How am I supposed to predict this?
Three days ago, Spurs broke the record for their biggest ever away win in the Premier League, and today, they did it again. Winning 7-1 away to a relegated football team when they’re waving goodbye and thank you to their home support during their final game in the Premier League is ruthlessness at it’s very best. I had predicted that Spurs would be doing a professional job and would be hungry for goals, but again my prediction was far too tame. Kane and the lads reduced David Marshall, who was in goal for the Tigers, to a mere ball-boy, who went and fetched the ball for us every time we scored.
Within ten minutes you knew what was going on. Harry Kane was given the ball on the edge of the box and two Hull defenders busted a gut to close him down. But before you knew it, he’d take a touch and rifled it into the bottom corner. The ‘keeper didn’t even move. It was a real sucker punch so early in the game, but then it got even worse for the Tigers. Just two minutes later, after Son had nearly made it 2-0, Tripper was fed through by Eric Dier via a sumptuous ball over the defence, where he squared it for Kane for a simple tap in. 13 minutes played and the contest for the Golden Boot was already over.
Tottenham continued to press while Hull looked to re-establish some sort of a foot hold in the game. Spurs managed a third and killer goal moments before the half time whistle after Hull were pressured off the ball in their own half. Kane was involved again, playing through Heung-Min Son, who was in a position to shoot. Instead, he rolled it to his side, selflessly allowing for Dele Alli to strike home his 22nd goal of the season. It was a party atmosphere in the away stands, considering Liverpool scored at roughly the same time, leapfrogging Arsenal into 4th. The performance from the players was truly being reflected by the voice of the Spurs fans.
Into the second half the game was slightly petering-out. Hull had improved on the ball and were creating some openings in our final third. Ultimately, Lloris’ hopes of sharing the Golden Glove with Thibaut Curtois were dashed when a scrappy shot from Clucas was deflected in off the post making the score 3-1. Lloris will have been staring daggers at Jan Vertonghen, who’s nonchalance on the ball leading up to the goal lost his Captain his Golden Glove. Tottenham did, however, restore the three goal cushion just three minutes later when Christian Eriksen put in another fine delivery from a free-kick, which was met by Wanyama at the back post, to simply nod the ball down into the ground for it to bounce over the line, with the goalkeeper scrambling in vein.
And just like they did at the Kind Power stadium on Thursday, the floodgates then swung wide open. Three minutes later again, and Spurs had scored again. It was the Harry Kane hat-trick we had all speculated would happen,after his two goals in the first 13 minutes of play. Hull this time, were pressured into losing possession inside their own half. Dele Alli chipped a ball out to Kane, who was in acres of space. Son was available for the pass, but this really was a formality at this man’s feet. He calmly slotted the ball past the ‘keeper to make it 5-1 for Spurs and 29 Premier League goals for himself. A stunning return.
Kane was then subbed off with 11 minutes left on the clock for Vincent Janssen. Kane was applauded by all four corners of the stadium in recognition of the young man’s sheer brilliance. He’s managed 73 goals in his last 91 Premier League appearances and in 38 games this season, he’s scored 35 times. A simply stunning return. However, Spurs were far from finished. Thursday’s scoreline was matched in the 84th minutes thanks to Ben Davies’ first league goal for Tottenham; a powerful first-time shot from outside the box, which took a slight deflection to help wrong-foot the goalkeeper on it’s way into the net.
Tottenham then bettered Thursday’s scoreline three minutes later yet again, thanks to stalwart centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who latched onto a cross that only narrowly escaped Son at the front post, tapping in at the back post. And that was that. A 7-1 win away from home is a very fitting way to pull the final curtain on this magnificent season. 86 points is a title winning final tally. It’s just a shame that this season, Chelsea have been just that little bit better. It’s 5 more points than Leicester managed when they won the title, so I’m under no illusions that this Spurs side is totally capable of winning the Premier League. We go away now to have our Summer and come back in August ready to make another good go of it.
Thank you, Tottenham. For everything this season.
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