Spurs keep pressure on Chelsea as Kane returns in win over Bournemouth
Comprehensive win at the Lane puts Pochettino's men within four points of the leaders
15 April, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
SPURS 4, BOURNEMOUTH 0
SPURS kept the pressure up on league leaders Chelsea today with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.
The result takes them to within four points of their rivals, who they face in the FA Cup next week, and is the seventh straight league win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Centre-forward Harry Kane, who got his name on the scoresheet as he put his first 90-minute shift in since returning from the ankle injury sustained in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Millwall in early March, said after the game how good it felt to be fit for the run-in.
“It was great to be back out there,” he said.
“I missed it. The guys have been winning comfortably and I felt I put in a good shift.”
He added that, with Chelsea facing Manchester United tomorrow, the pressure was now on them.
“Sometimes it is good to play first,” said Kane.
“We’ve got the three points and now we can enjoy the Easter weekend.”
With an unbeaten home record – only Liverpool and Leicester have earned a point here this term – White Hart Lane’s terraces have enjoyed watching a pattern emerge. No longer do Spurs start slowly. Games are being won in the opening half-hour, and, as with the 4-0 victory over Watford last week, Pochettino’s charges were not leaving anything to chance as they try to haul in Chelsea. In the opening quarter of an hour they carved excellent opportunities and took the lead on 14 minutes through Mousa Dembele, who smashed home from close range after pouncing on a loose ball following a corner. He took one touch to tee himself up and finished coolly in a mass of bodies.
The second came moments later. Spurs were pressing and not letting Bournemouth clear their lines. Kane won a battle on the edge of the box, laid it on for Son who strode past his marker and shot home from an angle, through Artur Boruc’s legs.
It was deserved, as Spurs were utterly dominant, soaking up the glimpses shown by Bournemouth and looking likely to score whenever they got going.
Almost directly from the start of the second period, Spurs were even further ahead. Kane, 12 yards out, held off the attentions of the Bournemouth defence, and buried his effort in the bottom corner.
It was one-way traffic, with Boruc having to make numerous saves as Spurs sent pot-shots goalwards, but with the game well won Spurs were content to keep things simple.
The icing on the cake came from substitute Vincent Janssen, making it four with almost the last kick of the game from close range.
With a semi-final at Wembley coming up next weekend, this was the perfect stroll to keep the winning run going and the confidence high.
SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Kane (Wanyama, 78), Dier, Dembele, Alli (Sissoko, 83), Eriksen (Janssen, 86), Davies.
Subs: Lopez, Janssen, Wanyama, Trippier, Sissoko, Onomah, Wimmer.