Delle Alli and Harry Kane bagged two goals each as Tottenham Hotspur closed the gap on Leicester City down to five points with a 4-0 win at Stoke City.
Spurs run riot in the Potteries
Things got off to a quick start for Mauricio Pochettino's side as they took the lead in the opening 10 minutes in the Potteries. The Premier League's top scorer, Harry Kane, was the man to get things started as he was fed on the left edge of the box by Moussa Dembele, before cutting inside and whipping one into the bottom right corner right footed.
Tottenham had to wait nearly an hour for the decisive second goal though, with their other young English superstar Delle Alli stepping up. From a Hugo Lloris kick the ball broke to Christian Eriksen just inside the Stoke half who looked up and floated one through for Alli who got in behind the defence and dinked the ball over Shay Given to give Spurs breathing space.
Just four minutes later and it was over for sure with a third Spurs goal. The Lilywhites getting in behind the Stoke defence again as Alli slipped in Lamela down the left who beat the offside trap and he unselfishly squared for Kane who had a tap in for his 24th league goal of the season.
The late Tottenham surge was then rounded off in the 82nd minute as Alli grabbed his second. Another assist for Eriksen as he dinked one across the box for the left for Alli who volleyed it into the bottom right corner right footed from around 10 yards out.
Could have been more
Things could have well been worse for Mark Hughes' team in this one as Spurs created clear cut chances at will throughout the evening. One such oppurtunity arrived for Kane two minutes before he did break the deadlock. A constant theme of the game as Kane got in behind down the left channel but he didin't get the ball out of his feet and saw his eventual low left foot shot well saved by Given.
Another big chance before half time came late in the period with Eriksen nearly adding a goal to his later assists. It was good link up play between Erik Lamela and Alli with the latter back heeling the ball to Eriksen on the penalty spot who blazed his shot onto the bar.
The final chance of note, which was not a goal for Spurs came inbetween the late one's they got. Man of the moment Alli actually had a moment to forget as he got in behind again after a Kane through ball before he went round the goalkeeper on the right only for him to heat the near post with the goal wide open.
Don't forget the defence...
It would be easy to forget the performances of the back four and goalkeeper for Tottenham with a very quiet clean sheet being kept. Their quietness was their brilliance in the end though as Stoke were limited to two shots on target all game with only one save of not for Lloris to make as he beated away an Marko Arnautovic shot from the edge of the box which was right down the middle of the goal.
Spurs close the gap to five points on leaders Leicester then with their next game another Monday night outing at home to West Bromwich Albion.