London - Harry Kane scored his first club goal of the season as Tottenham
Hotspur condemned Manchester City to a third defeat in four games with a
4-1 victory on Saturday.
Kane's struggles in front of goal had
been a cause of growing concern for manager Mauricio Pochettino, but his
61st-minute effort helped Spurs record a third successive Premier
League victory and drew applause from watching England manager Roy
Prior to Kane's strike, which ended his eight-game
scoring drought, Tottenham had been forced to recover after falling
behind to Kevin De Bruyne's opening goal.
The home side levelled
through Eric Dier before Toby Alderweireld's header put them ahead and
Erik Lamela completed a surprisingly comfortable win.
who arrived at White Hart Lane at the head of the table, the manner of
defeat was alarming, with goalkeeper Willy Caballero - in for the
injured Joe Hart - enduring a troubled afternoon.
came on the back of last weekend's home loss to West Ham United - their
first league defeat of the season - and the Champions League loss to
Juventus, with only the mid-week League Cup win at struggling Sunderland
punctuating that worrying run.
Having appeared so dominant in the
opening five games of the league campaign, when they did not concede a
goal, Pellegrini's side suddenly appear vulnerable, casting doubt over
their title credentials.
There were few signs of what was to come when City took control of the game.
De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling testing the Spurs full-backs and Yaya
Toure bossing central midfield, City were dominant and their superiority
was underlined when they took a 25th-minute lead.
The move stemmed from a Spurs corner, with Toure leading a breakaway from deep inside his own half.
Ivorian ran beyond halfway before sliding the ball inside left-back Ben
Davies and allowing De Bruyne to place a right-foot shot across Hugo
Lloris and inside the far post.
Tottenham had offered little up to
that point, but forced Caballero into action immediately after the goal
when the Argentine was forced to react to keep out Son Heung-Min's
The home side's problems were summed up when first
Lamela fired high into the crowd and then Kane went for goal when the
better option was to play in Christian Eriksen.
They needed a
break if they were going to get back into the game and it came
immediately before half-time when they were the beneficiaries of an
incorrect offside call and poor goalkeeping from Caballero.
had been an element of doubt to De Bruyne's goal, with the winger having
possibly drifted into an offside position before he received Toure's
But if that was a marginal call, there was no doubt Kyle
Walker had strayed beyond the City back line before collecting Eriksen's
through ball and squaring into the path of Son.
Korean's close-range shot was well saved by Caballero, but he was slow
to react when the ball broke free and Dier drilled a low shot through a
crowd of players and into the net from 25 yards.
There was worse
to come for City five minutes after half-time when Caballero again was
badly positioned and unable to keep out Alderweireld's near-post header
from Lamela's free-kick.
Pellegrini's side suddenly appeared
fragile and although they were not helped by the loss of Toure to
injury, the way they capitulated was alarming.
Kane added Spurs'
third when he followed up after Eriksen's free-kick bounced back off the
bar and Lamela wrapped up the win 11 minutes from time, collecting
Clinton Njie's pass and rounding Caballero to score.