Tottenham's inconsistent form continued as they hammered Everton 5-0 on a night when Ireland captain Seamus Coleman was accused of a leading a defence fit for the second tier of English football.
ichael Keane’s own goal put Tottenham ahead early on and then the floodgates opened, with Harry Kane scoring twice and Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon also netting.
It was another Kane masterclass, with his second goal a particular highlight, and he took his tally to 14 goals in 15 games against Everton.
This was as bad a performance as the Toffees have put in this season and there has been no bounce under Frank Lampard, with a fourth loss in five league games since he took over.
Lampard cut a worried figure for much of the game on the touchline, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher telling Sky Sports that Everton are in in big trouble due to their defensive flaws.
"When you talk about teams being too good to go down, that’s because you maybe look at Everton’s forwards; at (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison," Carragher told Sky Sports at half-time of the match.
"This back four is a Championship back four, absolutely no doubt whatsoever. Every time Spurs go forward they look like they're going to score.
"The problem for Frank Lampard is that this back four needs protection but when you’re 3-0 down at half-time, you've got to go for the game."
Carragher was especially brutal in his assessment of Everton and Ireland skipper Coleman as he added: "Seamus Coleman, I actually feel sorry for him because he’s been a great full-back for Everton, people just running in behind him.
"That goes back to Everton’s recruitment that Seamus Coleman is still playing right now."
Lampard did his best to paper over the huge cracks in his side, with Everton's challenging run-in leaving them in real danger of being relegated.
"I had 20 years as a player. I had 100 periods like this. Everything is relative. It is important you stick together and work hard," said the Toffees boss.
"I am confident, that doesn't mean anything. I didn't walk into the building with a magic wand. I am absolutely confident that is why I am here. The feeling at this club when I came here was we could be going down, it was clear around the city, it was up to me to change that and I thought we had changed that. But this is a test of that.
"No fear of what is ahead, I can't wait for the next two games at Goodison. I will be ready for them, the players will be ready for them, they have to be ready for them."
Everton are now 7/2 fifth favourites to be relegated with Paddy Power, with Leeds, Watford, Burnley and Norwich shorter odds in the battle to beat the drop.
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