Kane reaches 20 goals as Spurs thump West Brom at The Hawthorns
16:56 31 January 2015
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Harry Kane struck his 19th and 20th goals of the season as Tottenham earned their biggest away win under Mauricio Pochettino, triumphing 3-0 away at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
Spurs were 2-0 up after 15 minutes at The Hawthorns as Christian Eriksen and Kane gave the Lilywhites the perfect start, and Kane then netted a penalty after the interval.
With Arsenal not playing until tomorrow, at home against Aston Villa, Mauricio Pochettino’s side leapfrogged the Gunners into fifth place – two points outside the top four – ahead of next weekend’s north London derby at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino gave Paulinho his first Premier League start of the season and there were three other changes from Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final tie at Sheffield United, with Hugo Lloris, Federico Fazio and Danny Rose coming into the rearguard.
Paulinho was stationed in front of the back four alongside Ryan Mason, while Mousa Dembele was given the No10 role again following a fantastic display against the Blades in midweek.
The Belgian started brilliantly again, setting up two goals inside the opening 15 minutes. First he beat Claudio Yacob 25 yards out and won a sixth-minute free kick, which Eriksen whipped into the top left corner.
Ben Foster got a hand to the shot but could only palm it up into the roof of the net, giving Eriksen his third goal in two games – two of them being free kicks.
It was a dream start for Spurs and it got even better nine minutes later. Paulinho and Erik Lamela worked the ball through the middle of the pitch to Dembele, who found Kane on the left side of the box, and the striker cut inside Andre Wisdom with his first touch before rifling the ball past Foster.
West Brom were offering little resistance, and Spurs were completely in control midway through the first half, enjoying long spells of possession.
But the Baggies eventually woke up and created a succession of chances before the half-hour mark. Lloris dived to tip James Morrison’s shot over the bar, and Joleon Lescott headed over from the ensuing corner.
A free kick routine then freed Saido Berahino, who cut the ball back to Yacob, and Lloris had to get down to keep his low effort out of the bottom corner.
Berahino escaped Jan Vertonghen on the right side and crossed for Victor Anichebe, who arrived at the front post but saw his shot blocked by Federico Fazio – and Craig Dawson then headed against the bar from Morrison’s free kick.
Tottenham were arguably fortunate to go into the break with their 2-0 lead intact, but they regained control after the interval.
Eriksen sent a low effort narrowly wide of the far post soon after the restart and, just after the hour-mark, the Dane won the ball in Albion’s half and played the ball outside to the overlapping Kyle Walker, whose cross hit the sliding Lescott’s arm.
Referee Kevin Friend pointed to the penalty spot and Kane stepped up to beat Foster from 12 yards.
Kane was now chasing a hat-trick and his 30-yard free kick was touched over the bar by Foster. Lloris had to make another diving save from Baggies substitute Craig Gardner in the closing stages, but Friend penaltied the Albion man for a push on Danny Rose as he jumped above the defender to meet Chris Brunt’s cross.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason (Stambouli 74), Dembele (Chadli 62), Lamela, Paulinho, Eriksen, Kane (Soldado 88)
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