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Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester City

Tottenham striker Harry Kane slots in the opener for his side against Leicester
Tottenham striker Harry Kane slotted in the opener for his side against Leicester
  • Kane takes tally to 29 goals for season
  • Leicester's Vardy scores first goal since September 2014
  • Foxes concede penalty with score at 2-2
  • Leicester remain bottom of top flight

Harry Kane's first Premier League hat-trick got Tottenham's challenge for a top-four spot back on track with a hard-fought win over Leicester.

After Hugo Lloris was carried off, Kane slotted home and scored with a deflected shot as Spurs went 2-0 up.

Jamie Vardy steered in an effort before Wes Morgan headed Leicester level.

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Tottenham 4-3 Leicester: Nigel Pearson 'frustrated' with referee

Kane converted a penalty and Foxes defender Jeff Schlupp scored an own goal as Spurs, despite Nugent's late second strike, held on for victory.

Leicester remain bottom of the table but will feel aggrieved at a controversial penalty decision going against them as referee Mike Dean adjudged Nugent had fouled Danny Rose when the pair collided with the game poised at 2-2.

The Foxes again came away with nothing from a valiant display as they lost an 18th league game out of 29 this season.

Tottenham's credentials had been questioned following the way they wilted at Manchester United last Sunday and, even though they secured three points, they remain unconvincing with their vulnerable defence having let in 14 goals in their last six league games.

Nevertheless, the White Hart Lane side are three points off fourth-placed Manchester United, who play fifth-placed Liverpool on Sunday, and have Kane to thank for keeping their rivals within reach.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane scores a penalty against Leicester
Harry Kane has now scored 11 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances

Spurs had Lloris carried off on a stretcher four minutes in after right-back Kyle Walker clattered into him trying to tackle Vardy, with Michel Vorm replacing him.

The home side still took the lead two minutes later, as a corner was flicked on at the near post by the boot of Eric Dier and Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel could only palm the ball into the path of Kane, who slotted home.

The 21-year-old, called up to the England squad during the week, added his second with a shot which went in via a deflection off Foxes defender Robert Huth.

The home side should have been 3-0 up but Nacer Chadli fired over after Christian Eriksen's shot hit the post.

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Pochettino hails 'great' Kane

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson picked an attacking line-up, consisting of three strikers in Vardy, Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa and the move appeared to have backfired.

However, Vardy fired in following a cross from Nugent and Morgan headed in a corner as the visitors took two of the many chances they created to draw their side level.

Leicester were in the ascendancy before referee Dean ruled Nugent had fouled Rose, with Kane making no mistake from the spot as he sent Schmeichel the wrong way.

Schlupp's own goal after an Eriksen effort struck Schmeichel and bounced in off him looked to have put Tottenham out of reach but the visitors refused to give in.

Nugent scored an injury-time goal but Leicester did not have enough time to salvage something from the game.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"It was a very tough game. We suffered until the end of the game because we conceded a third goal.

"We knew before the game that Leicester are a very good team. I think they deserve more. It was a very tough game and I am happy with the result because three points was very important after the defeat at Manchester United.

"It (Kane's hat-trick) was great. I am happy for him and the team. Now to look forward and keep going.

"We need to improve because we conceded three goals."

Speaking about the injury to Lloris, he added: "He's in hospital with the doctor and we wait for news.

"He got a big cut on the tendon of his knee. We hope it's nothing big."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson:

"I'm a bit tired of having people's sympathy. We have made mistakes but there was an awful lot of positive aspects of our performance.

"Unfortunately, the game's big talking point will be another contentious decision that we are on receiving end of again.

"We stayed in the game and stretched them until the very end. But we have to start winning games, it is as simple as that.

"We've got to try to get to the last five games well in touch because four of them are at home."

Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Kyle Walker
Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris was carried off on a stretcher after colliding with team-mate Kyle Walker
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy pulls a goal back for his side at Tottenham
Jamie Vardy scored his first goal since his effort in a 5-3 win over Manchester United in September 2014
Leicester defender Wes Morgan heads in against Tottenham
Leicester defender Wes Morgan scored his first Premier League goal
Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Gareth Bale in December 2012
Harry Kane is the first Spurs player to score a league hat-trick since Gareth Bale in December 2012

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1LlorisSubstituted forVormat 4'minutes
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3RoseBooked at 78mins
  • 38MasonSubstituted forDembéléat 88'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forPaulinhoat 58'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliBooked at 32mins
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 8Paulinho
  • 10Adebayor
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 19Dembélé
  • 33Davies

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 5Morgan
  • 14HuthSubstituted forMahrezat 76'minutes
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forWasilewskiat 45'minutes
  • 15Schlupp
  • 35NugentBooked at 48mins
  • 8James
  • 19CambiassoSubstituted forKingat 86'minutes
  • 9Vardy
  • 23Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 3Konchesky
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 10King
  • 26Mahrez
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer
  • 40Kramaric
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
35,950

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Leicester City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Leicester City 3.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jeffrey Schlupp.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Leicester City 3. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a headed pass following a fast break.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Andy King.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Ryan Mason.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Esteban Cambiasso.

Goal!

Own Goal by Jeffrey Schlupp, Leicester City. Tottenham Hotspur 4, Leicester City 2.

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulinho with a through ball.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Attempt missed. Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Matthew James (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Robert Huth.

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Eric Dier with a cross.

Offside, Leicester City. Marcin Wasilewski tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Leicester City 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by David Nugent (Leicester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew James (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Attempt blocked. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Andros Townsend.

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Esteban Cambiasso.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Leicester City 2. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Man City30187562283461
3Arsenal30186658312760
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton30165942212153
7Tottenham3016595045553
8Swansea30127113438-443
9West Ham30119104037342
10Stoke30126123437-342
11Crystal Palace3099123641-536
12Newcastle3098133348-1535
13West Brom3089132739-1233
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa3077161939-2028
17Sunderland30414122344-2126
18Burnley30510152649-2325
19QPR2964193052-2222
20Leicester2947182748-2119
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