Son and Kane praise Tottenham’s character after Goodison Park thrashing

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli scores his side's second goal during the Premier League match against

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli scores his side's second goal during the Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park (pic: Peter Byrne/PA Images). - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Spurs scored three times in each half to move within two points of second-placed Manchester City

Heung-min Son talked up the mentality of his team-mates after Spurs thrashed Everton 6-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

It was a sensational result for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and capped a brilliant week after wins over Burnley and rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur didn’t have things all their own way, though, as Everton took the lead, but the visitors scored three times in each half to give their supporters an early Christmas present.

Son told Sky Sports: “We dominated the game from the start and we created so many chances. We were unlucky to be one nil down, but we showed our character and mentality.

“To bounce back and score six goals at Everton, a difficult place, makes us very happy to get three points.”

Ex-Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but Spurs hit back through Son with 27 on the clock when he drilled in from a tight angle.

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Dele Alli put Tottenham in front soon after when he fired past Jordan Pickford after Son had tested the goalkeeper and Harry Kane wrapped up the first half with a tap-in when Kieran Trippier hit the post with a free kick.

Pochettino’s men failed to let up after the interval and a wonderful strike by Christian Eriksen in the 48th minute made it 4-1 at a shell-shocked Goodison Park.

Gylfi Sigurdsson did give the Everton fans something to shout about briefly with 52 on the clock, but Spurs made the points safe on the hour mark.

Erik Lamela played in Son and he stroked the ball home and Kane then had the last word with an excellent finish following a superb team move in the 74th minute.

Tottenham’s 14th victory in the league this season, out of 18 matches, placed them third in the table ahead of Christmas day on 42 points.

Spurs trail champions Manchester City in second by two points and leaders Liverpool by six approaching the end of 2018.

Kane praised their reaction to going behind, he said: “We knew it would be a tough game. Obviously we went one nil down, but I thought we were a bit unlucky because we started well.

“Afterwards we created some good chances and took them and then second half we dominated the ball and took the chances again. Everton are a tough team, so this is a very good result.”