Wednesday 27 March 2019

Harry Kane steals show as he bags his 13th goal this month in Tottenham stroll

Huddersfield 0 Tottenham 4

Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their third goal
Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their third goal

Mark Walker

Harry Kane stole the show as Premier League title challengers Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 win over Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

Man-of-the-moment Kane buried Tottenham's first chance early on and, after Ben Davies had put them 2-0 up, he struck with a brilliant solo effort to wrap the match up before half-time. Moussa Sissoko added a late fourth.

Spurs have won their last four games in all competitions and extended their winning run on the road to seven matches, while the irrepressible Kane took his goal tally in a productive September to 13 in eight appearances for club and country.

Huddersfield, facing their toughest test since promotion via the play-offs in May, had boasted the Premier League's second best defensive record this season - but Mauricio Pochettino's side demonstrated the gulf in class.

Tommy Smith forced Hugo Lloris into a decent save in the fifth minute with a well-struck low drive and the Terriers showed they meant business by snapping into their early tackles.

But after Rajiv van La Parra's goalbound shot had been blocked by Eric Dier, Tottenham broke forward and scored with their first chance.

Kane chased Kieran Trippier's header and was allowed a free run on goal after Huddersfield defender Chris Lowe had misjudged the flight of the ball, with the in-form striker applying the usual clinical finish in the ninth minute.

Six minutes later the Londoners doubled their advantage. Dele Alli, back after suspension, Kane and Christian Eriksen all linked seamlessly on the edge of the area and Davies buried his chance at the far post after the ball had been unintentionally diverted into his path by Lowe.

Harry Kane reacts after the final whistle
Harry Kane reacts after the final whistle

Kane then made it 3-0 with a world class goal in the 24th minute. With his back to goal and surrounded by Huddersfield defenders, the number 10 turned and evaded them all before curling a brilliant left-footed finish inside the near post - his seventh goal in a productive week.

Kane, the Premier League's Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, failed to score in August, but followed up his midweek Champions League hat-trick against Apoel in brilliant fashion.

Alli went close to making it 4-0 when his shot after a neat turn inside the area hit a post, before Huddersfield striker Laurent Depoitre gave the home fans some cheer, firing in a shot from the edge of the area that clipped the crossbar.

Alli was booked by referee Neil Swarbrick for diving under goalkeeper Jonas Lossl's challenge on the hour-mark as Huddersfield battled gamely on.

To their credit, David Wagner's side did not capitulate, allowing Tottenham no further scoring chances, while the introduction of Scott Malone and Philip Billing for Lowe and Aaron Mooy gave them some impetus.

Van La Parra combined well with Depoitre in the closing stages, but the former's shot was blocked before Kane left the field to a rousing reception from all stands when replaced by Son Heung-min.

Sissoko, a 75th-minute substitute for Eriksen, sidefooted home his first goal for Spurs in time added on - via a deflection off Christopher Schindler - following Davies' cross.


Harry Kane's September

September 1: Malta 0 England 4 (Kane 2)

Kane broke his season's duck early in the second half and rounded off a flattering England win in stoppage time with the last of three late goals.

September 4: England 2 Slovakia 1

Kane took a back seat as Eric Dier and Marcus Rashford scored the England goals to overhaul Slovakia's early opener.

September 9: Everton 0 Tottenham 3 (Kane 2)

Kane's mishit cross brought him his first club goal of the season and Christian Eriksen's strike put Spurs in control by half-time before Kane netted again in the first minute of the second period.

September 13: Tottenham 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 (Kane 2)

Son Heung-min's opener was cancelled out by Andriy Yarmolenko but Kane restored Spurs' lead and netted again on the hour to make the game safe.

September 16: Tottenham 0 Swansea 0

Paul Clement's men frustrated Tottenham and Kane, who was denied by the crossbar in the second half.

September 23: West Ham 2 Tottenham 3 (Kane 2)

Kane struck twice in four first-half minutes and Eriksen added a third after Kane's free-kick hit the post, one of two efforts against the woodwork in addition to his goals. A late Hammers fightback came up just short.

September 26: Apoel Nicosia 0 Tottenham 3 (Kane 3)

Kane's first Champions League hat-trick - and came when he tucked away Toby Alderweireld's through-ball in the first half, stroked home a second just after the hour and then timed his run perfectly to nod in Kieran Trippier's cross.

September 30: Huddersfield 0 Tottenham 4 (Kane 2)

Kane took his tally to 13 goals in his last five Premier League away games with two first half goals. He raced through to finish with inevitability with his right foot, then impressively found the other corner from 20 yards with his left, to round off a sensational 13-goal month.


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