Harry Kane hit a hat-trick as we over-powered West Bromwich Albion to register our sixth successive Premier League win and climb to second in the table at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
The England striker followed up the birth of his first child last weekend with a wonderful treble on his return to action having missed our FA Cup tie against Aston Villa following the arrival of daughter Ivy Jane Kane.
Baggies defender Gareth McAuley put through his own net as well to give us a comprehensive victory against a team we have struggled to break down in the recent past, but this was an excellent performance from start to finish.
Having hoped for an early goal to open the game, we got exactly that with the opener after just 12 minutes. Victor Wanyama and Christian Eriksen worked the opportunity, the Dane threading a neat pass through for Kane who drilled past Ben Foster from 12 yards out.
We doubled our advantage on 25 minutes when Eriksen hit a shot which took two deflections on its way into the net, the second off McAuley, wrong-footing Foster and creeping over the line to put us completely in control.
In fairness to Foster, he was single-handedly keeping the score down, making a string of very good saves, denying Kane on a number of occasions but also saving from Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, who was sadly forced off in the second half after going over on his ankle.
Albion failed to have a single shot on target as we dominated throughout, while we had 11 shots at goal and added two more goals to our tally in the final 13 minutes as Kane completed his hat-trick.
Our third was all about Kyle Walker’s persistence down the right as he robbed McAuley of possession and centred for Kane to score, before the striker ensured he would be leaving with the match ball when he latched on to Dele Alli’s clever dink and beat Foster again.
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