Kane and Son dominated the game
If you looked only at statistics, such as touches, you might think Kane and Son did not hugely impact the game; the reality could be no further from the truth.
Son was magnificent in his hold-up play, continuously finding space near midfield and then pushing forward against the Everton defense. Likewise, Kane’s work to find dangerous spaces and then make smart decisions with the ball ultimately led to both Tottenham goals.
Kane’s alertness to beat Jordan Pickford to his fumble and earn a penalty and his pre-assist when he played Bentancur up the line were both examples of Kane at his best. Unfortunately for Kane and Son, who combined for five shots on target and 11 shots overall, Pickford came up big on multiple occasions to deny Spur’s dynamic duo.
Lloris and the Lilywhites may have gotten a little lucky
On a different day, dare I say a different pitch, the proceedings on Saturday could have been quite different. Twice, Tottenham was caught with the defense up the pitch, allowing breakaway opportunities to Everton.
If the Toffees still had Richarlison, you’d think one of the two would have scored. Instead, Onana and Gray both failed to get their shots on target. In both instances, it appeared that the ball may have taken an unlucky bounce for the two Evertonian just before shooting; whatever the cause, missing the frame was the result, and Spurs avoided calamity.
Just as having three central midfielders helped control the tempo of the last 30-minutes of the match, it also slowed Everton in a couple of similar circumstances in the second half, where the defenders were caught up the pitch, stopping the counter before anything serious could result.
Showing adaptability and resolve, it was a professional win for Spurs and a big three points, keeping Spurs third in the League table, level on points with Manchester City ( behind by 12 goals), and one point off first-place Arsenal.
From here, Spurs travel to Manchester to face United midweek as part of a run of three straight games in the Premier League.