Harry Kane moved stage with Jimmy Greaves on the high of Tottenham’s scoring charts with a second of magic to safe a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Monday.
Kick-off was delayed by a transport problem however was then pushed again a bit of additional when the officers received out on the pitch and realised their headsets weren’t linked, however the sport did lastly get underway.
It almost received off to a screamer of a begin in addition to Eric Dier leathered a clearance from the centre circle which gave Bernd Leno an actual scare because the ball landed on the highest of the Fulham goalkeeper’s internet.
Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed pressed excellently in midfield and constantly received the ball again excessive, inflicting Spurs all types of issues within the opening levels. Reed may have scored 20 minutes in as he despatched a volley in the direction of purpose however his effort was straight at a really grateful Hugo Lloris.
The hosts dominated the opening half an hour however Spurs slowly grew into the sport within the dying embers of the primary half, and Kane dragged himself stage with Greaves because the membership’s all-time high scorer with an excellent end from the sting of the field to provide Spurs an unlikely lead on the interval.
Kane almost doubled his tally early within the second half however may solely direct his header straight at Leno when he actually ought to have discovered the again of the online.
Fulham loved a number of possession within the second half however weren’t allowed to deliver the ball into harmful areas, with Spurs’ spectacular defensive form making certain they by no means actually regarded like shedding their lead.
A protracted-range strike from Manor Solomon, which appeared to be going huge anyway, did trigger Lloris an issue late within the sport however that was about nearly as good because it received for the hosts, who have been stored at arms size by Antonio Conte’s aspect till the full-time whistle.
GK: Bernd Leno – 6/10 – Wasn’t massively busy however may do nothing to cease Kane’s wonderful purpose. Made a formidable save to cease the Spurs striker early within the second half.
RB: Kenny Tete – 6/10 – Great vitality down the fitting aspect and stopped Son from discovering his groove throughout the sport.
CB: Issa Diop – 7/10 – Another spectacular efficiency from Diop, who received the battle in opposition to Kane all the way in which till the striker’s wonderful purpose.
CB: Tim Ream – 6/10 – Generally strong however received his positioning incorrect for Kane’s opener.
LB: Antonee Robinson – 6/10 – Flew up and down the left wing with actual vitality and supplied a serious risk in assault.
DM: Joao Palhinha – 6/10 – Really dominant early on however picked up a yellow card within the first half which appeared to depart him scared to maintain tackling. His affect light in consequence and he was fortunate to not get despatched off after the break.
DM: Harrison Reed – 7/10 – Involved in almost the whole lot constructive from Fulham. His vitality within the excessive press outlined his aspect’s efficiency within the first half. Not as concerned after the break and sacrificed after the hour mark.
RM: Willian – 5/10 – Buzzed round together with his typical vitality with out ever actually providing a lot within the remaining third.
AM: Andreas Pereira – 5/10 – Perhaps took a bit of too lengthy in possession when he may have discovered Mitrovic.
LM: Bobby De Cordova-Reid – 6/10 – An enormous risk down the left aspect within the first half. Regularly turned his defender and was at all times in search of a harmful cross into the field. Couldn’t preserve that stage after the break.
ST: Aleksandar Mitrovic – 5/10 – Looked a bit of pissed off with restricted service. Not as concerned as he would have wished to be.
Tom Cairney (65′ for Reed) – 6/10 – Saw a number of the ball after he got here on however did not get the possibility to do a lot with it.
Manor Solomon (80′ for Tete) – 5/10 – Didn’t supply something totally different actually.
Carlos Vinicius (87′ for Willian) – N/A
Harry Wilson (87′ for De Cordova-Reid) – N/A
Marco Silva – 5/10 – Set issues up completely in midfield however could not discover the way in which to hyperlink that to assault. Spurs made a shift on the break which Silva could not counter.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Some strong saves however nothing you would not anticipate from him.
CB: Cristian Romero – 7/10 – Wasn’t stretched too far by Mitrovic however did effectively to get in entrance of most of Fulham’s crosses.
CB: Eric Dier – 6/10 – Struggled within the first half however loved Fulham’s transition to crosses into the field. Impressed within the air.
CB: Ben Davies – 6/10 – Too adverse within the early levels however addressed his positioning at half time to make extra of an influence.
RM: Emerson Royal – 7/10 – One of his greatest performances in a Spurs shirt. An actual presence at each ends of the sector, always trying to trigger issues for the Fulham defence.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 5/10 – Didn’t get pleasure from his battle with Palhinha and Reed. Needs to step up quickly earlier than Pape Matar Sarr makes an actual declare for his place within the group.
CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 6/10 – Some wonderful moments and a few actually disappointing ones. Sums up Tottenham on the minute, actually.
LM: Ivan Perisic – 5/10 – Really off it right here. Seemingly gave all his expertise to Emerson for this one.
AM: Dejan Kulusevski – 6/10 – Some disappointing strikes within the first half however a tactical change after the break noticed the Swede get extra concerned. Nice link-up play with Emerson.
AM: Son Heung-min – 4/10 – A bit of lucky to keep away from a pink card within the first half of what was one other quiet efficiency from Son. Did get the help for Kane’s opener however it was only a fairly primary cross.
ST: Harry Kane – 6/10 – Barely had a kick earlier than his attractive purpose, after which he went again to struggling to get entangled.
Richarlison (76′ for Son) – 6/10 – Still coping with restricted minutes as he works on his health.
Yves Bissouma (90′ for Kulusevski) – N/A
Antonio Conte – 7/10 – Took a short time to determine the way to counter Fulham however figured it out finally. A tactical tweak at half time, bringing Son and Kulusevski narrower, shifted issues in Spurs’ favour.