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Thursday 30 March 2017

Eriksen double lifts Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Watford 0

Tottenham players celebrate their goal
Tottenham players celebrate their goal

Christian Eriksen laid on an attacking masterclass by scoring twice and setting up another as Tottenham cruised to a 3-0 victory over struggling Hull.

Eriksen was deployed in a deeper central midfield role at White Hart Lane and he could have completed his hat-trick in the second half had Hull goalkeeper David Marshall not pushed his bending free-kick onto the post.

Victor Wanyama, however, was on hand to slam home the rebound as Spurs secured their fourth win in 14 matches. With Mousa Dembele out nursing a foot injury, Eric Dier and Wanyama were perhaps considered too cautious a pairing for a home game against Hull, so instead the more creative Eriksen dropped back and made up a 3-4-2-1.

Eriksen clearly thrived on the extra responsibility but it remains to be seen whether Pochettino feels he can play there against tougher opposition.

The idea was presumably also to give Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, effectively playing here as wingers, more licence to attack and in the 14th minute it paid off, the latter a key component in Tottenham's opening goal.

Danny Rose teeing up Eriksen, who smashed home his fourth goal in as many league games.

Spurs doubled their lead in the 63rd minute with almost a mirror image of their opener.

Eric Dier played Kyle Walker in behind and he slid the ball to the back post where, again, Eriksen was waiting to tap into an open net. Ten minutes later, Tottenham had a third. Eriksen's free-kick was pushed on to the post but the ball cannoned back kindly for Wanyama to score his second goal of the season.

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