Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: Our job is done
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 3:01
Goals from Mousa Dembele, Heung-min Son, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen sealed a 4-0 win for the north London club.
"Our job was to get three points and we got three points", said Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Manchester City kept pace to move into third place and remain seven points behind Spurs with a 3-0 win over Southampton.
Son netted Tottenham's second goal at White Hart Lane to take his season tally to 19.
The win saw them cutting the gap to table-topping Chelsea to just four points ahead of the Blues' Easter Sunday clash with Manchester United. "It will be fantastic if after the game tomorrow the gap is still four points".
Spurs have now won seven top-flight games on the bounce as they look to leapfrog Chelsea in the run-in and claim the league crown. "We've got to focus the players' minds that we're not".
Knowing that a win would temporarily move them to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, Spurs wasted little time in going on the front foot and were 2-0 up before half-time.
"From the beginning of the season that was our chance to improve our mentality, our belief and I think you can see the group and the team have improved".
Bournemouth enjoyed a five-minute respite after the second goal, putting together their best spell and coming close to pulling one back through a Steve Cook header that ended narrowly over the bar.
Crystal Palace fought back in a 2-2 draw with Leicester, Everton beat Burnley 3-1, Stoke accounted for Hull 3-1, Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw with West Ham while Watford edged Swansea 1-0.
Naturally, though, on his first start in nearly five weeks, Kane netted his 25th goal in all competitions this season three minutes into the second half.
It was his first goal since he made his return from a four-week lay-off with ankle ligament damage and left him three goals below Everton's Romelu Lukaku in the scoring chart.
Substitute Vincent Janssen rounded off the action with a fourth goal in stoppage time, the Dutchman's first Premier League strike from open play since joining previous year.
Fabio Borini pounced on Darren Randolph's error before Sam Byram was dismissed. Leicester has mounted a feeble defense of its title - sitting 12th - but it is England's last Champions League participant and hosts Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.