Tottenham 2-0 Chelsea: Skipp and Kane pile pressure on Potter
Tottenham cranked up the pressure on Graham Potter as Oliver Skipp's first goal for the club and Harry Kane's late strike secured a 2-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday's Premier League contest.
Potter's position has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after a torrid run of form, and that looks set to intensify after yet another miserable defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Blues failed to take advantage of a reprieve shortly before half-time when Hakim Ziyech's red card was overturned following a VAR review, with Skipp powering home immediately after the restart.
Kane added a second in the 82nd minute to move Spurs four points clear of Newcastle United, although the Magpies have two games in hand. Chelsea remain in 10th – a whopping 14 points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.
Chelsea's plans took a hit in the 19th minute when Thiago Silva was forced off after sustaining an injury as he thwarted Harry Kane inside the penalty area.
Spurs went agonisingly close to taking the lead shortly before the half-hour mark when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's effort from the edge of the area was deflected onto the base of the post.
Chelsea momentarily thought they had been reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time when Ziyech received a red card for striking Emerson Royal in the face, but his punishment was downgraded to a caution following a pitch-side review by referee Stuart Attwell.
Spurs started the second half in electric fashion, grabbing the opener 19 seconds after the restart thanks to Skipp's thunderous strike from 20 yards that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
Kane then made sure of victory inside the closing 10 minutes with a simple back-post finish from a corner.
What does it mean? Chelsea's dire season goes on
Chelsea's dismal run continued at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the Blues now having won just two of their past 15 Premier League matches.
They rarely looked like finding the back of the net here and have now scored just once in their past six games in all competitions.
Spurs, meanwhile, have won three consecutive Premier League home games without conceding for the first time since April 2019. That previous run was their first three matches at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Skipp's sublime strike 19 seconds into the second half was the earliest such goal in a Premier League game since Gerard Deulofeu for Watford against West Ham in May 2019 (45:11).
Ziyech endured a game to forget. He can consider himself fortunate to have seen his red card overturned, given he did make contact with Emerson's face. Potter hauled him off just after the hour mark anyway after failing to make a single key pass.
Key Opta Facts:
- Tottenham have ended a run of eight Premier League games without a victory against Chelsea (D2 L6), defeating them for the first time since November 2018 when the sides were managed by Mauricio Pochettino and Maurizio Sarri respectively.
- Chelsea have scored six goals across their last 12 games in the Premier League – no side has scored fewer in the competition since the start of November.
- The Blues have failed to win any of their last eight away games in the Premier League (D4 L4), their longest wait for an away win in the competition since a 16-game run between April 2000 and March 2001.
- Skipp scored his first ever goal for Spurs in what was his 67th appearance for the club, and with his 16th shot. Skipp became the 160th different player to score for Spurs in the Premier League, with only West Ham (164) and Newcastle (161) having more different scorers (excluding own-goals).
- Kane is one of only two players to score 20+ goals in each of the last nine seasons in all competitions for clubs in Europe's big-five leagues, along with Robert Lewandowski.
Tottenham travel to Sheffield United for an FA Cup fifth-round clash on Wednesday, while Chelsea host Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether Potter will be in charge for that.