth were given a lifeline late on as Alex Scott scored his first ever Premier League goal when he headed in six minutes from time.
Tottenham Player Rating
Guglielmo Vicario 7: Made a good save from Solanke in the second half but didn’t have as much to do as in previous games.
Pedro Porro 6: Wasteful at times with the ball but did his job defensively and made a good late block on Solanke.
Emerson Royal 8: An impressive display in an unfamiliar role with blocks and tackles aplenty and it was his pass that put Spurs away for the third goal.
Ben Davies 7: Made a couple of important blocks and tackles and led the backline well.
Destiny Udogie 8: Made a couple of crucial interceptions in the first half and got up and down the left flank despite seeming to pick up a knock in the second half.
Pape Matar Sarr 8: Opened the scoring with an excellent driving run and low finish. However, before the first half was done he went down injured and seemingly in tears, with his Africa Cup of Nations hopes in doubt.
Rodrigo Bentancur 7: A surprise return to the team, more than a month ahead of his originally expected return, and he won possession back to start the move for Sarr’s goal. Understandably tired as the game wore on and did well to get an hour under his belt.
Giovani Lo Celso 8: Played his part in the first goal with a sliding touch to Sarr but lost possession a few times in the first half. He made up for that though with his perfect pass with the outside of his left foot to Son for Spurs’ second goal.
Brennan Johnson 7: Started the game well and then faded a bit from the encounterr until he picked out Richarlison with a perfect low cross to score.
Richarlison 8: The Brazilian fired over the crossbar early in the first half. Had a huge chance early in the second half. He made up for it with a confident low finish for his fifth goal in five games after being involved in the build-up to Son’s goal.
Son Heung-min 8: Forced Neto into a first half save and plugged away down the left trying to make things happen before unleashing a perfect shot into the far corner to double Spurs’ advantage.
Oliver Skipp 6: Started shakily after replacing Sarr in the first half but he grew into the game as it wore on.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 6: Took his time to get into the game as well but created a late chance for Gil.
Alejo Veliz 6: Worked hard but picked up an injury that like Sarr left him in tears and needing to come off which suggests it’s going to keep him out for a little while.
Eric Dier 50: Slotted into the backline and did what was asked of him in the final moments.
Bryan Gil 5: Had a big chance to score with a close range header but he could only send it against the crossbar.