The masked man Harry Kane does it again. Two more goals brought his season tally to 19 in 30 matches, and brought Spurs within two points of Leicester City at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.
Spurs started on the front foot, with Harry Kane just inches high in the fourth minute, clattering the crossbar from a good distance out under pressure from a charging Brad Guzan.
Villa pushed forward past the 12-minute mark, and put Spurs under a bit of pressure, but they struggled to find anything in front of goal. Kane had an even better chance in the 24th minute dragging a Danny Rose cross on net, but it was shot right at Guzan who saved with his legs. Somehow Spurs were kept out again bang on the half-hour mark when Erik Lamela‘s dragged shot was tipped onto the bar by Guzan. The rebound struck Guzan’s back and rolled back towards the goal mouth, but it was scrambled away by Alan Hutton before rolling over the line.
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Villa saw its first opportunity on 39 minutes, when a free kick from the left edge of the box met the foot of Rudy Gestede, who had pulled free from the mark of Harry Kane. The shot was powerful, but straight into the waiting arms of Hugo Lloris.
Spurs found the opener in first-half added time, as a quick free-kick by Dele Alli caught Villa off-guard. The midfielder looped it over the back line to a streaking Kane, who finished from a tight angle past a helpless Guzan.
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They’d hit again with a clinical second goal just two minutes after halftime. Alli down the left edge of the box sent a scything cross through the middle. A dummy from Erik Lamela saw the ball through to Kane who ripped the ball into the top of the net.
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The game was clinical from that point on. Villa tried pumping balls forward, and Spurs countered with venom, although the final ball was just out of reach for a third. As time ran down the fans held up a “Lerner Out” banner and applauded the movement.
The win for Spurs pushed them within two points of Leicester City, a much-needed narrowing of the gap. The Foxes still hold a game in hand. Meanwhile, Aston Villa continues to languish at the bottom of the table, on just 16 points this season, eight back of anyone else.