The Spurs striker hit a quickfire double in the space of four minutes, with Christian Eriksen making it 3-0 in the second period, before Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate pulled goals back
HARRY KANE and Christian Eriksen ruthlessly punished shocking West Ham defending to make it three wins out of three on the road for Spurs.
England striker Kane headed a 34th-minute opener before slotting in a second just four minutes later as Spurs made up for their Wembley woes.
The first came after Andy Carroll –on as a first-half sub for injured Michail Antonio – gave away possession with a terrible pass.
Eriksen picked the ball up and released Dele Alli down the right and his pinpoint pass was headed home by Kane to give Spurs a 34th-minute lead.
And four minutes later, West Ham had totally collapsed.
Joe Hart’s long punt up field was lost again by Carroll. Eriksen was on to like a flash and played in Alli again and his shot was parried by the Hammers keeper but into the path of Kane, who slotted home.
But Hammers fans will be wondering why there was not a single one of their players anywhere near Kane.
West Ham did have two chances to score in the first half.
First when Javier Hernandez fired a 25-yard shot inches over the bar.
And Serge Aurier produced an absolutely brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Marko Arnautovic what looked a certain Hammers opener.
After the break, Spurs added the third.
Kane fired a free-kick from the left side against a post. It rebounded out to Aurier on the right and his cross was deflected to Eriksen, who fired home from the edge of the box in the 59th minute.
Then moments after that Kane hit a post with an angled shot.
But West Ham pulled one back when Jose Fonte flicked on a corner for Hernandez to nod home from point-blank range.
Hernandez almost netted a second when he headed a cross straight at Hugo Lloris.
Spurs were reduced to ten men when Aurier picked up a second booking for a late tackle on Carroll.
This railed the Hammers and Hernandez forced a fine save from Lloris.
West Ham gave themselves a late lifeline when sub Arthur Masuaku’s left-wing cross was met by a Cheikhou Kouyate header to bet Lloris with four minutes left.
STATS, FACTS, GOALS & LOLS
- Harry Kane netted his first goals away against West Ham in the Premier League.
- Spurs’ win against the Hammers ends a run of two consecutive defeats away against Slaven Blic’s side – and three out of their last four.
- In each of those losses they failed to find the back of the net.
- The last time West Ham registered back-to-back home wins at the London Stadium was back in December 2016.
- Last seasons Hammer of the Year Michail Antonio was forced off through injury after just 28 minutes.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now won their opening their top-flight away fixtures – the first time this has happened since the 1991/92 season.
- And since the 2015/16 campaign, the Lilywhites have registered the most victories – a whopping 48 wins.
- The Hammers missed the presence of playmaker Manuel Lanzini – who has netted nine goals against London sides – including three in his last four games against Spurs.
- Christian Eriksen is now leading Nicklas Bendtner as the Premier League’s top-scoring Dane.
- Javier Hernandez netted his first ever goal against Spurs – and at the London Stadium.
- Kane has already hit the woodwork five times this season.
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WHAT THEY SAID
Star striker Harry Kane told Sky Sports: “I’m delighted to get a couple of goals and help the team get the three points.
“We just have to improve our home form and we should be right up there. We’ve had a couple of good away wins from tough games.”
Christian Eriksen on the watching the closing stages from the bench: “It was very intense. You want to be on the pitch to help so you’re a bit more on your toes.
“But I think they did very well and the guys who came on fought hard.
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp said: “They have the best centre-forward in the country by a mile.
“He makes the game look so easy and he was the difference on the day.”
Former West Ham boss Alan Pardew spoke on Serge Aurier’s dismissal: “I would have taken him off before the booking.
“Then it is unacceptable to make the challenge he did on a booking. I can’t imagine what Pochettino thinks of that.”