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20th November 2018

Kane hits hat-trick as 'outstanding' Spurs beat Baggies

    Spurs

    Published: 14 January, 2017
    by DAN CARRIER at White Hart Lane

    Premier League
    SPURS 4, WEST BROM 0

    STRIKER Harry Kane smashed home a hat-trick this afternoon in a dominant display against West Bromwich Albion – sending the rest of the Premiership a warning that Mauricio Pochettino's men are hitting title winning form.

    Spurs have now won six in a row and the team are replicating the thrilling performances that saw them push Leicester last year.

    The only dark cloud in an otherwise perfect display was an injury to defender Jan Vertonghen, who fell awkwardly on the ankle he damaged last term that was keep to him out of the European Championships.

    Speaking after the match, a jubilant Kane said: “We were outstanding. That was probably our best performance of the season, and we could have scored more if it wasn't for Ben [Foster] in the Albion goal – he made some unbelievable saves.”

    The 23-year-old striker, who became a father this week, said the team were keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

    He added: “We wanted to keep our winning streak going, and we have done just that.”

    Spurs fans have been raving about the team's form in recent weeks, and this was a game of total dominance against a side that have in the past proved to be tricky opponents.

    From the off, Spurs controlled the ball and probed a packed Albion defence for openings. The brilliant Christian Eriksen, who turned in a display full of energy and invention, got things going on 11 when he forced Albion's Matt Phillips into an error and then sprung the offside trap with a delicate ball for Kane to get on the end of. His dinked effort gave Spurs the lead.

    Spurs went 2-0 up on 25. Moments before Foster had stopped Kane making it two with a goalline stop, Spurs broke. Danny Rose drifted to the right, found Eriksen lurking and his shot struck defender Gareth MacCauley as it flew in.

    It looked like it would be three on 29 when Dele Alli played a one-two with Eriksen and finished well, but was ruled offside. Foster then kept things respectable with solid saves from close range and then from distance as Kane continued to find space. The Albion keeper continued his good work in the second half. With Spurs pummelling his goal, Foster was the only thing keeping this match from being an embarrassment. The keeper made three excellent stops back to back, all with his legs, as Spurs tried to add goal-gloss to a game that was well won in the first half.

    It was number three on 77: Kyle Walker's persistence down the right won him space and his cross was turned home by Kane, and then the homegrown frontman completed his hat-trick with nine minutes left when he played the one-two with Alli and steered a bouncing shot goalwards.

    SPURS COMMENT by Dan Carrier

    THIS Spurs XI has balance and a combination of players with complementing strengths.

    In the past two games they have seen off Chelsea and West Brom – the sides they could only draw against last season as their attempts to catch Leicester faltered.

    This time round they have put both teams comfortably to the sword. They look better equipped to genuinely go for the title, drawing on the experience they gained last time round.

    JACK Charlton said he knew what his Republic of Ireland players could safely do, so he drilled them over and over into certain patterns. It was not exactly pretty, but was sometimes effective. Tony Pulis looks to do the same with Albion, but the simple fact was his side had their heads spun round and round by Spurs' audacious movement and fluid tactics. At no point did Spurs look uncomfortable.

    SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Rose, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (Davies, 63), Kane (Son, 88), Wanyama, Dembele (Winks, 81), Alli, Eriksen.

     

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