Spurs smash Stoke while Everton breeze past Southampton

Spurs 3-0 Stoke City

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado scored from the penalty spot to help Spurs to a 3-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Soldado slotted his fourth penalty of the season in the 37th minute after Ryan Shawcross handled a volley from Emmanuel Adebayor. Mousa Dembele doubled the hosts’ lead in the 65th minute after slamming a shot in from 20 yards out, while Aaron Lennon added to the score sheet just four minutes later with a volley. Stoke managed just one shot on target and now sit in 12th after their second heavy defeat in succession.

However it was Tim Sherwood’s first win at home and now puts Spurs seventh in the Premier League table and keeps them in the hunt for European football next year.

Everton 2-1 Southampton

Everton power house Romelu Lukaku ended a five-game goal drought to help give the home side a 2-1 win against Southampton at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

It was Seamus Coleman that gave Everton the lead early on with a great individual effort but the lead was short lived after Gaston Ramirez struck a scorching strike from 35 yards to take it to 1-1.

Lukaku however was able to finish off an intricate piece of Everton play just three minutes later and keep the Merseyside team in the hunt for European football next year.