Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town Match Review
Premier League 2017: Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town Match Review
Harry Kane’s fine form continued on Saturday afternoon as the striker scored two first-half goals to help Tottenham secure a 4-0 away win over Huddersfield.
Kane has now scored 13 goals for club and country in the month of September following his superb showing at John Smith’s Stadium which also saw Ben Davies get on the scoresheet with his 16th-minute goal and substitute Moussa Sissoko round off the win with his added-time effort.The comfortable victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men lifts Spurs above champions Chelsea.
Ahead of hosting Tottenham on Saturday, Huddersfield head coach David Wagner had outlined his plan to “pull Spurs down to our level” and try and take all three points from the match and the hosts appeared to be succeeding in dominating Tottenham in the opening stages of the clash, with Tommy Smith forcing Hugo Lloris into an early save with his fizzing shot in only the third minute.
But despite Huddersfield’s swift counter attacks, which handed Spurs’ defence much work early on, their inability to keep possession of a goal-kick resulted in Pochettino’s side taking the lead.
Kane was the man to do the damage after winning the ball in midfield, racing away and calmly slotting in his first of the afternoon in the ninth minute before Davies made it 2-0 in rather fortunate circumstances shortly afterwards.
After a lovely one-touch passage of play, Christian Eriksen was released but before he could make contact with the ball, Chris Lowe deflected it into the path of Davies, whose first-time shot flew past Jonas Lossl and into the goal.
Wagner’s men tried to re-group and get a goal back, and surely will feel they should have had that chance from the spot after Davinson Sanchez appeared to nudge Elias Kachunga down into the box.
No penalty was given and instead of hauling themselves back into the contest, Huddersfield were soon 3-0 down after Kane got his second of the day with a superb left-foot effort in the 23rd minute.
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The striker could have bagged a hat-trick – as he did in the 3-0 Champions League win away to Apoel Nicosia in midweek – but saw his acrobatic effort ruled out for offside.
Laurent Depoitre then nearly bagged a screamer for the home side, but saw his long-range drive crash off the bar before the break.
Despite being cheered on by a superb crowd at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield couldn’t find a consolation goal as Spurs slowed down the pace of the match in the second half.
Dele Alli came close to threatening at goal but was instead shown a yellow card for diving in the area as he attempted to win a penalty after Lossl raced off his line and tried to claim the ball.
Kane was unable to secure his second hat-trick in the space of four days after being brought off for Heung-min Son late on, but the change did help the visitors claim a fourth when the South Korea international was involved in a passage of play that ended with fellow substitute Sissoko bundling in a 91st-minute effort to seal a 4-0 victory.