LONDON – Tottenham moved to within a point of Premier League leaders Arsenal as goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg helped beat Everton 2-0 on Saturday.
Spurs are yet to drop a point at home in the Premier League or Champions League this season, but not for the first time were far from a slick attacking force under Antonio Conte.
However, Kane’s form is covering over any cracks as the England captain took his tally to 10 goals for the season.
Kane then played a part in setting up the second four minutes from time as the ball eventually broke for Hojbjerg and the Dane’s deflected effort found the top corner.
Spurs remain in third, but are now only behind Manchester City on goal difference ahead of the champions’ trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
Everton arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the joint best defensive record in the Premier League and their new-found solidity under Frank Lampard ensured there would be no repeat of the 5-0 thrashing the Toffees suffered when the sides last met in March.
However, scoring goals has been the issue for Lampard’s men and the lack of threat from the visitors meant there was little doubt over the outcome after Kane had smashed home from the spot just short of the hour mark.
Jordan Pickford had been largely untroubled in a tepid first 45 minutes from the hosts, but Tottenham cranked up the pressure after the break.
Pickford beat away a volley from his England teammate Kane before Son Heung-min headed tamely into the arms of the Everton keeper.