Son rises late for resilient Tottenham

SUPER STRIKE Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min (centre) is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring a late winner against Newcastle United on Saturday. AFP

Chelsea’s new signing Gonzalo Higuain netted his first two Premier League goals in Chelsea’s 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town while Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min struck late for a 1-0 win over Newcastle United as they moved into second place.

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3-1 at Everton on a day when most of the top teams did not play, while at the bottom Fulham lost 0-2 at Crystal Palace, Burnley drew 1-1 with Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford was goalless.

Goals were never an issue at Chelsea where their new loan signing gave a quick display of his potency.

First Higuain made space in the area to fire home from a tight angle after 16 minutes and then produced a shot that deflected past the keeper in the 67th.

With Eden Hazard also scoring twice, and David Luiz adding the fifth, Chelsea gave the perfect response to their 4-0 midweek drubbing at Bournemouth, which had piled pressure on coach Maurizio Sarri.

Hazard said: “I think he (Sarri) will be happy, because he was wanting a reaction from us and we gave him one.

“We try to work with each other, Higuain is a new player but he knows what the manager wants. He is a great striker and he can score a lot of goals. England is different than Italy and Spain but he has that ability.”

The win took Chelsea back to fourth place three points above Arsenal, who visit third-placed Manchester City on Sunday, while Huddersfield stay stuck in the basement, six points off second-bottom Fulham. Leaders Liverpool visit West Ham on Monday.

Spurs are making a habit of scoring late winners with Son, who also got the equaliser against Watford in midweek, bagging their third in successive league games to take them above Manchester City by a point and within four of Liverpool.

Having wasted a series of chances, Tottenham finally scored in the 81st minute although Son owed a vote of thanks to Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka, who somehow allowed a hopeful shot from outside the area to creep under his body.

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