Tottenham completed a difficult 4-3 victory over Leicester City at White Hart Lane, as the home side claimed another valuable three points in the race for Champions League football.
Spurs striker Harry Kane became the Premier League top-scorer with a hat-trick on the day.
After the devastating defeat at the hands of Manchester United last week, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were keen to get back to winning ways in the Premier League, although Nigel Pearson’s side put up a good fight.
The game started on a disappointing note, with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris stretchered off after a collision with Kyle Walker. An earlier flag from the linesman would have prevented a collision, it seems.
Spurs started very strongly, pegging Leicester back into their own half for much of the opening spell. With the worst goal difference of any team in the top seven, the home side were pushing the returning Schmeichel to the limit.
Harry Kane had Spurs ahead within the opening 10 minutes. Eric Dier flicked on the Townsend corner, with the English forward at the back-post to tap home the loose ball.
Kane was playing with a new confidence against the Foxes on the back of his unsurprising call-up to the England squad this week. He soon had Tottenham’s second goal in the back of the net.
Kyle Walker came thundering down the right wing, hitting a cross to Kane, who scooped home the ball. Spurs were two up within 13 minutes.
The game seemed to lose its ‘fizz’ during the later stages of the first half, however it was not without its drama.
Leicester came back to give themselves a fighting chance in the relegation battle, as Jamie Vardy scored for the travelling side to make it 2-1. His neat finish gave the Foxes the desire to pressure Spurs further, with the first half finishing with Leicester threatening often.
Just after the break, the away side were level. After Nugent’s chance was desperately put behind by Tottenham, the resulting corner was buried by Morgan as he beat Bentaleb to the ball with an emphatic header.
However, Tottenham fought back and reclaimed the lead. Danny Rose won a penalty for the home side, and ‘that man’ stepped up to bury home his hat-trick and 29th goal of the season. Spurs led 3-2.
But the drama was far from over. Tottenham found themselves 4-3 ahead after Schlupp put the ball into his own net after a mix-up from the fantastic Eriksen run.
However the action still was not over, as Leicester City found a late lifeline. David Nugent made the most of hesitancy from Jan Vertonghen, to thump home the Foxes’ third goal. Despite a late panic, Tottenham held on to the victory.