LONDON — In his three hundredth Premier League look, Harry Kane equalled the late Jimmy Greaves’ file of 266 objectives for Tottenham as his first-half winner gave Tottenham a key 1-0 win at Fulham on Monday.
Kickoff was delayed by almost 20 minutes on account of native transport chaos, and it was Fulham who loved a lot of the higher play within the first half. However Kane had the important thing say on proceedings with a splendidly taken objective in first-half harm time.
Tottenham had been the higher of the 2 sides within the second 45 minutes with Kane drawing an excellent save from goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a close-range header. Fulham might have snatched a late equaliser, however goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did brilliantly to tip Manor Solomon’s effort around the put up.
1. Kane saves Tottenham after a dismal begin
It was an abject first half from Tottenham. They repeatedly misplaced passes — Cristian Romero a chief perpetrator right here — and did not construct any actual momentum, till the ultimate throes of that first half.
Simply earlier than the halftime whistle, Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-Min began to search out house and the beforehand watertight Fulham defence granted Tottenham the odd glimpse of objective. And that is all that Harry Kane wanted.
There’s loads of discuss in the intervening time about Kane’s contract, with it expiring subsequent summer season. If Kane is available on the market, he will not be in need of admirers as one of many nice strikers. And he proved his value as soon as once more, on his three hundredth look for Spurs, as he turned a half-chance right into a objective.
It got here in first-half harm time as Kane collected the ball on the sting of the field. Facet-on to objective, he shifted the ball onto his proper foot, had just a few inches to intention for within the nook and located it, leaving goalkeeper Bernd Leno with no hope. The objective noticed him draw stage with the late, nice Greaves on 266 objectives for Spurs — it was additionally his 199th within the Premier League.
Kane almost added a second within the 58th minute as his bullet header was well-saved by Leno.
Regardless of the future holds, Kane is a Tottenham legend. His file in entrance of objective is actually outstanding and Spurs will likely be holding all the things crossed they will persuade him to pen a brand new contract.
2. Spurs’ combined bag efficiency sums up their subpar season
This win ought to go some option to serving to restore among the good feeling round Tottenham.
The followers let their frustration recognized at numerous phases on Monday as they sang calls for for change in membership management. It in all probability hasn’t helped that Spurs supervisor Antonio Conte is going through questions on his future most weeks together with his deal up on the finish of the season.
On Monday, although, we noticed either side of this season’s Spurs. The primary-half efficiency seemed like they had been missing in confidence. Their lack of ability to play out from the again within the first half was baffling — the forwards had been starved of any ball, Kane had simply three touches and one accomplished cross within the first 25 minutes. Spurs ahead Son Heung-min was extremely fortunate to haven’t been despatched off with a pink card within the first half, as properly.
However it’s also possible to see why Spurs are linked with a transfer for right-back Pedro Porro. Fulham had loads of pleasure down Tottenham’s proper aspect — with Antonee Robinson and Willian having fun with house there — in order that they want reinforcements there with simply eight days of the switch window left.
The second half was higher — as they performed larger up the sphere and restricted Fulham to a sequence of half probabilities at finest. Their attacking play had extra composure, they had been higher at holding the ball and annoyed the opposition.
However above all, Spurs acquired the three factors they badly wanted and snapped their poor run of kind, which had seen them win simply considered one of their final 5 within the league heading into this match. Additionally they stored an elusive clear sheet, with Lloris pulling off at the least one good save.
3. Fulham look higher than their concern of relegation
At half time, there was a well-known face on the sphere being handed a life-time achievement award by Fulham: Roy Hodgson was again at Craven Cottage and obtained an exquisite welcome from his outdated followers. He led Fulham to the Europa League closing in 2010 — a run which included that unbelievable quarterfinal win over Juventus — in a dream of a season.
Since then Fulham have been by way of six managers, with Marco Silva the seventh. They had been relegated 3 times however bounced again every time. They nonetheless speak about avoiding relegation this season — Silva talked about it midweek, saying the workforce are nonetheless focusing on that 40-point mark, which is normally sufficient to maintain a workforce within the Premier League.
However although they fell on Monday evening, certainly they will begin planning for an additional season within the high flight and bettering on this very good marketing campaign.
Their signings have been well-judged and profitable: Willian was an impressed signing, Joao Palhinha has been one of many most interesting central midfielders within the league this season whereas Andreas Pereira is an help king and their artistic lynchpin. Silva has additionally acquired the perfect out of some gamers frozen out beneath Scott Parker: Tim Ream and Aleksandr Mitrovic. The long run’s wanting vibrant.
Greatest and worst performers
Greatest: Harry Kane, Tottenham
Once more confirmed his world-class capability with an awesome objective, and was a relentless menace within the second half.
Greatest: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tottenham
Dominated the center of the park and was a peaceful presence for Spurs.
Greatest: Antonee Robinson, Fulham
Alongside Palhinha as Fulham’s standout participant, he did properly towards Dejan Kulusevski.
Worst: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham
Harsh as he lacked service, however struggled to get into this recreation.
Worst: Harrison Reed, Fulham
Had a good first half probability, however had a quiet match total.
Worst: Cristian Romero, Tottenham Hotspur
There is not any doubting his class, however he was poor within the first half right here and was responsible of giving the ball away far too many instances. He additionally picked up a reserving for a excessive boot on Mitrovic.
Highlights and notable moments
The match actually wasn’t going properly for Tottenham within the first half — possession was almost even, however Fulham had extra pictures on objective and usually seemed extra harmful.
However Harry Kane has made his lengthy profession at Tottenham by with the ability to rating all totally different sorts of objectives, and he plucked one out of nowhere in stoppage time simply earlier than the break.
He dribbled, swiveled and fired from the highest of the field by way of visitors previous goalkeeper Bernd Leno to place Spurs up 1-0, seemingly out of nowhere.
Harry Kane with a BEAUTY!
He ties Jimmy Greaves for many objectives in membership historical past.
— NBC Sports activities Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 23, 2023
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Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info analysis)
This recreation marked Harry Kane’s three hundredth Premier League look for Tottenham, making him the second participant to achieve 300 Premier League appearances for the membership after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Along with his objective, Harry Kane tied Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s high scorer with 266 objectives. Kane is now one objective shy of changing into the third participant in Premier League historical past to attain 200 league objectives after Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.
Fulham: The Cottagers flip their focus to the fourth spherical of the FA Cup, the place they face Sunderland on Saturday, Jan. 28 (watch stay on ESPN+ at 10 a.m. ET). Then, Fulham head to Chelsea for Premier League motion on Friday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. ET.
Tottenham: Spurs additionally proceed the FA Cup on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they’ll head to Preston North Finish (watch stay on ESPN+ at 1 p.m. ET). Then, Tottenham hosts Manchester Metropolis in Premier League motion on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 11:30 a.m. — and the final time these two groups confronted off, it was a thriller that in the end become embarrassment for Spurs.