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  • By Yann Tear at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Dynamic duo propelling Spurs towards a thrilling Premier League finale - big match talking points

Tottenham (2) 3 Zouma OG 9, Son 25, 88

West Ham (1) 1 Benrahma 35

Spurs have put themselves back in the frame for a top four finish after claiming a fourth win in five games with a thrilling Sunday derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Two goals from the irrepressible Heung-Min Son and an own goal from boo-boy Kurt Zouma secured the points. The Hammers stayed in contention with a goal from Said Benrahma after trailing 2-0, but Son's second goal deservedly settled the outcome.

All three Tottenham goals were created by the in-form Harry Kane. Here we look back at five of the key talking points from the afternoon's action.

The Kane-Son axis gives Antonio Conte all the cause for hope he needs:

There is just no stopping them some days. When Son raced onto a flicked header from Kane to fire past Lukasz Fabianski two minutes from time, it was the 20th time the South Korean had profited from an assist from his partner in crime. They are the most prolific double-act in the history of the Premier League, having now helped each other to a combined total of 39 goals. Even while there are times when Spurs do not seem to have the strength-in-depth to maintain a serious challenge, they have this pair to revive their ambitions. The boss has already spoken out at times about the perceived lack of overall quality but as long as he has this incredible source of goals, he has something to work with.

Tottenham's top four chances looking good

Not for nothing have the powers-that-be delayed the announced date for the rearranged fixture between Tottenham and Arsenal. We could conceivably be shaping up for a winner-takes-all showdown between the north London rivals. Spurs are now three points behind the Gunners, who still have a game in hand. Of course, Man United and West Ham remain in the mix. United are a point behind Tottenham, having played the same number of games (29). The Hammers are now three points adrift, having played 30. The remaining fixtures look kind for Spurs. There is a trip to Liverpool to come, but that is the only match left against the elite clubs. Optimism should be in plentiful supply after today's win.

Hammers pay the price for those Europa League exertions

West Ham rallied very well after going 2-0 down and being outplayed for the opening half an hour. But it was always likely that they would find it hard to keep up the relentless pace demanded of the occasion. They had to play 120 minutes to overcome Seville on Thursday, on a night of huge emotion and effort. It is not just the physical aspect of that encounter which was draining but also the mental side - the high degree of concentration to overcome the six-times winners of Europe's second biggest competition. The match was billed as the biggest yet at the London Stadium and for players like Declan Rice, it was one of the biggest nights of his club career. No wonder raising themselves again so soon - even against such a fierce rival as Spurs - proved so tough.

Dream of Champions League qualification via Premier League fading for Irons

It always seemed a long shot, finishing fourth. It is now looking really difficult for the Hammers. They are down to seventh and have a lot of heavy lifting to do to stay in with a chance of finishing above Spurs, Arsenal and United at the end of May. Their squad has always looked a bit limited and has been stretched by the European campaign - neither of the north London sides has had that distraction since the turn of the year (or at all in Arsenal's case). David Moyes has done so well to husband his resources and his side look capable of fighting all the way to the Europa League final in Seville. They face Lyon next in the quarter-finals. But that is coming at a price in terms of the Premier League, as fans always feared it might.

Spurs newcomers are shining

It was another really promising afternoon for the former Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur. They have looked the part very quickly. The Uruguayan Bentancur gave a polished turn in midfield while Kulusevski's energy and mobility down the right played a part in the attacks Spurs sprang on the counter. They are the sort of players Conte loves, because of their discipline and diligence when it comes to defensive duties and some of the ugly stuff. Their arrival has undoubtedly given Tottenham a more solid, organised look. They, as well as the return of Cristian Romero, have brought out better performances from others around them. They, as well as the Son-Kane axis, offer much hope for Spurs fans.


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