Sunday night takeaway: Spurs cut Chelsea's lead to seven points

"I think Tottenham is really strong".

Lukaku became the first opponent to beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the league at White Hart Lane since December. Everton brought the best record in the division during the calendar year but they were swatted aside by a combination of Harry Kane's ruthlessness in front of goal and Tottenham's overall physicality.

He had previously had a loan spell at Leyton Orient in League One and then after he had spells in the Championship with Millwall and Leiecester alongside struggling to beak into the Norwich team in the Premier League during the 2012-13 season.

"It's an important win, we should have won by more but it's another step closer to the top of the table".

"I wanted that third goal and I had chances which I should have scored", Kane said.

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Everton had hope in the 81st minute though when Romelu Lukaku struck, though Dele Alli restored Spurs' two-goal advantage in injury time; Everton then claimed a consolation also in injury time through Enner Valencia.

Everton midfield trio of Iddrisa Ngueye, Morgan Schneiderlin and Gareth Barry snapped into challenges but referee Michael Oliver refused vehemently to award a seventh minute penalty to Tottenham when right-back Kyle Walker went sprawling to the floor under the challenge of Leighton Baines.

After halving the deficit, Lukaku sparked a frantic final ten minutes, with each side going on to score once more in added time as Spurs ran out 3-2 winners. It was a very good first goal. Verthongen: "Yeah, very good!"

The win moves Mauricio Pochettino's men six points ahead of fifth-place Arsenal, who have a game in hand, and cuts the gap behind Chelsea to seven points.

Asked if it took them a while to practice, Alli said: 'Nah, it's quite complicated but I think we got the hang of it straight away'.

  • Marjorie Miles