Full-time: Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough

  • Tottenham consolidate second place, cut Chelsea's title lead back down to nine points and end a run of consecutive draws with comfortable win at White Hart Lane
  • Spurs dominate the first half but are unable to find a way through Middlesbrough's resilient defence
  • Harry Kane breaks the deadlock from the penalty spot shortly before the hour mark after Heung-Min Son is fouled by Bernardo
  • Marten de Roon spurns a great chance to snatch an unlikely point for the visitors in second-half stoppage time
  • Victor Valdes avoids red card but could face retrospective punishment after appearing to push Dele Alli in the face
  • 15th-place Boro have won only one of their last 10 matches across all competitions and are now just one point above the relegation zone following Hull's win over Liverpool
  • Earlier: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal, Hull 2-0 Liverpool
Harry Kane

A mostly comfortable victory for Spurs, but they had to endure a few nervy moments late on.

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Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough


Negredo's hopeful late shot is blocked by Dembele. Harry Winks, who came on for Alli during the final throws of normal time, then concedes a free-kick for handball.


Kane's race is run. Vincent Janssen jogs on for the final few moments.


What a chance for Middlesbrough to snatch a point at the death. Fabio's long pass is headed down by Bamford and Negredo flicks the ball on to De Roon, who volleys wide.

He should have hit the target there.


Three minutes of added time for Middlesbrough to find an equaliser or Tottenham to put the game beyond reach.


Lloris, under pressure from Negredo, flaps unconvincingly at another decent cross from the left boot of Fabio. Bamford wins a corner off Davies but Tottenham survive.

This is not quite as comfortable as the home supporters would like.


Middlesbrough are just beginning to ask one or two questions as the clock ticks down towards 90 minutes. Guedioura's lofted pass intended for Negredo is collected by Lloris.


Fabio stands up a cross to the back post and Negredo misses the target with an acrobatic overhead kick. Not a bad effort.


Clattenburg plays a good advantage after Sissoko is felled. Kane picks out Alli and looks to turn home the return ball, but Bernardo is on hand to make a crucial intervention.

Fabio then blocks an Eriksen shot with his elbow.


Middlesbrough are getting a bit stretched now as they try to go in search of an unlikely equaliser. Eriksen dwells on the ball too long and Alli and Kane get in each other's way.


Karanka's final sub sees Bamford replace Traore. Pochettino withdraws the industrious Son in favour of Moussa Sissoko.


Kane engineers a three v two situation, but his initial pass to Alli is too heavy.

The former MK Dons prodigy sill tries to pick out his England teammate, only for Eriksen to get in the way. A promising attack fizzles out.


De Roon cannot guide his header on target after a cross from Traore. Tottenham win another corner when Kane's delivery is deflected behind by Bernardo.

Negredo gets back to fulfill more defensive duties.


Traore will require some medical attention after a mistimed sliding challenge from Davies.

Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford are both warming up for Middlesbrough. Which one will Karanka call upon?


Son winces in pain after having his foot trodden on by Chambers. Eriksen's free-kick is headed away by Negredo.


Son takes on Bernardo again before firing into the side netting. Valdes then gratefully intercepts a right-wing centre.

At the other end, Guedioura smashes a shot high into the stands. Dreadful effort.



Karanka responds to that goal by making a double switch. Stuani replaces Downing and Guedioura, a £3.5m deadline day arrival from Watford, comes on for Forshaw.


Trouble for Dier and Forshaw almost finds a way through. Alderweireld is there to mop up.


With relief flooding around the stadium, Tottenham push for a quick second and Valdes makes a fine stop to deny Eriksen.


Ice cool from Kane as he sends Valdes the wrong way and slots his spot-kick into the bottom corner. That's a 16th goal of the season for him.

Harry Kane


Goal: Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough (Harry Kane)


Son cuts inside Bernardo with a brilliant touch and is promptly taken down by the Colombian defender.