Report: Spurs 3-0 Everton
English Barclays Premiership
Fredi Kanoute's stunning strike paved the way for a vital win against Everton with three goals in six sensational minutes at the Lane.
The French star crashed home a volley from 30 yards to break the deadlock in what until then had been a closely-fought encounter.
That goal came three minutes before the break and within three minutes of the second half it was 3-0 and game over as Gus Poyet glided home Darren Anderton's cross and Robbie Keane finished from close range.
After a dismal month in the Premiership, not least at home, it was like a team transformed and at 3-0, there were cheers from the crowd for our every touch.
David Pleat brought Rohan Ricketts back into the line-up for Goran Bunjevcevic with Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora still on the bench.
Ricketts again showed some nice touches but it was Anderton who caught the eye in midfield, setting up two goals, and a defence that has now gone three games without conceding deserve a mention for their handling of the Everton front line.
In all honesty, there was little to write home about in the first half until Kanoute's stunning effort three minutes before the break.
The best effort before that was a piece of Keane magic, nutmegging Joseph Yobo on the edge of the box only to see Nigel Martyn read his effort and save well low to his left. As play continued, Steve Carr crossed the ball straight back in, Paul Konchesky was inches away and Keane volleyed into Park Lane.
Steve Watson and Yobo headed Everton's best chances wide but generally the defence marshalled the threat of Duncan Ferguson and Tomasz Radzinski well.
Kanoute's goal arrived after 42 minutes. Kasey Keller cleared long and Kanoute went for the initial ball, it bounced to Poyet who cushioned a header back for the French star to unleash a 30-yard dipping volley beyond Martyn. It will take something special to deny that the Goal of the Season award.
It could have been 2-0 a minute later as Poyet met Konchesky's deep cross only for Martyn to tip wide at full stretch.
The mood continued into the second half. It took just a minute for the second goal, Poyet stooping low to head home Anderton's cross from the right.
The third goal arrived two minutes later. The ball zipped between Kanoute and Anderton, who released Keane. The Irish striker was held up by David Unsworth but slotted the bouncing ball home at the second attempt. Game over.
Ricketts almost joined in, volleying over and Carr tested Martyn before the game went quiet again, interrupted by substitutions.
One of those was Wayne Rooney, whose presence lifted the visitors without reward although David Weir and Steve Watson might have done better late on.
But it was our day - perhaps the rainbow over the East Stand was a sign...
MINUTE BY MINUTE GUIDE
3mins: Taricco first effort at goal, shot wide from 20 yards.
6mins: Poyet blasted wide from 30 yards.
8mins: Decent break, Keane wide to Ricketts, low cross cleared by Unsworth.
12mins: Ferguson's height caused problems from Unsworth cross, loose ball fell to Radzinski, volleyed into ground straight at Keller.
17mins: YELLOW. Gardner for foul on Radzinski.
20mins: McFadden driving run, played wide to Unsworth, early cross met by Watson who headed decent chance just over.
30mins: Tame lob by McFadden from half-cleared corner always drifting wide.
33mins: SUB. Weir for Stubbs.
34mins: Penalty claims waved away as Carsley appeared to shove Poyet in back as he went for Konchesky cross.
35mins: SAVE. Keane nutmegged Yobo, through on goal, save low to his left by Martyn. Cross straight back from Carr just too high for Konchesky and Keane volleyed over at far post.
40mins: Watson flick header from Gravesen's wicked corner cliuld have gone anywhere, thankfully cleared.
42mins: Yobo free header from Gravesen corner flew wide.
42mins: GOAL. Magnificent strike from Kanoute. Keller's long kick, headed down by Poyet, Kanoute 30-yard dipping volley into top corner. 1-0.
44mins: SAVE. Poyet met deep Taricco cross at far post, six yards out, superb save by Martyn low to his left.
Half-time: Spurs 1-0 Everton
46mins: GOAL. Poyet stooped to head home Anderton's cross. 2-0.
48mins: GOAL. Great move, Kanoute into Anderton, through to Keane, initially held up but managed to bury into bottom corner. 3-0.
50mins: Keller right behind McFadden volley.
51mins: CHANCE. Ricketts volleyed over from 15 yards.
52mins: Ricketts cushioned pass into Carr, early shot from angle straight at Martyn.
54mins: SUBS. Kilbane and Rooney for Radzinski and McFadden.
58mins: Weir volley wide after Yobo headed back Gravesen free-kick.
59mins: YELLOW. Konchesky for foul on Rooney.
67mins: YELLOW. Hibbert for foul on Taricco.
72mins: SUB. Dalmat for Taricco.
76mins: SUB. Postiga for Kanoute.
83mins: Richards superb block to deny Carsley volley.
84mins: YELLOW. Rooney for lunge at Ricketts.
87mins: Rooney volley straight at Keller.
Injury time: Watson side footed over from 16 yards.
Line-ups: Spurs: Keller, Carr, Taricco (Dalmat, 72), Gardner, Richards, Ricketts, Anderton, Poyet, Konchesky, Kanoute (Postiga, 77), Keane. Subs: Burch, Bunjevcevic, Zamora.
Everton: Martyn, Watson, Stubbs (Weir, 33), Unsworth, Radzinski (Rooney, 54), Ferguson, Gravesen, Carsley, Yobo, McFadden (Kilbane, 54), Hibbert. Subs: Turner, Campbell.
Referee: Dermot Gallagher
Attendance: 36, 137.