Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham: Harry Kane scores twice
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 30/09/17 5:38pm
Harry Kane continued his fine form by scoring twice as Tottenham beat Huddersfield 4-0 in the Premier League at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.
Two trademark strikes gave Kane his 10th and 11th goals of the season in the first half, coming either side of Ben Davies' cool finish after a superb Spurs team move.
Substitute Moussa Sissoko rounded off the win in stoppage time, bundling the ball home via the boot of Christopher Schindler.
Huddersfield: Lossl (5), Smith (5), Jorgensen (5), Schindler (5), Lowe (4), Mooy (5), Hogg (5), Kachunga (5), Ince (5), Van La Parra (6), Depoitre (5)
Subs: Malone (6), Billing (5), Whitehead (NA)
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (7), Davies (8), Dier (7), Winks (7), Eriksen (7), Alli (6), Kane (9)
Subs: Sissoko (7), Walker-Peters (NA), Son (NA)
Man of the match: Harry Kane
The result continues Spurs' fine away form this season having won every game, while Huddersfield are without a win in five Premier League matches.
Kane took just nine minutes to have an impact, latching onto Kieran Trippier's long header behind the defence before slotting into the bottom right corner.
It was 2-0 just seven minutes later through Davies, who finished neatly from the left of the box as Jonas Lossl rushed out after Christian Eriksen's break forward had then fallen fortuitously to the Spurs full-back.
Spurs made two changes from the side that beat West Ham last weekend; Kieran Trippier replaced the suspended Serge Aurier, while Harry Winks came in for Moussa Sissoko. Huddersfield made one chnage as Rajiv van La Parra replaced Abdelhamid Sabiri.
Lossl nearly embarrassed himself after a miskick had fallen to Kane, rushing to the striker's feet to deny him, but Kane made no mistake from 20 yards moments later, finding the far corner with a fine left-footed strike.
Dele Alli then hit the post after Spurs had cut Huddersfield apart again, before Laurent Depoitre hit the bar for the hosts just before half time with a long-range effort.
Spurs took their foot off the gas in the second half, though Kane did have a chance to complete his second hat-trick in a week, miscuing from close range after Eric Dier's flick-on from a corner.
Alli was booked for diving inside the area later in the half, while Kane was applauded by the entire John Smith's Stadium as he was subbed off late on.
Sissoko made it four in the first minute of stoppage time from close range, seeing his effort from Davies' assist come off the boot of Schindler and roll into the net.
- Tottenham have won each of their opening four league away games for the first time since 1960/61, when they won their first eight in a row.
- Spurs have scored 25 goals in their last six Premier League away matches; an average of over four per game (4.2).
- Harry Kane has scored against 25 of the 26 teams he has faced in the Premier League, only failing to find the back of the net against Cardiff City (two apps, no goals).
- Harry Kane has netted 13 goals in September 2017 for club and country, the most-ever in a single month by the English striker.
David Wagner: "Today was a result of our mistakes and Tottenham's quality. They are a strong side, without a doubt, and have top quality, especially in the final third. They deserved to win this game. Maybe the result was a little bit high if you see the effort my players gave, but we made it too easy for them to score. The first goal was an individual mistakes where we could have cleared the ball."
Mauricio Pochettino: "We deserved the victory. We were better. Until today they only conceded three goals and we scored four. I speak very highly about my team, we dominated the game. I am so happy with everyone because we played Champions League in Cyprus, arrived late and came here and showed energy. It was a fantastic performance for us."
The pundit - Gary Neville
"[Kane] is a dream. He is a lad that will never have a bad run. He won't always score goals but he will contribute to the team, he'll be a target man and bring players in to play. He'll become a leader and take on responsibility, you'll see a change in character in him in the next couple of years, which we have started seeing already.
"He has got so much more to come in terms developing his character further, on top of the face he is an absolutely outstanding professional and player."
Man of the match - Harry Kane
Of late, it seems the only debate surrounding Kane is whether he can be considered world class. On this particular afternoon, Kane showed it all. The awareness, the positioning and those trademark finishes.
His first was typical Kane - running through on goal, pushing the ball slightly wide to create a gap, and duly finishing. His second was another trademark strike, but this time that snapshot from range we know so well.
Co-commentator Davie Provan summed it up well: "We saw the very best of Harry Kane in the first half, his full repertoire. Most of the adjectives have been used to describe Kane and I cannot think of anymore. He was a joy to watch his centre-forward play."
Tottenham host Bournemouth in the Premier League after the international break on Saturday, October 14, while Huddersfield go to Swansea on the same day.
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