Fulham vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Football Match Report – January 23, 2023

Harry Kane became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time joint top scorer with the winner in his side’s 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Monday.

Tottenham finished second at half-time at Craven Cottage, but Kane scored a remarkable goal at the end of the first half to score his 266th goal for the London club.

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Kane’s efforts drew a tie with the late Jimmy Greaves who scored 266 goals in 379 games. England captain Kane reached the total in 415 appearances.

Fulham were the better until Kane’s right-footed finish with Harrison Reed, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Willian all coming close to giving the hosts the lead.

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Kane had the chance to break the record after half-time but headed straight at Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

The victory revived Tottenham’s hopes in the top four, leaving it in fifth place with 36 points, three points behind Newcastle United and Manchester United, who played one less match.

Fulham remains in seventh place with 31 points.

While Tottenham have been hugely inconsistent of late, Kane remains the most reliable of the scorers with his effort on Monday taking him to 16 league goals this season.

As well as being one goal away from overtaking Greaves, he needs just one more league goal to become the third player to score 200 Premier League goals – joining Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.

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“It was a tough game, three really important points for us today after the last two results,” Kane told Sky Sports, referring to Tottenham’s defeat by Arsenal and Manchester City. “Tough week but clean sheets and a good 1-0 win.

“We wanted to get back to basics and clean sheets will be important if we want to stay in the Champions League.

“We wanted to be compact and suffer a little bit in stages. Tonight was a good sign.”

It didn’t look promising for Tottenham in the early stages with Fulham, who could have finished fifth, in control.

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Reid’s shot from close range caused a reaction, and Hugo Lloris’s free kick was saved by Andreas Pereira.

Aleksandar Mitrović headed in when well positioned and Tottenham were guilty of constantly giving away the ball because they lacked confidence for all to see.

But when Son Heung-min found Kane on the edge of the area in first-half injury time, the striker could only have one thing in mind. His touches gave him some space and he sent a right-footed shot into the post.

Tottenham were much better in the second half although Fulham will wonder how they ended up empty handed.

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