Tottenham 4-0 Everton: Harry Kane becomes Spurs' all-time record goalscorer in Premier League as hosts ease to victory over Toffees
- Everton striker Wayne Rooney had a goal disallowed early on at Wembley after being adjudged offside
- Son Heung-Min opened the scoring in the 26th minute for Tottenham after tapping home from yards out
- Harry Kane then doubled the lead on 47 minutes, tapping home from close after great work from Son
- The striker then broke the record, scoring his 98th Premier League goal on 59 minutes with a scruffy effort
- Christian Eriksen then put the icing on the cake in the 81st minute, finishing off a fine Tottenham move
- RECAP: Click here to take a look back at all the action from the Premier League clash on Saturday evening
Tottenham’s response to the very public demonstration of Manchester City’s superiority over them a month ago has now been emphatic and decisive. Since the 4-1 defeat at The Etihad, Mauricio Pochettino’s team have taken 13 points from 15, scoring 15 goals.
They might be second best to City, but all things considered, that’s not a bad place to be. In the form they were against Everton, it won’t just be Liverpool and Chelsea looking anxiously over their shoulders. They will be a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League.
Never remotely troubled, Tottenham simply swaggered their way past an abject Everton side. There were, of course, goals for Harry Kane and still more records in sight but Heung-Min Son was outstanding, with Christian Eriksen not far behind. Serge Aurier’s was as good a right back as you will see in England when playing like this.
Harry Kane became Tottenham's record scorer in the Premier League after netting twice in their 4-0 victory over Everton
Kane has now scored 98 goals in the Premier League for Tottenham, overtaking Teddy Sheringham's tally of 97
Christian Eriksen scored Tottenham's fourth and final goal of the evening, finishing off a fine move by his team-mates
The Danish midfielder celebrates scoring with his team-mates as Tottenham enjoyed a comfortable day at the office
Kane celebrates his second goal at Wembley on Saturday after putting Tottenham 3-0 ahead in the 59th minute
Kane grabs his record-breaking goal after his scruffy shot bounces over Jordan Pickford in the Everton net
Kane put Tottenham 2-0 in front against Everton in the 47th minute after tapping home from close range on Saturday
Kane celebrates his goal with provider Son Heung-Min, who did brilliantly down the left before the striker netted
The England striker taps home from close range early on in the second half after getting on the end of Heung-Min's shot
PLAYER RATINGS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris 6.5; Aurier 8.5, Sanchez 6.5, Vertonghen 7, Davies 6.5; Dier 7 (Wanyama 74min, 6.5), Dembele 7 (Sissoko 82); Son 9, Alli 8, Eriksen 8.5 (Lamela 87); Kane 8.5.
Subs (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Llorente, Walker-Peters.
Goals: Son 26, Kane 47 & 59, Eriksen 81
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford 7; Kenny 4.5, Holgate 5, Jagielka 5.5, Martina 4.5; McCarthy 5 (Schneiderlin 72, 5.5), Gueye, 5; Bolasie 5.5 (Lennon 57, 6) Rooney 5, Sigurdsson 5.5; Tosun 6.5 (Calvert-Lewin 62, 6).
Booked: Jagielka, Rooney.
Subs (not used): Robles, Williams, Niasse, Lookman.
Referee: C Pawson (South Yorkshire) 7.
So when Kane and Deli Alli are your four or fifth best performers – and both were very good – you should know that you have a squad capable of great things.
Even Wembley doesn’t seem to spook Spurs these days. They are gathering their stride and looking much more like the title challengers of last season.
‘Amazing!’ was Pochettino’s succinct summary. ‘The defeat against Manchester City was tough because they were so clinical. It wasn’t a bad game. It’s just that they are in an amazing moment. Since then we’ve tried to work hard, win games and fight. Your character is so important when you receive a defeat like this.
'It’s true that if you want to win big things like the Premier League this is our challenge; to show what we did today every week and every game.’
Of course, opposition may not always be as accommodating as Everton were. The Sam Allardyce revival has faltered, this being a fourth successive defeat. More alarmingly, having only conceded twice in Allardyce’s first seven games, Everton have now conceded ten in four games.
Against Spurs, they looked nothing like an Allardyce team: over-run in midfield, chaotic in defence and pretty much inviting their opponents to run amok.
Tottenham's Son leaps in the air as he celebrates opening the scoring against Everton in the 26th minute
The South Korean celebrates in front of the home supporters at Wembley after breaking the deadlock
The 25-year-old, here being congratulated by his team-mates, has netted in five consecutive home Premier League games
Son put Mauricio Pochettino's outfit 1-0 up after tapping home from close range following Serge Aurier's shot
Allardyce will be walking his side through the mistakes on what will be a thoroughly unpleasant Monday morning. ‘We can clip them all out and show them,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, there’s so many of them to show it will be difficult watching.’
Allardyce said he bore some responsibility. He was tempted to emulate David Moyes’ tactical plan which frustrated Spurs but erred on the side of adventure, having been encouraged by what he had seen in the FA Cup against Liverpool.
‘I should have perhaps got back to being a bit more boring,’ he said ruefully. ‘It was a shock second half performance.
'I saw some of the good sides of the players last week and I saw some of the worst side of them second half today, which is massively worrying. How can a performance become so bad in such a short space of time? We’ve seen a very inconsistent Everton from being very unlucky against Liverpool to this week being thrashed in the second half.
'What I can’t excuse is our capitulation after we went 2-0 down. I’m very worried about the run that we’re in at the moment and West Brom becomes a massive game next week, so we don’t get dragged back into that relegation zone. After having a wonderful start we’re back in dangerous ground.’
Mauricio Pochettino and Sam Allardyce share a joke on the touchline during the opening period of the clash
Wayne Rooney thought he had given Everton an early lead but his goal was disallowed for offside at the national stadium
The former England captain pictured signalling to the linesman after ruling out his header for offside
Cenk Tosun in action early on against Serge Aurier as the Turkish striker makes his Everton debut against Tottenham
Despite their lack of competitive edge, it had been Everton who had the ball in the net first. From a rare corner, Cenk Tosun, who looked promising despite this toughest of debuts, rose powerfully to meet the ball and send it goal-wards. Rooney, lurking close to goal, darted to get the final touch, but from an offside position and so it was ruled out.
Still, when Son and Eriksen are playing as slickly as this, Spurs can look impossible to contain. Certainly, it would take more resolution than Everton appeared to possess. On 26 minutes they simply allowed Eriksen time to execute a cross-field pass into the path of Aurier.
Full back Cuco Martina was following Son into the box but no-one from midfield saw fit to cover his position and space was plentiful for Aurier, who galloped into the Everton box and drove the ball across goal, where Heung-Min Son timed his run perfectly to score from close range.
Tottenham’s only first-half concern would have been not being further ahead yet they righted than within two minutes of the re-start. Jonjoe Keeny raced out to cut off Son, over-run himself, and allowed Son simply to slip past, measure his cross for Kane to meet and extend the lead It may have been just offside, yet so close that even VAR would have struggled.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka in action against in-form Tottenham striker Kane in the opening minutes of the match
Son battles for the ball with Yannick Bolasie as the Everton man enjoys more minutes after recovering from injury
The two managers warmly embrace moments before kick-off in the Premier League clash at Wembley on Saturday
Tottenham were in their stide, Alli and Kane going close and Son striking the post. A third goal was inevitable. It came on 59 minutes when Dier swung in a cross and Mason Holgate could only watch as Kane ghosted past him and finished from close range, almost embarrassed by the ease of it all.
A fourth would come on 82 minutes when Son cut across goal, played in Alli, who with an audacious back heel, found Eriksen, who simply swept the ball home for 4-0. Spurs have rediscovered their zest. Now they need to retain it for the weeks ahead when they face Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Juventus.
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