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TOTTENHAM v BOURNEMOUTH RECAP: Kane brace sees Spurs past Cherries

Tottenham closed to within five points of Premier League leaders Leicester City with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs wasted no time stamping their authority on the contest, with Kane finding the back of the net inside the opening minute after a pin-point cross from Kyle Walker.

Kane doubled the home side's advantage in the 16th minute, with fellow England international Dele Alli providing the assist on this occasion.

Christian Eriksen completed the rout when he was the first to react to Artur Boruc's save from Kane's long-range shot in the 52nd minute.


MATCH OVERVIEW


Tottenham: 3 (Harry Kane 1'/16', Christian Eriksen 52')

Bournemouth: 0

White Hart Lane, London – 36,084


TALKING POINTS

Leicester's win over Crystal Palace left Spurs needing a win to keep stay within touching distance of the Premier League leaders, but the North London club responded to the pressure in style, controlling the contest from the opening minute. Kane's early goal allowed Tottenham's players to relax and the home side was never headed after that, keeping 63% of possession and firing 17 shots at goal to Bournemouth's 2.

The Cherries' three match losing streak was brought to an end, but Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is unlikely to be too disappointed with losing to a determined Spurs outfit, considering his side has all-but secured their Premier League status for next season.


WHAT'S NEXT?

Tottenham travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on April 2, while Bournemouth host Manchester City at Dean Court on the same day.


TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the way his side performed:

"I'm very happy with the collective performance, I thought we were fantastic today. It was important to score early, and then we showed a strong mentality in the way we managed the game. We played well against a very good team - we showed a mature performance."


Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side never recovered from their poor start:

"It was a really bad day for us. We had the worst possible start, we were slow out of the traps and we weren't ourselves at all in the first half. It was a poor display."



STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta

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