By Waweru Titus
Harry Kane netted a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur demolished West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday (14/1/17), to move to second place in the Premier League table.
The striker put Spurs ahead in the 12th minute, with a Gareth McAuley own goal doubling the score before two more Kane goals late in the second half completed the important win for Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs win was however overshadowed by the loss of Jan Vertonghen to a potentially serious ankle injury midway through the second half, the centre-back limping off in tears.
Tottenham have now won six league games in a row, while Kane’s goals were the perfect way for the striker to mark the birth of his first child, daughter Ivy Jane, who arrived last weekend, as per AFP.
Pochettino lauded his team for the exemplary performance saying that his players learned a lot from last season when they came close to clinching the title.
“It was a great performance. We are showing a good maturity. The team learned a lot from last season and we [have] very good momentum. If you want to fight and challenge for big things we need to follow performances like Chelsea with this one,” said the Tottenham boss.
Kane’s hat-trick, which took his season tally to 15 goals, sealed an outstanding performance that ensured Pochettino’s side maintained the standards set in last week’s defeat of league leaders Chelsea.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis admitted that his players were not at their best, allowing Spurs take full control of the game.
“We just weren’t on it. Spurs were very good. You have to be on it against these teams. We were miles off it and it’s disappointing. They have real quality. The top six in the Premier League this year, it could be the biggest gap ever to seventh, that’s how far ahead of the rest of us they are,” said Pulis.
No player has scored more Premier League hat-tricks for Tottenham than Harry Kane (three, level with Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe).