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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tottenham v Swansea - story of the match

Harry Kane, pictured left, and Son Heung-min, right, were both on target as Spurs thrashed Swansea
Harry Kane, pictured left, and Son Heung-min, right, were both on target as Spurs thrashed Swansea

Harry Kane celebrated his bumper new contract with a brace as Tottenham thrashed Swansea 5-0 to pile more pressure on manager Bob Bradley.

Kane, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal on Thursday, proved his worth again with a goal in each half, although his first from the penalty spot came after a dubious fall from Dele Alli.

Son Heung-min made it two with an acrobatic half-volley shortly after the break before Christian Eriksen scored twice in the latter stages to complete Spurs' rout.


"Looking at the replays, have to say I am not proud of that penalty award, not a pen, Alli stuck his leg out" - Business magnate, media personality and Spurs fan Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar)


Kane's new contract could be worth close to £120,000 when all the bonuses are totted up and the 23-year-old looks good value for money, with his two goals here taking his personal tally to eight for the season. It is a particularly impressive total given Kane spent seven weeks out with an ankle injury and Spurs certainly look twice the side with him back.


If the pressure on Bradley eased following last weekend's victory over Crystal Palace, it is back on now. This was a painful afternoon for the American, whose side were outplayed, out-thought and have now conceded three or more goals in five of their last seven games. For Mauricio Pochettino, this was the emphatic win he would have craved after a barren few weeks that had produced only one victory in 10. He will hope Tottenham's dip is finally over.


Alli was one of Tottenham's most influential players but his theatrical fall that won Kane's penalty left a bitter taste. He beat Swansea defender Kyle Naughton to the ball but then manufactured contact when there was, at best, very little. Alli is such an exciting talent but winning dubious fouls has become an all too prominent feature of his game.



Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker 8

Eric Dier 6

Jan Vertonghen 7

Danny Rose 7

Mousa Dembele 7

Victor Wanyama 6

Christian Eriksen 8

Dele Alli 7

Son Heung-min 8

Harry Kane 9


Moussa Sissoko (on for Son, 71 mins) 7

Harry Winks (on for Dembele, 83 mins) 6

Joshua Onomah (on for Kane, 87 mins) 5


Lukasz Fabianski 5

Kyle Naughton 4

Jordi Amat 4

Mike van der Hoorn 5

Neil Taylor 4

Jay Fulton 4

Jack Cork 5

Leroy Fer 5

Modou Barrow 5

Gylfi Sigurdsson 5

Jefferson Montero 5


Fernando Llorente (on for Fulton, 45 mins) 5

Borja Gonzalez (on for Montero, 63 mins) 5

Wayne Routledge (on for Barrow, 71 mins) 5


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