Son shines as bright start continues at the Lane

LONDON • Son Heung Min was Tottenham's hero once again as the South Korean's first English Premier League goal clinched a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday.

Son had scored twice on his home debut in Tottenham's Europa League 3-1 victory against Qarabag of Azerbaijan last Thursday and the forward's dream start continued as he was the toast of White Hart Lane just three days later.

The 23-year-old settled a hard-fought encounter midway through the second half to give Mauricio Pochettino's side their first home league win of the season.

Son already has three goals in three appearances since signing from German club Bayer Leverkusen for £18 million (S$39 million) last month and he departed to a standing ovation with 12 minutes left.

Spurs were also indebted to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The France international produced a superb one-handed save from Bakary Sako's effort after the Palace forward was left in space at the far post. That proved the turning point as Tottenham took the lead moments later in the 68th minute when Christen Eriksen slipped a pass to Son, who accelerated away from Brede Hangeland and Martin Kelly before hitting a low strike through Alex McCarthy's legs.

"I hope every week is like this," said Son. "It's amazing (to play in the Premier League), a really different style to the Bundesliga, more power and speed. I like this and am happy to play."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2015, with the headline 'Son shines as bright start continues at the Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe