Harry Kane moved inside one in every of Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham goalscoring document with a trademark end to earn Spurs a secure FA Cup passage in opposition to Portsmouth.
Moments after Emerson Royal’s header hit the submit, Kane exchanged passes with Ryan Sessegnon earlier than curling into the far nook from 18 yards.
Kane has now scored 265 Spurs objectives, one behind the legendary Greaves.
Oliver Skipp fired over an important probability so as to add a second purpose however the League One guests had no reply to Kane’s strike.
The England striker has the possibility to equal the document, and even break it if he scores greater than eleven, within the north London Premier League derby at house to Arsenal on 15 January.
With Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Lucas Moura amongst a rising Spurs harm checklist, Antonio Conte was compelled to start out Kane and Son Heung-min in a powerful ahead line regardless of making eight adjustments general.
Spurs had scored only one first-half purpose of their earlier 12 video games and by no means seemed like including to that in a quiet opening 45 minutes in north London, failing to register a single shot on the right track.
Certainly, Portsmouth, cheered on by a sold-out allocation of greater than 8,000 noisy visiting followers, created the primary half’s greatest effort as Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s acrobatic shot on the flip was pushed large by Fraser Forster.
Nonetheless, Spurs stepped issues up following the restart and, simply after Royal headed Son’s deep cross on to the submit, Kane produced the second of magic that finally proved decisive.
Spurs in search of long-awaited cup cheer
Conte’s assistant Cristian Stellini this week mentioned the FA Cup was “an necessary goal” for Tottenham and that their gamers had spoken of the necessity to finish a trophy drought relationship again 15 years to Spurs’ 2008 League Cup win.
They’re out of the Carabao Cup this season and sit fifth within the Premier League, 11 factors behind leaders Arsenal having performed a recreation extra, leaving the FA Cup and Champions League as their reasonable hopes of ending that barren spell.
Tottenham haven’t reached the FA Cup remaining since profitable the competitors in 1991, dropping in all eight of their subsequent semi-final appearances.
Spurs supporters of a superstitious ilk will take coronary heart from the actual fact they beat Pompey en path to Wembley 32 years in the past when Paul Gascoigne – a Tottenham talisman akin to Kane – scored twice in to 2-1 win at Fratton Park.
Harder checks than this one will lie on the street forward if they’re so as to add to their eight FA Cup wins however Spurs produced knowledgeable, if unexceptional, efficiency to restrict managerless Pompey to little or no.
Portsmouth are on a nine-game winless run that has seen them slip to twelfth within the third tier, 9 factors off the play-offs – a sequence that this week value boss Danny Cowley his job after nearly two years in cost.
The 2008 winners, enduring an eleventh successive season exterior English soccer’s prime two tiers as they get well from close to monetary smash, produced a resilient and arranged effort for caretaker boss Simon Bassey, however Kane’s winner ensured Spurs haven’t misplaced at house to a non-top- flight group within the FA Cup since 1975, a run spanning 44 video games.
- 6D Sanchez
- 33DaviesBooked at 90mins
- 12emerson royal
- 19R Sessegnonsubstituted forSpencerat 77′minutes
- elevengilsubstituted forDevineat 90+2′minutes
- 7Son Heung-min
- 3. 4Lenglet
- 4. 5Devine
- 8Tunnicliffesubstituted forthompsonat 75′minutesBooked at 77mins
- 16morellsubstituted forjacobsat 85′minutes
- 18Hackett–Fairchildsubstituted forKoromaat 75′minutes
- fifteenGo forwardsubstituted forCurtisat 87′minutes
- 9Bishopsubstituted forPigottat 85′minutes
- Thomas Bramall
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Portsmouth 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Portsmouth 0.
Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).
Michael Morrison (Portsmouth) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Alfie Devine replaces Bryan Gil.
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).
Josh Koroma (Portsmouth) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Jacobs (Portsmouth).
Substitution, Portsmouth. Ronan Curtis replaces Owen Dale.
Pape Sarr (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Owen Dale (Portsmouth).
Substitution, Portsmouth. Joe Pigott replaces Colby Bishop.
Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Jacobs replaces Joe Morrell.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Awarded by Connor Ogilvie.
Try blocked. Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Nook, Portsmouth. Awarded by Ben Davies.
Try missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from a troublesome angle on the appropriate is shut, however misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Japhet Tanganga.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Djed Spence replaces Ryan Sessegnon.