Harry Kane maintained his impressive form as Tottenham moved to within one point of the Premier League’s top spot with a 2-0 victory over Everton.
The England attacker earned and scored a penalty in the 59th minute to give the Lilywhites the chance to win their eighth straight top-flight game at home.
Richarlison, a former Toffee, managed to shoot a free header over the crossbar as Spurs dominated the opening exchanges.
In the second half, Spurs took advantage of a strong stretch to take the lead through Kane, who celebrated his 400th appearance in style. Frank Lampard was left regretting those missed opportunities.
Four minutes from the conclusion, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored into the corner after a deft play down the right to give the hosts the lead.
As a result, despite having played one extra game, Spurs are still in third place, one point behind Arsenal. Everton is currently at position 14.
On Wednesday, Spurs will play at Manchester United, and Everton will go to Newcastle.
The tune is unchanged. Spurs didn’t play well at all. Their football did not often make people’s hearts race, but they triumphed. And they triumphed really easily.
They also matched Manchester City for second place in the Premier League pending the outcome of City’s match against Liverpool later today, October 16.
If Spurs are still receiving criticism for their performance, it may be helpful to point out that they have already collected 23 points from their ten league games this year, which is their greatest point total at this juncture in a top-flight campaign in nearly 60 years.
Under Antonio Conte, they have an abundance of fortitude and tactical awareness, and they are adding more pieces to the puzzle with each game.
The game-winning goal was scored by Harry Kane, who earned the penalty himself when Jordan Pickford tripped him in the second half. Pickford’s error will give England head coach Gareth Southgate another cause for concern as his defense crumbles all around him.
However, there is no need for concern regarding Kane. With his goal, he is only eight goals away from Jimmy Greaves’ all-time Spurs record.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s late goal for Spurs gave them the victory, but they were appreciative of Everton for being careless in front of goal.
The visitors squandered two excellent opportunities in the opening period, but their manager, Frank Lampard, will be alarmed by their lack of attack.
Everton was thrashed 5-0 here late last season, and Lampard seems to have put an end to the anarchy that engulfed the team at the time.
Even though it was far from vintage, Antonio Conte’s team managed to defeat a determined Everton when they needed to step up.
It confirms theories that Tottenham might be one of the teams that try to challenge Manchester City for the title as the season goes on by giving them their highest points total in the Premier League after 10 games.
Even if Everton’s final outcome was disappointing, Lampard and company would believe their team was generally well-prepared and had the opportunity to make the second half very intriguing if they had managed to convert one of their outstanding chances before the break.
Nevertheless, Tottenham beat Everton 2-0 courtesy of Harry Kane’s 59th minute penalty and Højbjerg’s 86th minute goal.