Eriksen double seals victory on Kane's return

Harry Kane says he scored Tottenham's second goal against Stoke

Harry Kane made his return for Spurs after almost a month out with injury but it was Eriksen who orchestrated the victory with two goals in 11 second-half minutes, taking his goal tally to five in three games in all competitions.

Tottenham manager Pochettino said on Friday that he expected a harder game this weekend and he said that's exactly what they got against a Stoke team which is now four points adrift of safety.

After review, the Premier League officially awarded the goal to Eriksen - who had earlier opened the scoring before Mame Biram Diouf pounced on Hugo Lloris' error to equalise - leaving Kane five goals behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah as the England striker bids for a third consecutive Golden Boot. But it levelled within five minutes here.

The away side ultimately took all three points, however, with a 63rd-minute Eriksen free-kick going all the way in despite Kane - back in the starting XI for the first time since 12 March (AEDT) because of an ankle injury - trying to claim the goal, and Spurs held firm in the face of Stoke's late onslaught. "We fought a lot to get the three points".

The Stoke defenders were not close to Kane from Eriksen's free kick, which was curled into the bottom corner.

With an eight-point gap to the Blues in fifth, a place in the Champions League for a third successive season seems increasingly likely while Manchester United stand between Pochettino's side and a place in the FA Cup final.

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The alertness of Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland to scamper off his line and save at the feet of Son Heung-min after he had latched onto Dele Alli's intelligent lofted through ball kept the score goalless before the interval.

Brighton had midfielder Davy Propper sent off for a studs-up lunge on Jonathan Hogg in the 74th minute.

Despite Kane's return to the starting XI, Spurs were guilty of making a laboured start and they were almost punished in the 12th minute, when Erik Pieters found Diouf with a low cross, only for the Senegalese forward to guide his effort over while stretching.

Burnley made it four straight wins in the league as they continued their push for Europa League qualification with a 2-1 victory at Watford.

The Staffordshire-based club, who have already yielded a league-high 61 goals this season, have lost to Tottenham by a four-goal margin in their last four meetings.

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