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Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield: Spurs go third with win over Terriers

Lucas Moura, Tottenham
Lucas Moura has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season

Lucas Moura scored a brilliant hat-trick as Tottenham cruised past relegated Huddersfield and moved above Chelsea into third in the Premier League.

A much-changed Spurs side dominated from the off at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and deservedly went ahead when Victor Wanyama danced around Ben Hamer and slotted home midway through the first half.

Moura added their second just 144 seconds later as he rifled a low shot past Hamer after being played in by Moussa Sissoko.

The Brazilian was on the scoresheet again three minutes from time as he controlled and volleyed home Christian Eriksen's cross.

And he completed his hat-trick deep into injury time with another emphatic finish past Hamer.

Christian Eriksen and Fernando Llorente had earlier hit the woodwork for Spurs as they piled on the pressure, although Hugo Lloris was called into action late on to tip a Leandro Bacuna free-kick on to the crossbar.

Huddersfield remain bottom and have now lost six consecutive league games.

No Kane, no problem

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Pochettino praises 'quality' Moura

With one eye firmly on Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City, Pochettino made seven changes to the starting XI that beat City 1-0 in the first leg.

Injured trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks all dropped out of the squad, while in-form Son Heung-min was named among the substitutes, leaving Llorente and Moura to lead the line alongside Eriksen.

Spurs' new-look front three were impressive; Llorente helped create the first by holding off his marker to make the space for Wanyama to run into, while Eriksen was his influential self and Moura stole the show.

The Brazilian produced two superb finishes for his first and third while he displayed impressive skill to control Eriksen's cross for the second.

It remains to be seen who Pochettino will pick to start at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, and Son will almost certainly return, but Moura has certainly done his chances no harm.

And on this evidence, Pochettino has plenty of players to hurt City, even without talisman Kane.

Spurs back on track in league

Tottenham's league form had faltered recently with only four points gained from their previous six league games.

But they have now strung together back-to-back league wins for the first time since early February, having beaten Crystal Palace and Huddersfield at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The hosts had 88% of the possession in the opening 15 minutes and that set the tone for a comfortable afternoon for Pochettino's men.

The Terriers failed to get a shot on target in the first half and did little better in the second, meaning Spurs' makeshift back five were rarely tested.

At the other end, Llorente failed to convert a host of chances as Spurs played through Huddersfield at will to claim arguably their easiest three points of the season.

Spurs sit third for now but they will drop to fourth if Chelsea beat Liverpool on Sunday while Arsenal and Manchester United remain hot on their heels.

And with Champions League opponents Manchester City next up for Pochettino's side in the league too, a place in the top four is far from a foregone conclusion.

Race for the Premier League top four
ArsenalChelseaMan UtdTottenham
15 April Watford (A)14 April Liverpool (A)13 April West Ham (H)
21 April Crystal Palace (H)22 April Burnley (H)21 April Everton (A)20 April Manchester City (A)
24 April Wolves (A)24 April Man City (H)23 April Brighton (H)
29 April Leicester (A)28 April Man Utd (A)28 April Chelsea (H)27 April West Ham (H)
4 May Brighton (H)4 May Watford (H)5 May Huddersfield (A)6 May Bournemouth (A)
12 May Burnley (A)12 May Leicester (A)12 May Cardiff (H)12 May Everton (H)

Huddersfield fail to score again

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Score-line is harsh - Siewert

There were few envious eyes cast towards Jan Siewert when he was appointed Huddersfield manager in January with the Terriers bottom of the Premier League and 10 points from safety.

They were 10 games without a league win when he arrived and it took them a further four games to find one - and that 1-0 victory over Wolves remains Siewert's only league win as Terriers boss.

On Saturday, the Terriers were devoid of confidence or ideas in the first half and, while they did improve in the second half, they could not produce a goal, which is a common problem for Siewert's side.

Huddersfield have found the net only 19 times this season, meaning they are still one short of Derby County's record for the fewest goals scored in a Premier League campaign (2007-08).

The Terriers will already have begun their preparations for life in the Championship next season, and solving their goalscoring problem is sure to be high on Siewert's list of priorities.

Man of the match - Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

Lucas Moura
Moura is the fourth Brazilian to score a Premier League hat-trick after Roberto Firmino, Afonso Alves and Robinho

'It's fantastic to play here' - what they said

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told Match of the Day: "I am so pleased. Football is about the squad, the collective. Of course we had some injuries after Manchester City like Alli and Kane, and we were forced to make changes and we needed to provide fresh legs and it's good because we have a tough period ahead and the performance was very professional.

"It's always important to open the game and score in the first half to give belief and confidence. After a few minutes we score the second goal and lift the stadium and fans - it's fantastic to play here and gives the players fantastic energy and belief."

Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert told Match of the Day: "Four goals are too much today - that doesn't reflect how we played.

"The lads are better than the points are showing at the moment - that's my message. It's still about this season, to represent us the best we can until the end of the season."

Tottenham win without Kane again - the stats

  • Tottenham have won all five of their Premier League games this season without Harry Kane.
  • Spurs have won their first four Premier League games against Huddersfield without conceding a goal, something they had only previously done against Cardiff.
  • Huddersfield have lost 26 of their 34 games in the Premier League this season, the joint highest number of defeats at this stage of the season in the competition (level with Sunderland in 2005-06).
  • With seven goals and five assists in 853 minutes of action, Tottenham's Fernando Llorente has registered the best minutes per goal involvement rate of any Tottenham player this season in all competitions (71.1).
  • Huddersfield's Ben Hamer has conceded 21 goals in seven Premier League appearances this season, at a rate of one every 26.3 minutes, the worst rate of any keeper this season to play more than one game.
  • Tottenham's Christian Eriksen registered his 60th Premier League assist, eight more than any other player since his debut in the competition in September 2013.

What's next?

Tottenham travel to Manchester City on Wednesday where they will attempt to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals (20:00 BST). Then, they face the same opponents again, at the same venue, three days later in the Premier League (Saturday, 20 April, 12:30 BST).

Huddersfield host Watford in the league later that day (15:00 BST).

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 21FoythBooked at 60mins
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 76minsSubstituted forRoseat 85'minutes
  • 16Walker-Peters
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forSkippat 74'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 33Davies
  • 23Eriksen
  • 18LlorenteSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 87'minutes
  • 27Lucas Moura

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 3Rose
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 47Marsh
  • 52Skipp

Huddersfield

  • 12Hamer
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 26Schindler
  • 27StankovicSubstituted forMooyat 82'minutes
  • 5Kongolo
  • 37DurmSubstituted forMounieat 69'minutes
  • 9Kachunga
  • 6Hogg
  • 7BacunaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 90+4'minutes
  • 15LöweBooked at 45mins
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 10Mooy
  • 13Coleman
  • 19Williams
  • 21Pritchard
  • 24Mounie
  • 25M Jorgensen
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
58,308

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Huddersfield Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Williams replaces Juninho Bacuna.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Huddersfield Town 0. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a through ball.

Foul by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Fernando Llorente because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Jan Vertonghen.

Delay in match Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Aaron Mooy replaces Jon Gorenc Stankovic.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Florent Hadergjonaj with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

Attempt saved. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).

Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna.

Booking

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Chris Löwe.

Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juninho Bacuna following a fast break.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Florent Hadergjonaj.

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker-Peters with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Steve Mounie replaces Erik Durm.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool33257175205582
2Man City32262483216280
3Tottenham332211064343067
4Chelsea33206757342366
5Man Utd33197763441964
6Arsenal32196765402563
7Leicester34145154645147
8Wolves33138124142-147
9Everton34137144644246
10Watford32137124747046
11West Ham34126164252-1042
12Bournemouth34125174961-1241
13Crystal Palace33116163943-439
14Burnley34116174260-1839
15Newcastle34108163243-1138
16Southampton3399153954-1536
17Brighton3296173251-1933
18Cardiff3384212863-3528
19Fulham3455243276-4420
20Huddersfield3435261967-4814
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