Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 QPR
Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle suffered a nightmare return to White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur ran out 4-0 winners to maintain their 100 percent start to the Premier League this season.
Nacer Chadli scored twice, while Eric Dier was on the scoresheet for the second time in as many Premier League games to seal the three points before half-time.
Emmanuel Adebayor added gloss to the scoreline in the second half, but Spurs were already at the top of the table by that point. Erik Lamela proved to be the destroyer-in-chief for Tottenham with his two assists capping an excellent display for the home side.
Mauricio Pochettino drafted Jan Vertonghen and Chadli into his starting XI, with Kyle Naughton and Aaron Lennon making way. QPR handed Leroy Fer and Mauricio Isla their debuts, but there was no place in the squad for striker Charlie Austin.
Tottenham took an early hold on the game, and Lamela went close in the opening stages, but his fierce drive was deflected wide of goal. However, clear-cut opportunities were absent from the first 10 minutes as both teams felt their way into the match.
But after Adebayor had headed just over the crossbar, Spurs took the lead in the 12th minute courtesy of the Togo international's assist. After good work by Christian Eriksen in midfield, Adebayor's cross into the area from the left was chested down by Chadli, and the Belgium international prodded the ball past Robert Green.
Tottenham a goal up and QPR's 3 at the back isn't working at the moment— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) August 24, 2014
Matt Phillips was guilty of squandering a great chance for QPR when he clipped the ball over the bar after being one-on-one with Hugo Lloris. That miss was almost followed by a second Spurs goal, but Eriksen's free-kick clattered against the underside of the bar with Green beaten.
It seemed only a matter of time before Spurs would go further ahead, and in the 31st minute, they did just that. Lamela's corner was perfectly placed for Dier at the near post to bullet a header beyond Green in the QPR net for his second goal in as many Premier League appearances.
Eric Dier is the first defender to score in his first two games in the history of the Premier League! Great stat from @2010MisterChip— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) August 24, 2014
Seven minutes later, Tottenham went three goals to the good with Lamela proving to be the architect once more. The former Roma man cut across the field before clipping a cross back for Chadli to head home his second goal of the day.
It came as little surprise that Redknapp should alter his line-up for the second period, and Richard Dunne was replaced by Nedum Onuoha as the three-man central-defensive unit was scrapped.
On the hour mark, Spurs made a change with Mousa Dembele coming on for Nabil Bentaleb. But the changes made little difference to the nature of the game, and Tottenham hit a fourth in the 65th minute after Danny Rose chased down the wing before playing a great cross for Adebayor to slot home.
Chadli received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he was replaced by Harry Kane, before Roberto Soldado came on to replace Adebayor.
Steven Caulker attempted to claw a goal back against his former club, but, even with a deflection, Lloris was equal to the QPR player's effort.
"Harry, give us a wave," chant Spurs fans. He obliges. QPR fans are furious with him. As Alan Partridge would say, "they don't like that."— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 24, 2014
However, the points had long since been decided with Tottenham controlling the game throughout the 90 minutes.
Selected Player Ratings
Erik Lamela: A+
Much maligned in his debut season for Tottenham last year, Lamela is beginning to prove his worth. His display against QPR was decisive.
Eric Dier: A
Another fine goalscoring performance from the young English defender following his arrival from Sporting. He's proving to be a genuine find by Pochettino.
Joey Barton: B
The only QPR player to achieve pass marks from the woeful first-half display, but the player's efforts were bypassed as Spurs dominated.
Tottenham are back in action on Thursday when they play host to AEL Limassol in the Europa League play-off round at White Hart Lane, where they will be defending a 2-1 lead.
Queens Park Rangers travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday for their Capital One Cup tie against the League Two side.
Mauricio: "We played like a team which is the most important thing. It was an unbelievable team performance not only one player." #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 24, 2014
Redknapp on QPR fans' displeasure: "There were a few punters (Spurs fans) who said 'Give us a wave'. What's the big deal?"— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 24, 2014
Better from the Spurs attack today. Far more active and it paid off against QPR. Would describe their work as having purposeful fluidity.— Thomas Cooper (@Tom__C) August 24, 2014
a comprehensive 4-0 victory with plenty of positives. Tougher tests to come but promising signs early into Pochettino's reign #THFC— Nick Dorrington (@chewingthecoca) August 24, 2014
Tottenham 4-0 QPR FT: Possession: 60%-40% Shots: 19-9 Chances created: 14-6 Take ons: 32-19 Pass accuracy: 90%-81% pic.twitter.com/YFMjCL42py— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 24, 2014