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Premiership: West Brom 0-3 Spurs

Tottenham’s Harry Kane further enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in a convincing-looking 3-0 win over West Brom

The 21-year-old, whose form reportedly has Spurs ready to rip up a contract signed just five months ago to offer an improved one, took his season’s tally to 20 after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring at The Hawthorns.

Eriksen struck after just six minutes with a trademark free-kick, maintaining his fine recent form for the Capital One Cup finalists. Kane doubled the lead after 15 minutes and grabbed the third from the penalty spot after 66, condemning Tony Pulis to his first defeat at West Brom boss.

Between the second and thirds goals, however, West Brom had been the better side and Pulis will have seen plenty to encourage him, despite a low-key debut from new signing Callum McManaman.

A touch of razzmatazz was brought to the occasion by a visit from the cheerleaders of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are in the UK on Super Bowl weekend for NFL publicity reasons.

The players came out to a guard of honour from the cheerleaders but any sparkle initially seemed lost on West Brom, who started sluggishly.

The hosts put up little resistance as Spurs carved through them at will in the early stages, getting their first chance after Mousa Dembele was brought down outside the area by Claudio Yacob.

There was little doubt Eriksen would shoot after his stunning set-piece against Sheffield United in midweek and further fuelling his confidence with a late goal in that League Cup semi-final.

But Foster still seemed slow to move and could not keep out the in-form Dane’s well-struck effort.

It was the first goal the Baggies had conceded in three Premier League games since Pulis took charge and they were reeling from another soon after.

This time Kane applied the finish after picking up a defence-splitting pass from Dembele. Kane turned inside Andre Wisdom and smashed the ball home before Foster had chance to react.

It looked like being a long and sobering afternoon for Pulis but his side responded positively to the double setback.

Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe combined well before Chris Brunt shot straight at Hugo Lloris from long range.

That gave Lloris a welcome first taste of the action before he was called upon to tip over a fine effort from James Morrison.

Spurs’ goalkeeping captain, back in the side after missing their three successive cup games in the past fortnight, then did even better to deny Yacob from close range following an elaborate free-kick routine.

Joleon Lescott headed over, Anichebe shot just wide and Craig Dawson went even closer, heading against the bar, as West Brom stepped up the pressure. Morrison also wanted a free-kick for a foul by Danny Rose just outside the area but nothing was given.

West Brom could not carry their momentum into the second half and Eriksen went close to scoring his second with a low left-footed drive across goal.

Spurs got the chance to increase their lead just after the hour as Lescott slid in to block a cross from Kyle Walker and the ball struck his arm.

It was unfortunate for Lescott but referee Kevin Friend clearly felt he had no option other than to award a penalty.

Kane was emphatic from the spot, sending Foster the wrong way with a perfect shot just inside the left post.

West Brom’s response will again at least have pleased Pulis as Anichebe headed over and Berahino drove wide.

But Spurs retained the upper hand and Foster denied Kane a hat-trick when he touched over his free-kick.

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League Cup: Sheff Utd 2-2 Spurs (2-3 agg)

Tottenham survived a stunning fightback from League One side Sheffield United to set up a League Cup final with Chelsea after another late goal from Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen’s magnificent first-half free-kick put Spurs 2-0 up on aggregate.

United’s 18-year-old substitute Che Adams then struck twice from close range in three minutes to put the tie on the brink of extra time.

But Eriksen secured a 3-2 aggregate win with a composed low finish.

Spurs beat Chelsea in the League Cup final in 2008 for their last piece of silverware and the sides will now meet again at Wembley on Sunday 1 March.

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Premiership: Swansea 1-2 Spurs

Christian Eriksen delivered another late winner as Tottenham stunned Swansea with a 2-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The Danish playmaker decided Spurs’ trip to Hull three weeks ago and he repeated the feat with an 89th-minute strike by driving low inside Gerhard Tremmel’s near post.

Eriksen’s seventh goal of the season was tough on a Swansea side who dominated for large periods but were unable to take several clear-cut scoring opportunities either side of Wilfried Bony cancelling out Harry Kane’s early header.

Bony — the highest scorer of Premier League goals in the calendar year — struck his 20th league goal of 2014 three minutes into the second half, but concerted home pressure could not generate another before Eriksen supplied a Spurs sting in the tail.

Tottenham’s record has been mixed following European competition this season with three wins and four defeats, but this was actually the first time they had played away from White Hart Lane following Europa League action, and it came on the back of a trip to Turkey.

But they knew victory would take them above Swansea into seventh place and they started with a bang when young Kane again showed his potency in front of goal.

Swansea were still trying to get their West Ham defeat and aerial trial by Andy Carroll out of their system when they conceded a soft fourth-minute goal from a set-piece.

Eriksen’s corner was sent towards the six-yard box where Kane rose above Angel Rangel to head home his first goal in five games after nine in 10.

Kane would later drag a presentable opportunity wide from 20 yards but Spurs, having started the contest on the front foot, suddenly lost their composure halfway through the first period.

Bony had tested Hugo Lloris’ shot-saving skills in the ninth minute after being picked out by Wayne Routledge and losing his marker Federico Fazio, and the Ivorian might have had a first-half hat trick on another day.

Jefferson Montero played a delicious ball into his path after 21 minutes and Bony seemed set to score until former Swansea defender Ben Davies produced a last-ditch covering tackle of the highest quality.

Swansea had a penalty claim ignored by referee Robert Madley when Fazio appeared to take plenty of former Tottenham man Gylfi Sigurdsson and little of the ball, and Spurs were perhaps fortunate not to have their numbers reduced before the break.

Erik Lamela swung an arm at Montero after eyeing up the Ecuadorian and leaving him in a heap, while Jan Vertonghen’s punishment for bringing down Routledge was a yellow card.

Vertonghen took the ball but the Belgian slid in recklessly and his studs were raised and another referee might have taken a far dimmer view of the challenge.

Two minutes before the break Swansea almost equalised again when Rangel crossed from the right and Bony’s shot was deflected inches wide by Fazio.

Bony’s luck finally turned for the better soon after the interval when Routledge broke behind Davies and onto Rangel’s pass to cross into the middle.

Fazio blocked the first attempt but the ball fell kindly to Bony and he tucked away his eighth goal of the season with a minimum of fuss.

Moments later Bony saw his header from Montero’s cross saved by Lloris and it was all Swansea as Spurs struggled to get out of their own half.

The visitors briefly broke forward for Ryan Mason to unleash a shot which deflected off Ashley Williams and fell the wrong side of the post with Tremmel stranded.

But Swansea were still asking most of the questions, with Fazio stretching to deny Bony and Sigurdsson failing to hit the target after good work from the speedy Montero.

Substitute Jonjo Shelvey almost made a goal scoring impact for the Swans, and Kane showed he could not be ignored when he flashed a header wide in almost a carbon-copy of the Spurs goal, before Eriksen stood up at the death once again.

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Premiership: Hull 1-2 Spurs

Christian Eriksen conjured a last-minute winner for Tottenham as Hull paid in full for Gaston Ramirez’s reckless red card.

Former Spurs man Jake Livermore had given Hull the lead with an early 25-yard drive but Ramirez, making his belated full debut, left the Tigers a man short for 40 minutes when he needlessly wrestled Jan Vertonghen to the floor.

Harry Kane’s 10th goal of the season levelled things just after the hour when Eriksen’s free-kick came back off the post – and the Dane completed a 2-1 success with a clinical finish in the dying moments.

While the result papers over some of the cracks that had been obvious in the Spurs side during a listless first half, Hull’s struggles are increasingly hard to ignore with one win in their last 11 fixtures and just a point separating them from the drop zone.

Both sides went into the international break on the back of disappointing defeats, Hull at Burnley and Spurs at Stoke.

They made six changes apiece in response, Mauricio Pochettino’s largely enforced by a spate of Tottenham injuries while Steve Bruce restored fit-again trio Allan McGregor, Nikica Jelavic and Michael Dawson.

Dawson was one of three recent Spurs players in the Hull XI, joining Tom Huddlestone and Livermore.

And it was the latter, having never scored a Premier League goal for Tottenham, who made a huge early impression.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s deep, hanging free-kick created the initial problem, Federico Fazio making first contact but only heading tamely into no-man’s land 30 yards out.

Livermore was there to collect, taking the ball out of his feet with a touch before sending a skidding effort into the bottom corner.

It was his first of the season and just the fifth league goal of his career, making it hard to tell if his decision not to celebrate came out of respect or from mere lack of practice.

Hull were emboldened by the breakthrough and pressed forward in pursuit of a second.

Hugo Lloris almost gifted it to them when he came to collect Huddlestone’s free-kick, only to spill it in front of Ramirez.

The Uruguayan still had to negotiate a crowded box and Ben Davies was on hand to clear the danger.

The Spurs goalkeeper more than atoned for his mistake in the 21st minute as Hull twice failed to convert yawning openings.

Elmohamady smartly freed Jelavic down the right and when his cross found Robbie Brady in space 10 yards out it seemed a certain goal.

The Irishman connected sweetly but Lloris hurled himself low to his left to make a wonderful save.

Less than a minute passed before Brady’s cross-shot had Lloris sprawling for a second time – but his parry landed perfectly for Hatem Ben Arfa to smash home.

Instead he blazed over, allowing Spurs to breathe again and struggle through to half-time.

Pochettino removed the unimpressive Eric Dier at half-time, the reluctant right-back having been booked for a crude hack on Brady.

Having increased his chances of finishing with 11 men, the Spurs boss then saw Ramirez dismissed.

The Uruguayan petulantly hauled down Vertonghen having initially tussled with Mousa Dembele, and was sent packing on the advice of assistant referee Peter Kirkup.

The balance of the match changed immediately but it took 11 minutes for the equaliser.

Curtis Davies’ foul led to a dangerous free-kick that Eriksen curled against the post, with the rebound deflecting off the beaten McGregor. It landed directly at the feet of Kane, who gratefully converted.

From there on Tottenham laid siege, only for their finishing to let them down.

Soldado steered a first-time effort just off target after Dier’s replacement Vlad Chiriches picked him out from the right before Kane spurned an even better chance two minutes later.

Substitute Aaron Lennon’s cross found him a couple of yards out at the far post, only for him to head inexplicably wide.

Hull appeared to have done enough to cling to a point but there was a sting in the tail.

Having run themselves ragged trying to keep their opponents out, the hosts eventually gave way as Lennon threaded the ball through to Eriksen at the edge of the area.

He took advantage of Curtis Davies’ reticence to make a challenge, opening his body and whipping a shot across McGregor and into the corner.

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