Harry Kane scores twice as Tottenham defeats Norwich
LONDON (AP) — Harry Kane became Tottenham's highest scorer in a calendar year in the English Premier League when his pair propelled them to 3–0 over Norwich on Saturday.
Kane's first-half double, the first from the penalty spot, gave him 27 league goals this year, one more than Teddy Sheringham's record in 1993.
Substitute Tom Carroll finished off struggling Norwich, and Spurs, in fourth place, was two points ahead of Crystal Palace, and three clear of Manchester United.
"The performance from the players was perfect," Spurs manager Mauricio Pocchetino said. "Only the first 15 minutes was difficult but we managed the game very well."
Dele Alli assisted both times for Kane, and left late to a standing ovation. His deft reverse pass put Kane in space, and the striker received a penalty when he was clipped by beaten goalkeeper Declan Rudd. Kane buried the shot in the net. His second goal just before halftime was his 11th in the league, and 13th in all competitions.
Alli set up more chances but Rudd foiled the shooters until Carroll, three minutes after going on, hit a swerving strike into the bottom corner for his first league goal for Spurs.
Norwich, out of the relegation zone only on goal difference, failed to build on last weekend's win over United, and has only two days to recover before facing last-place Aston Villa at home.
"Teams in the bottom half of the table are crucial for us," Norwich manager Alex Neil said. "The next one against Aston Villa, we know the importance of it. If we beat Villa, we will be at 20 points after halfway, and everyone talks about reaching the 40-point mark."