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    Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Hotspur: Match Report

    By Tom Regan

    Tottenham were dealt an early shock as Bournemouth took a 49-second lead, but they recovered strongly to secure a 5-1 victory, their biggest away win since beating Hull City by the same score in August 2009. Some appalling goalkeeping by Artur Boruc, accompanied with a solid attacking display, helped Spurs on their way in what was an extremely open encounter at the Vitality Stadium.
    The Cherries have not hosted the north Londoner’s in a competitive game since February 1957, when the Dorset based club, then a Third Division outfit, defeated a Lilywhites team that included five future Double winners 3-1 in an FA Cup fifth round tie.

    Tottenham’s former academy player Charlie Daniels was the catalyst for Bournemouth’s early opener as his teasing cross from the left allowed the unmarked Matt Ritchie to thump home. But Spurs did not panic, and they bounced back in the ninth minute after Harry Kane was clumsily brought down by Boruc following a pinpoint Christian Eriksen pass. Boruc escaped punishment, and was then comprehensively beaten by Kane’s penalty to level proceedings.
    In the 17th minute, the north Londoner’s were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position on the left. Eriksen delivered, the ball reached Danny Rose, whose shot was blocked, and the ball fell kindly for Mousa Dembele who calmly slotted into the back of the net. That was Dembele’s first goal since the Lilywhites lost 3-2 at Liverpool in February. Dembele was excelling in his advanced midfield role alongside Eriksen, with full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker regularly causing a threat from the wide regions.

    Kane met an Eriksen corner, and his forceful header was well saved by Boruc, before Pochettino’s men took a 3-1 lead. Dele Alli is growing in confidence with every game he plays, and it was the youngster who started the move which led to a Tottenham attack down the left. Boruc inexplicably dropped the easiest of catches following Kane’s cross/shot, and Erik Lamela could not believe his luck as the simplest of tap-ins sealed his second Premier League goal of the season.

    The Cherries had their moments to get back into the game. In added time, Toby Alderweireld’s error allowed Ritchie a good opportunity, but the man who had opened the scoring could only fire wide. Joshua King hit the post after another Daniels cross, and Marc Pugh had a shot blocked following a Ritchie cross from the right.

    Spurs started brightly after the interval. Dembele charged down a Boruc clearance, but luckily for the Polish shot-stopper the ball bounced off the Belgian and straight into his grateful arms. The north Londoner’s made it 4-1 in the 56th minute through Harry Kane. Eriksen once again the architect, freed Kane in the left of the area, and Harry fired home with his trusty right foot.  
    Kane was not done yet, and he would be leaving the Dean Court with the match ball as he completed a hat-trick, giving the Lilywhites a 5-1 lead. Eriksen’s corner found the head of Alderweireld, but Boruc once again hopelessly dealt with the effort, allowing Kane to tap in from close range. Ritche tried to get a consolation goal back for the hosts with an effort from long range, but Lloris saved well and tipped over the bar for a corner. Dele Alli then found Eriksen, and the Dane’s stunning strike rebounded of the keeper’s post.

    Ryan Mason entered the fray, replacing Dembele, making his first appearance since scoring Tottenham’s winner at Sunderland on September 13th. The outstanding Harry Kane was replaced late in the game by Clinton N’Jie, and the Cameroon international nearly scored with his very first touch, but the abysmal Boruc clawed back some slight credibility with a good save.
    Spurs will be disappointed to have fallen behind so early in the game, but Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with the response as him team ran riot in the Dorset sunshine. The win sees the north Londoner’s occupy sixth place, six points, 9 places, and 12 goals better off than Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, languishing in 15th place. The Lilywhites have an eight day break before their next game against managerless Aston Villa.
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