Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen star for Spurs in romp at Bournemouth
Having failed to win any of their previous four games in all competitions, Tottenham initially looked set for further frustration at Bournemouth as Matt Ritchie put the hosts ahead inside the very first minute.
But in the end, it proved to be a very successful day for Spurs as they hit back comprehensively to triumph 5-1 at the Vitality Stadium.
There was some luck involved -- notably with the deflection that gave Mousa Dembele his opportunity to score -- and Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc was highly accommodating, making a string of costly errors.
However, Harry Kane's hat trick was very welcome at a time when his form in front of goal and Tottenham's shortage of strikers was back on the agenda, following Thursday's 2-1 defeat against Anderlecht in the Europa League.
With Christian Eriksen enjoying a fine performance and Dembele and Erik Lamela also getting on the scoresheet, Spurs showed they have a host of goal threats -- and Ryan Mason's return from injury provides an added boost to the midfield options.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Hugo Lloris, 6 -- Had little chance with Ritchie's early strike and tipped the Bournemouth man's long-range strike over the bar in the second half. He still gives his side the odd nervy moment when the ball is at his feet though, and he got it stuck under his feet as he tried to turn past Joshua King, but got away with it.
DF Kyle Walker, 7 -- Defended well, including a key challenge at the back post after a dangerous Ritchie cross at the end of the first half. Still short of his best going forward but can be pleased with this performance.
DF Toby Alderweireld, 7 -- Reliably solid, put his body on the line and made a goal-saving clearance under his crossbar in first half injury time.
DF Jan Vertonghen, 7 -- Marshalled the back four well and looked to play out from the back, even if his forward passes sometimes lacked a bit of quality.
DF Danny Rose, 6 -- Culpable for Bournemouth's early goal. Rose stood too centrally as Charlie Daniels' cross came in, leaving Ritchie unmarked behind him. But the left-back improved quickly after that and had a hand in Dembele's goal as his powerful 25-yard shot ricocheted nicely for the Belgian.
MF Eric Dier, 7 -- Competed strongly on the ground and in the air. Was safe and reliable on the ball, taking his time when needed and passing it quickly when possible.
MF Dele Alli, 6 -- Had the freedom to roam around the pitch and did just that, covering plenty of ground to aid his side's defensive and offensive efforts without having a standout moment, apart from when he saw a flicked header from a corner saved.
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MF Mousa Dembele, 7 -- After a fine game as a deeper-lying midfielder in the previous league match against Liverpool, the Belgian's renaissance continued in the No. 10 role. On top of the customary touches of class, he scored his first goal since February -- his fifth for the club overall -- while pressing diligently, including an instance when he charged down the hapless Boruc's attempted clearance. Unfortunately for him, the ball rebounded straight to the goalkeeper.
MF Christian Eriksen, 8 -- Not on the scoresheet but provided an incisive creative presence on the left flank. The Dane turned past two players and played in Kane when the striker won the penalty that levelled the game, and he played the quick free kick to Rose that resulted in Spurs' second goal before setting up Kane's second strike with a devilish inswinging cross. He deserved a goal himself and went very close when his curling 25-yard strike hit the post.
MF Erik Lamela, 7 -- Deserved his gift from Boruc after a hard-working performance on the right flank, and for getting into the box.
FW Harry Kane, 9 -- This was just what the striker needed after a profligate and confidence-sapping period in front of goal. He won his penalty himself, created Lamela's goal with a chipped cross and then popped up in the right place at the right time to score twice in the second half. He could even have had another penalty when he was tripped by Boruc for a second time.
MF Ryan Mason, 6 -- Replaced Dembele in the 68th minute. Made his return off the bench after missing eight games with a knee injury.
DF Kieran Trippier, NR -- Got his first taste of Premier League action in a Spurs shirt, replacing Walker in the 82nd minute.
FW Clinton Njie, NR -- Nearly scored moments after coming on for Kane in the 85th minute, running in behind and having a low shot saved.
Ben is ESPN FC's Tottenham blogger. Follow on Twitter: @BenPearceSpurs.