Tottenham Hotspur 1 Everton 0
Tottenham ripped Everton apart with a dazzling second half performance that saw Harry Kane surpass Teddy Sheringham’s club Premier League goal scoring record.
Kane has now netted 98 Times in the top flight.
It’s 10 years since the Toffees last beat Spurs in London and they looked unlikely to break that run.
Spurs’ trademark high press and adeptness at rapidly closing down their opponents mostly stifled any minor Everton threat.
Wayne Rooney toiled, at times looking rejuvenated, while new £27m striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas seems a useful acquisition.
He rarely looked like scoring but he’s strong, has the ability to hold the ball and will surely make the impact up front that Everton have been lacking.
The Turk set up Rooney for what appeared to be the opening goal, but the former England captain’s header was ruled offside.
After 14 minutes the stylish Christian Eriksen’s free kick, whipped in from the left, was flicked just over the bar by man-of-the-match Heung-Min Son.
The South Korean was a constant thorn in Everton’s side as he constantly dazzled with his tricky footwork and range of skills.
It was Son who opened the scoring on 25 minutes, assisted by Serge Aurier.
His fifth goal in as many games, equalled Jermain Defoe’s Spurs record.
The huge smile on his face said it all.
Spurs increased their lead almost immediately after the restart.
Son turned beautifully before driving the ball into the six-yard box for Kane to stab home from what appeared to be an offside position.
But the strike stood and he added another 12 minutes later after Eric Dier whipped in a ball behind the Everton defence for it to hit Kane’s heel and beat Pickford from close range.
Earlier Son had set up Dele Alli whose slight hesitation resulted in him hitting the side netting rather than the target and Kane also saw a fierce 20-yard effort parried by the Everton ‘keeper.
Son struck a post with a drive from outside the box with Pickford beaten and the former Sunderland stopper first saved with his feet from the South Korean and, as the ball rebounded to Alli, kept his shot out too.
When former Spur Aaron Lennon replaced the disappointing Yannick Bolasie he was greeted warmly by the home fans who used to idolise him.
The Liverpool side offered little in the second half and an increasingly frustrated Rooney revived his sixth yellow card of the season.
Another interaction between Son, Kane and Eriksen resulted in Spurs’ fourth when Son’s audacious back-heel found the Dane.
The early promise of Sam Allardyce’s management has dissipated, having lost the last four matches and not won in six.
Everton are still missing the injured Leighton Baines, Michael Keane and Seamus Coleman but without additions to the squad in the present transfer window they could find themselves struggling at the wrong end of the table rather than improving on last season‘s seventh place finish.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said of Kane: "I would like to congratulate Harry. It is a fantastic achievement, Harry is such a talented player, so professional and I am very happy.
"He deserves all the credit and a lot of praise. In this way he will break all the records in the Premier League.”
Summing up the match, he added: "It was a massive performance. Fantastic. I am so pleased. Congratulations to our players because the effort was fantastic.
"The three points are important because the top four is so tough. The performance was very good, the players showed great character. I don't think we conceded a shot on target.
"Son is doing fantastic in the last two or three months. His belief and confidence is amazing.”
A disappointed Allardyce said: “I think the defining moment in the game was we thought the second goal was offside, probably the same with Wayne's.
"When the second goal went in and if it was offside it was a killer, but that doesn't allow us to throw the towel in and relinquish that defensive responsibility.
"Too many of our players decided not to defend any more when Tottenham had the ball. I'm hugely disappointed in the professionalism of my players. It's out of order.
"Play your way back into the game and be professional about it. It shocked me. I haven't seen it since I got here. I've got to cut it out, starting tomorrow.
"It's down to hard work. Tottenham can beat anybody by a lot of goals but they should have had to work a lot harder than they did. We keep foregoing the clean sheet to try and get a result and not getting a result.
"We need to go back to basics."