Tottenham closed to within two points of Arsenal after they outplayed West Ham to claim a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane in a London derby on Sunday evening.
- Tottenham 4 West Ham 1
- Kane scores a brace for the hosts
- Alderweireld and Walker also on target
- Adrian makes a string of fine saves
- Lanzini grabs late consolation goal
Spurs always look likely winners after going 2-0 up within 33 minutes, with Harry Kane opening the scoring midway through the first half before Toby Alderweireld doubled their advantage just past the half-hour mark.
They were cruising when Kane grabbed his second goal of the game shortly after the restart and Kyle Walker wrapped up the three points with a fine goal seven minutes from time.
The Hammers did finally manage a late reply through Manuel Lanzini but they could do little to prevent their neighbours from the north going 12 matches unbeaten to equal a club record.
The hosts dominated all departments for the entire 90 minutes against a Hammers side that looked very much off the pace.
Spurs were in front in the 23rd minute when Kane swept the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Dele Alli's initial effort had ricocheted kindly into his path.
Slaven Bilic's men had a chance to level the game three minutes later, but Andy Carroll's downward header failed to trouble Hugo Lloris in the home goal.
It was 2-0 on 33 minutes, however, as Alderweireld timed his near-post run to perfection to thump a header past Adrian from Christian Eriksen's in-swinging corner.
Only the crossbar kept the Hammers from going further behind three minutes later when a delightful move involving a host of players ended with Alli heading onto the woodwork after Son Heung-min had seen his shot blocked.
Kane then missed a wonderful chance to add to the tally when he found himself clean through on goal, only to shank his left-footed finish horribly wide on 39 minutes.
But Spurs had their three-goal cushion six minutes after the restart when some sloppy defending by the vistors saw Eriksen stealing possession before playing in Kane, whose 20-yard effort packed too much punch and swerve for Adrian.
The north Londoners continued to put the opposing goal under pressure, and only a double stop from Adrian, on Eriksen and then Son, prevented an addition to the scoreboard before the hour was up.
In an extremely rare chance for the east Londoners, Lanzini saw his shot deflected marginally wide on 72 minutes with Lloris left flat-footed.
But Mauricio Pochettino's side remained in command and 10 minutes later, Ryan Mason could have added a fourth goal, but lacked composure as Adrian was able to make the save.
The icing was put on the cake six minutes from time when Walker combined neatly with Son before curling a beautiful shot into goal with the outside of his right foot.
The Hammers were able to get a late consolation goal when Lanzini was played in by Nikica Jelavic, showing great skill to create space in the box before rifling a left-footed effort into the roof of the net three minutes before the end of regulation time.
Spurs were then denied a fifth goal when Mason's 89th-minute shot hit the woodwork.