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Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Bournemouth

Son Heung-min scores
Son Heung-min has scored eight goals in his past five games in all competitions

Tottenham made it seven top-flight wins in succession for the first time since 1967 and continued their pursuit of leaders Chelsea with a dominant victory over Bournemouth.

The game was essentially won in a three-minute period in the first half in which Mousa Dembele fired Spurs ahead from close range following a corner before Son Heung-min doubled the lead with a darting run and neat finish.

Harry Kane, making his first start in a month, made sure of the three points with a low finish just minutes into the second half.

The strike makes the 23-year-old just the fourth player to score 20 Premier League goals in three consecutive seasons after Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thierry Henry.

Vincent Janssen capped off Spurs' afternoon by scoring just his second Premier League goal of the season in injury time, just minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are now four points behind Chelsea, who face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Bournemouth, who managed one shot on target, are now without a win in four matches and remain seven points above the bottom three with six games left to play.

Tottenham hitting peak at right time

Harry Kane scores
Harry Kane scored and also provided the assist for Son's goal

With this win Tottenham surpassed the 70 points that gave them third place in 2015-16, during which they challenged for the Premier League trophy until their 36th fixture - a 2-2 draw at Chelsea.

The smart money remains on the Blues playing a more central role in extending Spurs' wait for a first title since 1961, especially if they win at United, but Pochettino's side are doing everything to capitalise on any potential slip-up.

This is a more mature, clinical and refined Tottenham side than 12 months ago, and this performance illustrated that perfectly.

From the start they pressed their opponents relentlessly and dominated possession before the goals came.

Dembele's was a simple but emphatic finish following Christian Eriksen's corner. Son showed speed and guile to score after receiving a pass from Kane, whose goal was the result of great tenacity in winning the ball from Simon Francis in the box.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon, though, was reserved for the contribution of Janssen, who followed up his own blocked shot to score his sixth goal in his 35th appearance of what has been a tough first season in English football.

Spurs have now scored the joint-most goals in the division, conceded the fewest and are hitting peak form at potentially just the right time.

They have also made White Hart Lane a fortress. This was their 12th victory in succession, making it their longest-ever winning streak on home soil in a single top-flight season.

Bournemouth looking over their shoulder

Tottenham (left) v Bournemouth (right) heatmaps
Bournemouth's possession heat map (right) illustrates just how little attacking threat they posed. They managed just eight touches of the ball in the Spurs box

Bournemouth are now without a win in three, since last month's 2-0 win over Swansea which lifted them up to 11th.

This game was no barometer of their suitability for a possible relegation fight, simply because Tottenham were so good. But Eddie Howe's side were easily brushed aside, having now conceded three or more goals in 12 Premier League games.

They were second best in every department as Spurs bullied their defence, bossed midfield and denied Benik Afobe and Joshua King any sight of goal.

Their only shot on target came in the 74th minute, when Charlie Daniels' long-range effort gave Hugo Lloris the simplest of saves.

Their dismal afternoon was compounded when on-loan midfielder Jack Wilshere limped off injured following a tackle on Kane in his own box.

Man of the match - Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)

Mousa Dembele (second from right)
Mousa Dembele not only opened the scoring with his first goal of the season, he dominated midfield, winning possession 11 times. His passing accuracy of 98.5% was the highest in the match

'The three points are very important to keep our dream.'

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Spurs are entering an exciting time - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to BBC Sport: "I am proud of our players after that performance. We have to wait to see what happens.

"Harry Kane is a fantastic player - he is one of the best in England and it is fantastic he is fit again to help the team.

"Son is brilliant - he needed time to adapt his game but he is now fit and healthy and he is feeling really comfortable.

"I was happy for Vincent Janssen because I knew it was his only chance to score and it's important he feels the happiness when you score.

"At the end of the season when everyone is tired, we need everyone to have the right mental attitude and happiness helps. We now need everyone to rest and get ready for the next few games.

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Howe praises 'unique' Spurs

"The three points are very important to keep our dream."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, speaking to Sky Sports: "We know we need more. We've known all along.

"The danger is if everyone says, 'You're safe.' We've got to focus the players' minds that we're not."

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  • Bournemouth posted a 31.31% possession figure in this game, their lowest ever in a Premier League game.
  • Spurs have scored the most (43) and conceded the fewest (eight) home goals in the Premier League this season.
  • Christian Eriksen now has more assists than any other player in the Premier League this season (12).
  • Son Heung-min has been directly involved in six goals in his past four Premier League games (five goals, one assist).
  • Harry Kane has provided five Premier League assists this season, his best-ever return in a top-flight campaign.
  • Vincent Janssen finally netted his first Premier League goal not to come from the penalty spot in his 24th appearance in the competition.

What next?

Tottenham await the result of Chelsea's game at Old Trafford and then face the Blues in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend. They return to league action on Wednesday, 26 April at Crystal Palace.

Bournemouth have two big Premier League games to come this month - next Saturday's home game against Middlesbrough, followed seven days later by a trip to Sunderland.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forJanssenat 87'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forSissokoat 84'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 10KaneSubstituted forWanyamaat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Janssen
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Trippier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Wimmer
  • 30López

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 15Smith
  • 2Francis
  • 3Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forFraserat 69'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 8Arter
  • 32WilshereSubstituted forCookat 56'minutes
  • 7Pugh
  • 17King
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forMoussetat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Gradel
  • 18Cook
  • 21Allsop
  • 24Fraser
  • 26Mings
  • 31Mousset
  • 38Cargill
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
31,943

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home24
Away5
Shots on Target
Home14
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Bournemouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Bournemouth 0.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Bournemouth 0. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Vincent Janssen replaces Christian Eriksen.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Dele Alli.

Attempt missed. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé with a through ball.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Harry Arter.

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

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama replaces Harry Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Benik Afobe.

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Attempt saved. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Son Heung-Min is caught offside.

Booking

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Davies with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Junior Stanislas.

Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Harry Arter.

Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31243465254075
2Tottenham32218368224671
3Man City32197663352864
4Liverpool32189568402863
5Everton33169860372357
6Man Utd301512346242257
7Arsenal30166861392254
8West Brom32128123941-244
9Southampton31117133740-340
10Watford32117143752-1540
11Stoke33109143748-1139
12Leicester32107154153-1237
13West Ham33107164459-1537
14Burnley33106173347-1436
15Crystal Palace32105174452-835
16Bournemouth3398164563-1835
17Hull3386193467-3330
18Swansea3384213768-3128
19Middlesbrough31412152237-1524
20Sunderland3256212658-3221
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