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Premier League

  • January 31, 2015
  • • 23:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 25079

West Brom 0-3 Tottenham: Kane double boosts Spurs

West Brom 0-3 Tottenham: Kane double boosts Spurs

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The England hopeful netted twice, while Christian Eriksen continued his excellent dead-ball technique, as Mauricio Pochettino's side cruised to an easy victory at the Hawthorns

Tottenham served notice of their Champions League ambitions with a commanding 3-0 victory at West Brom.

Christian Eriksen's midweek brace against Sheffield United fired the London club into the League Cup final and the Denmark playmaker netted a sixth-minute free-kick at The Hawthorns to register his ninth Premier League goal of the season.

Kane has endured a relative fallow spell in his breakthrough campaign over recent weeks but the striker found the net for the first time in five matches to double the lead for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

By Jay Jaffa

Given the the number of games Tottenham have played lately you'd have been forgiven for thinking a tricky fixture at Tony Pulis's West Brom would be their undoing. As it transpired, the wave of elation a trip to Wembley has instilled helped Spurs fly out of the blocks.

Two early goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane served a reminder of their importance to Mauricio Pochettino, while two stunning Hugo Lloris saves kept Spurs ahead as the Baggies enjoyed a 20 minute spell of their own before the break.

But, unable to find the net, the flow of the game returned to normal after half-time and Kane's penalty ensured the visitors would pick up another three points and edge closer to fourth place. For Pulis, he'll have to put this down as one of those days and focus on a trip to Burnley next week.

West Brom grew into the contest and defender Craig Dawson struck the crossbar as Tottenham came under heavy pressure before half-time, although Kane's 20th of the season - courtesy of a second-half penalty - settled matters.

A sixth win in eight Premier League outings leaves Pochettino's side fifth ahead of Arsenal's game against Aston Villa on Sunday and in fine form leading into next weekend's derby match with their bitter rivals.

West Brom are three points above the relegation zone after their first defeat under head coach Tony Pulis.

Callum McManaman made a quiet West Brom debut, the former Wigan Athletic man lasting an hour, while Paulinho made his first Premier League start of the season for Tottenham.

But it was a more familiar face in the visitors' midfield that opened the scoring.

Claudio Yacob fouled Mousa Dembele 25 yards from goal and Eriksen curled the resulting set-piece over West Brom's defensive wall, with Ben Foster only able to palm his strike into the roof of the net.

Tottenham's superb start continued in the 15th minute as Dembele surged through an outnumbered West Brom midfield to find Kane, who cut inside Andre Wisdom to blast his past the helpless Foster.

Having spent most of the opening stages barricaded inside their own half, West Brom almost pulled a goal back in the 27th minute - Hugo Lloris at full stretch to touch James Morrison's strike behind before Joleon Lescott headed over from the subsequent corner.

Lloris excelled again two minutes later, getting down low to his right to deny Yacob, although the France captain was beaten when Dawson's header thudded back off the bar.

Eriksen fizzed a low, swerving drive narrowly wide early in the second half as Tottenham's earlier control returned.

And they put the result beyond doubt in the 64th minute when a sliding Lescott handled Eriksen's cross and Kane converted from the spot.

Berahino flashed a half-volley just past the far post and called Lloris into action once more before Foster denied Kane a hat-trick by tipping his stinging 81st-minute free-kick over. 

By that stage a comfortable Tottenham were able to turn their attentions towards Arsenal's keenly anticipated visit to White Hart Lane.