ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Huddersfield Town 0
LONDON • These days teams are not really Premier League sides until Harry Kane has shattered their defence. So, yesterday was an initiation of sorts for Huddersfield Town, who, while losing 0-4, became the latest victims of a striker whose goals are fuelling Tottenham's trophy ambitions and his own quest to break records.
David Wagner's Huddersfield had conceded only three goals in their first six top-flight matches since promotion, but Tottenham fired that many past them in the first 23 minutes at the John Smith's Stadium yesterday, with Kane, inevitably, leading the onslaught.
He scored the visitors' first and third goals and was instrumental in creating the second for Ben Davies. The left-back helped the visitors add a fourth in stoppage time by setting up Moussa Sissoko.
Kane now has 84 goals from 123 Premier League appearances and his strike rate is accelerating. Factor in his midweek hat-trick in the Champions League against Apoel Nicosia and he hit 13 goals in all competitions last month, the most productive month of the 24-year-old's career to date.
"(I have) probably not (been in better form). Goals to games it is probably the best month I have had, especially after (a dry) August," said Kane. "I feel good, I feel confident and I am there to put the goals away. We have to continue this after the international break."
The early kick-off gave Tottenham a chance to keep in touch with the Premier League leaders, and they gleefully took that opportunity against a Huddersfield team with plenty of heart but little real quality. The visitors were a class above any other side Huddersfield had encountered this season.
This was the fourth away match in a row in which Mauricio Pochettino's men have struck at least three goals.
Goals Harry Kane scored last month, failing to net only in two of eight matches:
• 6 in Premier League
• 5 in Champions League
• 2 for England in World Cup qualifiers
"Harry Kane is in an amazing moment. He is scoring goals, his energy is fantastic. The way he works without the ball. I wish he keeps going at the same level and for the team to win games," said Pochettino.
"We deserved the victory, we were better. We dominated the game and that is why I am so happy with everyone."
This was Huddersfield's first meeting with Tottenham since 1972 and they have still not beaten the London side since 1956, when they had a player in their team, left-back Ray Wilson, who would later win the World Cup with England.
THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE