Dele Alli’s double spared Harry Kane’s blushes as the midfielder helped Tottenham to an emphatic 4-1 win against 10-man Southampton.
Kane scored one but missed a penalty at St Mary’s as two goals from Alli and another from substitute Son Heung-min sealed an impressive victory for Spurs.
Virgil van Dijk had earlier put Saints ahead within 73 seconds but Tottenham came back to lead after two headers from Kane and Alli.
Nathan Redmond was then sent off just before the hour by referee Mike Dean for denying Alli a goalscoring opportunity only for Kane to blaze the spot-kick over the bar.
The miss proved inconsequential, however, as substitute Son and then Alli sealed the win, which sends Tottenham back to within a point of Arsenal in fourth.
Hugo Lloris 6 (out of 10)
Kyle Walker 7
Eric Dier 7
Jan Vertonghen 7
Danny Rose 8
Mousa Dembele 7
Victor Wanyama 8
Moussa Sissoko 7
Dele Alli 9
Christian Eriksen 9
Harry Kane 8
Harry Winks (for Dembele, 82 mins) 6
Heung-min Son (for Sissoko, 74 mins) 7
Vincent Janssen (for Kane, 89 mins) 5
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