Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, left, celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring the opening goal of the game against Everton.
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, left, celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring the opening goal of the game against Everton. Alastair Grant

Kane at the double to keep Spurs in second

FOOTBALL: A Harry Kane double and smart finish from Dele Alli has seen Tottenham create its own club record and end Everton's own with a 3-2 win at White Hart Lane.

The victory was Spurs' ninth in a row at home this season, a club record in the English Premier League.

Everton, meanwhile, had not been beaten in nine matches but despite the close scoreline, Ronald Koeman's men were outplayed for long periods by a Tottenham side looking to keep as much pressure on leader Chelsea as possible.

The gap is now down to seven points between the Blues and Spurs in second with Chelsea having the chance to stretch that back to 10 again when it played West Ham Tuesday morning (AEST).

"It was a fantastic performance even if we are a little disappointed to concede the goals," Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"We dominated the game and played with a lot of confidence.

"It's important because now comes the most important period in the season."

Manchester City alos gave Chelsea a timely reminder that is is still a threat, with a comfortable 2-0 success at bottom-placed Sunderland.

Goals by Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane eased them to a 2-0 win to move City to third, three points above fourth-placed Liverpool while Arsenal have slipped out of the top four after its 3-1 loss at Anfield on Saturday.

City, has the chance to move second when it plays at home to Stoke City on Thursday morning (AEST).

The Sky Blues have kept five successive away clean sheets in all competitions and have 10 away league wins, although manager Pep Guardiola was still not totally satisfied.

"It was a good victory," he said.

"But we were passing the ball between ourselves in the last 25 minutes.

"I don't like to defend a result and be near our box. It is okay if you're 3-0 or 4-0 up but not 2-0."

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