It rained goals at Wembley as Tottenham ended their recent poor run in brilliant fashion. A dominant second half performance saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side annihilate Stoke City 5-1 as they returned to winning ways.
Harry Kane scored twice, with further goals from Heung-Min Son, and Christian Eriksen, who marked his 200th appearance for the club with a goal, while Shawcross scored a late consolation for Stoke.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 9, 2017
Spurs began the day sixth on the table, after taking just two points from a possible 12, with Mark Hughes and his side hoping to add to their hosts’ misery.
However, it ended up a day to forget for the Potters, who have now conceded at least four goals in their last four games against Tottenham.
The wins sees Tottenham move to fifth on the log, leapfrogging city rivals, Arsenal, who are not in action until Sunday, while Stoke City find themselves 16th, three points adrift of relegation.
At Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Bournemouth struck first, via Jermain Defoe in the 10th minute. But two quick goals before the break turned the tie in favour of the Eagles.
First, Luka Milivojevic equalised for the host via penalty, before Scott Dann gave them the lead three minutes later.
But a pulsating first 45 minutes still had one last drama, as Defoe grabbed his second of the match to level the scores at 2-2 at the break.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoreline after the break, but it was the home side who had the best when they were awarded a another penalty late on, as Wilfred Zaha was hacked down.
However, Christian Beneteke’s tame effort was saved by Asmir Begovic, as both sides shared the spoils.
90+2: Benteke misses it. And the rebound is cleared for a Palace corner.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 9, 2017
Burnley’s brilliant season continued as they defeated ten man Watford 1-0 at Turf Moor.
Scott Artfield’s goal just before the break was enough to earn Burnley all three points against the Hornets, who played the entire second half with a man down following Marvin Zeegelar’s red card five minutes from half time.
Burnley remain seventh on the log, six points ahead of Watford in eighth.
Elsewhere, Steve Mounie scored twice as Huddersfield saw off Brighton & Hove Albion in the first ever battle between the two in the top flight division.
Mounie’s goals all came in the first half, as the Terriers ended a run of four successive defeats.
And at the Liberty stadium, Wilfred Bony’s late goal earned Swansea a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Brom Albion.
Both sides were without a win in each of their last five games, and this game was destined for a draw until Bony’s goal nine minutes from time handed the Swans a massive win, and three points.
C. Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
Swansea 1-0 WBA
Hudd’field 2-0 Brighton
Spurs 5-1Stoke City
Burnley 1-0 Watford