Harry Kane’s double resulted in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest, lifting Tottenham to third place in the Premier League on Sunday.
Antonio Conte’s side has made an encouraging start to the campaign. Kane made sure they kept that momentum going at the City Ground.
The England captain gave Tottenham the lead with a clinical finish after collecting Dejan Kulusevski’s pass just outside the woodland area in the fifth minute.
It was Kane’s 200th league goal, including his career with Tottenham and loan spells at Millwall, Leicester and Leyton Orient.
Kane lost a chance to extend Tottenham’s lead 11 minutes after halftime when Steve Cook fielded a cross from Ivan Perisic.
Dean Henderson saved Kane’s penalty when he missed the competition from the spot for the first time since 2018.
Kane made up for it with his fourth goal this season in the 81st minute.
Richarlison won the ball back and put in the empty net for the striker.
With three wins from four games, Tottenham are level with second-placed Manchester City and two points behind leaders Arsenal, while the two north London rivals set the early pace.
West Ham arrived at the bottom of Villa Park after losing their first three games without scoring.
Pablo Fornals’ goal late in the second half ended West Ham’s wait to get out of the relegation zone.
Fornals’ shot was deflected off Villa defender Ezri Konsa and slid over keeper Emiliano Martinez to break the deadlock with 15 minutes to go.
The Hammers, beaten by Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Brighton, are now level with Villa, who have lost three of their first four games.
Villa’s latest setback will only add to the criticism of Gerrard amid rumors of dressing room turmoil with the former Liverpool and England midfielder.
A second-round win of the League Cup at Bolton’s third tier during the week had given Gerrard some breathing room.
But Villa fans are growing uneasy with Gerrard, who has struggled to make a lasting impact since leaving Rangers to succeed Dean Smith last season.
“I have two ears and I hear a lot of things. I heard the frustration from the fans and the last time I checked my ears were still working so yeah I’m picking up everything,” Gerrard said.
“I’ve been in the game long enough. If you lose three out of four games, that’s not the start the supporters wanted and certainly not the start I wanted, so of course I understand.
“We certainly share the frustration of our supporters and no one is more frustrated than me.”