Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur demolished West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at White Hart Lane.
West Brom had no answer to Kane's power and finishing prowess after the England striker gave Tottenham the lead with a smart strike on the turn after 12 minutes.
The lead doubled when a Christian Eriksen deflected in off two defenders - with the own goal credited to Gareth McAuley who had a torrid afternoon.
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Two late goals ensured the scoreline reflected Tottenham's dominance - Kane volleyed home a Kyle Walker cross before completing his hat-trick with a confident finish from Dele Alli's scooped through ball.
The only downside for Spurs was an ankle injury to defender Jan Vertonghen, who looked in serious pain after landing awkwardly close to the dugouts.
Tottenham's sixth consecutive Premier League win sees them go second ahead of Liverpool who play Manchester United on Sunday, while West Brom stay eighth and will look to move on quickly from a dreadful day at the office.

Harry Kane volleys in for Tottenham against West Brom

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Could Jan Vertonghen's injury derail Tottenham's title bid?
Tottenham equalled their Premier League club record of six consecutive wins with the victory over West Brom, but the injury to centre-half Jan Vertonghen took the gloss off a fine performance from Mauricio Pochettino's side.
The Belgian international seemed to damage the ligaments of his left ankle as he ran off the pitch and onto the track that runs alongside, and left the pitch in tears. Tottenham have only conceded five goals in their 11 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane this season, and a long absence for Vertonghen could prove a real setback for the North London side.

Jan Vertonghen suffered an ankle injury

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Harry Kane (Tottenham)
The England striker didn't manage a shot of goal in the 2-0 win over Chelsea 10 days ago, but he was right back to his best against Tony Pulis' side.
Kane has now scored 62 Premier League goal mark in just 99 games, and 58 of those 62 goals have come from efforts from inside the penalty area.
That stat says much for his style of his play, and the way Tottenham play to his strengths. Kane is the ultimate space finder in the six-yard box, and full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker and playmaker Christian Eriksen know exactly where to put the ball to get the most out of the England forward.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion

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Tottenham: Lloris 7, Walker 8, Dier 7, Alderweireld 7, Vertonghen 7, Rose 8, Wanyama 7, Dembele 7, Eriksen 8, Alli 7, Kane 9. Subs: Davies 7,Winks 7
West Bromwich Albion: Foster 7, Dawson 6, McAuley 6, Olsson 5, Brunt 6, Fletcher 6, Yacob 6, Chadli 6, Morrison 5, Phillips 6, Rondon 6. Subs: Robson-Kanu 5, McClean 6, Field 6.


12' – GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 West Brom. Kane nets his 13th goal of the season, and outstanding finish on the half-turn from about 15 yards out from Eriksen's pass, in off the inside of the post and into the top corner.
24' – CHANCE! Kane heads Dembele's cross straight at Foster, who squirms round to keep out the ball on the line - that was a great, if fortuitous, save.
26' – GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 West Brom. McAuley puts through his own goal from Eriksen's shot, following a move involving Rose and Walker. Foster really didn't have a chance - the Baggies' goalkeeper was going the other way before McAuley's intervention.
33' – CHANCE! Foster makes a great save at the near post from Kane, following another good move involving Walker. Foster then flaps at the corner, but Brunt can complete the clearance.
77' – GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 West Brom. Kane side volleys home a low finish past Foster from Walker's cross, after the England defender had taken advantage of some lax McAuley defending.
82' – GOAL! Tottenham 4-0 West Brom. Kane completes his hat-trick, following another smart move and a lovely little scoop by Alli, as he holds off Dawson and volleys a finish into the far corner. He punches the air with his left fist, as he nets his 13th Premier League goal of the season.

Harry Kane in action for Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion

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Tottenham have now won their last seven matches in all competitions, scoring 21 goals and conceding just three, and have equalled their Premier League club record of six consecutive wins.
Tottenham have conceded just five league goals at home, the fewest in the division.
The last 10 Premier League goals scored by Tottenham players have been netted by either Harry Kane or Dele Alli (5 each).


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