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Tottenham Hotspur increased the pressure on Steve Cooper with a 2-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

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Despite Spurs dominating possession, the match at the City Ground proved challenging, with Ange Postecoglou’s team resiliently securing three crucial points.

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Cooper’s Forest have now suffered five defeats in their last six matches, inching dangerously close to the relegation zone, with a precarious five-point cushion above the bottom three.

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In the early stages, Tottenham nearly took the lead when Dejan Kulusevski’s pass found Son Heung-min, whose close-range attempt was thwarted by Matt Turner’s leg just three minutes into the game.

Forest opted to defend deep and counter, with Anthony Elanga testing Guglielmo Vicario, who stood tall to deny the Swede. Turner came to Forest’s aid again when Brennan Johnson’s improvised shot was palmed behind.

Despite facing pressure in the first half, Tottenham took the lead just before halftime when Richarlison headed in Kulusevski’s perfectly delivered cross.

In the second half, Forest threatened from a set piece, but Willy Boly’s effort went over after Elanga found him free in the box. A goal from Elanga was disallowed for offside after a VAR check.

Tottenham’s Kulusevski capitalized on a defensive error to score with his right foot. The match took a turn when Yves Bissouma received a red card after a VAR check for a dangerous challenge, leaving Tottenham with ten men.

Turner made crucial saves, denying Kulusevski and Son’s attempts, while Vicario saved a towering Harry Toffolo header. Forest’s final chance hit the post, securing Spurs’ victory as they held on to claim the points.

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