Sunday afternoon saw Everton travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur, two clubs looking to become part of England’s elite, and it didn’t disappoint.
Harry Kane was crucial once again, his double giving Spurs a commanding lead, Everton were lucky to score twice and the home side’s ninth consecutive win at White Hart Lane sees them reduce the gap from Chelsea to just seven points.
Most importantly, they are six points clear of Arsenal in fifth.
Here are Football Whispers player ratings for Tottenham v Everton:
Hugo Lloris – Could do nothing about either of Everton’s goals. The away side managed just four shots on target, the Frenchman saving twice. 6
Kyle Walker – Saw plenty of the ball, but most of Spurs threat came down the left flank. The full-back on completed one accurate cross. 6
Eric Dier – Solid enough performance, the Englishman made a great pass in the first half that set up a chance for Kyle Walker, but was the least involved of all the centre-backs. 6
Toby Alderweireld – Lead the home side in clearances and was very dependable throughout. No mistakes, part of a good defensive performance. 7
Jan Vertonghen – Started off the game with a superb tackle on Romelu Lukaku. Made one big mistake and the striker scored, that spoils his excellent day’s work. 7
Ben Davies – Most of Spurs attacks came down the left side. He was given an assist for Kane’s first, but had little to do but roll him the ball. Much more involved than Walker on the opposite side. 6.5
Victor Wanyama – Could have scored when his first-half shot hit the post, but it was a quiet afternoon for the Kenyan midfielder. He worked hard and did what he had to. 6.5
Mousa Dembele – Worked hard to press the Everton midfield and it paid off in the second half when he forced the error from Morgan Schneiderlin for the second goal. 7
Dele Alli – Good, busy, intelligent performance from the England star. Should have scored from a headed chance in the second half, but made up for it when he flicked it Harry Winks’ free-kick. Great anticipation for helping to create Kane’s second. 7.5
Christian Eriksen – Very good first half. Constant threat from set-pieces. Made four key passes, delivered eight crosses and was everywhere. 7.5
Harry Kane – Opening goal was a superb strike out of nowhere. Calm finishing for his second, had a couple of opportunities to add a third. Another clinical performance from a player that had the fewest touches by any of Spurs starters. He moves to 19 goals for the season. 8
Subs: Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko came on without real time to make an impact. Harry Winks’ free-kick set up Alli for the third.
Joel Robles – Could have done better for the opening goal and a poor throw set up the second. 4
Seamus Coleman – Didn’t get the chance to attack due to Spurs reliance on that side. One bright run brought about a yellow card for Dembele, showing what could have been. 5
Ramiro Funes Mori – Made four clearances, more than any other defender, but was sloppy throughout. 4.5
Ashley Williams – Was caught asleep in the second half and it nearly handed Kane his hat-trick, Not his best game. 4
Leighton Baines – Lead his team with 8 tackles, Funes Mori was next with just three. Did well throughout, but didn’t attempt a single cross. 6
Idrissa Gueye – Made a quick start, tried to provide some width, but wasn’t good enough for the opening goal. Made a team high five interceptions. 5.5
Gareth Barry – A poor performance from the veteran midfielder. Hardly had an influence at any stage. 4
Morgan Schneiderlin – Looked to be back to the battling midfielder that Ronald Koeman had at Southampton, but wasn’t his day overall. Made 2 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 clearances. 5.5
Tom Davies – The game passed the 18-year-old by. No shots, no key passes, he failed to provide Lukaku any support. 4
Ross Barkley – One superb pass in the first half, but we went missing for large parts of the game. Saw more of the ball in the second half and added three key passes. Very mixed bag from the playmaker. 6
Romelu Lukaku – A very frustrating game for the big striker, but when feeding on scraps, he took his one chance very well and never gave up. Two shots, two on target, one goal. He’s has 18 goals for the season and is now Everton’s all-time leading goal-scorer. 7
Subs: Enner Valencia had an impact, gave some attacking support and ghosted in for his goal 6. James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas also came on but maybe it was too little, too late.