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Thursday 21 September 2017

Tottenham v West Brom - story of the match

Tottenham had a day to savour
Tottenham had a day to savour

Harry Kane hit a hat-trick as Tottenham cantered to their sixth straight Premier League win with a comfortable victory over West Brom.

The Baggies had not lost at White Hart Lane since 2012 but will not remember their final visit fondly as Spurs ran them ragged for much of the contest.

Kane, who sat out the FA Cup win over Aston Villa after the birth of his first child, opened the scoring early on before Gareth McAuley's own goal put the hosts further ahead - with the new father rounding off his hat-trick in the second half to wrap up a convincing 4-0 victory for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

Broadcaster Richard Keys (@richardajkeys): This is a really good time to be a Spurs fan.

STAR MAN

Harry Kane: The striker scored a hat-trick to take his tally to 15 goals in all competitions so far this season. Honourable mentions also go to West Brom's Ben Foster and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen. Foster, despite letting four in, had an excellent game. Without a number of impressive saves by the England international the Tottenham tally could have been much greater. Eriksen, who has had a number of important games for Spurs in recent weeks, continued his run of good form with another excellent performance.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

West Brom manager Tony Pulis spent the first half animated in the dugout as he appeared unhappy with a number of referee Anthony Taylor's decisions. The Baggies were awarded two free-kicks in the opening 45 minutes but Pulis was furious with the space between taker Matt Phillips and the hosts' wall, shouting out "That is not 10 yards, you need to make the next 13" to fourth official Kevin Friend. Pulis was even angrier when the visitors were given an almost identical free-kick but Taylor apparently only counted out seven paces. The Baggies boss spent the rest of the half counting out loud whenever either side was awarded a set-piece. It was that sort of day for Pulis.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Dele Alli played a beautiful scooped pass to allow Kane to complete his treble. The skilfully created goal was a perfect exhibition of the connection between the Tottenham and England duo.

RATINGS

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker 7

Danny Rose 8

Toby Alderweireld 7

Jan Vertonghen 7

Victor Wanyama 7

Eric Dier 7

Mousa Dembele 7

Dele Alli 7

Christian Eriksen 8

Harry Kane 9

Substitutes

Heung-Min Son (on for Kane, 90 minutes) 5

Harry Winks (on for Dembele, 82) 5

Ben Davies (on for Vertonghen, 64) 6

West Brom

Ben Foster 7

Jonas Olsson 6

Gareth McAuley 5

Craig Dawson 6

Chris Brunt 6

Darren Fletcher 6

Claudio Yacob 6

James Morrison 5

Matt Phillips 5

Nacer Chadli 5

Salomon Rondon 5

Substitutes

Hal Robson-Kanu (on for Chadli, 62 minutes) 6

James McClean (on for Brunt, 54) 6

Sam Field (on for Phillips, 90) 5

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