Spurs 4-0 West Brom
Report from the Lane
Sat 14 January 2017, 14:55|Tottenham Hotspur
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.
There were wholesale changes from last weekend’s team which beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup at the Lane, but in terms of the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino fielded the same side which defeated Chelsea 10 days ago. The Baggies started Nacer Chadli in their line-up, the Belgian midfielder making his first return to N17 following his summer move from us to The Hawthorns.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 West Brom – Harry Kane – 12mins
The game opened up in predictable fashion, with the visitors dropping back whenever we had possession and making it difficult for us to break through their ranks, but we had an early sight of goal when Danny Rose whipped in an inviting cross which Kane got a touch on but the ball skipped just past the far post. But we did get the early goal we so desperately wanted on 12 minutes. Wanyama picked up possession in the centre of the pitch and found Eriksen further forward, his clever through ball found Kane and he lifted his shot over Foster and in off the post.
Goal: Spurs 2-0 West Brom – Gareth Mcauley (own goal) – 25mins
There was no change to the pattern of the match, Albion happy to sit back despite going a goal down, although they did have a chance when Salomon Rondon was unmarked at the far post. Hugo Lloris made an astonishing save to deny the Venezuelan striker, although the flag was up and it wouldn’t have counted anyway. At the other end, Foster made an equally superb stop to keep out Kane’s close-range header following excellent work from Mousa Dembele and Wanyama, but the second arrived moments later, Eriksen’s 20-yard drive deflecting off Baggies defender McAuley and creeping over the line.
Saves: Foster twice denies Kane – 35mins
It was only a number of excellent saves from Albion’s England goalkeeper Foster that prevented us adding to our tally. He made an instinctive stop to keep out Kane as the striker connected with Rose’s cross and two minutes later, Kane twisted and turned away from McAuley before unleashing a shot which was heading in until Foster tipped it onto the post with a diving save.
Double save: Foster again keeps us out – 56mins
Without a shot at goal in the first half, the visitors showed their second half intent when Matt Phillips broke away in the first minute but shot wide from 20 yards. They then changed formation, switching to three at the back to match up with our line-up, but we continued to create chances... and Foster continued to make saves! First he stopped Alderweireld’s 15-yard drive with his legs and, from the rebound, saved Vertonghen’s long-ranger. He was there again a couple of minutes later, once more denying Kane after superb build-up play down the left from Dele. We were then forced into a change, Ben Davies coming onto replace the injured Vertonghen, who appeared to go over on his ankle as he lunged to try to keep the ball in play. Davies slotted into the back three, as he did for Wales at Euro 2016.
Goal: Spurs 3-0 West Brom – Harry Kane – 77mins
Albion were starting to see a lot more of the ball and the introduction of James McClean and Hal Robson-Kanu gave them more attacking options, but our defence stood firm and Lloris wasn’t called upon to make a save. Instead, it was us who continued create chances and we added to the scoreline 13 minutes from time. Walker showed fantastic endeavour down the right flank, chasing down Dele’s pass and then dispossessing McAuley, before delivering a cross which Kane neatly converted past Foster.
Goal: Spurs 4-0 West Brom – Harry Kane hat-trick – 82mins
The third goal ended any suggestion of a comeback from Albion and we quickly added a fourth to settle the contest. Dele picked up the ball from Kane on the edge of the area surrounded by West Brom players but he dinked a return pass over the top for Kane, who hit a right-foot shot past Foster and into the net.
Mauricio Pochettino said
"It was difficult to break them down last season, they are a very good team, physical, but the way we played it was impossible for them to stop us. We pressed a lot and we competed again like we did against Chelsea and Aston Villa. That was great and a good sign we’re improving. We’ve learned a lot from last season and we’re more mature - that’s a good thing to show we can compete for big things in the future."
Harry Kane said
"It’s been a whirlwind of a week, the birth of my daughter, that was incredible, an amazing experience, looking after her all week and then getting ready for this game and to score a hat-trick and win 4-0 in the way we did, I’ve not had many better weeks. It was one of the best performances of the season, for sure, and one of the best since I’ve been here. West Brom are normally a very tough team to break down, they are compact and make it hard for you and to win 4-0 – and it could easily have been six or seven if it wasn’t for their keeper making great saves – was an amazing performance."
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris (c); Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (Davies 64); Walker, Wanyama, Dembele (Winks 83), Rose; Eriksen, Dele; Kane (Son 90). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Sissoko, Nkoudou.
West Brom (4-2-3-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt (McClean 54); Fletcher (c), Yacob; Chadli (Robson-Kanu 62), Morrison, Phillips (Field 90); Rondon. Substitutes (not used): Myhill, Galloway, Watson, Leko.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 12, 77, 82, McAuley (OG) 25.
Yellow cards: West Brom – Olsson, McAuley.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
With another free midweek ahead of us, we travel up to Manchester City next Saturday to take on Pep Guardiola’s side. City were level with us on 42 points before this weekend’s matches and they make the trip to Everton tomorrow. They’ve won 13 and lost four of their 20 Premier League games so far. We’ve already beaten City this season, winning 2-0 at the Lane in October while we also enjoyed a 2-1 win at the Etihad last term.