Premier League: Harry Kane punishes Everton again as Spurs continue impressive start


Harry Kane maintained his incredible success rate against Everton with a penalty in his 400th Tottenham Hotspur appearance, paving the way for a 2-0 Premier League win over Everton on Saturday.

Spurs struggled to tear down a resolute Everton team that had the better chances in the first half, but the prolific Kane again made the difference.

After being knocked out just before the hour by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Kane sent his penalty kick past his England team-mate’s dive to take his standings against the Merseyside club to 14 in 15 games.

Tottenham dominated after the break and Kane was then involved in a fluid move that ended with Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg taking the points in the 86th minute.

Antonio Conte’s side have moved up to 23 points from 10 games, at the same level as number two Manchester City, who will visit Liverpool on Sunday when league-leader Arsenal, who have 24, travel to Leeds United.

Everton have rarely looked forward to getting back into the game after falling behind and have now taken just one win in their last 20 Premier League games against Spurs.

They are 14th with 10 points from 10 games.

As has often been the case this season, the Spurs worked at times but proved clinical when it came to maintaining an impressive start to the season – their best in terms of points won in the Premier League era.

“We had to be patient,” Kane, who has nine league goals this season, told Sky Sports. “The spaces opened up when they got tired; luckily we kept knocking on the door and we had a few chances. It was a really good win.”

WASTE OPPORTUNITY

Everton had to ruin a few missed opportunities in the opening period when they managed to suppress Tottenham’s attack.

First, Demarai Gray ran into the penalty area after being singled out by Conor Coady, but fired a shot way over the bar.

Shortly before half time, Amadou Onana seized on a Tottenham error and stormed into the penalty area to also lift his shot over the crossbar.

Kane forced Pickford to make a save with a fierce volley early in the second half, but the Spurs only really started ticking when they were forced to reshuffle after an injury to former Everton striker Richarlison.

When the Brazilian stumbled, Conte sent in midfielder Yves Bissouma and suddenly Tottenham looked more fluid in attack.

The breakthrough came when Pickford fiddled with a shot from Matt Doherty and as the ball ran loose, the alert Kane snapped inside and was bundled up by the keeper.

Kane, who missed a penalty in Wednesday’s 3-2 Champions League win over Eintracht Frankfurt, made no mistake when he cornered his penalty.

The Spurs barely gave Everton a sniff after that, taking their seventh home win out of seven games in all competitions this season when Kane played for Rodrigo Bentancur, who went on to sign Hojbjerg in the area.

The Dane took his time before beating Pickford with a deflected shot.



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