Substitute and Coach rating for Spurs
It was well over 70-minutes into the match before Tottenham made their first change, but there is no doubt that the move changed the game.
Substitute 1 – Ryan Sessegnon – 6
After starting the first two matches and being replaced by Perisic, it was again Sessegnon replacing Perisic to help Spurs close out the game. Sessegnon got an opportunity Persisic would have loved, finding space behind the Forest defense. Unfortunately, Sess could not find Kane in the box, but some hustle kept the play alive.
Substitute 2 – Richarlison – 7
After missing the first match of the season due to suspension, Richarlison came on for the third consecutive match for Son. The Brazilian was beaten by Worrall on a decent ball from Kulusevski at the near post. A couple of minutes later, Richi made his mark continuing a play after Sessegnon’s cross was blocked, sending a perfect cross for Kane to head home for Spurs’ second. Richarlison does not lack effort or drama, as his juggling on the pitch was not appreciated by Forest and led to a sixth yellow card for the home side.
Substitute 3 – Yves Bissouma – 6
The midfielder came on immediately after the second goal, replacing Kulusevski to sure up the Tottenham defensive shape with an extra body in the middle of the park.
Substitute 4 – Djed Spence – 6
Making his Tottenham debut in front of his home team from last season, Djed Spence was the last substitute from Tottenham, coming on in injury time. Spence almost had his moment as the ball nearly bounced perfectly for him in the box, but his effort was blocked.
Coach – Antonio Conte – 7
It was not the most beautiful game from his side. Spurs came out strong from the off but struggled to maintain the intensity and control. However, the confidence in the team’s defensive approach is clear as Spurs kept Forest at arm’s length. It looked like he maybe waited too long to make a change as Forest pushed for an equalizer; however, the move was timed to perfect as Spurs took over at the right times down the stretch to assure the three points.