Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 0.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City
Tottenham recorded a convincing win over Norwich thanks to two goals from Harry Kane and one from Tom Carroll.
Norwich had the better chances early on, but faded away after conceding a penalty that Kane scored.
The England striker doubled Spurs' lead before the break after being set up by the impressive Dele Alli.
The hosts were rarely troubled in the second half and sealed the win when substitute Carroll drove the ball home with 10 minutes left.
Kane has now scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015, a eclipsing the previous club record for a calendar year set by Teddy Sheringham.
Norwich produced a late rally in which Hugo Lloris made a brilliant double save to deny Dieumerci Mbokani and Cameron Jerome, as Norwich stay above the relegation places on goal difference.
Early promise blown away
The Canaries' impressive win against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week looked to have inspired them in the early stages, with Lloris forced into good saves from Vadis Odjidja and Robbie Brady.
But the momentum of the game changed when Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd brought down the rampaging Kane to concede a penalty that the Spurs forward converted calmly.
Rudd's excellent double save from Toby Alderweireld and Alli only kept the score at 1-0 for a few minutes until Kane's second, after which the hosts dominated.
Spurs' former MK Dons midfielder played a big part in both Kane's goals with well-placed passes that gave the striker time and space to threaten Rudd.
But Alli also took the eye with some deft touches including a couple of nutmegs that fooled his opponents and showed why he has risen to prominence this season.
The 19-year-old was given a standing ovation when substituted 11 minutes from time, and he may reflect on the fact that a year ago he was helping MK Dons beat Notts County in front of 5,897 people at Meadow Lane.
Spurs happy, Norwich worried
England Under-21 international Carroll also made an impressive cameo appearance, scoring his first Premier League goal eight minutes after replacing Christian Eriksen.
It bodes well for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino that his side do not just have to rely on the prolific Kane in their attempt to stay on the shoulders of the sides above them.
But Norwich counterpart Alex Neil has worries over his side's form, with that victory over Manchester United their only win in their past six outings.
Man of the match - Dele Alli
What the managers said
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I am very happy. I think we need to feel proud. The performance from the players was perfect. Only the first 15 minutes was difficult but we managed the game very well.
"It is difficult to speak more about Harry Kane. For me, he needs to keep working hard and keep showing his qualities in the games. Dele Alli is another player we are very happy with but it is about the team and they showed confidence in how we played."
Norwich boss Alex Neil: "Until they got the penalty and the first goal, there was nothing in it. Once we conceded the goal, they grew in confidence and we found it tough.
"Defensively, we could have done better. We hit a lull after the first goal, which is disappointing. We just did not have enough to get anything from the game.
"Teams in the bottom half of the table are crucial for us. The next one against Aston Villa - we know the importance of it. If we beat Villa, we will be at 20 points after half way and everyone talks about reaching the 40-point mark."
The stats you need to know
- Harry Kane scored with both of his two shots on target in the game.
- Dele Alli has scored or assisted five goals in his past five Premier League games (two goals, three assists).
- Norwich City have never won a Premier League game on Boxing Day (D1 L5).
- Since defeating Spurs at White Hart Lane in April 2012 (2-1), Norwich City have failed to win any of their past 16 Premier League away trips to London (L10 D6).
Spurs make the short trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford, who are just three places and three points behind them, at 15:00 GMT on Monday.
At the same time, Norwich will host bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa.
- 15DierBooked at 74mins
- 19DembéléSubstituted forChadliat 86'minutes
- 23EriksenSubstituted forCarrollat 72'minutes
- 20AlliSubstituted forSon Heung-minat 79'minutes
- 7Son Heung-min
- 21MulumbuSubstituted forHowsonat 73'minutesBooked at 77mins
- 27TetteyBooked at 45mins
- 32Odjidja-OfoeSubstituted forDorransat 73'minutes
- 12BradySubstituted forMbokaniat 79'minutes
- Mike Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 0.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Mousa Dembélé.
Offside, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Russell Martin with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 0. Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.
Substitution, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Robbie Brady.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Dele Alli.
Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).
Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.
Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Graham Dorrans is caught offside.
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Norwich City. Jonny Howson replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.
Substitution, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans replaces Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tom Carroll replaces Christian Eriksen.
Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Declan Rudd.
Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.
Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).
Attempt missed. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
Youssouf Mulumbu (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Attempt saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a through ball.
Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.