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    Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Norwich City: The Form of Kane is Insane at The Lane!


    Norwich City travelled to White Hart Lane attempting to overturn an unwanted record of the longest run without a Boxing Day victory in the top flight. The Canaries faithful came home from Old Trafford with an early Christmas present of three points last weekend, but knew they would have to be in prime form to gain just their second victory of the season against a top half team in Tottenham Hotspur. 

    The hosts were unchanged from the side that impressively overturned Southampton at St Mary's last weekend, after a Harry Kane double. Alex Neil hinted at changes during the week and he duly obliged by bringing in Youssouf Mulumbu and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe for Gary O'Neil and Wes Hoolahan.



    Norwich's renewed confidence spilled over into the opening stages of this game, as a flowing passing move ended with Odjidja-Ofoe testing Spurs captain Hugo Lloris from 20 yards. The midfielder's driven effort forced the French goalkeeper to turn the ball round the post as he dived to his left. Odjidja-Ofoe took the resulting corner and his floated cross was met by Norwich captain Russell Martin who headed just wide as the visitors enjoyed an encouraging opening five minutes. The Canaries continued to press their hosts and looked increasingly dangerous from set pieces. Robbie Brady almost caught Lloris out from a short corner as his shot was punched out, before Cameron Jerome headed over from the following corner. 

    Norwich have witnessed first hand the importance of taking your chances in the Premier League, as Spurs began to fight back. A Cristian Eriksen cross found Dele Alli who had his shot thwarted by Declan Rudd, before Harry Kane skewed the rebound wide. Just moments later, an Alli through ball found Kane who knocked the ball past Rudd as the Norwich goalkeeper brought him down for a penalty. Kane picked himself up to slot the penalty down the middle and fire the hosts into the lead with his ninth Premier League goal in as many games on 26 minutes. Spurs could have extended their lead but for a string of saves from Rudd. Toby Alderweireld forced a world-class save from a header, before Rudd kept out Alli on the rebound. Alderweireld had an even better chance moments later, heading wide from an unmarked position just a few yards out, when he should have scored Tottenham's second of the game. The English combination of Kane and Alli had already produced one goal and it was not long before they linked up again to make the hosts' pressure pay. Alli drove forward to the byline before cutting a pass back to Kane who fired the ball low and hard past Rudd. It was Kane's 27th Premier League goal of 2015, a new club record, as Spurs went into the break with a two goal advantage. 



    The hosts started the second half as they ended the first, passing with aplomb, but it was Norwich who had the first opportunity after the break as Cameron Jerome headed over Odjidja-Ofoe's floated cross. At the other end, Dele Alli continued to impress and he forced Declan Rudd into another save before Sebastian Bassong blocked the following effort from Erik Lamela. The Argentine playmaker was beginning to influence the game alongside Alli, as his attempted rabona from the edge of the box was tipped round the post by a busy Rudd.

    Norwich attempted to give themselves a lifeline as the game entered it's final quarter, with Robbie Brady heading wide from a Martin Olsson cross. Both managers freshened up their teams in the last 20 minutes, with Jonny Howson, Graham Dorrans and Dieumerci Mbokani replacing Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, Youssouf Mulumbu and Robbie Brady, whilst Tom Carroll and Son came on for Cristian Eriksen and the impressive Dele Alli. Yet it was the Spurs substitutes who had the key impact when Tom Carroll found himself in acres of space on the edge of the box, before firing the game beyond Norwich as the hosts went 3-0 up with ten minutes to play, the England youngster scoring his first ever Premier League goal. The visitors almost grabbed a consolation goal as Dieumerci Mbokani's volley was saved by Hugo Lloris, before the French goalkeeper pushed the ball away from Cameron Jerome on the rebound. Nathan Redmond fired an ambitious half volley over in the dying minutes, as Spurs held out for a clean sheet to cement their 4th place position, whilst Norwich found themselves precariously above the relegation zone on goal difference before the evening matches.



    The festive fixture is unforgiving in England and Alex Neil will have to revitalise his side before a crucial game on Monday against struggling Aston Villa. Mauricio Pochettino will take a confident Tottenham Hotspur team, with the best defensive record in the league, up the road to Watford for a North London derby between two teams doing well so far this season. 

    Chris Lincoln's Man of the Match: 
    Harry Kane- with four goals in his last two and ten goals in his last nine, Roy Hodgson will be delighted to see that Jamie Vardy is not the only England striker in great form in the Premier League.


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