A scientific hat-trick from Harry Kane was sufficient to earn Tottenham a cushty Three-Zero win over Burnley, firing Spurs again into the Champions League race within the course of.
The England striker scored his 34th, 35th and 36th league objectives of an unbelievable calendar 12 months, bringing the Tottenham ahead stage with all-time Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer’s 22 12 months document.
Kane opened his account early within the first half, changing from the penalty spot after simply seven minutes at Turf Moor.
The England striker then wrapped up the factors halfway by means of the second half, first slotting previous Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope after Moussa Sissoko’s by means of ball, earlier than drilling a low effort into the far nook with simply over 10 minutes to go.
The guests have been in management from the off, overwhelming a surprisingly subdued Burnley from begin to end.
Mauricio Pochettino opted to recall full-backs Serge Aurier and Ben Davies, in addition to handing begins to Davinson Sanchez and Moussa Sissoko.
It was virtually a nightmare begin for the north London outfit although, with Dele Alli maybe lucky to remain on the sector after lunging in on Burnley full-back Charlie Taylor simply 4 minutes into the competition.
Referee Michael Oliver confirmed leniency in the direction of the midfielder, whose temperament on the sector has been known as into query in current months, issuing only a warning to the 21-year previous.
Maybe inevitably, Alli would go on to play the pantomime villain for the rest of the piece, and the England midfielder was concerned within the video games huge resolution simply minutes later.
Latching on to a go inside from Christian Eriksen, Alli nipped the ball away from Clarets defender Kevin Lengthy earlier than tumbling over the defenders out stretched leg. The Republic of Eire worldwide might haven’t any complaints regardless of his supervisor Sean Dyche’s protestations from the sidelines.
Kane stepped as much as take the spot-kick, sending Pope the unsuitable approach to rating his 13th Premier League objective of the season.
Spurs have been effectively value their lead, pushing and probing for openings because the half went on. Kane was wanting threatening, and he virtually doubled the lead after latching on to a scuffed Alli shot, earlier than narrowly firing extensive of the put up.
Moussa Sissoko wasted a superb alternative moments later, Pope making an outstanding double save after Alli had launched the Frenchman as Spurs countered from a Burnley nook.
Sean Dyche’s males have been missing any type of penetration, and misplaced striker Chris Wooden to damage simply after the half hour mark. They went in at half-time having did not muster a shot on Hugo Lloris’ objective and having solely loved 40% possession within the opening interval.
The second half started a lot as the primary had ended, with Kane and Heung-min Son losing good alternatives to increase Spurs’ lead.
The scientific blow got here with simply over twenty minutes to go. Ben Mee carelessly gave the ball away in midfield, with Sissoko weighting an ideal by means of ball to Kane. In acres of area vacated by Mee, Kane rushed by means of to fit underneath the helpless Pope to all however seal the factors for the guests.
The icing was placed on the cake for Mauricio Pochettino’s males with simply over ten minutes to go. Intricate build-up play between Ben Davies and Alli presenting the ball at Kane’s ft, with the 24-year previous firing his left footed effort low into the far nook to attain his 53rd objective for membership and nation this 12 months.
The ultimate whistle introduced down the curtain on a completely deserved victory, and one that can enhance the boldness of Pochettino’s aspect going into the festive interval.
#THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/L525zGx3Wx
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