Goals from Benoit Assout-Ekotto and new signing Sebastien Bassong gave Tottenham a 2-1 win over Liverpool in their first game of the Premier League season at White Hart Lane
Asso-Ekotto put Spurs head with a wonderful first-half strike while Bassong – controversially included after a technicality overruled a suspension – won the game with a powerful header after Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had equalised from the penalty spot.
Liverpool had a late appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Phil Dowd after Assou-Ekotto seemed to bring down substitute Andriy Voronin, a decision that incensed the visitors to the extent that assistant boss Sammy Lee was sent to the stands.
The Reds will also be annoyed that match-winner Bassong was allowed to play after the FA ruled that the final match of a suspension was sat out during former club Newcastle’s 0-0 Championship draw with West Brom last week – even though the Frenchman had already joined Spurs.
1st Goal – Ekotto
2nd Goal – Gerrard
3rd Goal – Bassong