Published: 15:07 | 18/8/18

Kane content as Spurs dismantle Fulham

Tottenham went top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Fulham at Wembley, with Harry Kane speaking positively about the Spurs performance post-match.

Lucas Moura gave Spurs the lead just before half-time with a sublime curled effort, before Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled matters early in the second half. But Spurs regained control of the tie with two of England's World Cup heroes, Kieran Trippier and Kane, bagging a goal apiece to send Spurs top of the table ahead of the day's other London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, which you can watch on the eir sport pack on BT Sport 1 [kick-off 5.30pm] . Fulham, by contrast, sit 19th in the league table, winless after two matches.

"I thought we played really well and we created a lot of chances. But credit to Fulham, and only after about 60 minutes did we start to take it into more dangerous areas," said Kane post-match.

"It looked like it would be one of those days for me [after several missed opportunities], but that is the game of a striker.

"We've been playing with each other for a long time this team. The gaffer has said he's not going to just bring in players for the sake of it.

"It's a good start with two wins out of two."

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Kane had the ball in the Fulham net just six minutes into the clash, but the strike was ruled out for a foul by Lucas on keeper Fabri in the build-up. Christian Eriksen also went close on 23 minutes, the Denmark international hammering an effort just wide right from outside the area. 

Fulham, despite being severely under the cosh, carved out an opening of their own on 39 minutes. Jean Michael Seri picked out Ryan Sessegnon with a dinked ball over the Spurs defence, with Hugo Lloris rushing off his line to block the striker's effort.

But Spurs got the goal their play deserved on 43 minutes. Fulham failed to properly clear their backline after a scuffed shot from Eriksen, with the ball falling to Lucas on the edge of the area, and the Brazilian curling into the top-left hand corner with the most sublime of strikes, to record his first Premier League goal.

Having been largely bossed around the pitch in the first half, Fulham levelled matters just seven minutes into the second. Full back Joe Bryan broke down the left wing where he crossed for Sessegnon in the box. The striker got his effort on goal all wrong, but the ball bounced kindly across the face of goal for his strike partner Mitrovic to head home from close range. 

Both sides went end to end for a period just after the hour, with first Dele Alli for Spurs, and then Mitrovic for Fulham, spurning glorious chances to claim the lead. Alli had a shot blocked on the line by Maxime le Marchand, with Petrovic miscuing and firing wide left from six yards out.

The chances continued to flow as Kane hit the crossbar with a volley from six yards after a pinpoint cross from Trippier on the right wing. 

And when Spurs did find a way through, it came from Trippier. Spurs won a free-kick just outside the box, on the left of the area, with Trippier stepping up to loop the dead ball over the wall and then down into the bottom-left corner for a stunning strike. 

Shortly after it was three. 

Substitute Erik Lamela burst down the centre of the park, drawing in the Fulham defence, before slipping the ball to Kane on the left side of the area, with the World Cup Golden Boot-winner placing the ball past keeper Fabri into the bottom-right corner.

Alli, Kane, Ben Davies and Lamela all went close again for Spurs in the closing minutes, but they didn't need any more strikes on the board, as Fulham failed to muster anything in the way of a comeback in the game's dying moments.

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