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Tottenham 1-0 Wolves: Kane’s landmark goal maintains positive Spurs start




Harry Kane set another Premier League record and maintained Tottenham’s positive start to the campaign by heading his side to a 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.

Spurs beat Southampton in their opener and battled to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea last weekend, but they struggled to get going in a quiet first half against a still-winless Wolves.

Antonio Conte’s men stepped things up in the second half and were rewarded after 64 minutes when Kane met full debutant Ivan Perisic’s flick-on and nodded in from close range.

That was Kane’s 250th goal for Spurs and his 185th in the Premier League – the most of any player for a single club – and was enough to secure all three points for the hosts.

Wolves had 12 shots in a first half the visitors edged, but the closest they went to a breakthrough was a glancing Ruben Neves header and a deflected shot from new signing Matheus Nunes.

Neither of those efforts tested Hugo Lloris, however, whereas Tottenham’s only attempt of the first half saw Jose Sa brilliantly tip over Kane’s looping header.

Conte elected against making any half-time changes but Tottenham improved considerably in the second half, with Kane thumping another header against the frame of the goal.

Son Heung-min was next to hit the post, doing so from closer range with a shot on the turn, though Tottenham did not have to wait much longer for their opener.

Perisic guided Son’s corner into the path of Kane and the England striker could not miss from a few yards out as he brought up his landmark goal, with that proving enough.

What does it mean? Tottenham top after finding a way

Tottenham had lost four of their past seven home league games against Wolves and were second best in the opening 45 minutes of this early kick-off.

That is nothing new for Tottenham this season, having previously fallen behind in games with Southampton and Chelsea, but like in those two contests they responded well.

Kane’s winner lifts Spurs to the top of the embryonic table with seven points from a possible nine, though a number of sides can overtake them over the course of the weekend.

Spurs join elite club

Kane’s goal moved him above Manchester City great Sergio Aguero (184) outright with the most goals for a single club in the Premier League.

That was not only a milestone strike on an individual level, it also saw Spurs join Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in scoring 1,000 home Premier League goals.

Son seeking first goal

Son may lead the Premier League scoring charts in 2022, but he is still chasing his first goal three matches into the new campaign.

The South Korea international could not register from any of his three attempts against Wolves, whom he has now failed to score against in eight attempts in the Premier League.

Key Opta Stats:

– Tottenham have started the season unbeaten in their first three Premier League games (W2 D1) in consecutive campaigns for the first time since 2004-05 and 2005-06.
– Wolves have now gone 10 Premier League games without a win (D3 L7), with this just the second time they done so in the competition (17 games, February 2012-August 2018).
– Tottenham’s victory was Conte’s 70th in the Premier League (70/107 – 65%). Of managers to have recorded at least 70 victories, only Pep Guardiola has a better win percentage (171/230 – 74%).
– Lloris kept his 121st Premier League clean sheet; the fifth-most of any keeper for a single club after Petr Cech for Chelsea (162), David Seaman for Arsenal (137), Pepe Reina for Liverpool (134) and David de Gea for Manchester United (130).
– Wolves named seven Portuguese players in their starting XI (Sa, Nunes, Neves, Moutinho, Guedes, Podence and Neto) – excluding Home Nations, this is the joint-most players from a single nation named in a starting XI in the competition’s history.

What’s next?

Unbeaten Tottenham travel to Nottingham Forest on their return to league action in eight days’ time, while Wolves host Preston North End in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday.

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