LONDON – Harry Kane notched his fifth goal of the campaign as Tottenham Hotspur maintained their impressive start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 victory over Fulham that did little justice to their 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 they should have been out of sight of their London rivals 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 them to 14 points, one behind leaders Arsenal who play on Sunday.
Fulham remain 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 were 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.
In the end it took a cool finish from defensive midfielder Hojbjerg to break the deadlock after 40 minutes.
Again Richarlison was heavily involved, exchanging passes with the Dane who slid a shot out of Bernd Leno’s reach.
The pattern continued after the break with Richarlison driving a ball across goal for Eric Dier to blaze over.
Sessegnon’s low shot was then heading on target before Leno clawed it around the post.