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English Premier League

Spurs stroll as Kane bags brace

England striker scores twice inside the opening 20 minutes as Pochettino’s men overwhelm Huddersfield, while United thrash Palace at Old Trafford

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 September, 2017, 9:57pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 October, 2017, 1:07am

A Harry Kane masterclass ensured Tottenham cruised to a 4-0 victory against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Tottenham beat Cypriot champions Apoel Nicosia 3-0 courtesy of a brilliant Kane hat-trick on Tuesday and he was just as impressive in West Yorkshire, killing off Huddersfield inside the opening 20 minutes with two superbly taken goals.

Ben Davies put Tottenham ahead early on and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a late fourth as the London side blew away David Wagner’s men.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told BBC: “We deserved the victory, we were better. Until today Huddersfield only conceded three goals, and we scored four. We dominated the game and that is why I am so happy with everyone. We played Champions League in Cyprus, arrived back home late and then to show the energy and performance is fantastic for us.

“Harry Kane is in an amazing moment. He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic. The way he works without the ball. I wish he keeps going at the same level and for the team to win games.”

The early kick-off gave Tottenham a chance to keep in touch with the Premier League leaders and they gleefully took that opportunity against a Huddersfield team with plenty of heart but little real quality.

Huddersfield have proven to be surprisingly durable in defence this term, keeping four clean sheets in their opening six league matches, but that was long forgotten during a 90 minutes they will want to forget.

They were more than a match for Spurs early on as Tommy Smith had one fine long-range effort palmed away by Hugo Lloris and Rajiv van la Parra also saw Eric Dier block another opportunity.

However, Kane underlined again why he is one of Europe’s hottest properties and why almost every major side in the world would love to have him.

After nine minutes, Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe was caught napping at the back, the England striker raced through on goal and calmly slotted past Jonas Lossl to put Spurs ahead.

It was the kind of cool and clinical finish that Premier League fans have come to expect from the 24-year-old.

Wagner’s side remained lively but the visitors moved the ball very quickly and it was not long before Davies had doubled their lead as Huddersfield’s defence again failed to deal with Spurs’ forward forays.

After seven one-touch passes, the ball bobbled loose to Davies 16 yards out and he had all the time in the world to clip a shot past Lossl.

Spurs were fortunate not to concede a penalty shortly after their second goal as Davinson Sanchez clumsily barged Elias Kachunga inside the area.

But any hopes Huddersfield could get back into the contest were extinguished after 23 minutes when Kane scored a goal so good that even Huddersfield’s fans applauded.

Kane, with his back to goal and two defenders nearby, shrugged off their attention, swivelled and hit a wonderful curling effort past Lossl from 25 yards.

The strike was Kane’s 13th in September alone and meant Spurs had scored three goals in three consecutive away performances.

Huddersfield kept running but were fairly shell-shocked by the scoreline and Dele Alli could have made it four after 30 minutes but his close-range toe-poke hit the post from a tight angle.

Just before the break, Laurent Depoitre smashed an effort against the Spurs crossbar.

Huddersfield certainly did not give up but they lacked the class needed to get back into the contest.

Spurs took their foot off the accelerator after the restart and the entire game took a dip in quality as a result.

Dier and Christian Eriksen continued to harass Huddersfield but their impact was limited and Kane failed to see enough of the ball to cause further trouble.

Spurs took Eriksen off towards the end and his replacement Sissoko blasted one low effort straight as Lossl but then did better in stoppage-time, bundling home to seal the victory.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku extended his hot streak as Manchester United powered to a 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace, Lukaku scored his seventh goal in his last six appearances.

Jose Mourinho’s men have now won six successive matches in all competitions and have dropped only two points from their first seven league games.

City must beat Chelsea to regain top spot from their Manchester rivals on goal difference.

Bottom of the table Palace arrived at Old Trafford as the first English top-flight team to lose their first six games without scoring a single goal.

It took just three minutes for United to breach Palace’s leaky defence when Juan Mata marked his 200th Premier League appearance with his first goal of the season, the Spanish winger finishing emphatically from Marcus Rashford’s cross.

Mourinho’s men struck again in the 35th minute as Ashley Young whipped a cross to the far post, where Marouane Fellaini stabbed home for his third goal of the season.

Fellaini wasn’t finished yet and the Belgian midfielder headed United’s third from a Rashford free-kick in the 49th minute.

In the 86th minute, Lukaku capped United’s fourth 4-0 league win this term when the Belgium striker scored his 11th goal in 10 games since his close-season move from Everton.

“Three points and a good performance. We started strong and finished strong,” Mourinho said.

“We rotated after playing in the Champions League. The players’ mentality allowed me to do that.

“The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident.”

Diafra Sakho eased the pressure on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic as his last-gasp strike clinched a 1-0 win over Swansea at the London Stadium.

Peter Crouch gave Stoke a 2-1 home win over his former club Southampton.

Senegal forward Mame Biram Diouf put Stoke ahead five minutes before half-time.

Moments later Saints defender Virgil van Dijk conceded a penalty with a foul on Saido Berahino, but the striker’s spot-kick was saved by Fraser Forster.

Japan defender Maya Yoshida equalised for Southampton with a blistering volley in the 75th minute, but Stoke substitute Crouch grabbed the 85th-minute winner.

Richarlison’s late leveller earned Watford a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Albion had scored only four times in their previous six league matches, but Salomon Rondon put them ahead in the 18th minute at the Hawthorns and the hosts doubled their lead three minutes later through Jonny Evans.

However, Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford a lifeline in the 37th minute and Richarlison equalised in the closing seconds.

Bournemouth remain second bottom after being held to a 0-0 draw by Leicester at Dean Court.