Spurs 3-0 Bournemouth
Report from the Lane
20 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane scored twice and Christian Eriksen also netted to help us to a convincing victory over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
The England striker took less than a minute to open the scoring with his 20th Premier League goal of the campaign, taking him to the top of the division’s scoring charts for the season. And he added a second 15 minutes later to put us in control, before Eriksen tapped home to make it 3-0 early in the second half.
It was a victory which moved us back to within five points of leaders Leicester City with seven games remaining and re-established an 11-point cushion between ourselves and fifth placed West Ham United.
Mauricio Pochettino named the same starting XI as in our previous Premier League game against Aston Villa last weekend, and we were quickly out of the blocks.
The game was only 44 seconds old as we made the perfect start by going 1-0 up. Kyle Walker picked up a crossfield pass from Hugo Lloris and advanced down the right flank before whipping in a delicious cross which Kane helped on its way into the bottom corner past Artur Boruc.
It was just what we needed and it allowed us to take control of proceedings, dominating possession and chances throughout the first half.
Walker blazed high and wide on 14 minutes but we doubled our tally two minutes later. Kevin Wimmer played a lovely ball to Dele Alli, which dissected Bournemouth’s midfield and put us on the attack. Alli then threaded a pass in to Kane and he tucked the ball past Boruc from just inside the area.
It was very much one-way traffic at that stage. Kane scooped a pass over the top which found Erik Lamela but he couldn’t get it under control and the danger was cleared, Eric Dier had a shot blocked by Steve Cook and Eriksen delivered a teasing cross which evaded everyone apart from Danny Rose steaming in at the far post but he sent his half volley into the side netting from a tight angle.
We had the ball in the back of the net six minutes before the interval when Dier’s cross was touched on by Kane for Alli and he slotted the ball home but the flag was up for offside for the initial pass forward and the goal was chalked off.
The visitors had their first sight of goal on 41 minutes when they won a free-kick after a foul from Alli, Max Gradel floated in the set-piece and Cook rose highest but headed well over.
We were close to a third on the stroke of half-time when Alli picked up the loose ball 30 yards from goal and laid off to Kane down the right channel, he played a low cross to the back post but it was just too far ahead of the incoming Eriksen.
Normal service was resumed just two minutes after the interval as we were immediately on the attack again, with a blistering counter from a Bournemouth corner. Eriksen led the charge and found Kane through the middle, he shrugged off Gradel and flicked a pass in to the supporting Walker who burst into the area but fired just past Boruc’s right-hand post.
The third goal duly arrived on 52 minutes as Kane picked up the ball 25 yards out and did what he does best, firing in a shot which Boruc could only parry and Eriksen was there to prod home from the rebound.
We still had to be on our guard at the back, though, as Bournemouth started the second half with much more attacking intent and when Joshua King turned inside our area and was about to shoot, it was none other than Kane who slid in to deny him at the expense a corner, which came to nothing.
With a three-goal advantage, we were happy to take the sting out of the game and kept possession well, resulting in a lull in terms of chances and goalmouth action. Dier did fire in an effort on 76 minutes but it was well wide.
We had a great opportunity to extend our lead three minutes later as Eriksen received substitute Tom Carroll’s pass and beat two men with his first touch before squaring for Alli, but he scuffed his shot wide from 10 yards.
Boruc then denied Ryan Mason, on just seconds earlier for Alli, and the visiting keeper also saved Eriksen’s drive as we finished the game strongly, Kane just inches from completing his hat-trick when he fizzed a long-range effort past the post in the 89th minute.
Eriksen lashed over in stoppage time and that was the end of the action as the final whistle blew on a job well done.
Mauricio Pochettino said
“I think scoring so early helped us, we dominated and deserved that result,” said Mauricio. “It’s always the plan to score as soon as possible and today it was possible.
“The performance was good after that, we had control, created chances and we can feel very proud.
“This squad is fantastic, the players and the commitment they show every week, not just today but from the beginning of the season.”
As well as the attacking side, how important was it to restrict Bournemouth to just two efforts at goal?
Mauricio: “It’s true we had control. Every game is hard in the Premier League but we showed maturity and the perfect balance between both situations, offensive and defensive.”
It’s another two goals for Harry Kane…
Mauricio: “He’s one of the best strikers and we’re happy for him. He’s a special player. He’s a Tottenham person and the way he plays – he’s a fighter, has skills and he’s a fantastic player."
Finally, a number of players now go off on international duty and we’ve five in the senior England squad, you must be proud of that…
Mauricio: “Yes, we’re very proud. It’s important for the national team to have good players like we have and we can feel proud of them.”
We ended the match with 63% possession and 17 attempts at goal to Bournemouth’s two to cut Leicester’s lead at the top of the table to five points.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier (Chadli 90), Dembele, Lamela (Carroll 66), Alli (Mason 81), Eriksen, Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Walker-Peters, Trippier, Son.
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Smith, Francis (c), Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter (O’Kane 46), Ritchie, Gradel (Pugh 70), King, Afobe (Grabban 46). Substitutes (not used): Federici, Gosling, Elphick, Distin.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 1, 16, Eriksen 52.
Yellow cards: Bournemouth - Francis.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick.