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Ange Postecoglou has now enjoyed the best ever start by a new manager in the Premier League. Photo: AP

Spurs go top and remain unbeaten in the League

Tottenham Hotspur’s best start to a top-flight season for more than 60 years got even better as a 2-0 home win over Fulham sent them two points clear at the Premier League summit on Monday.

Captain Son Heung-min’s seventh league goal of the campaign and James Maddison’s first home strike for the club secured a seventh win in nine league games.

Unbeaten in the league under new manager Ange Postecoglou, Spurs have 23 points, two more than champions Manchester City and local rivals Arsenal.

Victory was especially sweet as the west London side knocked Tottenham out of the League Cup on penalties – the only hiccup so far in Postecoglou’s impressive start in north London.

But despite another win, the Australian was not entirely happy with his team’s performance.

“It was a good result because Fulham are a tough team to break down,” he said. “The second half wasn’t great and we didn’t play anywhere near the levels we can, we were wasteful.

“You have to respect the game and if you are off it a little bit it can drag you down. We took a few liberties which I wasn’t very happy with. It was our worst 45 minutes with the ball.”

Tottenham’s front-foot style was in evidence again as they carved out chances in the opening stages with Son denied by Fulham’s former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The visitors offered Spurs a helping hand to break the deadlock, though, when a poor pass by Calvin Bassey out of defence left them exposed and Richarlison found Son, who skipped to his right before dispatching a curling effort beyond Leno.

Maddison was again at the heart of much of Tottenham’s best work, as he has been all season since arriving from Leicester City in the close season, and he was soon rewarded.

Another sloppy pass from Bassey was cut out and Son rolled the ball to England international Maddison who opened his body and steered a silky low finish past Leno.

“In the second half we ramped the pressure up a bit but in the end we come away with nothing,” said Fulham boss Marco Silva, who has never enjoyed a Premier League win over Spurs.

“Maybe unfortunate to not score one or two and then we are talking about a different result.” (Reuters)

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