Kane equals Greaves’ Tottenham scoring record in win at Fulham
Harry Kane’s goal during yesterday’s Tottenham win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, not only secured Spurs the win but also recorded Kane’s goal-scoring level with Jimmy Greaves. They are now the club’s all-time joint highest scorers.
England captain Harry Kane’s 266th goal for Spurs means he is now level with Jimmy Greaves – whose tally had stood alone since 1970.
Tottenham vs Fulham
Spurs had been a little off the pace before Kane was able to find space on the edge of the area and sent the ball past the keeper in the first half of stoppage time.
Tottenham had gone into the game with an inevitable record of 21 goals conceded in their last 10 Premier League matches, but Monday’s win lifted them to within three points of the newly improved Manchester United in fourth.
The match was delayed by 15 minutes ahead of the match to allow more fans to get to the stadium after disruptions on multiple tube lines.
The early stages of the game were a little scrappy, with a few misplaced passes and flying tackles – neither team seemed settled at the start.
Andreas Pereira’s free-kick in the 11th minute was the best of the opening exchanges, but his strike was straight at Hugo Lloris.
Harrison Reed almost gave Fulham the lead in the 19th minute after he flicked a cross from Pereira goalwards, but the ball ended up in the keeper’s hands.
Spurs were pegged back for periods in the first half, as Fulham dominated, but were unable to use their possession and pressure to create clear-cut chances.
Kane tried his luck from distance, but the ball went over the bar.
Fulham’s goalkeeper Leno was called into action minutes later, however, as he saved at his near post to deny Emerson Royal.
Fulham got an opportunity late in the first half, but Joao Palhinha and Issa Diop went for the ball in the box and the header flew over the bar.
Instead, Kane put Tottenham in front, capitalising on space between the lines.
Son Heung-min laid the ball off to Kane, who took a touch to create some space before curling a low strike past Leno from the edge of the box.
His goal was met with light-hearted chants of “one-season wonder” from the away fans.
In the 58th minute, Kane almost topped Greaves’ record when he was picked out unmarked in the centre of the area around six yards out, but Leno made a strong save to send the header over the bar.
The second half saw Fulham struggle to impose themselves as they had during the first-half. Tom Cairney did manage to pick out Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 75th minute, only for the header to loop just over the bar.
Lloris had to make a late save to tip a Manor Solomon curler from distance away for a corner as Fulham piled on the pressure in the final minutes, but they were unable to find the equaliser.