Harry Kane scores a brace either side of half-time to let Tottenham secure a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa and keep up the pressure on Premier league leaders Leicester City.
The English striker had sent a warning early in the game at four minutes to Villa, hitting the bar with a lob at four minutes. He then opened the scores as he ran into Dele Alli’s quick free-kick and shot past Brad Guzan before the break.
The same partnership worked twice after the break as Kane slid in Alli’s low cross, and completed the game as strugglers Aston Villa managed only two shots on goal throughout.
Spurs are looking to get back into their title campaign after two games without victory, while Villa looks further fated to be relegated after losing five matches in a row. They now record 20 defeats in a season with eight more games to go – a record that equaled their worst yet.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who was accused of fielding a weakened side that led to devastating loss against Borussia Dortmund earlier in the week, was plenty positive after the game.
“It was a good victory and three important points after a few games that have not been so good. We created more chances and played well. It is difficult to play against teams playing for survival but we had the right mentality and I am pleased,” he said.
“We need to keep the pressure on and win games. You cannot stop the dream of the supporters and they are right to dream. But we need to work hard.”