Date published: Sunday 8th November 2020 2:01
Harry Kane scored his 150th Premier League goal to give Tottenham a 1-0 win at West Brom on Sunday and send them top of the table.
A disjointed Spurs performance looked like it would only bring a point at the Hawthorns before Kane struck late on with a close-range header.
The visitors started on the front foot, with the in-form Son Heung-Min squandering an early chance after failing to get a shot away after good work by Kane and Tanguy Ndombele.
But after a slightly sluggish start, the Baggies grew into the contest and contained Spurs for the remainder of the first half, while also creating some opportunities they failed to take.
Karlan Grant failed to get a proper connection on a brilliant Darnell Furlong cross and finding space in the area, whil Eric Dier had to be alert to clear a teasing Callum Robinson centre that drifted over Hugo Lloris.
Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore also blazed over the bar as Slaven Bilic’s men continued to make the running.
Mourinho would have had some harsh words for his men at the break, but it was the home side who created an opening at the start of the second period.
Filip Krovinovic curled in a corner which Dara O’Shea nodded wide of the far post when he should have done better.
Tottenham finally showed some signs of life when Kane lofted the ball into the West Brom area but Gareth Bale, making his first Premier League start in seven years, just failed to make contact.
Spurs then lost Ndombele to a foot injury midway through the half, with Giovani Lo Celso coming on.
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And the Argentine almost made an immediate impact when he found himself with a clear sight of goal 10 yards out, but he screwed his effort wide.
At the other end Conor Gallagher fired a 25-yarder just wide, before Hugo Lloris made an excellent stop to keep out Grant’s header from a corner.
Late charge from Spurs
Mourinho made a double attacking change with 12 minutes to go as Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius replaced the ineffective Bale and midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
That led to a late charge from the visitors, with Toby Alderweireld powering a header straight at Sam Johnstone, while a Vinicius drive was pushed wide by the Baggies stopper.
But Spurs finally made the breakthrough with three minutes to go when Matt Dohertys lofted ball into the area was missed by Kyle Bartley and Johnstone and nodded home by Kane.
That moved Mourinho’s men top, even if it could only be for a few hours ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City.