West Ham United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur




Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his past six Premier League games against West Ham

In-form striker Harry Kane scored twice as 10-man Tottenham survived a late fightback from West Ham to move up to third in the Premier League.

Kane’s header and low strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead before midfielder Christian Eriksen fired home the third in the 60th minute.

The Hammers had been disjointed and jaded to that point, but five minutes later Mexico forward Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.

Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was then shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.

West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a magnificent cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku with three minutes left.

However, the Hammers – who are 17th – failed to test the Spurs goal again as they lost for the fourth time in the league this season.

Tottenham trio do damage again

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino treated his players to a steak dinner this week in what was billed as a team-bonding exercise before this match.

The Argentine said: “You need time to create a good dynamic, not only tactics but outside too.”

That spirit of togetherness has been fostered since Pochettino’s arrival in 2014, and three of his key players with a close bond off the pitch once again displayed their connection on it.

Spurs’ attacking triumvirate of Eriksen, Kane and Dele Alli is arguably the most potent in the Premier League. Last season, both Eriksen and Alli provided nine assists for Kane – the joint-highest assist rate for a team-mate – and Eriksen provided seven for Alli.

The trio were at it again at London Stadium.

They combined for the opener when Carroll inadvertently played the ball to Eriksen in the middle. The Dane found Alli, who in turn found the head of his England team-mate. Kane, under no pressure, nodded in for his fifth goal in his past four appearances.

That became six in four a few moments later. After Carroll failed to win an aerial contest with Jan Vertonghen, Eriksen’s brilliant flick released Kane, who played in Alli. The midfielder’s shot was blocked by Joe Hart, but his predatory colleague followed up.

After the break, Eriksen joined them on the scoresheet with a low, 12-yard strike after Kane’s curling free-kick came off the foot of the post.

More to follow.



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