Tottenham 4 Everton 0: Harry Kane breaks another Spurs record as he climbs above Sheringham with brace

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham Credit: GETTY IMAGES

It is a measure of the quality of this Tottenham Hotspur side that visiting teams can arrive at Wembley in full knowledge of where the danger lies, but leave having been utterly unable to do anything about it.

We can be certain that Everton manager Sam Allardyce will have had a plan for nullifying Harry Kane, who broke yet another goalscoring record here, and the brilliant Son Heung-Min, who is in the form of his life. Yet such is the class of Tottenham’s attacking players that there was never any real hope of it succeeding.

Yes, Everton made mistakes. And yes, there were a handful of individuals who simply did not look up to the required standard against this level of opposition. But this was a Tottenham side that bristled with speed and power, and played with the sort of confidence that one would expect after a run of seven victories in nine games.

Son, who scored the first and created the second, was almost unstoppable on the left, while Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen bestrode the space between Everton’s midfield and defence as if they had conquered it on a battlefield.

And then there was Kane, providing the pointy finish at the end of all the flowery build-up. His two goals here were his 97th and 98th in the Premier League, taking him above Teddy Sheringham as Tottenham’s leading goalscorer in the competition.

By the time Eriksen had lashed in a wonderful fourth, there was almost a sense of sympathy for a filleted Everton outfit who, for the first time since 1960, have lost their first three fixtures of a calendar year.

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Having enjoyed such an encouraging start to his time on Merseyside, Allardyce is now without a victory in six matches, and this group of players look a long way from winning any time soon. They have not even mustered a shot on target in three of their last five league games.

“After a wonderful, wonderful start we are back on dangerous ground,” said Allardyce, who added that he was “shocked” by his side’s lack of professionalism. Ominously for any Everton fans who might have expected to see some attacking football in next weekend's meeting with West Bromwich Albion, he added: “Maybe I have a bit of a responsibility for playing too many attack-minded players. I should have perhaps gone back to being a bit more boring and a bit less adventurous.”

There was nothing boring about this Tottenham performance, which was underpinned by the domineering Mousa Dembele in midfield. The Belgian’s control of the game allowed Eriksen, Alli and Son to scythe their way through a disjointed sea of blue, and they in turn provided two of the simplest goals for Kane. No wonder Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, described the performance as “amazing”.

Tottenham have now won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions, and have not been defeated in 11 games at Wembley. On Kane, who has now scored 20 goals in this season’s Premier League, Pochettino said: “It is unbelievable, the way he is able to work on his weaknesses. He is always thinking and trying to improve and improve and improve.”

With Tottenham’s attacking quadrant flicking and tricking their way around the Everton box throughout the opening exchanges, it was Son who found the breakthrough with his seventh goal in his last 11 games.

There was no surprise that his opener originated down Everton’s left, where Tottenham’s Serge Aurier had made the most of the defensive inadequacies of the visiting left-back, Cuco Martina, and left-sided midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson. Having been left alone for much of the first half, Aurier had time to set himself in the box and fire a scuffed shot across goal which Son tapped home to become the first Tottenham player since Jermain Defoe to score in five consecutive Premier League home games.

“He is more mature than last season,” said Pochettino. “Today everyone could see the belief and confidence. It’s fantastic.”

The goal would have been doubly frustrating for Everton considering that Wayne Rooney could, and perhaps should, have given the visitors the lead after 15 minutes. Cenk Tosun, making his first appearance for the club following his £27m move from Besiktas, flicked a long ball into Rooney’s path, but the former England captain could only drag a shot meekly wide.

Rooney did have the ball in the net soon after, but he was quickly denied by the linesman’s flag after sneaking into an offside position before nodding past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Then came that opening goal, and not longer after the break the lead had been doubled by Kane. Once more it was Son who laid waste to the Everton rearguard, with right-back Jonjoe Kenny the victim as the South Korean spun away near the half-way line. Having dispensed with the hapless Kenny, Son then glided past Mason Holgate before his low cross was tapped in by the waiting Kane.

Son then hit the foot of the post before Kane struck Tottenham’s third, and his record-breaking second, with a messy finish from Eric Dier’s right-wing cross.

The fourth was the most attractive. Son was involved again, of course, as he worked his way forward and picked out Alli in the penalty box. The England midfielder artfully flicked a bouncing pass to Eriksen, who crashed the ball past Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal.

Everton, as Allardyce made clear afterwards, had “capitulated”. What a difference this second-half showing was from their performance at Liverpool in the FA Cup last week, where they were only defeated by a late goal.

“I saw some of the good sides of the players last week against Liverpool and I saw some of the worst sides of them in the second half today, which is massively worrying,” Allardyce said. “How can a performance become so bad in such a short space of time? Inconsistency leads to poor results and we have seen a very inconsistent Everton, from being very unlucky against Liverpool to this week being thrashed in the second half.”

FULL TIME

Super Spurs go marching... to three points. Great performance.

90 mins +2

Quite a large number of Spurs fans have decided to beat the massive queues out of Wembley and head home. The game's been dead for ages.

90 mins

Everton briefly threaten to get a shot at goal but Rooney's cross goes to nobody.  

87 mins

Alli is nearly put through on goal but Jagielka reads the danger and comes across to boot the ball away. Eriksen comes off for Lamela. 

85 mins

This has been such a good performance by Spurs. Erik Lamela will be Spurs' final substitution.

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!

That is absolutely brilliant. Superb.

Flowing one touch passes, excellent vision and movement... it's such a good goal. Aurier finds Son who scoops it to Alli, who knows Eriksen is running behind him and flicks with his heel to set up the shot. Eriksen smashes it into the top corner.

79 mins

Everton still haven't had a single shot on target.

 

78 mins

Rooney gets a yellow card for an obvious foul. He chases Vertonghen, is completely burned for pace and then just kicks out at him.

GREAT SAVE BY PICKFORD! Spurs come to life all of a sudden, Alli finds Son with a no-look pass, Son hits it low at the near post and is denied by the goalie, then Alli has an empty goal to shoot at but puts it too close to Pickford, whose speed to get up again and react to the danger is excellent.

 

75 mins

Spurs are still working really hard to win the ball high up the pitch, putting pressure on any Everton player who receives it. 

Dier comes off for Wanyama.

73 mins

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72 mins

Everton's last change is Schneiderlin on for McCarthy. 

70 mins

Aurier keeps finding space on the right. Kane is looking for the early cross whenever he's played onto the ball, Alli is a bit more involved now than at any other part of the game.

68 mins

A promising Spurs counter-attack is spoiled by Kane's inability to control a difficult pass to feet while at full speed and Everton get away with leaving themselves open. Alli finds Aurier free on the right again. 

65 mins

Rooney turns on the style to keep the ball away from Son and Dembele, winning a free-kick by the touchline. It's lofted towards the area and Everton are made to move backwards. 

Glenn Hoddle has just predicted that Kane may very well get at least a hat-trick here, if not four. Four goals, Jeremy? That's insane. 

63 mins

It's a bit of a hiding for Everton here:

Tosun comes off for Calvert-Lewin. A decent debut for the new signing - he looks like a proper Sam Allardyce number nine. Strong, quick, and up for the aerial battles. 

GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!

It's Harry Kane! The right place at the right time, and though the finish is scuffed and he's lucky to hit the target, that's a well worked goal.

That goal makes Kane the all time top Premier League goalscorer for Spurs, beating Teddy Sheringham's record. 

59 mins

Lennon comes on for Bolasie, who doesn't look himself yet. That can be expected after so long out of the game. The Spurs fans give Lennon a nice reception.

Kane looks up and hits a beautiful pass to the opposite wing, Son brings it down, comes inside and defenders give him space as they anticipate the shot... which comes eventually and he hits the post! Alli can't get a touch on the rebound. Everton survive!

57 mins

Kane has Alli ahead of him in space but decides to shoot instead... Pickford saves well.

 

55 mins

Aaron Lennon is getting ready to come on, which might mean either Bolasie is taken off or McCarthy, with Rooney dropping deeper to give Everton a bit more creativity in the centre of midfield. They need to do something to get back into this one.

54 mins

Poor from Alli. Spurs are finding space all over Everton's half now and Son is tearing them apart. He runs through the middle, threads a little reverse pass into Alli, who blocks the defender with his body but then waits too long to shoot and slices across the shot, putting it into the side netting.

 

51 mins

Son is such a good player. So underrated. 

Vertonghen gives a pass away, Sigurdsson intercepts and pings a quick long pass ahead of Tosun, who might already be getting bored of having to chase punts towards where he is. Dembele is quick and holds off the striker, coming away with the ball.

GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL

Absolutely brilliant from Son. Amazing flash of skill! He takes teh ball to feet, it's left a little short and he turns his man with a spin drag move.

Holgate takes him on, is easily beaten... and Kane steps in to tap the shot/cross into the back of the net. The replay makes it look like Kane is slightly offside - the linesman is just behind the play so might not have had a great view of that.

 

KICK-OFF 2

We're back. 

Average positions

 You can see here that Spurs' plan is to overload the left hand side and then switch the ball to the open Aurier, who can shift up into space on the right. It's happening every single time Spurs go forward.

HALF TIME

Not great, if we're totally honest. Scrappy, organised... it's more super fit athletes battling each other than a lovely game of football. 

45 mins +1

Jagielka is booked for hacking Alli. Eriksen bends his cross over the bar and into the stands.

45 mins

Spurs' press forces a mistake from Gueye but Pickford calms things before launching a ball towards Tosun, who has been brilliant at taking long balls down.

43 mins

Top statting:

 

42 mins

Great play by Sigurdsson on the left. He has to work hard to bounce Aurier off him and keep control, passes inside and then Tosun is played in down the left. He's quick, runs into the box and then cuts back to the edge of the area but misses all the teammates he was looking for.

 McCarthy follows up but shanks his shot miles away from anything.

39 mins

Spurs won't give Everton a second of free time on the ball. As soon as a new player receives it, a Spurs man comes across to aggressively get them off the ball - not in a dangerous, angry kind of way, but in a relentless fashion.

38 mins

The referee has started trying to keep the game flowing through midfield by not blowing the whistle every single time someone is fouled, which is constantly. Kane leaves a bit on Holgate and gives away a free-kick.

35 mins

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Son celebrated his goal by levitating. 

34 mins

Kenny overlaps Bolasie, hits the cross for Tosun, who puts the header way over the bar. Everton press high at the goal kick and win a throw-in for their efforts. Sigurdsson traps with his studs then spins Aurier, leaving him helpless and whips a dangerous cross in with his left foot... but Spurs deal with it and win a free-kick.

32 mins

Sigurdsson looks for Jagielka at the back post from the free-kick but swings it too close to Lloris, who catches. 

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That's Rooney's no goal from a bit earlier. 

30 mins

Vertonghen strides forwards and the crowd yell 'SHOOOOOT' so he does, hits a defender and Everton break. Or they do until Vertonghen fouls Rooney, and gets away without a yellow card. 

Everton pass around Spurs' half for a while from the free-kick, Bolasie gets on the ball, Dier fouls McCarthy.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

It's Son!

Spurs exploit the space on the right again, Aurier hits a low ball across the box and Son times his run perfectly to slot into an empty net. Allardyce must have noticed that massive gap on the left of his team but the thinking is surely that sending Martina forward allows Sigurdsson the chance to play in more central areas. Everton don't have enough of the ball to justify it at the moment.

25 mins

Kane does superbly to hold the defender off as he takes the ball to feet, gives him a little nudge so he has space to turn and then shoots. There's not enough power on it to trouble Pickford.

 

24 mins

Spurs attack immediately and Dembele forces a save from Pickford, Everton clear their lines. Kane tries a left-footed effort from distance but hits it straight at the goalie.

Alli wins a free-kick as Martina pushes him to the ground to stop him dribbling away.

GOOOOOAAAAAA - offside

The corner is swung to Tosun at the near post corner of the six yard box, he gets a decent header on it and Rooney flicks it on past the goalkeeper! He runs away to celebrate but the linesman has seen a clear offside and rules it out.

21 mins

Sigurdsson takes his time and picks a pass from defence, Tosun links the play with Rooney, Tosun gets it back and turns Sanchez, goes down looking for the free-kick and gets it.

It's swung in, headed away, hooked left... and Everton win a corner. That is headed away by Alli and Gueye tries a shot from 25 yards which is blocked. 

19 mins

Dembele pulls Rooney back as he looks to counter-attack but gets away without a yellow card. Everton are happy to take their time with the free-kick, Jagielka hooks it long towards the box, Spurs play their way out from defence until Aurier hits a long pass to Kane which lands with Pickford, who then hits it long to nobody on the right wing.

18 mins

Tosun wins a long ball and cushions it into Rooney's running path but his shot is dragged wide.

Spurs now keeping the ball in Everton's half but have to try and force things against a wall of defenders. 

 

16 mins

SO CLOSE SON! Eriksen whips it to the near post and Son attacks from a deep position, heading it at the six yard box. Over the bar.

 

15 mins

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Kane is played in behind the defence on the right but overhits his cross. Alli is fouled on the left while taking on Gueye and this is a decent position. Eriksen could even shoot from this angle.

12 mins

Kane hits the ball forward and there's a race between Alli and Holgate with nobody else near. Alli is fast but not quick enough to gain yards on the young defender and Holgate keeps things tidy. Pochettino is targeting that space on the right wing left vacant by Sigurdsson.

 

10 mins

Tosun looks for the ball in behind, clips Sanchez while trying to nick the ball around him and concedes a free-kick. Aurier is basically a right winger at the moment, Davies is sitting deeper. 

7 mins

It's a little scrappy at the moment. Everton are defending deep and preventing Spurs from getting into the box but Kane splits them open with one superb diagonal low pass into Aurier on the right. Sigurdsson's positioning is giving Aurier the chance to get forward often.

4 mins

Lovely little exchange of passes on the edge of the area as Eriksen flicks the ball through to Son but the Everton defence is ready and defends well. Eriksen drops deep to intercept from Rooney. Martina is sprinting forward as soon as Everton win the ball, which means Sigurdsson can move inside the pitch. It has left space for Aurier to get forward though.

3 mins

Spurs start on the front foot but give away a free-kick near Everton's box. Kenny fouls Son shortly after. Spurs want to run at Everton here.

KICK-OFF

Here we go! Everton get the game started.

Here come the players

Star Wars music and all.

 It isn't just me who thinks it's weird they use Star Wars music to come onto the pitch, right? Someone should come on to the A Team music. Or the Indiana Jones theme.

Everton's shiny new striker

Cenk Tosun warming up Credit: GETTY IMAGES

 Cenk Tosun is warming up on the Wembley turf. Not a bad stadium to make your Premier League debut.

Inside the changing room

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TEAM NEWS - Tottenham v Everton

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
Subs: Trippier, Lamela, Wanyama, Vorm, Sissoko, Llorente, Walker-Peters. 

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Jagielka, Martina, McCarthy, Gueye, Bolasie, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Tosun.
Subs: Schneiderlin, Williams, Lennon, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Robles. 

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)