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Like a superman, like a cat – Son Heung-min greets Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Hat-trick hero Son Heung-min paid tribute to “Superman” Hugo Lloris for his role in Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Aston Villa.

The South Korean made headlines after a superb three-pointer and a fine goal from Dejan Kulusevski put Spurs three points ahead of Arsenal as favorites to qualify for the Champions League.

But they were indebted to Lloris’ first-half exploits as Villa besieged the Spurs goal after Son’s early opener.

The Frenchman made seven saves in the first 45 minutes, including a wonderful stop from Jacob Ramsey, the most made by a Spurs keeper since data collection began.

That allowed their deadly front three to rampage in the second half with Harry Kane again hitting two assists.

“What can I say? He saved us. We score goals but if Hugo wasn’t there we probably would have been 3-1 or 4-1 behind,” Son said of his captain.

“Because Hugo saved us in a difficult time when we needed him, he turned like a superman, like a cat. It’s crazy when he made the first save (by Ramsey) it was really close to him and the shot really came, he just had it. He was like a cat. Hugo saved us.

“This is a very special day for the team. It’s a really difficult place, we showed great personality and character, especially after the first half.

“Some teams will lose this situation because they can’t handle it. We played really, really well in the second half and scored the second goal, third goal and fourth goal. I’m really proud of the team.

“These are difficult places, 4-0 sounds easy, but it’s never easy. We did really well in the second half, turned it up and changed the game.”

The only negative on a brilliant day for Spurs was an injury to Matt Doherty, who hobbled away in the first half after a tough challenge from Matty Cash.

He attempted to continue playing but was forced to retire and was seen leaving the ground with a brace on his right knee.

Boss Antonio Conte said of the injury: “I hope nothing serious, I hope. The doctors will examine him tomorrow (Sunday).

“I hope nothing serious because he wanted to try to continue playing but in the end he preferred to be relegated.

Conclude

Lucas Digne suffered a possible season-ending injury for Villa (Barrington Coombs/PA)

“I hope so because Matthew is an important player for us and I hope this injury isn’t serious.”

Villa, who lost a fourth straight game, also suffered an injury problem when Lucas Digne left the field in the second half when he picked up a collarbone problem.

Boss Steven Gerrard fears his left-back’s season could be over.

He said: “I worry and worry because he’s in a noose right now.

“We have more of a collarbone problem than a shoulder problem. If that’s what we fear, the season could be over.”

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