Spurs hand out a footballing lesson in demolition of ragged Everton

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Everton 2 - 6 Tottenham Hotspur

Theo Walcott gave Everton the lead before the Blues imploded in worrying fashion following a blunder by Jordan Pickford that gifted Hueng-Min Son the equaliser

Everton were hit for six on their own turf for the third time in the Premier League era as a vastly superior Tottenham ripped them to shreds.

Harry Kane helped himself to another brace against the Blues and Hueng-Min Son also scored twice, the first coming from a horrendous mix-up between Jordan Pickford and Kurt Zouma, as Spurs wiped out a 1-0 deficit and went on to wipe the floor with Marco Silva's side on a chastening afternoon bereft of seasonal cheer for the home fans.

Featuring two changes from the team that started against Manchester City last weekend as Tom Davies and Theo Walcott came in for Yerry Mina and Bernard, Everton overcame a rocky start to the contest by going ahead in the 21st minute.

Gylfi Sigurdsson slipped an excellent first-time pass between two defenders for Dominic Calvert-Lewin who held off Kieran Trippier to cut a cross back for the arriving Theo Walcott to convert from the edge of the six-yard box.

The match turned on two incidents shortly afterwards, however, the first a soft refereeing decision that deprived Calvert-Lewin of his second goal in eight days. Walcott's cross flicked up off a defender and the striker rose above Davinson Sanchez to guide a header into the far corner but play was called back for what referee Paul Tierney adjudged to have been a push on the defender.

Three minutes later it was 1-1. Kane hit a speculative first-time ball over the top for Son to chase which Zouma appeared to be in control of until Pickford hared out of his area, the ball broke to the South Korean forward and he swept an impressive finish inside the far post from the angle.

Everton's capitulation began in earnest nine minutes after that. Moussa Sissoko played Son in easily behind the back four, his low shot was saved well by Pickford but no one had tracked the run of Dele Alli who rapped home a first-time effort to make it 2-1.

Three minutes before half-time, it was 3-1. Trippier drove a direct free-kick off the base of the post, a queue of white shirts were waiting to pick up the rebound and Kane obliged with a simple finish into the empty net to send Everton into the interval two goals in arrears.

Any hopes of a stirring comeback from Silva's Toffees were extinguished inside the first quarter of an hour after the restart after half-time. The second half was just three minutes old when another ball into the channel found Kane, his cross was headed away by Seamus Coleman but straight to the unmarked Christian Eriksen on the edge of the “D” and he rifled a crisp finish into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.

Sigurdsson pulled one back with a brilliantly-taken solo effort three minutes later but Spurs reasserted their overwhelming superiority after Everton had lost André Gomes to injury when the visitors scythed their way through the home defence with ease on the hour mark and Son, one-on-one with Pickford slipped the ball past the stranded goalkeeper.

The rout was complete 10 minutes later when Ben Davies collected a pass out of defence from Toby Alderweireld, he quickly found Son who centred for Kane to slide home Tottenham's sixth.

Sigurdsson forced a late save from Hugo Lloris with a deflected effort and Eriksen saw a shot nick off a defender and miss the far post by inches but the contest was long since over and vast tracts of empty blue seats had spread across the Goodison stands.

The result represented the latest embarrassment for Everton against Tottenham following last season's 3-0 home loss under Ronald Koeman and the 4-0 drubbing at Wembley under Sam Allardyce.

It was the first time Spurs had scored six goals since they trounced Silva's Hull City on the final say of the 2016-17 season and it reaffirmed their prospects as title contenders while it served as a harsh reminder of the scale of the task facing Everton as they try to bridge the gap to the top six.