Along with most Spurs fans before this game kicked off, and as I mentioned in my match preview (Will Christmas come early for Spurs this year?) we were all hoping that the midweek Champions League win against APOEL, would act as a springboard in their next Premier League match against Stoke.
Well as we all now know, it did, and how!
After a first half, which saw Harry Kane unusually miss a guilt-edged chance, Son had whipped in a cross which ended up the back of the Stoke net, via a deflection off their skipper Ryan Shawcross. Spurs went in at half- time 1-0, and with it all to play for, in the second half.
It didn’t take long after the re-start for Spurs to find the back of the Stoke net, yet again, and once more it was Son again, who this time latched onto a deftly weighted through ball from Dele Alli, to blast Spurs into a 2-0 lead.
Just 40 seconds later, Harry Kane rose highest to head home and put Spurs 3-0 up, with more to come. Within just over ten more minutes of play, that man Kane again, rifled in another, to make it 4-0.
It was beginning to look like every Spurs attack would produce another goal, and it was only some fine goalkeeping by Jack Buckland, which denied both Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in particular, of two more certain goals.
Finally, in the 74th minute Eriksen did manage to get on the scoresheet and make it 5-0, with Son the provider with a great pass, but 10 minutes from full time, Ryan Shawcross rose to meet a corner which Lloris failed to reach, and the score finished 5-1.
It is only a short wait for another Wembley encounter on Wednesday night as Spurs meet Premier League newcomers Brighton. If yesterday’s performance was anything to go by, Brighton will be in for a torrid time indeed.
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