Kane scores as Spurs thrash Bournemouth

While the Argentine manager was pleased with how his side performed, Pochettino says the game was all about getting points on the board in case Chelsea drop points in their remaining seven games.

Tottenham Hotspur came out comfortable 4-0 victors over Bournemouth in their Premier league clash at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

It was Spurs' seventh successive league win - something they last achieved in 1967 - and left them four points below leaders Chelsea, who visit Manchester United tomorrow. Tottenham has a six-goal edge over Chelsea by that reckoning after another irresistible performance on Saturday that produced a club-record 12th straight home win.

Naturally, though, on his first start in nearly five weeks, Kane netted his 25th goal in all competitions this season three minutes into the second half.

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Kyle Walker 6, Toby Alderweireld 8, Jan Vertonghen 8, Ben Davies 6, Eric Dier 7, Mousa Dembele 7, Christian Eriksen 7, Dele Alli 7, Son Heung-min 7, Harry Kane 7.

Not only did Mousa Dembele score his first goal of the season, but substitute striker Vincent Jansson netted in stoppage time for his first from open play in the league since joining Tottenham previous year.

The Blues have twice beaten Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this season, once in the Premier League and again in the FA Cup quarter-finals last month.

He said: "It's great". The 23-year-old striker was still regaining sharpness during his 79 minutes on the field.

It was his first goal since he made his return from a four-week lay-off with ankle ligament damage and left him three goals below Everton's Romelu Lukaku in the scoring chart.

A Bournemouth error led to Tottenham doubling its lead inside three minutes. Two minutes and three seconds after the restart, his side conceded a third. Bournemouth: Artur Boruc 5, Adam Smith 5, Simon Francis 5, Steve Cook 6, Marc Pugh 6, Charlie Daniels 5, Harry Arter 6, Junior Stanislas 6, Joshua King 7, Jack Wilshere 5, Benik Afobe 5.

The midfielder was then subjected to a harrowing few minutes of taunts from jubilant Tottenham fans before he finally hobbled down the tunnel.

Mousa Dembele, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen were all on target as the Lilywhites made easy work to sweep aside the Cherries.

Hull remains two points above the relegation zone after 11th-placed Stoke ended its four-game losing run with a win that was wrapped up by Xherdan Shaqiri striking into the top corner from 30 yards (meters) with 10 minutes remaining.

  • Loretta Pittman