Harry Kane scored his 266th Tottenham goal as Spurs returned to a Premier League winning streak in a 1-0 thrashing of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday.
And what was the purpose.
Kane’s stoppage-time goal in the first half was a combination of power and touch, a 19-yard gap worthy of the three points he got from the plucky Fulham.
The goal also puts Kane on par with Jimmy Greaves in terms of scoring in the iconic Tottenham Hotspur jersey.
The Cottages, for their part, were slightly behind throughout the match, losing their second consecutive 1-0 match after losing to Newcastle United last week. Star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic limped off the field in the 87th minute, further worrying Fulham.
Tottenham are on 36 points, three points short of the top four and five more than seventh-placed Fulham.
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Spurs score all three points at Fulham
Craven Cottage has not been a cakewalk for Premier League rivals this season and recently re-promoted Fulham could have swept Tottenham away with a win on Monday.
It didn’t happen, although Spurs centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and goalkeeper Bernd Leno had the same impact on the same club as any other players other than Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.
The problem is, Kane was also at the cottage on Monday.
Kane’s 15th goal of the season was a phenomenal hit and the Spurs also got a terrific performance from shaky goaltender Hugo Lloris, who made five saves and looked more like a player we’ve seen in the past.
However, the Spurs were lucky that Heung-min Son wasn’t sent off for a nasty spike attack on Kenny Tete’s ankle, but Antonio Conte would take his luck and take three points.
Tottenham will now find more players for him as Arsenal have made a splash in North London by topping the table and two World Cup entrants (Leandro Trossar and Jakub Kivior) have been added to their squad over the past few days.
On Saturday, Tottenham will travel to Preston North End for the FA Cup match, and on February 5 they will host Man City.
Fulham’s FA Cup game on Saturday is a visit from Sunderland, and the Cottagers’ next Premier League game will take place on 3 February against Chelsea.
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How to watch Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur live, streaming link and start time
Start: 3:00 pm ET, Monday
TV channel: USA Network
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Key storylines and star players
Before losing 1-0 to Newcastle last time, Fulham won four in a row after the World Cup break to move out of the middle of the table and challenge European places. Marco Silva’s team has typically gone when Aleksandar Mitrovic (11 goals) and Andreas Pereira (2 goals, 5 assists) are gone, and a pair of Americans – World Cup veterans Tim Rome and Anthony Robinson – make up the left flank.
In north London, fans have called for the sacking of Antonio Conte following recent results, leaving Tottenham’s future uncertain and Manchester City next on the match list (again). Harry Kane is still scoring 264 goals, aiming for Jimmy Greaves’ record. The club lists Greaves’ 266 goals at Tottenham, while at least one prominent statistical service has “seen more outside sources suggesting it should be 268 goals”.
Fulham team news, injuries, squad options
Out: Neskens Kebano (Achilles) | QUESTION: Shane Duffy (illness)
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 23, 2023
Tottenham team news, injuries, squad options
Out: Lucas Moura (calves)
Today is the start of XI 🔢 pic.twitter.com/jtVjgTCwkp
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 23, 2023
Frank Lampard has been sacked by Everton after a catastrophic drop in form amid major fan unrest against owners and board of directors.
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The club confirmed Lampard’s sacking on Monday afternoon following morning reports that Everton had cut ties with the manager. Lampard has been in charge of Everton for less than a year.
Everton are currently 19th in the Premier League with just 15 points from their first 20 games of the season. They have picked up just one point in their last seven games and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham looks set to be the final nail in Lampard’s coffin.
Everton sacking Frank Lampard
Everton Football Club can confirm that Frank Lampard stepped down from his position as senior men’s first team manager today.
Joe Edwards, Paul Clement, Ashley Cole and Chris Jones also left the club.
Alan Kelly will remain goaltending coach.
Everyone at Everton would like to thank Frank and his coaching staff for their hard work during these challenging 12 months.
The commitment and dedication of Frank and his team has been exemplary throughout their time at the club, but recent results and current league position meant this difficult decision had to be made. We wish Frank and all his behind-the-scenes team the best of luck for their future in the game.
The club has begun searching for a new manager and will provide an update on the appointment in due course.
Paul Tate and Leighton Baines will continue training until a new manager is appointed.
Of course, Lampard is to blame for the game on the field and the fact that Everton got into another mess.
He kept them up in dramatic fashion last season, but the Everton board didn’t back him into the summer window and the same problems remain both on and off the pitch.
In recent weeks, Everton fans have stepped up their protests against majority owner Farhad Moshiri, longtime chairman Bill Kenwright and the entire board.
Lampard was liked by most Evertonians and was considered only part of the problem, not the main problem.
Whoever comes next has to somehow get Everton back on the regular goal scoring and keep a solid enough defensive unit intact and also unify the fan base as they have another relegation problem.
Kevin De Bruyne’s insipid passing numbers raise a lot of considerations and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world that Jose Mourinho put to better use…