Tottenham 3-1 Nottm Forest LIVE! Big Spurs win - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Tottenham 3-1 Nottm Forest LIVE! Big Spurs win - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

A brace from Harry Kane helped Tottenham put a miserable week behind them with an entertaining 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

Son Heung-min was also on target for Spurs before Joe Worrall grabbed a late consolation for the visitors and, while Fraser Forster saved a penalty from Andre Ayew in stoppage time, it was a comfortable and much-needed victory for Antonio Conte’s side.

FA Cup and Champions League exits this month have extended the club’s barren run without silverware but this win moved Tottenham six points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League top-four battle and eased the pressure on the non-committal Conte following a costly recent winless run.

Spurs had failed to score in any of their last three matches and Richarlison, despite his explosive post-match interview after Wednesday’s Champions League exit, started with Dejan Kulusevski dropped to the bench.

All eyes were on the £60million forward from the off with the former Everton man still waiting to open his league account for Tottenham.

Richarlison thought that had changed with three minutes played when he fired home after Oliver Skipp’s perfectly-weighted through ball but a lengthy VAR check deemed the striker offside in yet another controversial margin call.

It was reminiscent of what happened to Richarlison against Fulham here in September but the mood in N17 has vastly changed since that early-season optimism.

Disappointment in two cup competitions this month had increased the apathy amongst the fanbase, especially with Conte’s reign seemingly drawing to a close and yet a familiar source provided a timely boost.

Richarlison and then Ben Davies kept the ball alive in the area and January recruit Pedro Porro clipped a wonderful cross into the area that Kane guided beyond Keylor Navas with his head for a 19th-minute opener.

First-half goals had been a rarity for Tottenham this season but they were being helped by a hospitable opponent who have won only once on the road in the league this campaign.

A second for Spurs and Kane arrived with 35 minutes on the clock, with Richarlison again involved.

Porro chipped into Kane, who played into the path of Richarlison in the area and the forward was brought down by Forest captain Worrall.

Referee Craig Pawson instantly pointed to the spot and Kane fired into the roof of the net from 12-yards to score his first penalty since December’s World Cup miss against France in Qatar.

Kane missed a headed chance soon after for his hat-trick but more goals felt out there for the hosts.

Forest boss Steve Cooper did his best to stem the tide with forwards Emmanuel Dennis and Ayew introduced at the break.

It did little to stop Tottenham’s resurgence with Richarlison and Son having shots blocked before they combined for the third.

Richarlison saw one cross cleared but picked out Son at the second time of asking and the South Korean controlled before he slotted into the corner for his 10th goal of a frustrating season.

Forest had briefly threatened before Son’s effort with Felipe hooking over and Brennan Johnson testing Forster from a tight angle.

Cooper’s woes continued when substitute Chris Wood was forced off with an injury but Navas denied Ben Davies and Son to keep the score respectable before the goal-shy visitors grabbed a consolation.

Worrall headed home at the back post after Felipe’s flick-on from a corner and further drama followed when substitute Kulusevski was penalised for handball inside the area.

Forster managed to save Ayew’s spot-kick and, with Liverpool losing away to Bournemouth earlier in the day, Spurs again have control of the fourth-place scrap.

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  • Conte wants the ‘right spirit’ from his Tottenham team

Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest FC

Thank you

18:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thank you for joining Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham’s win over Nottingham Forest.

Find our report, ratings, reaction and analysis below!

Conte compares Tottenham finishing in the top four to winning the Premier League

18:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte says finishing in the top four would be like winning the Premier League for his side after they responded to their midweek Champions League exit with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest

Harry Kane scored twice in the first half and Heung-min Son added a third as Spurs strengthened their grip on fourth-place and eased the pressure on Conte with a routine victory over the League’s worst away side.

They moved them six points clear of Liverpool at the end of a grim nine days, in which they crashed out of both the FA Cup and Champions League, following the 0-0 draw with AC Milan, and lost 1-0 at Wolves. With Liverpool not playing next weekend, Spurs can open up a nine-point gap to Jurgen Klopp’s side if they beat Southampton away.

Read his comments in full here!

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Conte calls on Spurs squad to show ‘right spirit’ to overcome ‘difficult situations’

18:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte believes the “right spirit” can help Tottenham overcome “difficult situations” between now and the end of the season.

Spurs ended a miserable week for the club with a 3-1 home win over Nottingham Forest to move six points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool and tighten their trip on fourth spot in the Premier League.

Harry Kane scored twice before Heung-min Son wrapped up the three points, albeit Fraser Forster was forced into a late penalty save to keep the scoreline comfortable.

Joe Worrall had pulled one back for the away side before Dejan Kulusevski handled in the box late on, though Forster ultimately denied Andre Ayew.

Read the full story here!

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Fresh hope Conte can finish on a high as Spurs return to winning ways

17:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham provided the perfect response to their difficult week, albeit against the perfect opponents.

A 3-1 win over struggling Nottingham Forest eased the pressure on Antonio Conte and strengthened Spurs’ grip on fourth-place, as they opened up a six point gap to Liverpool, who lost 1-0 at Bournemouth earlier in the day.

By the time Jurgen Klopp’s side play next, at Manchester City on April 1, Spurs could be nine points clear if they also beat bottom-club Southampton next weekend.

That is why Daniel Levy decided to keep Conte in charge after Wednesday’s limp Champions League exit against AC Milan and this victory, sealed by Harry Kane’s double and Heung-min Son’s strike, will raise optimism that Spurs can return to the competition next term via another top-four finish.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full analysis here!

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Tottenham player ratings: Pedro Porro another big positive as Richarlison provides perfect response

17:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham responded to their difficult week with a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest to strengthen their grip on fourth-place.

Harry Kane’s first half double, the second from the penalty spot, and Heung-min Son’s strike put Antonio Conte’s team in complete control against the top-flight’s worst away side but Joe Worrall headed home a late consolation for the visitors before Fraser Forster saved a stoppage-time penalty from Andre Ayew.

The win moved Spurs six points clear of Liverpool, who lost at Bournemouth earlier in the day.

Dan Kilpatrick was at White Hart Lane to rate the Spurs players...


Tottenham 3-1 Nottingham Forest: Harry Kane brace tightens Spurs grip on the top four

17:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane scored a first-half brace as Tottenham beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 to go six points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League’s top four.

Richarlison, handed a rare start just days after appearing to criticise Conte, latched onto a brilliant early ball from Oliver Skipp and hit a lethal finish past Keylor Navas, though VAR intervention ruled the goal out.

As has so often been the case at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this season, the game felt flat. While Forest put Spurs under little pressure, there was even less in the way of clear-cut opportunities until Kane popped up with his first.

Read Jonathan Gorrie’s full match report here!

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FT: Tottenham 3-1 Nottingham Forest

16:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

A big win for Spurs, who respond from a difficult week with a routine win.


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92 mins: Forster saves from Andre Ayew!


16:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

91 mins: Kulusevksi handles in the box.

Four minutes added on

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90 mins: Every chance Spurs get a fourth here.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

16:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

Just as I was wondering if Forster was Spurs’ signing of the summer, the goalkeeper drops a clanger, flapping at a corner and squandering Spurs’ clean sheet. Worrall the beneficiary at the back post.

Tottenham 3-1 Nottingham Forest | Joe Worrall ‘81

16:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

81 mins: Worrall heads in from close range to pull one back for Forest.


16:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

76 mins: An AMAZING save from Fraser Forster denies Serge Aurier a goal on his return to Tottenham.

Nottingham Forest changes

16:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs absolutely cruising

16:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

65 mins: The perfect response to such a dismal week.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham, Hotspur Stadium

16:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

Conte wheeled away, screaming and punching the air after Son’s goal. There’s life in him yet...

GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Nottingham Forest | Heung-min Son ‘62 mns

16:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

62 mins: Game over!

Son fires in a third as he twists and turns on Richarlison’s cross.

Half-chance for Forest

16:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

58 mins: Worrall wins a flick-on from a deep free-kick but Felipe cannot hook his shot beneath the cross bar while on the turn.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

16:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

This position suits Spurs down to the ground. They have a two-goal cushion against an opponent who are having to go for it. Expect lots of space for Son and Richarlison to run beyond Kane this half

A touch more from Forest

16:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

53 mins: Spurs not under huge pressure by any means but Forest enjoying a touch more of the ball in midfield.

Forest change

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Back underway!

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Away we go at Spurs!

Elsewhere across the Premier League

15:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Dan Kilpatrick’s half-time verdict

15:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs are providing the perfect response to their difficult week, albeit against the perfect opponents. Conte’s side are in complete control here, and leading through Kane’s double, but Forest have offered very, very little.

HT: Tottenham 2-0 Nottingham Forest

15:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs in a commanding position after Harry Kane’s brace.

Nothing silly from Spurs now

15:48 , Jonathan Gorrie

46 mins: Shelvey is allowed to shoot from range as Spurs sit off.

Cannot sit back here.

Forest have offered nothing

15:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

40 mins: Spurs should be going for as many goals as possible here. Forest look all over the shop.

Dan Kilpatrick from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs have now scored three good goals (albeit one disallowed) but you could not have picked them a better opponent than Forest at home. Steve Cooper’s side have offered absolutely nothing of substance and are making this easy for Spurs.

GOAL: Tottenham 2-0 Nottingham Forest | Harry Kane ‘35

15:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

35 mins: Kane blasts it straight down the middle. Never in doubt.


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35 mins: Richarlison brought down by Worrall. Clear penalty.

Reasonably flat

15:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

33 mins: Obviously, Spurs do not need to go rushing forward and leaving space behind but they are hardly doing much in pursuit of a second goal against the Premier League’s worst away side.

Spurs winning the midfield battle

15:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

27 mins: Very poor from the away side in the middle of the park at the moment, with Spurs able to win the ball easily before mounting another attack.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Kane’s goal has raised the decibels a little after a subdued start in N17. Forest’s defensive shape is playing into Spurs’ hands with the visitors struggling to keep the ball or play their way out of their half.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Nottingham Forest | Harry Kane ‘20

15:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

20 mins: Saying that, Spurs have quite a good striker too.

Ben Davies does well to keep the ball alive in the box, finding Pedro Porro. The January signing then chips one in to Harry Kane, who heads back across Keylor Navas.

Signs of Forest threat

15:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

19 mins: Lovely ball from Shelvey into Johnson, though Romero does well to cover and the Forest striker overruns it.

Still, an indication as to what the away side can offer.

Comfortable for Forest

15:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

16 mins: Porro asking why his teammates aren’t offering more angles as he charges up the right.

Forest hardly under any pressue so far.

Decent chance for Tottenham

15:14 , Jonathan Gorrie

13: Romero gets a free header from Porro’s free-kick but gets it all wrong...

Such a shame for Tottenham

15:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

12 mins: The decision has given Forest some belief here, with Cooper’s side pushing up the field.

Very tight call.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

15:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

That would have been the perfect response from Richarlison to his obvious frustration and Conte’s fiery comments yesterday. It was the most fractional offside call. But positive signs for the Brazilian nonetheless.


15:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

VAR chalks Richarlison’s opener off due to offside...

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Nottingham Forest | Richarlison ‘3

15:04 , Jonathan Gorrie

03 mins: Richarlison does his midweek argument a world of good with a brilliant finish following Skipp’s lofted balll.

Lethal finish.


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Away we go at Spurs!

Dan Kilpatrick’s pre-match verdict

14:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Liverpool lose!

14:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Huge chance for Spurs to open up a gap in the 4th after Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten at Bournemouth.

Tottenham and Antonio Conte given deadline to decide on manager’s contract

14:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham and Antonio Conte must decide this month if the manager is staying put next season, says Gus Poyet.

Conte’s current contract runs until the end of the season. The club holds the option of a one-year extension, but it remains to be seen if there is an appetite to trigger the clause after three hugely disappointing cup exits.

Last night’s lifeless loss to a poor AC Milan side ended Spurs’ Champions League hopes, and last week the club were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United. In January, Nottingham Forest dispatched them in the Carabao Cup. Spurs now have just fourth place to aim for during the season run-in.

But Poyet says the club and Conte should only see out the season if the manager will be in charge next term, and believes the ongoing speculation will only negatively impact results.

Read the full story here!

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Why is Emerson Royal not in the Tottenham squad today?

14:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Brazilian is still not fit from the knee injury to have ruled him out of the last few games.


Richarlison starts!

14:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

It seems as you have to do is to slate Conte to get a start these days...

Confirmed Nottingham Forest lineup

14:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Confirmed Tottenham lineup

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Latest odds

13:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

Betfair - Tottenham v Nottingham Forest

Tottenham to win 2/5

The draw 18/5

Nottingham Forest to win 7/1

Head to head (h2h) history and results

13:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

These sides’ two meetings this season, in the league and Carabao Cup, are evenly split with a 2-0 win each at the City Ground.

Spurs wins: 56

Draws: 29

Forest wins: 37

De Zerbi joins Frank and Cooper in playing down Tottenham manager links

13:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

Roberto De Zerbi has joined fellow Premier League managers Thomas Frank and Steve Cooper in distancing himself from the Tottenham job.

The highly-rated Brighton boss has been linked with potentially succeeding Antonio Conte at Spurs, having performed brilliantly at the Amex Stadium since arriving in the aftermath of Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea in September.

De Zerbi has taken on Potter’s impressive work on the south coast, ensuring they did not skip a beat after the latter’s exit. He also withstood the further departure of influential winger Leandro Trossard to Arsenal plus another drawn-out January transfer saga involving key midfielder Moises Caicedo to have the Seagulls sitting eighth in the Premier League after 23 matches and in the thick of the hunt for European qualification with a string of high-profile scalps to their name.

Read the full story here!

Stakes higher than ever as Spurs face two paths in manager hunt that will define club

13:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

The worst-kept secret in football is out and Antonio Conte’s departure from Tottenham is now a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

The club is already succession planning, and Fabio Paratici has begun drawing up a shortlist of possible candidates, thought to be topped by former Spain boss Luis Enrique.

Daniel Levy will have the final say on whether Conte remains in the job until his contract is up in June or leaves sooner, which really boils down to whether the chairman believes he is still the best man to lead Spurs to another fourth-placed finish and salvage something from the season.

There has been little in recent weeks to suggest Conte’s side are capable of maintaining their loose grip on fourth, although they have a favourable run-in, starting against Forest on Saturday, and one game a week for the remainder of the campaign. Liverpool still have to play four of the ‘big six’, including Spurs.

There is incentive for Levy to be decisive rather than appoint an interim boss (which would almost certainly be Ryan Mason) until the end of the season, when there will be increased competition for available elite coaches, possibly from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Another headache for Levy is over Paratici’s involvement in the process, given the managing director’s own uncertain future at the club and in the game. If Paratici loses his appeal, due to be heard in the next four weeks, against a 30-month ban from Italian football, the sanction will likely be extended to the whole of Europe, while a second court case, relating to missing wage payments to Juventus players while Paratici was a director at the club, is pending.

Paratici is a popular and respected figure at Spurs, who has already made his mark in the transfer market, but it would surely be a risk for Levy to trust him entirely to pick Conte’s successor, so the chairman is likely to have thoughts of his own.

This is where Mauricio Pochettino comes in. The Argentine is not thought to feature prominently in Paratici’s thinking (there is a feeling that the club might only be big enough for the one of them), but Pochettino and Levy have remained on good terms since the former’s sacking in 2019.

Re-hiring Pochettino would come with risks, but is clearly the fans’ choice and would be the most popular move the under-fire chairman could make.

Other names being mentioned include former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner, Celtic manager Agne Postecoglou, Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi and Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti.

In narrowing the field, Levy and Paratici will be mindful of another impending problem coming down the tracks: the future of Harry Kane, who has put off contract talks until the end of the season. If Spurs are to convince their all-time record scorer that his future is still with his boyhood club, the right manager is crucial. At the heart of all these considerations is the question of what kind of club Spurs are or want to be.

Since Pochettino’s departure, Spurs have lost their way, twice failing with big-name, ‘win now’ coaches in Conte and Jose Mourinho, who both count Spurs as the only club where they have failed to win silverware, and hiring three consecutive managers who play negative football.

A desire to return to the push-and-run ‘DNA’ referenced by Levy in 2021 will be a major factor in the club’s choice, but do Spurs persist with hiring bosses with global reputations or go for a less-celebrated project coach in search of the next Pochettino?

Given all the elements in play, the timing of Conte’s exit and identity of his replacement are huge decisions that will obviously shape Spurs’s chances of competing in the short and long term.

Paratici and Levy made a mess of their last major manager search, overlooking Erik ten Hag and ending up with Nuno Espirito Santo. This time around, the stakes are even higher.

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Conte is desperate to leave and Spurs should end his pointless tenure

12:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte may limp on at Tottenham for a few more weeks or matches, perhaps even until his contract is up at the end of the season, but Wednesday night’s Champions League exit felt like the end-game of his underwhelming tenure.

The only positive for Spurs from a pedestrian draw with AC Milan, who deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals, is that at least now there should be clarity.

If Harry Kane had scored a stoppage-time header — Spurs’s best chance in 173 minutes trailing to the Serie A side — and Spurs had found a way to progress through extra-time or penalties, it would only have prolonged Conte’s pointless and draining tenure.

Read the full story here!

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Conte suggests Tottenham fans’ lack of patience has not helped club

12:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has suggested the fans’ lack of patience has not helped his team in their failed bid to win silverware this season.

Spurs are consigned to a 15th consecutive campaign without a trophy after FA Cup and Champions League exits this month.

It has increased the pressure on Conte, who is expected to leave at the end of the season, and he took aim at supporters ahead of Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Forest.

Read his comments in full here!

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Prediction: 1-1 draw

12:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

It is hard to see Spurs players rousing themselves too much for this match given the clear unhappiness of their manager and fans, having been dumped out of two cup competitions in a matter of a few days. Forest will sense that and make it tricky for their hosts.

A 1-1 draw.

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Nottingham Forest team news: Ryan Yates fit

12:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

Forest’s bulky squad is also without several key players including Willy Boly, Dean Henderson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Scott McKenna, plus Giulian Biancone and Omar Richards.

Steve Cooper has Ryan Yates fit again and ready to return to the lineup, while Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate are also back in training.

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Tottenham team news: Ivan Perisic a doubt

12:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs remain without Hugo Lloris, Yves Bissouma, Ryan Sessegnon and Rodrigo Bentancur, while Emerson Royal did not train on Friday due to a knock.

Ivan Perisic has also been dealing with an issue and could be a doubt for Saturday.

Conte could bring Eric Dier back into the XI after he was suspended against AC Milan in midweek while Pedro Porro will hope to earn a start.

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Where to watch Tottenham vs Nottingham Forest

12:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel and live stream: The match will not be broadcast live in the UK due to the 3pm Saturday blackout.

Highlights: Match of the Day will broadcast highlights from today’s game at 10.30pm GMT on Saturday.


12:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham’s clash with Nottingham Forest later today.

Kick-off from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 3pm GMT.

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