Out­stand­ing Kane fires Tot­ten­ham past Ter­ri­ers with ease

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - PAUL DOYLE

Hud­der­s­field Town 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 4

THESE days a team is not re­ally a Pre­mier League side un­til Harry Kane has shat­tered their de­fence. So this was an ini­ti­a­tion of sorts for Hud­der­s­field Town, who be­came the lat­est vic­tims of a striker whose goals are fu­elling Tot­ten­ham’s tro­phy am­bi­tions and his own quest to break records.

David Wag­ner’s team had only con­ceded three goals in their first six top-flight matches since pro­mo­tion but Tot­ten­ham fired that many past them in the first 23 min­utes here, with Kane, in­evitably, lead­ing the on­slaught. He scored the vis­i­tors’ first and third goals, and was in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing the sec­ond for Ben Davies. The left-back helped the vis­i­tors add a fourth in stop­page time by set­ting up Moussa Sis­soko.

He now has 84 goals from 123 Pre­mier League ap­pear­ances and his strike rate is ac­cel­er­at­ing: fac­tor in his mid­week hat­trick in the Cham­pi­ons League against Apoel Ni­cosia and he hit 13 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions in Septem­ber, the most pro­duc­tive month of the 24-year-old’s ca­reer to date.

Kane tried to open the scor­ing here as early as the sec­ond minute but saw his shot de­flected behind by Mathias Jor­gensen. Then Hud­der­s­field had the temer­ity to try to get on the score­sheet be­fore him, Hugo Lloris thwart­ing a shock by div­ing full-length to tip away a pow­er­ful long-range ef­fort by Tommy Smith. Soon, though, Kane took over.

He re­ceived un­wit­ting help from Hud­der­s­field’s left-back, Chris Löwe, whose mis­take on half­way turned a ba­nal clear­ing header by Kieran Trip­pier into the per­fect through ball for Kane. The striker did the rest, can­ter­ing for­ward and into the penalty area be­fore fin­ish­ing as mat­ter-of-factly as a li­brar­ian slot­ting a book into the cor­rect space on a shelf.

Löwe was un­for­tu­nate to play a role in Spurs’ sec­ond, too. That came seven min­utes later after cut­ting in­ter­play down the left be­tween Dele Alli and Kane, who flicked a pass through to Chris­tian Erik­sen at the edge of the area. Löwe poked the ball off the Dane’s foot but when it ran across the box, Davies ar­rived to lift it over the keeper with a del­i­cate fin­ish.

With Spurs in­tent on pun­ish­ing ev­ery er­ror, Jonas Lössl must have feared the worst when he mis­kicked a clear­ance and gifted the ball to Kane. But the goal­keeper re­cov­ered suf­fi­ciently to rob the ball back be­fore the striker was able to get off a shot.

That re­lief was only tem­po­rary, however. In the 23rd minute Kane struck again, bril­liantly rolling past two op­po­nents be­fore curl­ing a pre­cise left-foot shot into the net from 20 yards.

Spurs were a class above any­one Hud­der­s­field had en­coun­tered so far. This was the fourth away match in a row in which Spurs have struck at least three goals and they could have in­creased the tally be­fore half-time: Alli struck the post after a smooth move down the right.

Hud­der­s­field, though made to look ragged at times, did not bow down and Lau­rent De­poitre cracked a fe­ro­cious long-range shot against the cross­bar just be­fore the break.

Hud­der­s­field tight­ened up in the sec­ond pe­riod, de­ter­mined not to per­mit a tonk­ing. Christo­pher Schindler hurled him­self in front of a shot to pre­vent Kane plun­der­ing an­other hat-trick. Alli darted through the de­fence in the 57th minute but when he went down in the box as Lössl came to chal­lenge him, the ref­eree booked him for div­ing. He had been rum­bled. Spurs did not over-ex­ert them­selves after that, know­ing the game was long since up for Hud­der­s­field. But Sis­soko scored in stop­page time, any­way.

Kane had been sub­sti­tuted by then, leav­ing in the 86th minute to ap­plause by sup­port­ers of both clubs. This was Hud­der­s­field’s first meet­ing with Tot­ten­ham since 1972 and they have still not beaten the Lon­don­ers since 1956, when they had a player in their team, left-back Ray Wil­son, who would later win the World Cup with Eng­land. Here, the York­shire team were shot down by an­other English­man who could go on to achieve great­ness.

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