Tottenham 5-1 Stoke: Harry Kane scores twice as Spurs thrash Stoke again
By Adam Bate
Last Updated: 09/12/17 6:57pm
Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham thrashed Stoke 5-1 at Wembley to move above Arsenal into fifth.
Ryan Shawcross' own goal (21) put Spurs ahead midway through the first half and Heung-Min Son doubled the lead soon after the break (53) before Kane added two more (54, 65) and Christian Eriksen made it five (74).
Shawcross did manage to grab a consolation at the other end with 10 minutes remaining but, remarkably, this was still the fourth time in a row that Stoke have lost to Tottenham by four clear goals.
The result moves Spurs above rivals Arsenal and into fifth on goal difference, while Stoke drop to 15th.
Tottenham: Lloris (5); Trippier (7), Dier (6), Vertonghen (6), Davies (7); Winks (7), Dembele (7); Eriksen (7), Alli (7), Son (9); Kane (8).
Subs: Lamela (6), Sissoko (6), Llorente (6).
Stoke: Tottenham: Butland (6); Edwards (5), Zouma (6), Shawcross (6), Wimmer (6), Pieters (5); Fletcher (6), Allen (6); Diouf (6), Choupo-Moting (6), Shaqiri (6).
Subs: Crouch (6), Cameron (6), Afellay (6).
Man of the Match: Heung-Min Son
The gulf between the sides was not obvious in the early stages but when Son sent in a cross after 21 minutes, Shawcross could only divert it beyond Jack Butland.
Kane spurned a glorious chance to double the lead soon after, missing the target when clean through, but Stoke fell apart early in the second half and were completely blown away.
Son finished emphatically after latching onto Dele Alli's poked pass behind the Stoke defence and Butland's sloppiness from the restart almost gifted Kane a goal straight after when he narrowly avoided being dispossessed.
Kane did not have to wait long, heading in from Ben Davies' cross and the striker put his side four up when he slotted home left-footed for his 12th Premier League goal of the season.
Tottenham made one change from the draw at Watford as Harry Winks came in for the suspended Davinson Sanchez. Stoke made two changes from the team that beat Swansea with Kevin Wimmer replacing the injured Bruno Martins Indi and teenage full-back Tom Edwards coming in for veteran striker Peter Crouch.
Stoke continued to look vulnerable and the brilliant Son punished them on the counter-attack by feeding Eriksen to make it five as Spurs threatened to really embarrass the visitors.
Instead, it was Hugo Lloris who erred, missing his punch to allow Shawcross a consolation, but this was still yet another miserable day for Stoke against their least favourite opponents.
- Tottenham have become the first team in top-flight history to win four consecutive games against the same opponent by four or more goals.
- Harry Kane has scored eight Premier League goals against Stoke, only against Leicester City has he scored more in the competition (9).
- Kane scored his 90th Premier League goal in just his 131st game - only Alan Shearer (113 games) did so quicker.
- This was the first time a Stoke player had ever scored at both ends in a Premier League game.
Mauricio Pochettino: "Today I think we were clinical in front of goal. I think we created a lot of chances and everyone was very good.
"I am happy because the most important thing today was the victory and the three points after a few games where we didn't get the result that we deserved. But today the team played well and it was a great victory that was important for the next few games."
Mark Hughes: "The talk at half-time was all about making sure we stayed in the game and at some point we felt we'd get the opportunity to get back on level terms.
"Obviously that mind-set went out the window when we conceded very, very poorly and too easily on two occasions very early on in the second half. And from that point onwards, it was always going to be a difficult afternoon."
Man of the match - Heung-Min Son
Son was the brightest player from the outset, troubling teenage full-back Tom Edwards who was making only his second Premier League appearance. The South Korea international was the architect of the first goal and the scorer of the second in a superb display.
Late on in the game he led the counter-attack to set up Eriksen for Tottenham's fifth goal and when he left the pitch soon after to a standing ovation, it was fully deserved.
Stoke are on the road again as soon as Tuesday as they head north to face Burnley, while Tottenham have another home fixture at Wembley as they play host to Brighton for the first time in the Premier League era.
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