Spurs 4-0 Everton - report from Wembley
Sat 13 January 2018, 19:35|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane rewrote the club record books once again on Saturday evening, scoring twice in our 4-0 defeat of Everton to become our all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League.
After Heung-Min Son had given us a first-half lead, the prolific England striker netted our second of the game to draw level with Teddy Sheringham on 97 goals in the competition, before breaking the record 11 minutes later in only his 135th Premier League appearance in our colours. The icing on the cake was a magnificent fourth goal from Christian Eriksen.
Kane’s achievement was the footnote to a fine team performance from front to back, as we dominated Sam Allardyce’s side in every area of the pitch, Hugo Lloris barely troubled throughout the 90 minutes as Everton failed to produce a shot on target.
Son got the ball rolling on 26 minutes, tucking home Serge Aurier’s low cross from close range, equalling Jermain Defoe’s Premier League record of scoring in five consecutive home games for us, before Kane doubled our lead two minutes into the second half, getting on the end of Son’s cross-shot to beat Jordan Pickford.
Son then hit the post before Kane’s record-breaking goal came on 58 minutes – by no means his finest in a Spurs shirt as he bobbled a close-range effort past the Everton goalkeeper, but it meant so much to him and everyone of a Spurs persuasion nevertheless!
A superb fourth rounded off the perfect evening, Eriksen applying the finishing touch to a move which involved Kane, Aurier, Son and Dele Alli to send our fans home very happy indeed.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino made eight changes to the team which beat AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup last weekend, but just one from the side which drew at Wembley with West Ham United in the Premier League – Mousa Dembele replacing Moussa Sissoko. Former Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson started for Everton, with Aaron Lennon coming off the bench in the second period.
SAVE: PICKFORD PREVENTS KANE OPENER – 22mins
Buoyed by the probing of Dembele and the control and vision of Kane, it was a bright start by us as we enjoyed plenty of the ball in the attacking third, almost taking the lead when Son glanced Eriksen’s whipped free-kick just over after a quarter of an hour. At the other end, Wayne Rooney latched onto a pass from Everton debutant Cenk Tosun but fired wide from the edge of the area and then had a close-range header ruled out for off-side, before Kane found a yard of space 20 yards out and brought a low save out of Pickford.
GOAL: SPURS 1-0 EVERTON – HEUNG-MIN SON – 26mins
The Toffees goalkeeper was called into action twice in quick succession as we stepped up the pace, Kane the player with both efforts on target, before we grabbed the lead in the 26th minute. Eriksen swept the ball from left to right and found Aurier bursting forwards, his low accurate cross falling nicely for Son to side-foot home on the edge of the six-yard box.
Above: Harry Kane on the ball.
GOAL: SPURS 2-0 EVERTON – HARRY KANE – 47mins
Not even two minutes were on the clock in the second half when we doubled our lead. The ball had been bouncing around in midfield when Eric Dier brought it under control and found Son, who produced a sublime piece of skill to get away from Jonjoe Kenny out on the left. He advanced on goal, shifted the ball onto his left and drilled a low shot which fell to Kane to prod home from close range. It could have been three shortly after, Son this time threading a pass to Dele, but he could only fire into the side-netting under pressure from Mason Holgate.
GOAL: SPURS 3-0 EVERTON – HARRY KANE – 58mins
The gaps were starting to appear in Everton’s defence as they went in search of a goal to get them back in the game and we were taking full advantage. First Kane picked out Son with a super cross-field pass, the South Korean cutting inside three challenges before fizzing a low shot against Pickford’s far post. But we weren’t to be denied moments later, Dier delivering a teasing cross which Kane got his studs to and even though he initially thought he’d spurned the opportunity, the ball in fact bounced over Pickford and bobbled over the line. A minute before our goal, there was a wonderful moment when Lennon received a magnificent round of applause from our supporters, as he was introduced into the game for Yannick Bolasie.
GOAL: SPURS 4-0 EVERTON – CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN – 81mins
The visitors were grateful to Pickford for a double save on 76 minutes, as he produced a fine stop to deny Son and was then in the right place to thwart Dele on the rebound. But the fourth goal arrived five minutes later and it was wonderfully created. It started with Kane releasing Aurier down the right, whose first-time ball inside found Son. He touched it on to Dele, his back-flick found Eriksen who strode onto the ball and fired past Pickford from 15 yards – an absolute delight to watch!
MAURICIO POCHETTINO SAID
"It was a fantastic performance, the three points were so important for us and I'm so pleased, the players deserve big credit for the performance and the victory. It's always difficult against a team like Everton, they have good players and to not concede one shot on target against them is massive credit to everyone, and we scored four as well. What pleased me most was the performance, the character and the way we took the game to them."
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN SAID
“Everyone is really very pleased with the win and how we played was very good so it’s on to the next game. I think it gives us a lot of confidence to play like we did today. Sonny is flying and so is Harry. It’s enjoyable to watch and enjoyable to be in the same team with them. Congratulations to Harry for breaking the record for Spurs. It’s always a big achievement and to do it in so few games as he’s done is fantastic and of course Sonny with how he plays, it’s a big thing to play in the team with them both.”
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier (Wanyama 74), Dembele (Sissoko 81), Eriksen (Lamela 87), Dele, Son, Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Llorente.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka (c), Martina, McCarthy (Schneiderlin 72), Gueye, Bolasie (Lennon 57), Rooney, Sigurdsson, Tosun (Calvert-Lewin 62). Substitutes (not used): Robles, Williams, Lookman, Niasse.
Goals: Spurs – Son 26, Kane 47, 58, Eriksen 81.
Yellow cards: Everton – Jagielka, Rooney.
Referee: Craig Pawson.
We’re on the road next weekend when we travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League. The Saints, under the guidance of manager Mauricio Pellegrino, are currently on a bad run of form in the division, with just one win from their last 14 league matches – a 4-1 home defeat of Everton. We beat Southampton, who are just one point above the relegation zone, 5-2 at Wembley on Boxing Day and 4-1 at St Mary’s last season. Kick-off next Sunday is at 4pm.