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Harry Kane equals Greaves’ record in Tottenham win

FeaturedSports NewsHarry Kane equals Greaves' record in Tottenham win

Harry Kane became Tottenham Hotspur’s joint all-time goalscorer with the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory at Fulham in the Premier League on Monday.

Tottenham were second at Craven Cottage in the first half but Kane scored his 266th goal for the Londoners with a trademark finish on the stroke of half-time.

Kane’s effort moved him level with the late Jimmy Graves whose 266 goals came in 379 games. England captain Kane played a total of 415 matches.

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

Kane also had a chance to break the record after half-time but it went straight to Fulham keeper Bernd Leno.

The victory revived Tottenham’s top four hopes, leaving them in fifth place with 36 points, three behind Newcastle United and Manchester United who have both played a game less.

Fulham are seventh with 31 points.

While Tottenham have been wildly inconsistent of late, Kane is the most reliable of goalscorers with Monday’s effort netting 16 league goals this season.

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

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

“We wanted to go back to basics and a clean sheet will be important if we want to stay in the Champions League places.

“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 slipped to fifth.

Reid’s volley from close range forced a reaction save from Hugo Lloris who also blocked Andreas Pereira’s free-kick.

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed an effort wide when well placed and Tottenham were constantly guilty of giving the ball away as their lack of confidence was there for all to see.

But when Son Heung-min found Kane on the edge of the area in first-half stoppage time, the striker had only one thing on his mind. A few touches gave him some space and he sent a right-footed shot inside the post.

Tottenham were far better in the second half although Fulham will be surprised how they ended up empty handed.

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