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Fulham 0-1 Tottenham: Harry Kane joins Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer with trademark curler

By Ben Green

Harry Kane joins Jimmy Greaves as Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer copy

Published: 22:24, 23 January 2023

Harry Kane has matched Jimmy Greaves’ record as Tottenham’s all-time record scorer after bagging his 266th goal for the club against Fulham.

Kane, who is also England’s joint-record scorer alongside Wayne Rooney (53 goals), equalled the feat of his predecessor in a tense London derby against surprise European chasers Fulham.

With the match delicately poised at Craven Cottage and Marco Silva’s men exerting serious, sustained pressure in the first half, Kane released the tension that was being placed on his side with a sumptuous curling effort just before the break.

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It was trademark Kane, who collected the ball just inside the box, swivelled, retreated to the D and wrapped his foot around the ball to breach Bernd Leno. It’s a sequence of play we’ve seen countless of times in the Premier League, and one which Kane has perfected by rote.

Ever the release valve is Kane, Antonio Conte would have been desperate for a moment of magic from his side, who were being swarmed by a concerted Fulham press. The England international duly delivered to put his side a goal to the good, and allay the tension.

It is a testament to Kane’s broad attacking repertoire that he is able to find the net from any angle, and seemingly any body part. That strike from distance, was his 24th from outside the penalty area since his debut in 2012 — now more than Christian Eriksen (23) in that same timeframe, and just one below Kevin De Bruyne (25).

The watershed strike also came during another important milestone for Kane, who was making his 300th Premier League appearance. On top of that, he is now just one goal shy of becoming only the third player to hit the 200-goal mark in the division, with Alan Shearer (260) and Rooney (208) currently leading the way.

On a personal level, Kane would have been relieved to finally catch up with the legendary Greaves, but more importantly for Tottenham’s aspirations this season, his finish secured a desperately-required three points to reinforce Spurs’ hopes of reaching the top four.

The 1-0 score along the Thames has bridged the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United to just three points. And while Spurs have played a game more than their North-West counterparts, the buffer between the two clubs no longer appears quite so chasmic, giving them a psychological boost.

Fulham huffed and puffed in this tense showdown, but they were made to walk away with nothing. Still, their exploits were a fine advertisement of their ambitions to infiltrate the top six this campaign. They didn’t appear over-awed by Spurs, really brought the game to them and pressed with an infectious zeal.

Silva will take encouragement from their efforts, and will certainly hope they can apply that same energy when his side take on Chelsea next in a west London derby of significant proportions in a fortnight.

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