Tottenham 3 Everton 0
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kanoute had left the stadium in raptures with a 30-yard opener, and quick-fire goals from Gustavo Poyet and Robbie Keane put the game beyond Everton.
An entertaining first half had seen Everton defend well and look dangerous on the break but Spurs dominate in terms of chances.
The home side had looked keen to test goalkeeper Nigel Martyn from range although nothing could prepare the former Leeds custodian for the eventual opener from Kanoute.
Martyn had already saved well from Keane and watched his follow up fly over but he had little chance when Kanoute lashed a quite scintillating half volley unerringly into the top corner from 30 yards out.
As explosively as Spurs had ended the first half, their second half can only be described as nuclear in its effect on the match.
Almost immediately from the restart, Poyet claimed an impressive second, volleying home a cross from Darren Anderton to double Spurs' advantage.
Everton were shell-shocked, and things went from bad to worse when Spurs added a third within a minute of their second.
Although the build-up was superb, Everton will feel David Unsworth should have done better when he tackled Keane, but then lost the ball to the same player and allowed the Irishman to slide home gleefully.
The arrival as substitute of Wayne Rooney sparked life in to The Toffees, but there was no route back into the game for David Moyes's men.