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31 minutes Gibbs-White charges down the right and curves a teasing cross behind the Spurs defence. Lloris crosses and dives to fend off Lingard’s ball at the far post.

29 minutes “Hi Rob,” said Simon McMahon. “200 league goals for Kane? That’s impressive, but still a bit short of the number Dundee United will concede in 38 games this season…”

You have my sympathy, if not necessarily my empathy.

28 minutes Brennan Johnson causes a lot of problems for Spurs, especially when he retreats down the right. Despite the scoreline, it was a truly encouraging performance from Forest.

28 minutes A quiet little spell, the first in the game.

26 minutes “Before I lost all my VHS tapes forever, I had a well-worn copy of the 1991 cup final,” says Paul Fowler. “If I remember correctly, a bright spark decided to try out pitchside microphones for the first time in that game. At one point, Roy Keane jumped around Justin Edinburgh next to the touchline right (and the aforementioned microphone) and the whole of the UK was treated to Justin de Roy’s full-throated assessment as “Irish ****” at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. RIP Justin, obviously a good guy.

This is what YouTube was invented for.

24 minutes Another dangerous cross from Johnson is cleared by the Sanchez stretch. The Spurs defenders are not enjoying their afternoon.

23 minutes Possession watch: Forest 61-39 Spurs.

21 minutes Gibbs-White’s corner is half clear for O’Brien, who pings a long-range drive that is unconvincingly pushed back by Lloris. Forest keep the ball, Williams drawing up a cross at the far post. Perisic calmly directs him towards his own goal, and Lloris jumps to his right to catch up.

20 mins Williams’ fierce cross hits Perisic’s back and goes behind for another corner. It’s a really enjoyable game.

18 minutes Spurs look so dangerous during the break. Son leads a three-on-three, going 40 yards before finding Kane to his left. He uses Worrall as a screen and shapes a curling shot not far from the far post.

His son is getting closer to Tottenham. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

17 minutes “With Maguire looking to get out of the Manchester United squad and a real lack of other England centre-backs,” Jon Collins begins, “Could Dier return to the England squad or even the squad if Spurs continue their strong start to the season?

I think he could, although he’s probably in direct competition with John Stones, assuming England play three centre-backs in most games. And Southgate is very fond of Stones. I guess Dier could replace someone like Conor Coady in the team.

16 min: So close to Son! After a bit of pinball at the edge of the forest area, Son whips out a brilliant first-time curler who beats Henderson and flashes just – and I mean just – over the bar.

13 minutes Hojbjerg opens up Forest with a through ball to Kane, who takes it in stride and is about to shoot when Worrall makes a life-saving tackle. Great defense.

13 minutes “I don’t know if Forest wins,” says Niall Mullen. “I can see Spurs doing the business, especially if Gazza keeps the lead and Lineker is fit. I’m not sure Des Walker is the player he was either.

I can’t wait to see this young Irishman everyone is talking about.

12 minutes “Ian Copestake is, to put it mildly, a jerk,” says Matt Turland. “While I like the job Super Cooper has done, Forest’s target over the next 2 games is to maintain respectable goal difference and maybe, just maybe, score a point. That said, I can’t wait to see MGW start and I think Freuler, if he arrives, will show real authority.

11 minutes Gibbs-White goes over the corner. All together now: what a waste of a corner.

11 minutes Johnson combines superbly with Lingard before hitting a 20-yard shot that deflects past international teammate Davies.

9 minutes An excellent low cross from Johnson is crucially cleared by Emerson Royal at the far post. Forest’s front three are truly brilliant, Gibbs-White in particular.

9 minutes “When do you think the last time an all-British 11 was fielded in the PL?” said Jamie Johnson. “Curious to see that, despite the signing largesse Forest have made, they seem to be fixed with a UK-based backbone. Are Forest the new Burnley?

That’s a good question (the first one), I’ll pass it on to Team Knowledge.

8 minutes This, I was reliably informed by Martin Tyler on Sky Sports, is Kane’s 200th career league goal.

Kulusevski recovered a loose ball at the halfway line, galloped into space and knocked down a nice pass to Kane. He moved to the edge of the area, the defenders backing up, and fired a light shot past flat-footed Henderson into the Forest goal. Henderson could only have been blind.

OBJECTIVE! Nottm Forest 0-1 Spurs (Kane 6)

Spurs take the lead with their first attack!

Harry Kane hides the first effort on goal.  Tottenham in the lead.
Harry Kane hides the first effort on goal. Tottenham in the lead. Photography: David Klein/Reuters

4 minutes Forest’s front three – Lingard, Gibbs-White and Johnson – change a lot. It was a very good start from Forest, with a decent pace and plenty of noise from the home crowd.

3 minutes Gibbs-White beats a few players on a thrilling run, then shoots from range moments later. He got off to a very confident start.

2 minutes “Did Spurs buy really well?” said Andrew Hurley. “Richarlison hasn’t really set the world on fire at Everton, and Perisic doesn’t have the legs to play a winger for a season in the Premier League. They seem to have spent a lot without raising the standard of quality as much (does Richarlison, especially since he more or less cost what Haaland did, a huge upgrade on Lucas Moura?)”

I guess we will find out, especially when the Champions League games start and Antonio Conte starts shooting. I’m torn with Richarlison but I don’t think it’s fair to compare his fee with Haaland because it was a buyout clause. A big difference with Lucas Moura is that he can play at centre-forward, allowing them to rest Kane from time to time.

1 minute Lingard wins an early free kick on the left wing. Gibbs-White’s inswinger is hit by Lloris.

1 minute Peeppeep! Forest start left to right as we watch, and bottom to top as they hope to play.

As always there is a belt atmosphere at the City Ground. It’s such a joy to find him as a Premier League midfielder, on TV, not to speak in person.

Stuart Broad (and Christian Karembeu) are in a crowded City Ground.
Stuart Broad (and Christian Karembeu) are in a crowded City Ground. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

“Call this one early, Rob, like a home win,” says Ian Copestake. “There is something about this Cooper-man that I find very attractive. It’s like discovering a new band that’s been around since 2014.”

I can’t believe you just started listening to the Pixies? Indie Cindy is one of the great debut albums!

Antonio Conte’s pre-match thoughts

We prepare in the same way for each game. You have to respect each team. Nottingham Forest are a solid team who have had a very good start to the season. We know there will be a lot of noise [smiles]and we have to prepare for the atmosphere.

Steve Cooper’s pre-game thoughts

We want [Morgan Gibbs-White] be himself. He’s a talented lad, a player I know well from England and Swansea. It gives us a good variety at the top of the field. If we do our part, [the atmosphere] can be of great help to us. We control that with the way we play and especially the way we start games, and that has to be our priority.

Wolves 1-1 Newcastle was the final score at Molineux, with two title goals from Ruben Neves and Allan Saint-Maximin.

The other first Premier League game is over Aston Villa 0-1 West Ham. Pablo Fornals scored the winner in the 74th minute; as a result, Leicester City are bottom of the fledgling league table.

The adorable Allan Saint-Maximin just marked a spectackLate equalizer for Newcastle at Wolves. Follow the last minutes of this match with Daniel Harris.

Team News

Forest are making two changes from their last league game, the 1-1 draw at Everton eight days ago. Ryan Yates and Morgan Gibbs-White replace Orel Mangala (injured) and Taiwo Awoniyi (retired). Gibbs-White, Wolves’ club-record signing, makes his full debut.

Spurs are unchanged from the 1-0 win over Wolves last weekend.

Nottingham Forest (3-4-3) Henderson; Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Williams, Yates, O’Brien, Toffolo; Gibbs-White, Johnson, Lingard.
Replacements: Hennessey, Biancone, Colback, Kouyate, Freuler, Awoniyi, Surridge, Mighten, Dennis.

Spurs (3-4-3) Loris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson Royal, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Replacements: Forster, Doherty, Spence, Tanganga, Lenglet, Sarr, Sessegnon, Bissouma, Richarlison.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Nottingham Forest v Tottenham Hotspur at the City Ground. This fixture is as evocative of the early 1990s as Eldorado, Laura Palmer and Bryan Fecking Adams. There was a famous FA Cup final in 1991, when Gazzamania became Gazza’s mania (oh and Spurs won the game), as well as two League Cup matches won by Forest: a quarter-final in 1990 (including a superb Nigel Jemson goal) and a semi-final in 1992, when both teams played brilliantly in the second leg despite a muddy pitch and a bomb that delayed kick-off by an hour. Roy Keane eventually scored the winner and ITV had to postpone the scheduled broadcast of Harry Secombe’s Highway.

Forest and Spurs were equals then, but they have lived in different worlds since the late 1990s. Spurs are now second in the Premier League, Forest fifth. But both are looking up. Spurs dream of breaking the top two, while Forest hope to join the group of teams that live happily between 11th and 17th in the Premier League.

If Forest are to stay up this season it will likely be because of their form at the City Ground. Although Brentford showed there was another way last season, most promoted clubs that survive in the Premier League do so because of their home form. Forest got off to the perfect start with an admittedly lucky 1-0 win over West Ham a fortnight ago. It is a more difficult challenge; it’s also, given the potential reward, even more exciting.

To start up 4:30 p.m.

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