Supervisor Jose Mourinho hailed Harry Kane’s “particular” qualities after the striker’s one hundred and fiftieth Premier League objective earned Tottenham victory at West Brom.
A 3rd successive league victory quickly lifted Spurs to the highest of the desk on Sunday earlier than Leicester changed them after their 1-0 win against Wolves.
A recreation of few probabilities appeared destined to finish goalless after Hugo Lloris had stored out Darnell Furlong’s second-half header and a flurry of Tottenham probabilities had come and gone with out reward.
However, as has been the case so typically prior to now, Kane punished a minor lack of focus to move dwelling an 88th-minute winner.
Mourinho mentioned: “This man does rather more than scoring targets. For instance, final 5 minutes he was taking part in as a quantity six and successful balls in entrance of the defence. Particular.”
He added: “Harry Kane you need to say has this many targets, this many assists, this variety of balls recovered, this variety of duels gained. This variety of balls that he saved his workforce in defensive set-pieces. That is Harry Kane. It is targets plus this and this and this and that.”
The England captain’s newest feat comes solely days after he scored his 200th goal for the club. Midfielder Eric Dier paid tribute to his team-mate’s newest “incredible file”.
He mentioned: “He broke one in midweek and now he has one other one. It will not have an effect on him an excessive amount of, he’ll need one other 150.”
The decisive second arrived when West Brom’s defence failed to trace Kane’s run into the field, permitting him to leap unchecked to fulfill Matt Doherty’s cross and information the ball over goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
For West Brom, who’ve now scored as soon as of their final 5 video games, it was a end result that retains them within the relegation zone and already dealing with a troublesome battle to retain their top-flight standing.
Spurs are title contenders
It’s too early for Spurs followers to get carried away, however whenever you have a look at among the gamers who didn’t even make Mourinho’s matchday squad – Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez and Steven Bergwijn – there is no such thing as a motive why they shouldn’t be competing for the largest prize.
Aside from the beginning of his ultimate season at Manchester United, once they performed a day earlier than everybody else, this was the primary time a Mourinho aspect topped the Premier League – albeit briefly – since September 2017.
Mourinho has infused grit and organisation into an already high aspect – to not point out added Gareth Bale.
The Welshman was not at his greatest on this event however, beginning a Premier League recreation for the primary time since 2013, he shaped a doubtlessly deadly attacking trio alongside Kane and Son Heung-min that won’t be simply subdued.
Son may have made life so much simpler for Tottenham if he had taken an early likelihood that got here his approach, however the South Korean took far too lengthy to set himself when in area on the far publish and Kyle Bartley blocked the shot.
After that, it was a succession of long-range photographs, none of which threatened Johnstone’s objective.
And when Doherty had an effort saved close to the top, it appeared Spurs must accept a degree.
However Kane had different concepts to ship Tottenham into the worldwide break in a really wholesome place, with Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea their subsequent two opponents.
Mourinho mentioned his workforce must grind out some wins, like Sunday’s, with the intention to attain a “good place within the desk”.
He instructed BBC’s Match of the Day: “I really feel satisfaction as a result of we gained and have 17 factors and have 12 in 12 attainable away from dwelling. That compensates the dropped factors at dwelling, and because of this I’m joyful.”
The Portuguese boss added: “The Premier League is essentially the most troublesome one to be, as a result of within the Premier League you are able to do an excellent season, can have a lot of factors, however ultimately: Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester, Arsenal. So you possibly can have an excellent season and never be champion.”
Life is difficult at West Brom
It has not been a simple few days for West Brom. Defeat at Fulham on Monday introduced criticism from Bilic and the absence of veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic was not useful.
Ivanovic and Matheus Pereira each examined constructive for coronavirus within the week, that means extra shuffling of a West Brom squad that has seemed in need of the category required to pull themselves out of hassle close to the foot of the desk.
Bilic couldn’t be accused of missing need. Fairly vocal to begin with, by the point the primary half was over he had edged on to the pitch as he tried to provide directions, typically barely ft from the gamers.
West Brom do have some first rate gamers – together with 20-year-old midfielder Conor Gallagher, who’s on mortgage from Chelsea – however they not often look as if they will rating.
Karlan Grant flicked a Furlong cross out for a throw-in at one level, regardless of being supplied a free header six yards out, whereas the previous Huddersfield ahead may additionally have transformed had Eric Dier not obtained his head to a Callum Robinson cross because it was dropping nearly on the goalline.
Because the Baggies know solely too properly, the Premier League is a harsh atmosphere – and until they begin scoring, they face a tough activity avoiding a right away return to the Championship.
‘I do not really feel beneath strain’ – response
West Brom supervisor Slaven Bilic talking to BBC’s Match of the Day: “I’m more than happy with the way in which we performed in opposition to a high aspect. Each recreation is a chance, and we confirmed if we play like this, play dedicated like this and present consciousness in each second of the sport then, in fact, we could have probabilities to win the sport. Extraordinarily constructive, however on the identical time gutted in regards to the end result.
“This can be a form of bonus recreation whenever you play in opposition to Spurs. It reveals when you have probabilities in this sort of recreation and we proceed like this then we could have a real likelihood to remain within the league.
“I do not really feel beneath strain. I instructed the fellows do not assume in a damaging approach that we didn’t win the sport. The wins will include performances like this.”
Are West Brom set for the drop? – stats
- Tottenham have gained every of their opening 4 away video games of a league season for simply the fourth time of their historical past (additionally 1949-50, 1960-61 and 2017-18).
- West Brom have did not win any of their first eight video games of a league season for less than the second time, having final accomplished so in 1985-86, once they would go on to be relegated from the highest flight.
- Tottenham have stored a clear sheet in back-to-back away league video games for the primary time since October 2018.
- West Brom have failed to attain in back-to-back dwelling Premier League matches for the primary time since doing so in 4 in a row from April to Could 2017.
- Kane has been immediately concerned in 27 targets in his final 14 begins for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 17 and helping 10.
West Brom’s subsequent recreation is a visit to Outdated Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday, 21 November (15:00 GMT). On the identical day, Tottenham entertain Manchester Metropolis (17:30).
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Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Try missed. Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a troublesome angle on the left is excessive and broad to the correct.
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).
Foul by Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur).
Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Matt Doherty tries a by means of ball, however Harry Kane is caught offside.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Jake Livermore.
Purpose! West Bromwich Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the field to the highest left nook. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.
Try blocked. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the field is blocked.
Nook, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lucas Moura.
Nook, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sergio Reguilón.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Karlan Grant.
Try saved. Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Sergio Reguilón with a cross.
Try blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Try saved. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left aspect of the field is saved within the high centre of the objective. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
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