Harry Kane was once again Spurs’ hero as he left it late to secure a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion to briefly send his side to the top of the table.
Before the game, Kane had talked up Tottenham’s title chances as they came into the weekend as the highest-scoring team in the division.
However, they struggled to make any serious inroads against a resolute West Brom side, Jose Mourinho’s men only managing to muster one shot in the opening 45 minutes.
The North London outfit did up their output after the break, though they still struggled to break down Slaven Bilic’s well-drilled outfit, often being restricted to efforts from range.
Spurs, however, remained patient and with just two minutes to play, they eventually found their breakthrough. A chipped delivery from summer signing Matt Doherty was met by Kane, who deftly nodded his header past Johnstone to send the North Londoners to the summit for a few hours at least.
Fewest games needed to score 150 Premier League goals:
⬡ Alan Shearer (212)
⬡ Sergio Agüero (217)
⬢ Harry Kane (218)
⬡ Thierry Henry (220)
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 8, 2020
Kane’s strike was his 150th Premier League goal, and takes the England captain to a superb 13 goals in 14 matches in all competitions for Spurs this season, alongside the 10 assists he has also produced.
Speaking afterwards, the matchwinner insisted it was too soon to be thinking about a potential title challenge, saying ‘performances can be better’.
“All about getting the breakthrough,” he told Sky Sports. “I got a little header in. As the game opened up we created more and more chances.
“When you just have a few minutes left it’s all about defending the lead.
“They created a couple of chances in the first half and looked dangerous on set-pieces.
“In the past three games you saw in last 15 to minutes we dug deep. When it comes to March and April that when those results matter.
“We know we have a lot of big games to come after the international break.
Harry Kane in the Premier League this season:
👕 8 appearances
⚽️ 7 goals
🅰️ 8 assists
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 8, 2020
“We can start to think about who will win league in March or April time.
“We’ve probably dropped four points we shouldn’t have done this season and performances can be better.”
Next up for Spurs could prove to be a test of any potential title credentials, Mourinho’s side hosting Pep Guardiola’s Man City following the international break.