Harry Kane moved stage with Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s file scorer as his 266th purpose for the membership sealed an important 1-0 win in opposition to Fulham on Monday.
England captain Kane netted on the stroke of half-time with a scientific strike from the sting of the penalty space at Craven Cottage.
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Greaves’ Tottenham file had stood since 1970, however Kane’s first purpose in his final three appearances gave him a share of the historic milestone.
Kane may break Greaves’ file in Tottenham’s subsequent match within the FA Cup fourth spherical at second tier Preston on Saturday.
It’s only a matter of time earlier than Kane makes takes sole possession of Tottenham’s most hallowed file.
That outstanding achievement that will have appeared unattainable throughout a troublesome begin to his profession that featured a number of failed mortgage spells earlier than he lastly emerged as a star.
Greaves, who died aged 81 in 2021, is thought to be some of the pure purpose scorers in soccer historical past.
A member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad, who netted 44 instances for his nation, Greaves is the very best scorer in English top-flight historical past with 357 objectives.
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For Kane to be alongside such a legendary participant is a tribute to his predatory instincts and his perseverance.
The 29-year-old is now one in need of turning into the third participant to internet 200 Premier League objectives, after Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208).
Kane additionally drew stage with Rooney as England’s joint file goalscorer after bagging his 53rd worldwide purpose within the World Cup quarter-final defeat in opposition to France in December.
Due to Kane’s 18th purpose in all competitions this season, fifth positioned Tottenham closed the hole on fourth positioned Manchester United to a few factors.
It was a much-needed outcome after successive defeats in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal broken Tottenham’s bid to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League through a prime 4 end.
Antonio Conte’s group had conceded 21 objectives of their earlier 10 league matches, shedding six of these, and inflicting the Italian to say they had been defending like a “relegation group”.
So, whereas Kane rightly took the highlight, Conte may have been simply as happy by his gamers’ defensive resilience.
Kick-off was delayed by quarter-hour resulting from “native journey restrictions” on the underground service in west London.
However Kane ensured a freezing night by the River Thames could be a memorable one — after Tottenham survived a nervous begin.
Conte had picked the identical beginning line-up that blew a two-goal lead of their 4-2 defeat at Manchester Metropolis on Thursday.
There was little signal his present of religion could be rewarded when Son Heung-min surrendered possession and Bobby De Cordova Reid’s long-range effort pressured Hugo Lloris to save lots of.
Lloris has made numerous expensive errors this season, however he was equal to Andreas Pereira’s free-kick.
Son may have additionally been given a purple card for a horror problem on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.
Fulham ought to have taken the lead when Pereira whipped a cross in direction of Harrison Reed, whose volley was straight at Lloris from eight yards.
With Tottenham struggling to stem the Fulham tide of assaults, Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header from Kenny Tete’s cross flashed simply vast.
Fulham winger Willian went near breaking the impasse simply earlier than half-time with a stinging strike that Lloris pushed away.
Failing to show the stress into objectives proved deadly for Fulham as Kane entered the file books in first half stoppage-time.
Turning on the sting of the Fulham space, Kane labored a yard of area earlier than curling an excellent strike previous Bernd Leno.
The record-equalling purpose was met with sarcastic chants of ‘one-season marvel’ from Tottenham followers, who recalled the doubting response to his prolific first season for the membership.
Kane nearly had the outright file early within the second half, however Leno tipped over his close-range header.
Tottenham had been pressured right into a rearguard motion for a lot of the second half, giving Kane no additional possibilities to interrupt the file as his aspect held agency.