Belfast Telegraph

Tottenham v Stoke - story of the match

Harry Kane smashed a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham roared to a 4-0 victory over Stoke.

The England striker notched his third treble since the turn of the year and also brought up a century of club goals.

Kane then set up Dele Alli, who came in for criticism this week following his red card against Gent, for the fourth goal before half-time.


" At some point, I'm probably going to have to admit @HKane would now get into Arsenal's 1st XI." High praise indeed from Arsenal die-hard Piers Morgan.


Harry Kane. The England international is in simply outstanding form and grabbed his third hat-trick in nine matches. A typically instinctive opener was followed by a stunning volley from outside the box. And Kane had earned a slice of luck with a deflected third, before finding time to tee up Dele Alli for the fourth.


It was unusual to see Kane loitering outside the penalty area when Christian Eriksen took a corner, but it soon became clear why as the frontman lashed a superb left-footed volley through a crowd of players and into the net.


Kane's opener was the 100th club goal of his career, bringing up his ton in just 219 appearances. He had raced to 102 goals by the 37th minute. Kane has scored 86 times for Spurs and grabbed 16 while on loan with Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester.



Hugo Lloris 7

Kyle Walker 7

Eric Dier 6

Toby Alderweireld 6

Jan Vertonghen 7

Ben Davies 7

Victor Wanyama 6

Mousa Dembele 7

Christian Eriksen 7

Dele Alli 8

Harry Kane 9


Kevin Wimmer (for Alderweireld, 49 mins) 6

Harry Winks (for Vertonghen, 66 mins) 6

Heung-Min Son (for Kane, 86 mins) 6


Lee Grant 5

Phil Bardsley 5

Ryan Shawcross 4

Bruno Martins Indi 5

Erik Pieters 5

Glenn Whelan 5

Charlie Adam 4

Marko Arnautovic 5

Joe Allen 6

Ramadan Sobhi 5

Peter Crouch 5


Saido Berahino (for Crouch, 60 mins) 5

Ibrahim Afellay (for Adam, 60 mins) 5

Geoff Cameron (for Whelan, 82 mins) 5

Who's up next?

Tottenham v Everton (Premier League, Mar 5)

Stoke v Middlesbrough (Premier League, Mar 4)


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