Harry Kane went past the 200 mark for league goals as Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with another unconvincing win over newly-promoted Nottingham Forest. Despite claiming seven points from their opening three games, complete performances have so far eluded Antonio Conte’s Spurs, with Kane getting them out of trouble against both Chelsea and Wolves.
And he netted after just six minutes against the run of play in the East Midlands, bobbling a shot beyond Dean Henderson and into the bottom corner after an incisive early breakaway. While Spurs carried a strong threat on the counter-attack, Forest were much the better side in the first half, playing some super football and creating numerous chances, roared on by another passionate home crowd.
Henderson saved Kane’s second-half penalty after an inexplicable handball from Steve Cook, but the England captain popped up again late to steer in Richarlison’s fine cross to move level with Andy Cole as the joint-third highest goalscorer in Premier League history and take Spurs up to second. Follow reaction with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, including expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground!
Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham highlights
Kane becomes joint-third highest scorer in PL history
GOAL! Kane heads home fine Richarlison cross late
Kane penalty saved by Henderson after Cook handball
GOAL! Kane scores 200th goal early at City Ground
Nottingham Forest FC 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Kane on penalty miss
18:52 , George Flood
“It is one of those where I practise a lot against him (Henderson) with England. I just didn’t quite strike it how I wanted to. It was a nice height for him.
“Fair play to him, he has made a good save and we had a laugh about it at the end. He is obviously a really good shot-stopper.”
Kane on Cook escaping red card
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“If that isn't denying a goalscoring opportunity, I don't know what is,” Kane said of Steve Cook only receving a yellow card for his inexplicable handball that led to the saved penalty.
“The game is over but I'm just really surprised by the decision. Thankfully, it didn't matter in the end."
Harry Kane reaction
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“A good win first and foremost,” the Tottenham talisman told Sky Sports.
“It is a difficult place to come, the atmosphere is really, really good.
“We didn’t play our best and we know that but all in all we dug in. There have been a couple of games already like that this season but we got the three points and know we can get better.
“It is a long season and we are still grinding out wins when we are not at our best. That is important.”
Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground
18:39 , George Flood
Kane’s double earns Spurs a third win in four matches and takes them joint-second in the table.
Their quality up front really told, with the assists by Kulusevski and Richarlison both excellent.
The long-term question is whether this level of performance is sustainable - but once again that can wait.
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Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham
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96 mins: Forest, to their credit, have not given up at all here and are pressing hard to set up a grandstand finish.
They have another corner and it leads to a good chance for Worrall, but he’s always leaning back and fires high into the stands.
Bissouma is on for Kulusevski, by the way.
A VAR check for a potential Forest penalty for handball rightly leads to nothing.
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92 mins: Almost a chance for Spence to register his first Spurs goal very swiftly, but his poked finish draws ironic cheers from the home fans.
Kouyate, on a yellow card, then inadvertently catches Hojbjerg in the face with a stray arm, but the Dane is overegging this to put it mildly.
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90 mins: EIGHT minutes of added time signalled for Forest to try and rescue this.
A rousing reception for Spence, who is on for his Tottenham debut at the ground where he starred on loan last term.
Forest also replace Johnson with Surridge.
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89 mins: Kane is now level on 187 Premier League goals with Andy Cole, by the way.
Only Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260) have scored more.
Watch: Richarlison cross tees up Kane second
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𝐊𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐱 𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧!
What an assist 🔥 pic.twitter.com/G6bBvuoP4R
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 28, 2022
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87 mins: Tottenham fans in fine voice as this frenetic game drifts towards a quieter conclusion, with Forest beaten despite their best efforts between the boxes.
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83 mins: Richarlison is a prime wind-up merchant, isn’t he?
He starts juggling the ball over on the left flank and is promptly cleaned out by a frustrated Johnson.
Yellow card for the Forest forward.
GOAL! Nottingham Forest 0-2 Tottenham | Harry Kane 81'
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81 mins: Surely game over now!
Tottenham look to have botched a huge chance on the counter as McKenna cuts out Sessegnon’s squared pass intended for Kane inside the box.
But Richarlison won’t give up and does brilliantly to get the ball back, then delivering a stellar cross with the outside of his boot.
Kouyate has inexplicably left Kane all alone at the back post and he heads in to put this match beyond Forest.
Kane booked for his passionate celebrations.
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80 mins: Forest sub Dennis attacks off the left flank, cutting inside Emerson and Bentancur, who initially sticks a leg out to stop the Nigerian before wisely withdrawing it.
The former Watford winger ends up firing high into the stands.
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78 mins: Spurs survive once more after Sessegnon gets his head to Gibbs-White’s delivery and the rebound just won’t fall for Johnson.
The increasingly influential Kulusevski then skips down the right wing, with the ball going harmlessly wide at the front post off Richarlison.
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75 mins: A triple change from Forest now.
O’Brien, Cook and Yates are replaced by Freuler, Kouyate and Awoniyi.
An exaggerated and very delayed fall from Richarlison attracts the ire of the home fans.
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73 mins: Son not happy at all about being subbed there, by the way. Gesturing frustratedly from the bench as he takes his seat.
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72 mins: O’Brien is all over Kane as he tries to stop a Spurs break before it has chance to develop and is rightly booked after referee Pawson initially tries to play the advantage.
It’s Son and Perisic that make way for Richarlison and Sessegnon.
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70 mins: More pressure coming from Forest with 20 minutes remaining, but Bentancur gets back very well indeed to vitally intercept Williams’ cut-back.
Richarlison’s introduction is imminent for Tottenham.
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68 mins: Forest are badly outnumbered on the counter as Spurs look to put this game to bed.
Kulusevski finds Hojbjerg, but his effort is rather sliced into the side netting.
Forest send on Emmanuel Dennis, the £20m signing from Watford, for his league debut, in place of Lingard.
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65 mins: Per The Athletic, that was Kane’s first Tottenham penalty miss in 22 attempts.
Before today, he had not failed with a spot-kick for his club since a match against Liverpool in February 2018.
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63 mins: It’s end-to-end again now at the City Ground with less than half an hour to play, with Forest earning a corner and causing panic with a ball to the back post that is attacked by Cook and Yates.
Spurs are quickly back at it, though, with the otherwise quiet Kulusevski shaping to bend a shot into the far corner but missing the target.
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60 mins: McKenna tries to get physical with the canny Kane and joins Worrall in having his name taken.
Son is then played in and Forest defend desperately, with the South Korean blasting a shot straight down the throat of Henderson.
The England goalkeeper is keeping his side in this contest at the moment.
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58 mins: Looking to capitalise on that reprieve, Forest tear forward and Williams goes close.
Forest skipper Worrall into the book for a cynical trip on Son as Tottenham tried to counter.
KANE PENALTY SAVED
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56 mins: Kane’s penalty is brilliantly saved by Henderson, who dives low to his right and gets the ball clear. It was a nice height for him, but still.
And he’s delighted by it, fist-pumping furiously and celebrating with his cap!
A huge, huge reprieve for Forest.
How costly could that prove for Spurs?
PENALTY TO TOTTENHAM
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53 mins: Steve Cook inexplicably bats Perisic’s cross away from Kane with his hand and referee Craig Pawson has no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
VAR are checking if this is a red card for the veteran Forest centre-back, who surely denied Kane a goalscoring opportunity only a couple of yards out.
He eventually escapes with just a yellow. Lucky man.
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52 mins: A warning for Forest as Kane rides a challenge and delivers a fine back-post cross for Perisic, who can’t keep his shot down and fails to trouble Henderson.
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10 – Since his debut in February of this year, Dejan Kulusevski has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (10). Seamless. pic.twitter.com/G1q86UX3cr
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 28, 2022
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50 mins: Big chance for Forest goes begging!
They pile numbers forward at the start of this second half, with Gibbs-White’s lofted pass picking out Yates, who steers a header just wide of the far post.
Lloris was beaten there, had that been on target.
The crowd are suddenly right back in this.
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48 mins: More of the same at the start of the second half, with a heavy challenge from Sanchez on Toffolo causing some brief uproar.
Kane pulls the trigger from the edge of the box at the other end, but his effort is well blocked.
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Here’s a breakdown of that Kane 200 milestone, courtesy of Opta Sports...
200 – Harry Kane has now scored 200 league goals in his career, with the England striker netting 186 goals in the Premier League, nine in the Championship and five in League One. Milestone. pic.twitter.com/kgM29timyo
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 28, 2022
Second half underway
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Back underway in the East Midlands! Can Tottenham see this through or will Forest’s pressure eventually tell?
Conte will likely have had some choice words for his side at the interval, despite their narrow lead.
No changes from either manager just yet.
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Stuart Broad and Michael McIntyre among the famous faces in attendance at the City Ground this afternoon...
Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground
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For the third game running, Spurs have been thoroughly outplayed in the first half - but are on course for a good result.
They need to improve here, particularly as their threat on the counter dried up from 20 minutes onwards.
Forest’s front three are very lively but been loose at the crucial moments.
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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Tottenham
The hosts have been on top and played some great football, but they trail to Kane’s 200th league goal after six minutes.
Despite the deficit, Steve Cooper will likely be the happier of the two managers at the interval.
Conte has cut a very animated and frustrated figure so far, with his side not doing nearly enough in possession.
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44 mins: Spurs botch their latest potential counter and we’ll have one minute of added time at the end of this breathless first half.
An exchange of views between Lloris and Emerson, with referee Pawson keen to avoid any possible time-wasting as the Tottenham goalkeeper dawdles before the interval.
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41 mins: Super football again from Forest, with left-back Toffolo zipping a low cross into Lingard, who lays off cutely for the nearby Gibbs-White.
The record signing lets fly but his powerful drive fizzes over the top.
England bowler and famous Forest fan Stuart Broad watching on intently at the City Ground, with England wrapping up their second Test win over South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground
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Watching this half, it is clear how big a miss Romero is for Spurs. They’re just so much worse at progressing the ball without the Argentine.
Perhaps Bissouma would make a difference as Spurs have been far too passive so far.
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37 mins: The camera pans to Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who looks like he is kicking every ball up in his private box.
No shortage of effort, possession, decent football and chances for Steve Cooper’s side so far, but they have nothing to show for it and still trail with less than 10 minutes until the break.
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34 mins: More pressure from Forest as Toffolo’s pinpoint cross is headed wide by Johnson.
Lingard then charges forward and lays the ball off to Williams, who slices his effort well wide.
Some nifty passing football being played by Forest in this first half. Very easy on the eye indeed.
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32 mins: Son is through one-on-one but is denied by Henderson as he tries to deftly lift the ball over the Manchester United loanee.
He looks offside though and the flag is eventually raised.
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31 mins: Forest’s turn to break now as the hosts whizz from one end of the pitch to another in the blink of an eye, playing more silky football.
Gibbs-White’s low cross from the right flank is almost inch-perfect for Lingard, but an alert Lloris scrambles it away.
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30 mins: While Tottenham have posed a huge threat on the counter until now, Conte obviously wants a damn sight more from his side in possession.
He’s in typically furious mood down on the touchline, bellowing instructions at his players.
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27 mins: The pace of this frantic clash remains relentless as we approach the half-hour mark.
Tottenham have been a little sloppy in possession and Forest look to take advantage, but there’s too many touches in the box as they struggle to create space for a shot on target.
Spurs are packing out that penalty area with a wall of white shirts.
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23 mins: As Dan says, Forest are doing most of the running here and having plenty of possession, but Spurs look so threatening on the counter.
Kane and Son combine beautifully, only for handball to be given against the South Korean and stop a dangerous break in its tracks.
Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground
16:56 , George Flood
It’s strange to see newly-promoted Forest have over 60 per cent possession against a top-six opponent but both sides seem to be enjoying this frenetic contest.
Forest are having a real go but Spurs look dangerous with every counter-attack. Feels like a goal’s coming and it would surely prove significant.
Watch: Kane’s 200th goal gives Spurs the lead
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Here is that opening goal from Tottenham - Harry Kane’s 200th in league football.
It's a milestone goal for Harry Kane as Tottenham take the lead!
✨ 200 league goals ✨ pic.twitter.com/CKQtfigrlz
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 28, 2022
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20 mins: Forest are asking plenty of questions of this Tottenham defence now, forcing a corner that is just about dealt with before a vicious long-range strike from Lewis O’Brien has to be parried away by a diving Lloris.
Composed but risky from Perisic as he then guides a header back to his goalkeeper with Spurs under huge pressure.
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18 mins: End-to-end stuff now at the City Ground. It’s been a really entertaining start to this contest.
Forest’s latest attack is repelled after busy work from Lingard, while Son quickly feeds Kane at the other end.
The England skipper cuts inside and attempts to bend a strike into the far corner, but it whistles beyond the post.
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15 mins: Close again from Spurs!
Perisic stands up Williams, delivering an enticing cross that is headed clear.
Pinball ensues on the edge of the Forest box, until Son smashes an effort narrowly over the crossbar.
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13 mins: Almost 2-0 to Spurs as Kane is played in by a wonderful threaded Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pass, but Joe Worrall gets back to make a superb recovery challenge.
A vital intervention from the Forest captain.
Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground
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Kane reaches another milestone with his 200th Premier League goal, and he has Kulusevski to thank.
The obvious pass was to Ivan Perisic but instead Kulusevski reversed the ball to Kane, who finished from the edge of the box.
Great decision making by the Swede.
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9 mins: Forest have not been at all deterred by that setback, with Johnson clearly the danger man.
His latest shot is blocked, while there was a dangerous ball fizzed across the six-yard box a few moments ago, plus a foolishly heavy challenge by Emerson Royal.
Johnson again coming forward now as Tottenham struggle to deal with the significant threat posed by the Welsh international.
GOAL! Nottingham Forest 0-1 Tottenham | Harry Kane 6'
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6 mins: Tottenham score with their first attack of the afternoon!
Their counter looks to have been broken up, but Forest concede possession sloppily in midfield and the visitors are away again.
It’s a fine pass from Dejan Kulusevski into Kane, whose low shot trickles beyond Dean Henderson and into the bottom corner.
The Forest goalkeeper was unsighted by his own defender in Scott McKenna.
What a start for Conte’s men, wholly against the run of play so far.
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4 mins: Johnson looks to be away down the Forest right, but is denied by the offside flag.
Tottenham breaking forward for the first time in the early stages...
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3 mins: This is quite some early tempo from Forest, roared on by a raucous home crowd in the East Midlands sunshine.
Brennan Johnson causes all sorts of problems with a great run and Gibbs-White ends up blazing a hopeful effort well over the crossbar.
Tottenham need to ride this early wave and settle into the game.
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2 mins: A very fast start from the hosts, with Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris twice called into action early, punching away a free-kick after Davinson Sanchez’s foul on Jesse Lingard before smothering a right-wing cross from Neco Williams.
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The Forest fans in full voice as we get underway at the City Ground!
A deafening rendition of their version of Paul McCartney’s ‘Mull of Kintyre’ before referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle.
Can Tottenham maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season?
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The teams are on their way out at the City Ground!
Already a crackling atmosphere on the banks of the River Trent.
Tottenham transfer plans
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Spurs’ football director Fabio Paratici surveys the scene pre-kick off at the City Ground.
You wonder if his mind is focused upon what other transfer business the club can do before Thursday’s summer deadline.
Ambitious Tottenham have made eight signings already this summer, but could push for more this week to compensate for the expected exits of Sergio Reguilon, Harry Winks and Bryan Gil.
“For sure if there are players that go out, then we need players to come in,” Antonio Conte said on Friday. “The club know very well the importance for me to have a squad with a couple of players in every role.
“For sure we want to make happy every single player but at the same time we have to make the right evaluation for our club, for our team so we’ll see what happens.”
Conte expecting ‘great’ atmosphere
16:02 , George Flood
Antonio Conte is only too aware of the challenge facing his Tottenham side at a noisy City Ground this afternoon.
“Forest started the season very well. I think it’s good, nice to have Nottingham Forest in the Premier League because we’re talking about a club with a great history,” the Italian said at his pre-match press conference.
“I’ve seen there’s a great enthusiasm, a great atmosphere and my expectation is to play around a lot of noise.
“But we’re working well and preparing well. We know the game will be difficult. We have to go into the game with the right mind and try to do our best.”
Two Nottingham Forest changes
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Two changes from Forest to the side that drew at Everton, with record signing Morgan Gibbs-White having shaken off the knock that kept him out of the Carabao Cup win at Grimsby to make his first start for the club.
Boyhood Forest fan and academy graduate Ryan Yates also comes in, with Orel Mangala missing out and Taiwo Awoniyi - who scored the winning goal against West Ham a fortnight ago here - on the bench.
Jack Colback is back among the substitutes after illness, while £20m signing from Watford Emmanuel Dennis is part of the matchday squad for the first time.
Tottenham unchanged from Wolves win
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That’s an unchanged team from Tottenham as expected, with Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil joining Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp on the sidelines after missing training on Friday.
Ex-Forest star Djed Spence and Pape Matar Sarr are both promoted to the bench, where Antonio Conte looks a little light on attacking options, Richarlison aside.
The Brazilian’s wait for his first Spurs start goes on, as does Yves Bissouma’s.
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Starting XI: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic, Kulusevski, Son, Kane
Subs: Doherty, Richarlison, Sessegnon, Forster, Spence, Tanganga, Sarr, Lenglet, Bissouma
Nottingham Forest lineup
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Starting XI: Henderson, Worrall, Cook, McKenna, Williams, Gibbs-White, O’Brien, Toffolo, Yates, Lingard, Johnson
Subs: Biancone, Colback, Awoniyi, Hennessey, Surridge, Mighten, Kouyate, Freuler, Dennis
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Official lineups on the way from the East Midlands!
Don’t go anywhere...
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More warm greetings for Djed Spence inside the City Ground...
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 28, 2022
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Djed Spence has travelled with the Spurs squad today and gets a good reception from the assembled Forest fans following all his efforts in aiding their shock promotion push last term.
Kane set for rare Spurs rest soon
15:19 , George Flood
Harry Kane should start for Tottenham today, but Antonio Conte has hinted at a rare period of rest coming up.
The England captain has not been rested for a major Premier League or Champions League fixture since way back in 2018, but today’s trip to the City Ground marks a hectic stretch of seven games in just 21 days - including a London derby against West Ham on Wednesday.
“We are talking about a situation that we have to start to face, from Sunday we have to play seven games every three days,” Conte said.
“After every game I will have to check the situation with all of the players for tiredness and injuries. And one player will not be able to play in all seven games - it is impossible. I am not a magician! I cannot forecast this, but we go game by game to make the best decisions for the team and for the players.
“There is a World Cup in November and now in 23 or 24 days we have seven games.
“It’s crazy to think we can put always the same players. In this transfer market, our target was to improve the squad because we know very well we have to face four competitions, so to have the possibility to make rotations without dropping the level is important.
“Now we start to play games every three days, you understand if a team is strong or not.”
Renan Lodi to be unveiled as Forest player today
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Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano reports that the deal to take Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi to Nottingham Forest is now signed and sealed.
What’s more, the 24-year-old is expected to be unveiled to fans at the City Ground before kick-off against Tottenham this afternoon.
Not quite sure how Steve Cooper’s left-back pecking order will pan out once fellow summer recruit Omar Richards is back fit, with Forest also having signed Harry Toffolo from Huddersfield.
Atletico’s replacement for Lodi, we should say, looks set to be Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon.
Djed Spence unlikely to face Forest reunion
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Djed Spence is unlikely to feature for Tottenham today against the club for whom he starred on loan from Middlesbrough last term.
While he featured 46 times for Forest in 2021-22, he has yet to play since completing a £20m switch to Tottenham in July, an unused substitute on the opening day of the season before being omitted entirely from the last two matchday squads.
That absence is likely to continue here, though Antonio Conte has urged the need for patience as Spence tries to make the step up.
“I was very clear at the start when I said this signing is a really good prospect,” Conte said this week.
“He’s a young player and the club wanted to invest in this player.
“The difference is clear. To play in the Championship with Nottingham Forest and then with Tottenham, he needs time to adapt himself in many aspects, in the physical aspect and the tactical aspect because now he is working with another coach.
“I’m seeing a lot of desire, a lot of will from this player to try to reduce this gap and to be ready.
“With a young player, it’s important to have patience, to work and then to improve. I’m sure Djed for the future will be an important player for Tottenham.”
Renan Lodi to become 18th Nottingham Forest signing
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Nottingham Forest have been among the busiest teams in Europe on the transfer front since ending their 23-year exile from the Premier League via the Championship play-offs last term, drastically reshaping the squad that triumphed at Wembley in a bid to ensure that they don’t make an instant return to the second tier.
Backed heavily by Greek owner Evangelos Marinakis, the Tricky Trees have made an incredible 17 signings in this window so far, with most recent arrival from Bordeaux, South Korean striker Hwang Ui-jo, sent straight out on loan to the Marinakis-owned Olympiacos.
But they certainly aren’t done yet with Thursday’s 11pm BST deadline looming.
Forest are now reported to be close to signing Atletico Madrid full-back Renan Lodi on loan for the season, at a cost of around £4.24m.
Further incomings are still expected beyond that, with links to the likes of Blackpool winger Josh Bowler and ex-Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.
Will this overhaul have the desired effect, or is it a case of too much change, too fast?
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The calm before the storm!
So great to see this iconic old stadium back hosting top-flight football after an absence of more than two decades.
We should be in for some atmosphere once again this afternoon.
Tottenham predicted lineup
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Here is how Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick sees Tottenham lining up today. It would be an unchanged lineup from the one that started against Wolves last weekend...
Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Son, Kane.
Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham prediction
14:21 , George Flood
The City Ground can be a cauldron, but Spurs surely have too much quality for newly-promoted Forest.
Spurs to win, 2-1.
Tottenham team news
14:20 , George Flood
Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp could return to Tottenham training next week, but they are both out again today.
Lucas Moura and Bryan Gil missed training on Friday and each face late fitness tests, though the latter is expected to join LaLiga outfit Valencia on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline anyway.
Summer signings Richarlison and Yves Bissouma are pushing for their first Spurs starts after impressing off the bench, while there is competition in both wing-back spots between Ivan Perisic/Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal/Matt Doherty.
Davinson Sanchez should once again deputise for the absent Romero on the left side of Antonio Conte’s back three.
Nottingham Forest team news
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Nottingham Forest look set to be boosted by the return of experienced midfielder Jack Colback this afternoon after illness.
However, defenders Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards are both still sidelined.
£42.5million signing Morgan Gibbs-White missed the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at fourth-tier Grimsby in midweek with a knock sustained in last weekend’s last-gasp draw with Everton at Goodison Park, but should be fit to feature here.
Manager Steve Cooper has been eager to play down fitness concerns over Cheikhou Kouyate, meanwhile.
How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham
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TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR, with coverage beginning after the conclusion of Wolves vs Newcastle.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Sky Go app.
Welcome to Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham LIVE coverage!
14:03 , George Flood
Hello and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Nottingham Forest vs Tottenham in the Premier League!
Spurs head to the East Midlands today hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign and produce a complete performance as they look to withstand the early pace at the top-flight summit.
But they might find life difficult against a Forest side that have had an encouraging start to their first campaign back at this level for 23 years, seeing off West Ham in their only home contest so far in front of a raucous support that will surely be every bit as loud this week.
Kick-off this afternoon is at 4:30pm BST, so stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates, including expert analysis from Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick at the City Ground.