HARRY KANE took his tally of goals in September to a phenomenal 13 from eight outings for club and country as Huddersfield Town were given a rude awakening as to just how demanding life in the Premier League can be.
The England striker, applauded from the field by both sets of fans when substituted near the end, netted twice as the Terriers unbeaten start on home soil was smashed in spectacular fashion.
Ben Davies also found the net on an afternoon when the Yorkshire side had started well, Hugo Lloris having to be alert to beat away a rasping Tommy Smith shot.
After that, though, it was all about Spurs as Kane opened the scoring with a cool finish on nine minutes by latching on to a Kieran Trippier clearing header.
Davies doubled that advantage with another deft finish before Kane curled an exquisite 20-yard effort into the net midway through the first half. Moussa Sissoko added a fourth goal in stoppage time.
For Town, Laurent Depoitre hit the crossbar but this was a chastening afternoon for David Wagner’s men ahead of taking on Manchester United and Liverpool in October.
As for Spurs and Harry Kane, they arrived with a reputation for tormenting newly-promoted clubs and the Londoners did not disappoint as Huddersfield were put to the sword.
In making light work of the Terriers, Tottenham chalked up a 14th straight win against teams freshly arrived in the top flight from the Championship.
Kane, in netting twice, also made it 22 goals in 17 games against promoted clubs - something that should make Brighton & Hove Albion hope the England striker is missing when they travel to Wembley in December.
Afternoon like this are a harsh reality of life in the Premier League for clubs looking to establish themselves and there is every chance it won’t be the last time Huddersfield are put to the sword by a top team.
What was, therefore, heartening was how the home fans stuck with their team. At half-time, Town were applauded off by the John Smith’s Stadium faithful even through already three goals down.
That support continued during the second half, with even basic mistakes by a home player not incurring the wrath of the 24,169 crowd. In fact, ‘stand up if you love the Town’ was the backdrop to much of the second half - something that, no doubt, heartened David Wagner as there will be more difficult times when his side need this level of backing.
Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Lowe, Mooy, Hogg, Kachunga, van La Parra, Ince, Depoitre. Subs: Malone, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Cranie, Green, Hadergjonaj.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks, Dier, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane. Subs: Son, Vorm, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Llorente, Foyth, Walker-Peters.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)