Richarlison put Ange Postecoglou’s team ahead late in the first half, and Kulusevski struck after the break at the City Ground.
Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma was sent off for a dangerous attack in the 20th minute, but the visitors held on for a second straight win.
The North Londoners are level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City, who host Crystal Palace on Saturday.
After defeating Newcastle for the first time in six league games last weekend, Tottenham’s solid play was further proof that it has emerged from its fall swoon.
While hailing his striker, PosPostecoglou was less impressed that Bissouma became Tottenham’s latest suspended player.
We’ve come across this a few times this year. It can’t go on like this because we will pay for it in the end,” he said.
It’s a fine line between being committed to what we do and being so you don’t cross the line.
Forest, by contrast, are unbeaten in their last six matches and have just one win in 13 meetings, and the pressure is mounting on boss Steve Cooper.
Forest are five points above the relegation zone. The evening ended agonizingly for the Welshman after 32 minutes when he was forced to leave with blood pouring from a head wound – a disturbing sight that eventually drew sympathetic applause from the stands.
Spurs back in action
Tottenham striker Son Heung-min was subjected to several violent tackles as Forest tried to shake him off, n the last few games after he hadn’t scored in almost three months. 147
That signaled the start of a period of sustained Forest pressure when Guglielmo Vicario failed to repel a Gibbs-White shot.
Forest thought they had equalized when Anthony Elanga scored in the 58th minute, but the goal was called off by VAR due to offside from the former Manchester United striker.
Buoyed by that save, Tottenham doubled their lead in the 65th minute thanks to Turner’s disaster.
The Forest keeper’s weak cross reached only Kulusevski, and the latter, howling at the
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