23 Dec Harry Kane at the treble once more as Tottenham win at Burnley
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to earn Tottenham a 3-0 victory over Burnley and equal Alan Shearer’s Premier League era record of 36 goals in a calendar year.
Burnley began the match as the higher-placed team in the table but were behind in the seventh minute when Kane converted a penalty controversially won by Dele Alli.
The striker’s second in the 69th minute all but wrapped up the points and he completed his treble 11 minutes from time.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Harry Kane
On a night when Tottenham’s finishing was at times horribly wayward, Kane took all of his goals with aplomb. The penalty was as nonchalant as they come and he never looked like allowing Nick Pope a chance with either his second or third. Honourable mention must go to pantomime villain Alli, who seemed to use Burnley’s boos as inspiration.
Stat of the match
Kane’s penalty was the first goal Burnley had conceded in 361 minutes dating back to Demarai Gray’s early goal for Leicester on December 2.
This season’s introduction of retrospective bans for diving has kept the Football Association’s panel busy, and they could have another case to look at after this game. Burnley fans were certainly in no doubt that Alli dived to win the penalty that Kane converted for Spurs’ opening goal. It is not as cut and dried as some, with Kevin Long making contact with Alli, although how significant and whether it came when the midfielder was already going down are both debatable.
Burnley: Nick Pope 6 (out of 10), Phil Bardsley 6, Kevin Long 6, Ben Mee 6, Charlie Taylor 6, Johann Berg Gudmundsson 5, Jack Cork 6, Steven Defour 7, Scott Arfield 6, Jeff Hendrick 5, Chris Wood 6. Subs: Ashley Barnes (for Wood, 35) 6, Sam Vokes (for Hendrick, 71) 5, Nahki Wells (for Arfield, 86) 5.Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 7, Serge Aurier 6, Davinson Sanchez 7, Jan Vertonghen 6, Ben Davies 6, Eric Dier 6, Moussa Sissoko 7, Christian Eriksen 7, Dele Alli 7, Son Heung-min 7, Harry Kane 8. Subs: Mousa Dembele (for Son, 81) 5, Erik Lamela (for Dier, 83) 5, Fernando Llorente (for Alli, 87) 5.
Who’s up next?
Tottenham v Southampton (Premier League, December 26)
Manchester United v Burnley (Premier League, December 26)