LONDON: Harry Kane notched his fifth goal of the campaign as Tottenham Hotspur maintained its impressive start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Fulham that did little justice to its best attacking display so far on Saturday.
Goals in each half by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kane earned Tottenham a fourth win in six games but it should have been out of sight of its London rival by the time in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic’s effort set up a nervy finale. Son Heung-min suffered more ill-fortune in his bid to get off the mark this season with the South Korean denied by the woodwork while Richarlison was denied his first Tottenham goal despite a sensational display by the number nine.
Unbeaten Tottenham’s fourth win in six games lifted it to 14 points, one behind leader Arsenal which plays on Sunday. Fulham remains in mid-table with eight points.
For the first time Tottenham manager Antonio Conte unleashed Richarlison from the start to form an attacking trident with Kane and Son and it proved an exciting formula.
With Tottenham’s wing backs Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal raiding forward at every opportunity, Fulham was at full stretch to keep out wave after wave of Spurs attacks.
Son had an effort deflected over the bar after Richarlison’s cut back and then stabbed a shot against the crossbar after being picked out by Kane’s clever chipped pass.
RESULTS: Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Hojbjerg 40, Kane 75) bt Fulham 1 (Mitrovic 83); Everton 0 drew with Liverpool 0; Newcastle 0 drew with Crystal Palace 0; Chelsea 2 (Chilwell 76, Havertz 88) bt West Ham United 1 (Antonio 62)