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Rising Son leads the way for rampant Spurs

TOP MAN: Heung-Min Son (right) in action at Wembley

A RAMPANT Tottenham Hotspur secured all three points against Stoke City after a 5-1 thrashing at Wembley. A brace from Harry Kane and an influential showing from Heung-Min Son proved too much for the Potters.

Tottenham hoped to put a run of poor form behind them against a Stoke side who had only recorded one win from five before a trip to the Mecca of football. An impressive Champions League performance against APOEL from Son warranted him a place in the starting line-up.

The South Korean, who was the bright spark for the Lillywhites in the first half, was a constant threat down the left flank, creating many opportunities for his team. The first warning for Stoke came on 11 minutes when the number seven was released by Ben Davies on the left touchline. His cut in from the left was enough to trouble the Potters defence but his shot was comfortably saved by Jack Butland.

The breakthrough for Tottenham came on 20 minutes after brilliant work from Son on the left flank saw his whipped in cross deflected into the net by defender Ryan Shawcross for an own goal to make it 1-0.

Not long after, Spurs had a chance to double their lead after Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner was sent to the edge of the box only to be intercepted by the Korean, who ran the length of the pitch into the box but was denied by the Stoke goal keeper.

Harry Kane had a moment to forget in the 33rd minute after he was gifted a neatly threaded pass by Son into the box. The England international found himself one on one with the keeper, but uncharacteristically dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men made no mistake in the second half converting their chances with the second of the game being scored on 53 minutes. Dele Alli led the Spurs attack with a strong run towards the box before his perfectly weighted pass to Son which saw the former Bayer Leverkusen man fire home to make it 2-0.

Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t too long before Spurs’ top goal scorer Kane joined in on the act after meeting Davies’ cross from the flank to head in for his 11th league goal of the season and Spurs’ third of the day. In the 60th minute, the home side were caught cold on the counter after Shaqiri was through on goal but the Switzerland international’s right-footed effort was brilliantly saved by the Frenchman Hugo Lloris.

Kane found himself in the right place at the right time with just over three quarters of the game gone, as he calmly slotted past Butland in the box to make it 4-0.

The fifth came on 74 minutes after the man of the match Son led yet another Spurs counter-attack before picking out Christian Eriksen in the penalty area, who flashed his left-footed strike past the Potters keeper to make it 5-0.

Stoke managed to get a consolation goal when Shawcross headed past a despairing Lloris who attempted to punch the ball clear.

Pochettino will be happy with his team’s response after going four games without a win prior to the match. Whereas, Mark Hughes will hope that his side can respond well against Burnley on Tuesday.

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