LONDON (REUTERS) - Harry Kane's hat-trick turned Tottenham Hotspur's potentially tricky FA Cup fifth-round tie at Championship side Fulham into a Sunday stroll by the River Thames, as they won 3-0 at Craven Cottage.
The England striker struck early on and twice after the interval to take his tally for the season to 1, 9 as the eight-time FA Cup winners eased into the quarter-finals.
Stung by consecutive defeats and wary of becoming another weekend Cup shock after upsets involving Leicester and Burnley, Tottenham produced a dominant performance.
Fielding a strong team with defender Jan Vertonghen back from injury, they quickly hit their stride and Kane opened the scoring in the 16th minute, when he stretched to volley in Christian Eriksen's teasing low cross.
He doubled Tottenham's lead in the 51st minute, again from an Eriksen assist, and finished off Fulham in the 73rd minute when he ran unopposed on to Dele Alli's pass and tucked a right-foot shot past Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Fulham, still with an outside chance of making the Championship play-offs, had their moments and former Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker nearly grabbed a consolation, when his header was saved by Spurs 'keeper Michel Vorm.
Tottenham, looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1991, will find out who they play in the quarter-finals when the draw is made after holders Manchester United take on Blackburn Rovers later on Sunday.
Victory helped Tottenham end a mini-slump in which their Premier League title hopes were severely dented by a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, followed by a Europa League last-32 first-leg defeat at Gent.