Tottenham v Fulham: Harry Kane finally breaks August hoodoo

Ross Houston
August 18, 2018

Kenedy stepped up but his poor penalty was saved by Neil Etheridge - his second spot-kick save in as many games.

Kane, who had failed to score in his previous 14 matches during August, put in a below-par performance against Newcastle last Saturday but Mauricio Pochettino was confident over the striker's fitness. We started the second half well and scored, but to be honest, they changed shape to a diamond and we did not have enough power to stop them. If they can manage to find points against Burnley or City, they would have far less reason to panic after their first four games.

Speaking in an interview with BetVictor, Owen said: "Fulham's 2-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday means the Cottagers have won just 25 of their 119 Premier League London derbies and I think things are going to get worse before they get better at Wembley on Saturday".

After a somewhat messy win against Newcastle last week, Tottenham needed to be sharper against Fulham.

"In the important moments Spurs showed great quality".

Tottenham Hotspur didn't sign any new players this summer, because the stadium renovation processes are going on.

Fulham had looked on course to claim a first point of the campaign after Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Lucas Moura's fine opener, only for Spurs to triumph courtesy of a superb Kieran Trippier free-kick and Kane's intervention.

Marko Arnautovic's penalty gave the hosts a half-time lead. "In possession, we played well, but we need to be more focused without the ball". Tottenham had several chances but were unable to capitalize, even though their buildup play was very good. Trippier's goal proved to be the game victor, giving Spurs a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The game of the day sees London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face off at Stamford Bridge in an early-season test for new managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery.

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