Harry Kane moved stage with Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s all-time main scorer as his 266th purpose for the membership clinched a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Kane equalled the report in good fashion, spinning away from Tim Ream on the sting of the Fulham field and firing an unstoppable effort into the nook simply earlier than half-time.
Fulham had began properly, realizing a victory would ship them into fifth place, above their out-of-form opponents, however they didn’t capitalise on their early dominance and Spurs seized management.
Kane had a golden alternative to attain a second and surpass Greaves’ report when his close-range header was saved by Bernd Leno, however a solitary purpose proved adequate after a colorless second half as Spurs claimed solely their second win in six Premier League video games and closed the hole to fourth-placed Manchester United to a few factors.
Spurs head coach Antonio Conte later revealed Kane had performed regardless of affected by a fever earlier than the sport. “He was not so good however he wished to play as a result of he understood the second,” mentioned the Italian.
“He understood he’s a degree of reference for us. As we speak I’m actually pleased as a result of I believe he was rewarded with a purpose.”
Fulham, in the meantime, stay seventh, their defeat compounded by the sight of Aleksandar Mitrovic having to be helped off the pitch after struggling an ankle damage following a problem with Eric Dier.
Fulham: Leno (7), Tete (6), Diop (7), Ream (6), Robinson (7), Palhinha (7), Reed (6), Pereira (6), Willian (6), Decordova-Reid (6), Mitrovic (6).
Subs: Cairney (6), Solomon (6), Wilson (n/a), Vinicius (n/a).
Tottenham: Lloris (8); Royal (7), Dier (7), Romero (7), Davies (7), Hojbjerg (7), Perisic (7), Kulusevski (7), Bentancur (7), Son (7), Kane (8).
Subs: Richarlison (6), Bissouma (n/a).
Participant of the match: Harry Kane
How Spurs claimed victory
Following an 18-minute delay to kick-off attributable to transport points for supporters travelling to the bottom, the primary half was performed at a frantic tempo, with Fulham initially dominating.
Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed pressured early saves from Hugo Lloris, with Mitrovic then glancing a header narrowly huge from Kenny Tete’s diagonal cross.
- Fulham made just one change from their 1-0 loss to Newcastle, with Antonee Robinson getting back from suspension at left-back.
- Tottenham named an unchanged facet from their 4-2 loss to Man Metropolis, with Richarlison solely deemed match sufficient for the bench.
Spurs have been largely pinned again in their very own half at first, solely threatening when Ben Davies fired over from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s low cross, however quickly they started to play their means into the sport, with Emerson Royal drawing a parry from Leno.
Heung-Min Son was maybe lucky to keep away from a pink card when his studs landed on Tete’s ankle following a late problem, however he would play a key function within the purpose not lengthy afterwards.
Receiving Hojbjerg’s move in house, the South Korean turned and fed Kane, who swivelled away from Ream and arrowed a scientific end into the far nook for his record-equalling 266th Spurs purpose and 199th within the Premier League.
Kane had proven flashes of his menace earlier than that, firing one other stinging long-range effort narrowly over, and he ought to have had a second quickly after the break however he despatched his header too near Leno, who reacted properly, following a Spurs nook.
Spurs had surrendered a lead of their final sport, the 4-2 loss to Manchester Metropolis, however a repeat hardly ever appeared like a chance as they defended resolutely and stored the hosts at bay in an uneventful second half.
Mitrovic threatened on a few events, firing a diagonal effort huge and sending a looping header over the bar, whereas substitute Manor Solomon produced a curling effort which Lloris pushed across the put up.
However, regardless of six minutes of stoppage time wherein Fulham continued to push for a leveller, Spurs held out, claiming a victory which boosts their top-four prospects after back-to-back losses towards Arsenal and Metropolis.
Conte: Now we have to be dreamers
After revealing that Kane had suffered with a fever earlier than the sport, Spurs head coach Antonio Conte added: “He was not so good however he wished to play as a result of he understood the second.
“He understood he’s a degree of reference for us, for me, for all of the gamers. With Hugo Lloris, he’s a degree of reference within the dressing room. As we speak I’m actually pleased as a result of I believe he was rewarded with a purpose.
“For positive, I would love him to win one thing necessary with Tottenham as a result of he loves Tottenham in his coronary heart and it will be good if collectively we have been capable of win one thing right here.
“It is necessary for him to have this report, however I believe it might be extra necessary if we raise a trophy.
“I believe we’ve got to be dreamers. I mentioned that at this time needs to be a place to begin for us. Many occasions, particularly after the defeats, we are able to study rather more than a win.
“I believe after the sport towards Manchester Metropolis, and likewise towards Arsenal, it was necessary to make a great reflection with the gamers and to grasp that perhaps we misplaced one thing in comparison with final season.
“Not offensively, as a result of final season we have been the most effective assaults within the league and this season we’re the third [best] assault, however we misplaced one thing defensively.
“After I converse defensively, I wish to contain the entire staff. For that reason, I converse with the staff and ask them to point out the resilience, the need, the need to defend.
“I believe I acquired a great reply from my gamers.”
Kane: We wish to win each sport for Conte
Kane admitted it has been a troublesome interval for Conte on and off the pitch and insisted the gamers are proper behind him.
“Being a part of a staff it’s not simply the gamers on the pitch, it’s the supervisor and the workers, being there for one another,” he instructed Sky Sports activities.
“We wish to win each sport for him. He places a lot ardour and energy into each sport, each coaching session and we wish to repay him with victories.
“We had a great assembly amongst ourselves and the supervisor within the week, simply to speak amongst ourselves, to get again to what we’re good at.
“We’re going to preserve combating. The supervisor is de facto passionate and we’ve got simply acquired to maintain working exhausting for him.”
On his purpose, he mentioned: “I used to be simply making an attempt to get myself right into a place the place I can get half a yard. Perhaps pinning the defender is one thing which has come into my sport a bit extra the final yr or so.
“I used the defender to bend it round him, it was a pleasant purpose. I used to be capable of bend it into the far nook. Fortunately there was sufficient in it.
“I’ve been enjoying soccer lengthy sufficient now to know the place the purpose is. It’s simply intuition.”
On constructing on the end result, he added: “That’s what occurred to us final yr, we got here on actually sturdy in the direction of the tip of the season and managed to get that Champions League spot.
“It’s nearly getting again to what we’re good at, maintaining clear sheets, being compact and difficult to interrupt down, then being prepared on the counter or creating possibilities within the last third.
“Hopefully we are able to use this victory as a little bit of momentum, there are many video games arising and there’s nonetheless loads to play for.”
Evaluation: Kane reveals his completeness once more
Kane’s record-equalling 266th purpose lit up a colorless sport. He was helped by the slack Fulham defending which allowed Son to choose up the ball in house to play the move, however the remaining – the spin, the end – was all him. An excellent purpose and a decisive one too.
He had barely touched the ball earlier than that however, as everyone knows by now, it doesn’t take a lot for Kane to alter the course of the sport. With one in every of his solely earlier touches, a dipping effort fired simply over. Even starved of service, it was clear he was within the temper.
Nearly all of his 266 Spurs targets have come from contained in the field, the place his scoring instincts are sharpest, his menace most potent, however Kane is a lot greater than a poacher and this was simply the most recent reminder. The purpose was his twenty fourth within the Premier League from exterior the field, a complete second solely to Kevin De Bruyne since his debut.
Kane missed a far simpler probability after the break, sending his header too near Leno following a Spurs nook, however it was becoming, given his significance to this Spurs facet, that his record-equalling strike ought to in the end show the distinction between one level and three.
“While you consider Premier League greats, Kane is among the greatest we have seen,” mentioned Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher afterwards. “He’ll go down as Tottenham’s best participant.”
After purpose quantity 266, and with loads extra nonetheless to come back, there will be no arguments with that.
Silva: We misplaced our power
Fulham head coach Marco Silva: “It was a decent sport, actually tactical. Our first 40 minutes was an excellent stage. It was clear we have been essentially the most dominant staff, clear that we wished to be on the entrance foot from the primary minute.
“We all know they’re stable and compact however even if you wish to be dominant you can not lose focus or organisation as a result of on counter-attacks they’ll punish you.
“Within the first 40 minutes we did it very well. Not many possibilities created however we had two good possibilities. We misplaced somewhat little bit of management within the final 5 minutes of the primary half and so they punished us in a single second.
“Kane is a high, high participant however we weren’t in a great set-up to dam that reference to him.
“Second half we misplaced a little bit of power. They sat again with all the time 9 gamers behind the ball. We misplaced some power to search out the gaps and areas. We have been dominant however we did not create many possibilities.”
Son and Kane mix – Opta stats
- Fulham have misplaced 13 of their final 15 Premier League video games towards Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D1), with their solely win in that sequence a 1-0 away victory in March 2013.
- Tottenham have received every of their final seven away Premier League video games towards Fulham, their joint-longest away profitable run towards a selected opponent of their top-flight historical past.
- Tottenham have scored as many first half targets throughout their final two Premier League video games (three) as they did of their earlier 12 matches within the competitors.
- Craven Cottage turned the thirty third completely different floor Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored a Premier League purpose at, with solely Andrew Cole (37), Frank Lampard (34) and Wayne Rooney (34) netting at extra completely different venues within the competitors’s historical past.
- Tottenham pair Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane have mixed for 44 Premier League targets, eight greater than some other duo within the competitors’s historical past (Drogba/Lampard, 36).
Fulham flip their consideration to the FA Cup subsequent weekend, because the Cottagers host Championship facet Sunderland on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
The west Londoners return to Premier League motion the next Friday, with a west London derby away at Chelsea, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
The Cottagers tackle Nottingham Forest and journey to Brighton earlier than they finish their February schedule at dwelling to Wolves on February 24, dwell on Sky Sports activities, kick-off 8pm.
Tottenham even have an FA Cup fourth-round match on the weekend, as they go to Championship facet Preston on Saturday, kick-off 6pm.
Spurs return to Premier League motion with a Tremendous Sunday conflict at dwelling to Manchester Metropolis, dwell on Sky Sports activities. Antonio Conte’s facet then face two difficult away journeys to Leicester and AC Milan later in February, earlier than internet hosting two London derbies towards West Ham and Chelsea, each dwell on Sky Sports activities Tremendous Sunday.