Kane and Hojbjerg seal win over Toffees - on-the-whistle report
Spurs 2-0 Everton
Sat 15 October 2022, 19:30|Tottenham Hotspur
Our 10th consecutive home win saw us dig deep to beat a dogged Everton side on Saturday afternoon, second-half goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg giving us the victory.
Kane marked his 400th Spurs appearance by slamming home a penalty just before the hour mark, before Hojbjerg netted his third of the season to wrap up the points in the closing stages.
There was plenty of action during the first period, just not much of it that troubled the two goalkeepers. Everton had the best two chances, Demarai Gray getting away from Rodrigo Bentancur down the left but blazing over the bar from the edge of the six-yard box, before Amadou Onana capitalised on some hesitation in midfield to streak clear but fired over with just Hugo Lloris to beat. We were having plenty of possession, lots of it in the final third but the clear chance just wouldn’t quite materialise, the closest coming in stoppage time when Richarlison flicked over from Kane’s cross.
There seemed much more purpose to our attacking play after the break and we almost went ahead on 53 minutes, Ben Davies picking out Kane, his right-foot volley was well saved by Pickford and Son lashed the rebound over. But we found the breakthrough on 59 minutes. Pickford failed to hold onto Matt Doherty’s low drive, Kane was first to the loose ball and was brought down by Pickford. Kane missed a penalty at the same end three days ago against Eintracht Frankfurt, but made no mistake this time, beating his England colleague with sheer power and pace.
The points were wrapped up four minutes from time when Bentancur picked out Hojbjerg from the right flank, the Danish international cutting inside Alex Iwobi and curling right-footed into the top corner, the ball taking a nick off Iwobi on its way in.
'I have seen a lot of positive things'
Antonio Conte told SPURSPLAY: "Honestly, I’m really happy, because I have seen a lot of positive things. There are wins, and wins. Today, I go back to my house really happy. From the start until the end, I have seen my players with the right focus, the right concentration, the right desire to understand the importance of getting three points and to win against a difficult opponent like Everton."
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Spurs 2-0 Everton
Spurs (3-4-3): Lloris (c), Romero (Sanchez 87), Dier, Davies, Doherty (Spence 90+3), Bentancur (Skipp 90+3), Hojbjerg, Perisic, Richarlison (Bissouma 52), Kane (Lucas 90+3), Son. Substitutes (not used): Forster, Lenglet, Sessegnon, Bryan.
Everton (5-3-2): Pickford, Coleman (Garner 67), Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, McNeil, Iwobi, Gueye (Rondon 81), Onana, Maupay (Calvert-Lewin 66), Gray. Substitutes (not used): Begovic, Keane, Doucoure, Davies, Vinagre, Welch.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 59 (pen), Hojbjerg 86.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Bentancur; Everton – Maupay, McNeil, Gueye, Mykolenko.
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Weather: Sunny intervals, moderate breeze, 16 degrees.