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Kane centre stage again in Spurs thriller

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Kane leapt to the top of the Premier League scoring charts
Kane leapt to the top of the Premier League scoring charts

Tottenham striker Harry Kane pushed his claims to win the Premier League Player of the Year award as he scored his first senior hat-trick in a thrilling 4-3 win for his side at White Hart Lane.

Kane's late penalty, his 29th goal of a remarkable season, sent Spurs on their way to a nervy 4-3 win over Leicester, who had fought back from two goals down.

The result was harsh on a battling Leicester side, who fought every inch of the way and deserved more, with boss Nigel Pearson furious with some decisions that went against his side.

Southampton also claimed an important three points with a nervy 2-0 win over Burnley in their push for a top four finish, with Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long opening the scoring for Ronald Koeman's Saints. Jason Shackell then diverted a Ryan Bertrand cross into his own goal to make seal their win and keep the pressure on Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of tomorrow's clash.

Arsenal were made to sweat on their win after a brace from Olivier Giroud (below) looked to have done enough to keep Arsene Wenger's side on track for another three points.

An onslaught from Newcastle in the second half saw Moussa Sissoko's low drive find a way past David Ospina but the Gunners held on to strengthen their grip on a Champions League spot and maintain any outside hopes they have of challenging for the title.

Wilfried Zaha continued his resurgence under Alan Pardew for Crystal Palace, hitting the winner as the Eagles came from behind to beat Stoke 2-1 and move above Newcastle in the table.

The Tim Sherwood-inspired revival at Aston Villa was halted against Swansea as they were beaten by a late Bafetimbi Gomis goal.

In the early kick-off, Manchester City won 3-0 in controversial circumstances earlier in the day, with Gareth McAuley mistakenly sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick and a first goal in sky blue for Wilfried Bony helping City keep up the pressure on Chelsea.

SATURDAY'S PREMIER LEAGUE SCORES

Aston Villa: 0 Swansea: 1

Newcastle: 1 Arsenal: 2

Manchester City: 3 West Bromwich Albion: 0

Southampton: 2 Burnley: 0

Stoke: 1 Crystal Palace: 2

Tottenham: 4 Leicester: 3

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