Tottenham v West Bromwich Albion 14 Jan
Tottenham Hotspur 4 West Bromwich 0
Goal Scorers H Kane (12, 77, 82), G McAuley (26 o/g)
When you have a team such as the current in-form Tottenham Hotspur to play, away sides need to be at their very best. West Bromwich Albion likely didn’t anticipate being outplayed completely but deep down probably knew going into this match that is was destined to go only one way. That being the way of Tottenham, and it was at 12:30pm on Saturday the 14th of January 2017 that saw them both take to the pitch at White Hart Lane in front of some 31,613 spectators.
Tottenham fans have come to half expect a masterclass of football action whenever they know that Harry Kane is going to be in the team line up, and fans were certainly left feeling contented after this match, as the powerful number 10 went on to score a hat trick.
From the very minute the match started, Tottenham dominated the match, and before the half time whistle blew they were already two goals up, the first scored by Kane. As luck would have it the second goal that put them on the way to victory was an own goal by the unfortunate Gareth McAuley.
However, it was Christian Eriksen’s great work in driving a shot from the edge of the box which deflected off Jonas Olsson first and then McAuley that created the goal.
Kane had in fact missed the previous weekends FA Cup win over Aston Villa, having taken compassionate time off for the birth of his first child, and it was at the 77th minute mark that he treated fans to a very fine volley to score his second goal of the match. When Kane does get the bit between his teeth he’s capable of ripping teams apart. He was playing right at the top of his game, and there was more to come still.
After just another five minutes he performed an almost identical volley which marked yet another hat trick for this now legendary Spurs forward. That third goal was set up by his teammate Dele Alli, and it seems that Alli and Kane have something of a bond on the pitch.
This 4–0 win against West Brom means that Tottenham are now second in the league table above Liverpool who will be playing Manchester United next. This win also sees Tottenham having had their sixth consecutive Premier League win, which is a club record, and one that they are going to hope they manage to break when they play Manchester City next week, which will be a match worth watching for sure.
Even the most hardened and cynical Tottenham fan would be glowing with pride after watching this display. The team is certainly consistent and many other teams will be fearing playing them. The only concern for Mauricio Pochettino now is the injury to Jan Vertonghen. The full back appeared to twist his ankle in the second half and went straight down the tunnel for treatment.