Tottenham are the new leaders of the Premier League – for a few hours at least – after hitting late on down West Bromwich Albion.
Harry Kane nodded a minute Matt Doherty just two minutes before the remaining 90 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
The England captain’s 150th goal in the Premier League – which came just three days after scoring his 200th overall with Tottenham in the European League in Bulgaria – sends Tottenham a clear point at the top, although he could quickly overtake them by Leicester or Liverpool (or both) later in the afternoon.
Tottenham are now unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches, which has led to hopes that Jose Mourinho’s side may face a real title challenge this season.
Meanwhile, the mournful Bajis are still searching for their first win since the promotion, with only three points from their first eight games amid grumbling over the future of coach Slavin Bilic.
Follow the match reactions below …
Mourinho praises Kane’s overall qualities
Jose Mourinho is simply not happy with Harry Kane’s return with an impressive goal after the England captain scored the 150th Premier League goal at Hawthorne earlier this afternoon.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, the Tottenham manager was keen to point out how far Kane – now tied with Michael Owen at ninth in the top scorers list of all-time – has advanced the team.
Mourinho said, “When you go to the statistics about the strikers, I always say that the statistics should be the number of goals the striker scored, and what he did for his team in the matches he did not score in.”
“ And many of the forwards on that date will show the incredible number of goals they scored, plus zero.
“Harry Kane must say he’s got a lot of goals, this number of assists, this number of recoveries, this number of duels he won.
“So many balls his team saved in a group defensive line. This is Harry Kane. They are goals in addition to this and this and that and that.”
“For me, this is not another goal or a lower goal, it is about who is a player.”
It was a good fight. Kane told Sky Sports: “In the second half we played better than the first … They (West Promicino) were defending their lives.”
“It was about achieving that breakthrough and luckily I got a little head there to make my 150.
“As the match opened, we created more chances, we just had to keep sticking, and when you get one a few minutes before the end of the game it’s about defending that lead – and luckily we did.
“We are happy with three points, we are at the top of the league and that is what was our goal in this match.”
Mourinho praises West Bromwich Albion’s show
“The performance of West Brom made us play the way we did,” the Tottenham coach told reporters in his post-match press conference.
Another teacher is Ken
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that this was the 150th Premier League goal in Kane’s career – and how important!
He achieved his second major achievement in just days after his 200th goal for Tottenham against Ludogorets in Bulgaria.
Kane, 27, is the first player to reach Tottenham at this level in the Premier League.
Tottenham’s first spell at the summit since August 2014 may have been short as Leicester and Liverpool both managed to overtake them this afternoon, although fans will undoubtedly be happy with seven matches unbeaten inspiring real hope of winning the title. the challenge.
Full-time – West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham
Kane’s late header makes Tottenham top the league!
Five minutes of extra time was referenced in The Hawthorns. Can Tottenham hold up?
Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham | Harry Kane 88 ‘
Tottenham have definitely won late!
Doherty makes a superb cross from the right and watches Kane fly the ball perfectly, heads home with Johnston stuck in the no-man’s land.
Goal No. 201 in the colors of Tottenham to the captain of the England national team. Heartbreak for West Bromwich Albion.
85 minutes: It is West Brom’s turn to put some belated pressure now, but they are unable to create another clear opportunity.
Tottenham quickly returned to the attack …
82 minutes: West Bromwich Albion is calling up a lot of pressure now with no ability to hold onto any possession.
Reguilon does well for Vinicius, whose low shot deflected brilliantly with one hand by Johnstone low to his right.
It looks like the West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper took a long shot to make the late save, but he will be fine to continue.
Kane could have taken advantage of the rebound, but he was a good offside and he clearly knew it.
80 minutes: In the last ten minutes now as Furlong has hit a corner kick with a huge challenge on Reguilon and hurts himself in the process.
Alderweireld turns its head to the subsequent surrender, but it’s a comfortable hunt for Johnston.