Tottenham Hotspur barely had to get out of second gear as they eased to a 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
- Norwich 0 Tottenham 3
- Alli opens scoring
- Kane adds second from the spot
- Bassong goal disallowed
- Tettey sent off
- Kane adds late third
Tottenham grabbed the lead as early as the third minute as Dele Alli was first to react to a saved Christian Eriksen shot to tap home into an empty net.
Spurs were 2-0 up in the 30th minute after Sebastian Basssong brought Alli down in the box and Harry Kane made no mistake from the spot.
Norwich were much improved after the break and Bassong had a goal ruled out, correctly, for offside in the 53th minute.
Kane added a third in the 89th minute added icing to the Tottenham cake with an accurate finish after Alexander Tettey had been sent off for a second yellow card a couple of minutes earlier.
The visitors were on the front foot from the opening whistle and were ahead inside four minutes. Christian Eriksen fired in a powerful shot from the edge of the box that Declan Rudd could only parry. Alli reacted quickest and had an easy tap-in to put his side 1-0 up.
Seven minutes later, Toby Alderweireld went close with a header from a corner, but the ball went narrowly wide.
The crowd began to voice their frustration at the home side’s inability to hang onto possession as Spurs continued to dominate proceedings.
Bassong gifted his former side a second goal in the 30th minute as he brought down Alli with a clumsy challenge. Kane stepped up to take the spot kick and expertly finished past Rudd to double his side’s advantage.
Spurs could have had the points sealed as early as the 36th minute as Kane twisted and turned into space in the box, but his shot was saved onto the post by the Norwich stopper and it bounced wide.
Steven Naismith thought he had a penalty in the 44th minute, and he may have had a point, as Kevin Wimmer barged through the back of him to head the ball to the safety of his goalkeeper, but the referee turned him down.
The home side were vastly improved in the second period as Tottenham were perhaps guilty of taking their foot off the gas.
Bassong thought he had atoned for his earlier mishap when he had the ball in the back of the net in the 53rd minute after a goal mouth scramble, but he’d done so from an offside position and the goal was rightly scratched off.
Naismith and Matt Jarvis both had further opportunities as the hosts looked for a way back into the game, but Spurs’ defence held firm.
After the early flurry, the visitor’s seemed to find their bearings and the chances dried up for the home side.
Kane had a late chance to add icing to Spurs’ cake as he picked the ball up in acres of space on the counter attack. He broke free one-on-one with Rudd, but his shot hit the post and bounced out.
Norwich captain Tettey stupidly fouled Kyle Walker in the 87th minute to earn a second yellow card and end any hope of his side getting back into the game.
To add insult to injury, Spurs scored moments later as Eriksen poached the ball in midfield before playing Kane in, and this time the England international made no mistake as he curled the ball round Rudd to complete his brace and make the score 3-0.