Spurs 4-0 Bournemouth
Report from the Lane
15 April 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Another dominant White Hart Lane performance saw us ease past Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon to set a new club Premier League record and reduce the gap at the top of the table back down to four points.
Goals from Mousa Dembele, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and substitute Vincent Janssen secured the points and gave us our seventh straight win in the Premier League, the first time we have achieved that feat in the division. It also saw us win our 12th successive home league game to equal the second-best record in the club’s history.
The imperious Dembele opened the scoring in the 16th minute for his first goal of the season and just three minutes later Son doubled our lead with his 19th of the campaign, not to mention his eighth in his last six games in all competitions.
In the 48th minute, Kane marked his return from injury with our third goal and it was a significant one for the England forward as it was his 20th league strike of the season, the third campaign running he has reached that tally. He’s the first Spurs player to do that since Jimmy Greaves between 1966-69 and only the fourth player in Premier League history, following Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
The cherry on the cake came in stoppage time as Janssen poked home from close range to the delight of the Spurs faithful, rounding off the perfect afternoon at the Lane.
Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to the side that beat Watford exactly a week ago - Kane making his first start following injury in place of Janssen, while Kyle Walker replaced Kieran Trippier at right-back. Two of our former Academy graduates started for Bournemouth in the form of Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Bournemouth – Mousa Dembele - 16mins
The early stages were played out almost entirely in the Bournemouth half as we started so brightly once again. We almost went ahead on 13 minutes when Walker laid the ball back to Dembele and his fierce right-foot drive forced Artur Boruc into a good save. But three minutes later, Dembele did fire us ahead and it came from a corner which Bournemouth should never have conceded. Harry Arter clearly got the last touch on the ball, but Simon Francis allowed it to roll over the goal-line, leaving referee Michael Oliver to award the corner kick. Eriksen’s set-piece was flicked on by Toby Alderweireld and landed at the feet of Dembele, who controlled and lashed into the net from eight yards out.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 Bournemouth – Heung-Min Son – 19mins
We quickly doubled our advantage, this time the goal coming from our desire to win possession high up the pitch. Good pressure midway inside the visitors’ half saw Eric Dier block a pass out of defence, the ball came to Kane whose neat flick set Son free and he beat Boruc with a low shot from a tight angle which flew through the goalkeeper’s legs. At the other end, Bournemouth tried to respond from a corner but Steve Cook headed over the bar.
Chances: Eriksen close to adding a third – 37mins
As we continued to dominate, we almost scored a third with two opportunities for Eriksen in two minutes. The first came on 37 minutes following another lovely move, Alderweireld finding Kane centrally 30 yards out who again produced a neat touch to set the Dane free, his effort tipped around the post by the diving Boruc. And two minutes later Eriksen had another sight of goal after Kane, Ben Davies and Son had combined to set him up, but this time he rifled over the bar from 12 yards.
Above: Victor Wanyama back in action, up against Lewis Cook.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 Bournemouth – Harry Kane – 48mins
There was no let-up to our attacking play after the interval and just three minutes into the second half we made it 3-0. Eriksen sent the ball wide to Davies on the left, he fizzed a cross in to Kane’s feet and he appeared to mis-control initially. But, with his back to goal, he gathered the ball again, turned marker Francis and placed his shot into the bottom corner of the net for his 20th league goal of the season. And he almost added number 21 shortly after, but this time fired straight at Boruc.
Saves: Boruc keeps the score down – 65mins
The chances kept coming as we continued to create opportunities, almost at will. Kane, Son and Erisken all had efforts on goal on more than one occasion but Bournemouth’s Polish stopper Boruc was single-handedly preventing us from scoring a fourth. A rare Cherries attack midway through the half saw Junior Stanislas set free down the right flank, he cut inside Davies and drilled a left-footed shot which Vertonghen cleared. Their first shot on target followed in the 74th minute, but Hugo Lloris saved comfortably from Daniels.
Goal: Spurs 4-0 Bournemouth – Vincent Janssen – 90+2mins
We made late changes to the side with Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Janssen all coming on in place of Kane, Dele and Eriksen and it was the third of our substitutes who rounded off the scoring. Son found Davies inside the area and his low cross was poked goalwards by Janssen. His initial shot was cleared off the line by Cook but he pounced on the rebound and netted to make it 4-0, the perfect ending to another fantastic team display. It was also the eighth time we've scored four or more goals in the Premier League this season.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"I am very pleased with the performance, our players fully deserve all the credit. I'm very pleased for them and for our fans. The feeling is fantastic every time that we play here. I was pleased with way that we played, the belief in the way that we played. That, for us, is so important - not only to win but to know how to win."
Harry Kane said
"It's fantastic. Before the game we were saying (we wanted) to keep our momentum going, not to give anything away. Bournemouth can be a tough side, they press high but I think we did better than them, we worked harder than them, we played through the lines, we got our chances, took them and of course it's a fantastic result."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Son, Dele (Sissoko 83), Eriksen (Janssen 86), Kane (Wanyama 78). Substitutes (not used): Pau Lopez, Trippier, Wimmer, Onomah.
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Smith, Francis (c), S Cook, Daniels, Stanislas (Fraser 69), Arter, Wilshere (L Cook 56), Pugh, King, Afobe (Mousset 76). Substitutes (not used): Allsop, Gradel, Mings, Cargill.
Goals: Spurs – Dembele 16, Son 19, Kane 48, Janssen 90+2.
Yellows cards: Bournemouth - Fraser.
Referee: Michael Oliver.
It’s FA Cup semi-final action up next as we take on Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Our last meeting in the competition against our London rivals came at this stage five years ago when we lost 5-1 at the national stadium, while this season marks the 50th anniversary of our 2-1 FA Cup triumph over the Blues at Wembley in 1967 and we’ll be hoping for more of that in seven days’ time. Kick-off is at 5.15pm.