Hat-trick hero Kane well able to propel Spurs into top four
Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham
With Harry Kane back scoring and Chelsea again losing a top-four Premier League finish is becoming a realistic target this season for Tottenham Hotspur.
Yes, they were aided here by Artur Boruc serving up almost an entire DVD of goalkeeping bloopers but Kane was still ruthlessly efficient in producing the second Premier League hat-trick of his career.
Christian Eriksen was also superb but Kane's form will clearly be critical in Tottenham's top-four bid. Although he had scored only one league goal before this match, his all-round displays had suggested that it would not be long before he again started scoring regularly.
"I never had any doubts but it was a very important hat-trick," Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said. "It's important for him to learn from that tough period. He will score a lot of goals but football is not about just scoring."
It is also about defending and, after conceding 10 goals in two games, Bournemouth are only two points above the relegation zone.
"The goals we conceded drained any confidence we had and the second half was a difficult one to watch," manager Eddie Howe said. "I said to the players afterwards, during the success everyone was saying how good you are. Take no notice. It's the same when things are going this way."
Bournemouth could not have started any better, with Matt Ritchie scoring the fastest goal of the season. Just 49 seconds had been played but Spurs were level within eight minutes.
Eriksen played a clever pass that released Kane behind Steve Cook and Boruc rashly committed himself to a challenge. It was a clear foul and Kane duly side-footed the penalty past Boruc.
Spurs took a fortuitous lead when Danny Rose's shot from 30 yards cannoned off Simon Francis and bounced into the path of Mousa Dembele to side-foot home. Eric Lamela was then alert to punish another Boruc error and effectively put the game beyond the hosts after only 30 minutes.
The second half turned into a procession. First Eriksen dissected the defence with an outswinging cross that Kane finished emphatically. An Eriksen corner was then met by Toby Alderweireld whose header was parried by Boruc into the path of Kane.
The hat-trick was complete but he final word, though, came via the public address system, which spouted the words "****ing unbelievable" and then "men against boys". It later emerged that a Spurs fan website had somehow broadcast into the stadium but the description reflected the gulf between the sides.