Kane at the double as Tottenham ease past West Ham

Date published: Sunday 22nd November 2015 5:49

Harry Kane: Wants Spurs to keep place in top four

Harry Kane scored his eighth goal in five matches as an impressive Tottenham outfit beat West Ham 4-1 at White Hart Lane.

The England international’s double, alongside Toby Alderweireld’s header and Kyle Walker’s classy finish late on means Spurs remain unbeaten since the opening day of the season.

Tottenham are now only two points behind their North London rivals Arsenal, who are fourth, and four points off surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Forward Kane put the hosts ahead after 23 minutes, expertly turning James Tomkins and emphatically finishing past Adrian in the West Ham goal.

Only two minutes later the visitors almost pulled level. Cheikhou Kouyaté rattled the bar with a acrobatic bicycle kick, although the hosts would have been incredibly angry had the effort gone in, as replays showed the midfielder was well offside.

Despite the scare, by this point Tottenham had found their rhythm and ten minutes later Alderweireld doubled their advantage with a powerful near-post header from Christian Eriksen’s corner.

Kane should have added a third before half-time but scuffed an ugly shot wide when clean through on goal.

Harry Kane Toby Alderweireld

If there was any question whether the Hammers could mount a comeback in the second half then Kane provided the answer only five minutes after the interval, taking his goal tally in London derbies to 12 goals in 14 games against capital opposition.

Yes the shot from the edge of the area may have been well struck, but questions should be asked of Adrian after the goalkeeper allowed the ball underneath his arms.

The goal prompted West Ham manager Slaven Bilic to bring on Nikica Jelavic and Mauro Zarate in place of Andy Carroll and Victor Moses but the change made little difference and Tottenham always looked the more likely to score.

Tensions flared late on as first Delle Alli clashed with Mark Noble and then Diafra Sakho squared up to Kyle Walker, forcing referee Anthony Taylor to produce a late flurry of yellow cards.

Right-back Walker would later make his mark, finishing superbly with the outside of his foot, before Argentinian Lanzini pulled back a consolation goal powering the ball past Hugo Lloris.

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