Harry Kane scored his first Premier League hat-trick for Tottenham, as they edged 4-3 past hard-battling Leicester, in a thrilling encounter against relegation-favourites. 

The Foxes manager, Nigel Pearson, was bold in his selections and picked an attacking line-up, which consisted of three strikers - Jamie Vardy, David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa, but the move appeared to back fire, as it left the Foxes with a fragile defence in opening stages of the match. Leicester paid heavily for the early defensive lapses, and the England new boy, Kane, scored his first goal in the sixth minute. The lead was soon doubled after 13 minutes, when Kane hit with such a strength that, despite the deflection off Rober Huth, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel had no chance. The Foxes then restored equality and were threatening to ease their relegation fears, as Vardy steered in their first goal in the 38th minute.

Wes Morgan headed in a leveller five minutes in the second –half, and it looked that Leicester would secure at least one point. But in the 64th minute David Nugent collided with Spurs’ Danny Rose and referee Mike Dean gave a debatable penalty. Dean appeared to take for ever before pointing to the spot, which angered Pearson, who later questioned the decision, which came after his side staged a comeback.

The 21-year old Tottenham’s star striker converted a penalty for his hat-trick and 29th goal of the season in all competitions, as he edged in front on the race for the Premier League golden boot, with 19 league goals for the season.

Pearson’s despair increased when Ghana’s international, Jeff Schlupp, scored an own-goal in the 85th minute, for the north-Londoners to regain their two-goal cushion. Nevertheless, the Foxes refused to give in and Nugent grabbed a goal that his performance deserved, minutes left on the clock.

Tottenham managed to hold on in their race for the top four, as they are three point off fourth-placed Manchester United, who play Liverpool later today. The Foxes came away with nothing and remain bottom of the table.

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