Football NewsSunday 1st January 2017

Premier League: Kane and Alli double up as Tottenham crush Watford

Premier League: Kane and Alli double up as Tottenham crush Watford

Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored doubles as Tottenham thrashed Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road to record a fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

Tottenham completely dominated the match and Kane put them ahead with a cool first-half finish moments after Alli had struck crossbar.

The striker quickly made it two to give him 10 goals in his last 11 league games, with Kieran Trippier – starting in place of the suspended Kyle Walker – setting him up on both occasions.

And Mauricio Pochettino’s men got a third before half-time when the in-form Alli capitalised on a mistake from former Spurs defender Younes Kaboul.

Watford’s afternoon got worse when Alli struck for his second and Spurs’ fourth just 58 seconds into the second half after further poor defending from the hosts.

Water Mazzarri’s side pulled one back in the 92nd minute when Kaboul bundled over the line after initially being denied by Hugo Lloris, but they drop to 13th having taken just four points from their last seven matches.

[POCHETTINO HAILS BEST DISPLAY THIS SEASON]

[WATFORD 1 TOTTENHAM 4 – HOW THE MATCH UNFOLDED]

[IN PICTURES – WATFORD 1 TOTTENHAM 4]

Tottenham move back to within 10 points of leaders Chelsea, who they meet in a crunch clash at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Son Heung-min – in as one of four Tottenham changes – forced Heurelho Gomes into an early save, before fast-starting Spurs had a penalty claim turned down.

Harry Kane fires Tottenham ahead

Danny Rose found Christian Eriksen, whose powerful shot struck the arm of their former player, Etienne Capoue, but referee Michael Oliver was unmoved.

[HOW DO KANE’S STATS RATE AFTER 100 PL GAMES?]

[ALLI MADE TO WAIT FOR FIRST SPURS HAT-TRICK]

It was still all Tottenham when Alli collected Son’s pass and fired a blistering strike against the bar from 25 yards, before the deadlock was deservedly broken in the 27th minute.

Trippier sent an acute pass from the right into Kane’s path and he beat Gomes at the near post to mark his 100th top-flight appearance in style.

That duo combined to impressive effect six minutes later as Spurs made it two. After Alli found Trippier in space, he whipped in an outstanding cross which Kane converted from inside the six-yard box.

It should have been three when Son missed the target after Eriksen’s free-kick had given him an excellent chance, but Spurs were not to be denied.

Kane’s cross was dealt with awfully by Kaboul, allowing Alli to produce a composed finish into the far corner.

Another poor Watford clearance, this time from Sebastian Prodl, allowed Spurs to strike again after the restart.

The defender’s miscue gave Kane the chance to cross and Alli took one touch before converting from close-range for his fifth goal in three league outings.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris celebrates the second goal at Watford

A sharp save from Gomes kept out Kane’s free-kick as he searched for a hat-trick, with Watford struggling to make an impact at the other end.

Pochettino brought off Alli, Rose and Kane with the match against Chelsea in mind, Spurs coasting to victory with Lloris untroubled until Watford’s stoppage-time consolation when Kaboul converted Adlene Guedioura’s free-kick at the second attempt.

Key Opta stats

  • Harry Kane has now scored 59 goals in 100 Premier League games, the same number as Thierry Henry had at this stage.
  • No player has been involved in more PL goals on New Year’s Day than Harry Kane (6, 4 goals and two assists) – level with Andrew Cole and Steven Gerrard (both 5 goals and one assist).
  • Dele Alli has scored five goals in his last three Premier League apps after a run of seven without one.
  • It was Alli’s third Premier League brace in his career (also v Stoke in April 2016 and Southampton in his last game).
  • Watford have been three goals down at HT on three occasions this season (v Arsenal and Liverpool), no other team has done this more than once.
  • Spurs were three goals up at half-time for the first time in a Premier League away game since March 1997 v Sunderland.
  • Tottenham have scored 4+ goals in consecutive away league games for the first time since October 1960 (three games in a row).
  • This was the first time the Hornets had let in four goals in a Premier League game at Vicarage Road.
  • Watford have never beaten Tottenham in a Premier League match, drawing twice and losing five.

Comment