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  • Harry Kane's well-struck effort gave Tottenham the lead on 15 minutes.
  • The England international doubled his tally and his side's lead with a phenomenal effort from the edge of the area.
  • Kane completed his hat-trick moments later with a deflected free-kick.
  • Dele Alli then got in on the action, sliding home to make it four on the stroke of half-time.
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15:22

Full-time: Tottenham 4-0 Stoke City

A blistering first-half performance from Tottenham helps get their season back on track. A hat-trick from Harry Kane and a close-range finish from Dele Alli gave Spurs their third consecutive 4-0 win over Stoke, who were simply outclassed in every aspect.

Stoke fought a little in the second period but Spurs were never troubled. Their only concern from the match will be Toby Alderweireld, who had to be withdrawn with a suspected thigh problem.

That's all for our coverage but do head over to our liveblog of the EFL Cup Final, as Manchester United face Southampton for the first piece of silverware this season.

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15:18

Alli almost doubles his tally for the afternoon but his effort squirms through the legs of Grant and away. Lovely play from Alli to get away from Shawcross.

Wanyama receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Allen, who squares up to the Kenyan. Not the wisest move, Joe...

15:14

Final change for Spurs as Heung-min Son replaces hat-trick hero Harry Kane, who departs to a standing ovation.

15:13

Not the impact Berahino perhaps would have hoped. Kane finds Walker but Grant is equal to the shot.

15:10

Eriksen drives at Stoke again but his effort balloons over. Cameron replaces Whelan as Hughes makes his final change. 10 minutes left to play.

15:08

The game is officially in its 'lull' phase. Tottenham canter around and win a corner through Davies, but it comes to nothing, though there were claims of handball against Shawcross. Replays show that the ball did indeed hit his hand.

15:05

Tottenham have had 17 attempts on goal, compared to Stoke's 5. Six have been o target, four have found the net.

15:03

The phrase 'cut a frustrated figure' is bandied around a lot these days...

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15:02

Kane draws another fine save from Grant with a splendid curled effort from outside the area.

15:00

Eriksen is running the show at the moment. He finds Winks, who sees it effort deflected for a corner. Eriksen's short corner to Dembele comes to nothing, though, and Stoke ride out the storm.

14:57

Wimmer receives a yellow card for stopping compatriot Arnautovic in his tracks. Some good work between Sobhi and Allen leads to the Welshman firing a dangerous cross through the six-yard box, but Walker manages to clear.

14:54

Harry Winks is set to come on for Spurs in place of Jan Vertonghen. The change means Spurs will now operate with a four-man defence.

14:52

Berahino almost latches onto Sobhi's dinked pass but the danger is snuffed out by Wimmer. Afellay is then easily dispossessed by Wanyama and gives away a foul for tugging Dembele.

Eriksen's delivery almost brings a fifth but Stoke clear and set free Arnautovic, who surges through the pitch and wins a corner.

14:49

Stoke pressing for a consolation but Lloris just about manages to deal with Adam's searching effort.

Crouch receives warm applause from all four corners of White Hart Lane as he is replaced by Berahino, while Adam is booed off as he makes way for Afellay.

Dier forces an exquisite save from Grant but was offside as he did so. 4-0, half an hour to go.

14:46

Harry Kane is now on the floor after suffering an awkward fall when trying to connect with an Eriksen delivery. The England international is in some discomfort and is currently receiving treatment.

Stoke almost pulled one back but Dier and Vertonghen just about quell the immediate danger. Hughes is set to make a double change with Berahino and Afellay set to enter the fray.

14:43

Eriksen has been given license to roam and his cross from the left wing was an inviting one, but Martins Indi manages to alleviate any potential danger. Spurs seemingly sated by their four-goal margin and don't seem too intent on adding to it.

14:39

Dele Alli tries to find the goal spectacularly with an overhead kick after being found by Walker, but the 20-year-old's effort was never troubling Grant.

14:37

A concern for Tottenham early in the second half as Toby Alderweireld is down, holding his inner thigh. The Belgian shakes his head and grimaces as he walks off the pitch.

Kevin Wimmer is set to be introduced in Alderweireld's place. He has walked straight down the tunnel.

14:33

We are underway in the second half, at the second time of asking. More of the same from Kane?

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14:27

The Great Dane.

14:27

Are you sure about that, Mark?

14:19

Half-time: Tottenham 4-0 Stoke City

Crisis, what crisis?

Spurs have completely overpowered sorry Stoke, with Harry Kane stealing the show. The forward opened the scoring with a measured drive, doubled the lead with a sublime half-volley and completed his hat-trick with a deflected free-kick.

He then turned provider for the maligned Dele Alli, who has been targeted by Stoke's players. The attacker slid home to make it four and add gloss to an already comprehensive, crushing scoreline.

Pochettino will hope for more of the same, but Mark Hughes will be tearing his hair out at his team, who have been outclassed in every aspect.

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14:18

Kane flicks the ball past Pieters with supreme ease and charges into the box.

Instead of going for his fourth, the England international looks up and finds Alli, who slides in to make it 4-0.

14:17

GOAL! Tottenham 4-0 Stoke City (Alli)