Kane scores twice in Everton rout

Five-nil thumping sees Harry Kane move above Arsenal legend Thierry Henry on Premier League top-scorers list

Tuesday, 8th March — By Dan Carrier at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Spurs Stadium

Premier League

TOTTENHAM 5 (Keane 14 og, Son 17, Kane 37, 55, Reguilon 46)

TOTTENAM racked up a morale-boosting 5-0 victory over a relegation-threatened Everton tonight (Monday) – leaving a beaming Antonio Conte saying he fancied going out partying after the result.

Speaking after the win that lifted Spurs up one place to seventh in the Premier League table, the Tottenham manager joked that while he was insufferable after defeat, he was feeling more sociable after the rousing victory.

Conte said: “When we lose, you wouldn’t want to have dinner with me afterwards. Tonight, I feel like dinner – and then a disco afterwards.”

Spurs were three up before half-time and it allowed Conte’s players to enjoy a stress-free home game – a welcome change to the recent form at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that has seen the north Londoners lose to Wolves and Southampton.

Conte said: “We played an amazing game in many aspects. We created chances and I have seen many positive situations.”

He added that after a run of topsy-turvy results, where an away win at league leaders Manchester City was followed by defeat at bottom club Burnley, this victory needed to inspire his side to reach the same level each week.

“The aim is to improve,” Conte continued. “In the last period, we have been disappointed, it has gone up and down. I would like the team to be more stable.

“It was nice to win tonight, and enjoy it, but we have another tough game at the weekend.”

Everton were to be extremely obliging. The Toffees have managed just one win and three draws when not at Goodison Park this season, and whatever bounce new manager Frank Lampard provided since his appointment has long gone.

On nine minutes, a slick bit of one-touch football saw Harry Kane spring Everton’s high defensive line and play in Heung-Min Son. The forward ate up the space and shaped to shoot. The on-running Ryan Sessegnon drew one defender away, giving Son a route to goal – but the striker dawdled long enough to allow Everton’s Mason Holgate time to recover and nick the ball off his toes.

The wasted opportunity did not matter for long. On 13, an over hit ball behind Everton full-back Jonjoe Kenny by Ben Davies saw Sessegnon set off in a seemingly pointless pursuit.

However, the wing-back’s admirable determination saw him get to the ball before lashing in an instinctive left-foot cross. Michael Keane, tracking the run of Kane on his right shoulder, got himself in a tangle and turned the ball past Jordan Pickford at the near post.

The opener may have been fortuitous – not withstanding Sessegnon’s determination and speed – but the second was pure Spurs.

Cristian Romero played a ball down the line for Kane, who held on to possession long enough for his teammates to attack the space around him. His jinked ball gave Dejan Kulusevski responsibility to move things on, and the midfielder spotted Son, who fired home from just inside the box.

Kane made it three before the break when he nodded a clearance from Hugo Lloris to Kulusevski. The Dane held on to the ball long enough for Kane to set off at a canter through the Everton centre – and then Kulusevski laid the ball forward, right on to the same trajectory as Kane’s run.

The striker had all the time he needed to weigh up which side of Pickford’s goal he was going to hammer his shot into.

The fourth came a minute into the second half. Son nicked the ball from Donny ven de Beek and set off with Kane and Kulusevski peeling away from him.

Kulusevski played a first-time ball back across the face of the goal after Son brought him in. It evaded Son and Kane – but substitute Sergio Reguilon, who had not touched the ball at that point, walked on to it and buried his shot.

Kane then racked up his 171st league goal, overtaking Thierry Henry’s Premier League record, with a wonderfully struck left-foot volley on 55 minutes. Matt Doherty scooped a ball into the left-hand channel and Kane watched it with hungry eyes as it dropped, before lining himself up to send the ball back across Pickford’s goal.

Tottenham: Lloris, Romero (Sanchez, 51), Dier, Davies, Doherty, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon (Reguilon, 45), Kulusevski, Son (Bergwijn, 66) Kane
Substitutes not used: Gollini, Winks, Royal, Rodon, Moura, White

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane (Branthwaite, 45), Kenny, Allan, van de Beek (Mykolenko, 58), Doucoure, Gordon, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin (Alli, 68)
Substitutes not used: Begovic, Townsend, Iwobi, Gomes, Rondon, El Ghazi

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