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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City

By Tim OscroftBBC Sport
Harry Kane celebrates his second goal
Harry Kane has scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015

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.

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Relive the action from White Hart Lane

Kane has now scored 27 Premier League goals in 2015, a eclipsing the previous club record for a calendar year set by Teddy Sheringham.

Declan Rudd and Harry Kane
Harry Kane had not had a chance until Declan Rudd's challenge gave him an opportunity from the penalty spot

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.

Influential Alli

Dele Alli heat map
Dele Alli's heat map shows his influence in Norwich's half of the pitch at White Hart Lane

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

Dele Alli
Subtle and influential all over the pitch, Delle Ali also kept his self-control following a talking-to from referee Mike Jones in the first half.

What the managers said

Spurs performance makes boss Pochettino proud

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.

Norwich defence disappoints Alex Neil

"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."

Player reaction

Kyle Walker tweet
Spurs' full back was full of praise for team-mate Tom Carroll

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).

What next?

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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15DierBooked at 74mins
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forChadliat 86'minutes
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forCarrollat 72'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 79'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 10Kane


  • 3Rose
  • 6Bentaleb
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 22Chadli
  • 28Carroll


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Rudd
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forHowsonat 73'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 27TetteyBooked at 45mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 32Odjidja-OfoeSubstituted forDorransat 73'minutes
  • 12BradySubstituted forMbokaniat 79'minutes
  • 10Jerome


  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 8Howson
  • 9Mbokani
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Dorrans
  • 19Lafferty
Mike Jones

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Mousa Dembélé.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

  12. Goal!

    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.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Robbie Brady.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Dele Alli.

  15. Booking

    Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Alexander Tettey tries a through ball, but Graham Dorrans is caught offside.

  20. Booking

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.