Harry Kane moved level with Jimmy Greaves as top scorer for Tottenham Hotspur with a moment of magic to secure a 1-0 win over Fulham on Monday.
Kick-off was delayed due to a transmission issue but was then delayed a bit when the officials walked off the field and realized their headphones weren’t connected, but the game finally got going.
A near run to the starting screamer as well as an Eric Dier clearance from the halfway circle gave Bernd Leno a real scare as the ball fell over the top of the Fulham keeper’s net.
Joao Balinha and Harrison Reid pressed excellently in midfield and won the ball back constantly, causing Spurs all sorts of problems in the early stages. Reid could score 20 a minute as he sent the ball towards the goal but his effort was much appreciated by Hugo Lloris.
The hosts dominated the opening half hour but Spurs slowly grew into the game in the dying embers of the first half, and Kane pulled himself up with Greaves as the club’s all-time top scorer with a superb finish from the edge of the penalty area to give Spurs an improbable lead in the second half.
Kane nearly doubled his tally early in the second half, but could only aim his header straight at Leno when he really should have scored with the back of the net.
Fulham enjoyed plenty of possession in the second half but were not allowed to get the ball into dangerous areas, with Spurs’ fantastic defensive form seeing they never lost their lead.
A long-range shot from Manor Solomon, which seemed to travel wide anyway, got Lloris into trouble late in the game, but that was as good as it was for the home side, who were kept at arm’s length by Antonio Conte’s side until the full-time whistle.
GK: Bernd Leno – 6/10 – He wasn’t too busy but there was nothing he could do to stop Kane’s glorious goal. He made a great save to stop the Tottenham striker early in the second half.
Right back: Kenny Tete – 6/10 – Great energy down the right side and prevented Son from finding his groove during the match.
Central defense: Issa Diop – 7/10 – Another great performance from Diop, who won the fight against Kane all the way to the striker’s glorious goal.
Center back: Tim Reem – 6/10 – Strong overall but misplaced in Kane’s opener.
Left-back: Anthony Robinson – 6/10 – He flew up and down the left wing with real energy and provided a great attacking threat.
DM: Joao Palhinha – 6/10 – Really dominant early on but got a yellow card in the first half which made him afraid to keep tackling. His influence faded as a result and he was lucky not to be sent off after the break.
DM: Harrison Reed – 7/10 – He was involved in almost every positive thing from Fulham. His high pressing energy determined his team’s first half performance. Not as involved after the break and sacrifice after an hour.
Right midfielder: Willian – 5/10 – He was buzzing with his typical energy without giving too much in the final third.
AM: Andreas Pereira – 5/10 – Perhaps he took too long in possession when he could have found Mitrović.
Left midfielder: Bobby de Cordova – Red – 6/10 – Huge threat down the left in the first half. He rotated his defender regularly and was always looking for a dangerous cross into the penalty area. This level cannot be maintained after the first half.
Forward: Aleksandar Mitrović – 5/10 – Seemed a little frustrated with limited service. Not as involved as he’d like to be.
Tom Cairney (65′ for Reed) – 6/10 – He saw a lot of the ball after coming in but didn’t get a chance to do much with it.
Manor Suleiman (80′ for Tete) – 5/10 – Didn’t really make anything different.
Carlos Vinicius (87′ for Willian) – N/A
Harry Wilson (87 min for De Cordova-Reid) – N/A
Marco Silva – 5/10 – Set things up perfectly in midfield but haven’t found a way to connect that to attack. Tottenham performed a conversion at the break that Silva could not match.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Some powerful balls but nothing you wouldn’t expect from him.
Center back: Christian Romero – 7/10 – Mitrovic didn’t get very far but did well at blocking most of Fulham’s crosses.
Centre-back: Eric Dier – 6/10 – He struggled in the first half but enjoyed Fulham’s run into the box. impressed in the air.
Center back: Ben Davies – 6/10 – Very passive in the early stages but he handled his position in the first half to make more impact.
RM: Emerson Royal – 7/10 – One of his best performances in a Tottenham shirt. A real presence on both ends of the field, he is constantly looking to cause problems for the Fulham defence.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojberg – 5/10 – He did not enjoy his fight with Balinha and Reid. He needs to escalate the situation soon before Pape Matar Sarr can claim his place on the team.
Midfielder: Rodrigo Bentancur – 6/10 – Some excellent moments and some really disappointing ones. It sums up Spurs for the moment, really.
Left midfielder: Ivan Perisic – 5/10 – Really from here. Apparently he gave all his talent to Emerson for this.
AM: Diane Kulusevski – 6/10 – Some disappointing movement in the first half but a tactical switch after the break saw the Swede get more involved. Nice link playing with Emerson.
AM: Son Heung-min – 4/10 – He was slightly lucky to avoid a red card in the first half which was another quiet performance from Son. I got the assist on Kane’s opener but it was only a base pass.
Forward: Harry Kane – 6/10 – He barely got a kick before his brilliant goal, after which he went back to fighting for participation.
Richarlison (76′ to son) – 6/10 – He’s still dealing with limited minutes as he’s working on his fitness.
Eve Bisuma (90 minutes to Kulusevski) – N/A
Antonio Conte – 7/10 – It took a while to figure out how to play Fulham but eventually figured it out. A tactical adjustment in the first half, which made Son and Kulusevski tighter, turned things around in Spurs’ favour.