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  • By Yann Tear at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham show far more bite than Wolves as Kane leads them to worthy win


Tottenham (1) 2 Kane 45, Hojbjerg 62

Wolves (0) 0

Harry Kane put Spurs on their way to well-earned victory – ending a poor run of results against Wolves on home soil into the bargain.

It was the Spurs talisman’s 22nd Premier League goal of the campaign and he also has 13 assists to his name. Only Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi can compete with those stats throughout Europe’s top five leagues.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has a more modest return of goals but the midfielder was on hand to bury a rebound just past the hour to make it 2-0 – his second goal of the campaign and first since the January defeat to Liverpool. His assist also fashioned Kane’s opener in the first half.

The win – in front of what will hopefully be the last behind-closed-doors match at the stadium - takes Spurs above West Ham and into sixth place, with the home game against Aston Villa and last-day trip to Leicester City remaining.

To their credit, they seem intent on not letting the term fizzle out after their Carabao Cup final exam, even with a supply-teacher in charge.

This is a fixture which has not brought the best out of Spurs in recent in north London, with a sequence of games yielding just one win in five matches.

But there was no doubting the superiority of the hosts this time around. But for some abnormal levels of post-hitting, the scoreline would have been even more emphatic.

Kane, watched by his national team boss from the stands, needed only five minutes to signal his intent when he rattled the outside of a post with an attempt from just outside the area.

Gareth Bale curled a free-kick around the Wolves wall to force Rui Patricio to get down low and another chipped dead ball from the Welshman almost created the angle Kane needed to turn and fire – the final effort just off target.

A nice stretch from Kane to head on a deep cross from Dele Alli gave Heung-Min Son the opportunity to power a left-footer at Patricio but the keeper was again competent.

Wolves were more diffident but two dashes from his own half from Adama Traore ended with Fabio Silva shots almost finding the net. The first effort deflected just wide with the second narrowly off target.

But Kane finally made the breakthrough, timing his run onto a long ball from Hojbjerg to round Patricio and the sliding challenge from Conor Coady before slotting home.

The goal came moments after he had seen Coady block his close-range header off the line – the Wolves defender also clearing a Gio Lo Celso curler off the line from a follow-up.

After the break, Lo Celso laid off to Sergio Reguilon, who was haring outside him on the left, and it needed a strong raised arm from Patricio to send the rasping drive over the bar.

Moments later, Dele robbed Joao Moutinho on half way and fed Kane inside the box. It looked for all the world as though the England striker must score but Patrico’s fingertips deflected the ball onto the inside of the right-hand post and Alli’s follow-up crashed against the opposite upright.

It was only a matter of time before a second goal, though, and when Son rolled a ball across the area from the left and Bale smacked a low shot that proved too hot to handle, Hojbjerg picked up the pieces to finally, and deservedly, double the lead.

Spurs: (4-2-3-1) Lloris – Tanganga, Dier, Alderwireld, Reguilon – Lo Celso (Winks 69), Hojbjerg – Bale (Sissoko 89), Alli (Ndombele 82), Son – Kane. Subs not used: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Lamela, Bergwijn, Moura

Wolves: (4-2-3-1) Patricio – Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Hoever – Moutinho (Jose 62), Dendoncker – Gibbs-White (Neves 73), Vitinha, Traore – Silva (Corbeanu 82). Subs not used: Ruddy, Ait-Nouri, Marcal, Boly, Cundle, Kilman

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