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West Brom 0-1 Tottenham LIVE! Latest news, reaction as Kane winner sends Spurs top of Premier League – Evening Standard

West Brom 0-1 Tottenham LIVE! Latest news, reaction as Kane winner sends Spurs top of Premier League – Evening Standard

Tottenham are the new Premier League leaders – for a few hours at least – after striking late to down West Brom.

Harry Kane headed home Matt Doherty’s pinpoint cross with just two minutes of the 90 remaining at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

The England captain’s 150th Premier League goal – which came just three days after he hit the 200 mark overall for Spurs in Europa League action in Bulgaria – sends Tottenham a point clear at the summit, though they could swiftly be overtaken by Leicester or Liverpool (or both) later this afternoon.

Tottenham are now unbeaten in their last seven games in the Premier League, leading to hopes that Jose Mourinho’s side could mount a genuine title challenge this season.

The heartbroken Baggies, meanwhile, are still searching for their first win since promotion, picking up just three points from their first eight matches amid rumblings over the future of manager Slaven Bilic.

Follow all the match reaction below…

Live updates


Kane reaction

“It was a good battle. In the second half we played better than the first…they (West Brom) were defending for their lives,” Kane told Sky Sports.

“It was about getting that breakthrough and thankfully I got a little header in there to make the 150.

“As the game opened up we created more chances, we just had to keep persisting and when you nick one with a few minutes left it’s about defending that lead – and thankfully we did that.

“We’re delighted with three points, we’re top of the league and that’s what our aim was coming into this game.”


Mourinho praises West Brom display

The Spurs boss told reporters in his post-match press conference: “West Brom’s performance made us play the way we did.”


Another Kane milestone

We would be remiss not to mention that was the 150th Premier League goal of Kane’s career – and what an important one!

The second major milestone reached in just a matter of days after his 200th Spurs strike overall against Ludogorets in Bulgaria.

Kane, 27, is the first Tottenham player to reach that mark in the Premier League.

Spurs’ first stint at the top since August 2014 could be a short one with Leicester and Liverpool both able to overtake them this afternoon, though fans will be no doubt be revelling in a seven-match unbeaten run that has inspired genuine hope of a title challenge.


Full-time – West Brom 0-1 Tottenham

Kane’s late header sends Tottenham top of the Premier League!


FIVE minutes of added time signalled at The Hawthorns. Can Tottenham hold on?


GOAL! West Brom 0-1 Tottenham | Harry Kane 88’

Spurs have surely won it late on!

Doherty provides a brilliant cross from the right and Kane watches the flight of the ball perfectly, heading it home with Johnstone caught in no man’s land.

Goal number 201 in Tottenham colours for the England captain. Heartbreak for West Brom.


85 mins: West Brom’s turn to apply some late pressure now, but they are unable to create another clear-cut chance.

Spurs quickly back on the attack…


82 mins: West Brom are inviting so much pressure now with their inability to retain any possession.

Reguilon does well to pick out Vinicius, whose low shot is brilliantly saved with one hand by Johnstone low to his right.

The West Brom goalkeeper looks to have picked up a knock stretching to make that late save, but he will be fine to continue.

Kane could have tapped home the rebound, but he was well offside and obviously knew it.


80 mins: Into the final 10 minutes now as Furlong concedes a corner with a great challenge on Reguilon and hurts himself in the process.

Alderweireld gets his head to the subsequent delivery, but it’s a comfortable catch for Johnstone.


78 mins: Still no way through for Kane as his hopeful effort is well blocked.

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