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Crystal Palace 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane scores twice on 300th PL appearance

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored 198 goals in his first 300 Premier League appearances, beating Alan Shearer’s old record of 196

Harry Kane scored two of Tottenham’s four second-half goals after they eventually cruised to a Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

Kane’s towering close-range header from Ivan Perisic’s cross was the first time Spurs had led 1-0 in a game since 15 October. They had conceded the first goal in all 10 games in between.

He then drilled a low second into the bottom corner from Bryan Gil’s pass.

The England captain has now scored 264 goals for Spurs, only two behind Jimmy Greaves’ club record.

Kane, making his 300th Premier League appearance, had a hand in their next two goals too. First he found Son Heung-min, who picked out Matt Doherty to slot home.

And then he set Son away with a long ball forward with the South Korean smashing home, via a deflection, to end a 12-game scoreless run for club and country.

A satisfying score in the end after a very sloppy first half.

Had Palace taken one of their chances before the break, with Hugo Lloris denying Jordan Ayew well, it could have been so different.

Constant Kane gives Spurs what they need

In a crazy world, it is nice to have something or someone to rely on. For Spurs, that steady source of comfort is Kane.

Headlines before the game were again around manager Antonio Conte and his latest quotesexternal-link about wanting more investment in his team and casting doubt over his long-term future.

Kane, like the entire Spurs team, were below their best in the first half. But in the second half he came to life.

As he leapt above two defenders to power in a header at the far post, it marked the 11th consecutive calendar year in which Kane has scored for Spurs.

His second was his 198th Premier League goal in 300 games.

Then it was the turn of others to score, with Doherty netting his first goal of the season.

With Dejan Kulusevski still injured – and Conte does not know when he will return – Son’s return to the scoresheet is timely.

This was only the second Premier League game that the South Korean, who shared the Golden Boot last season, has scored in all season.

Incidentally that goal made him the fourth player to score on their 200th Premier League start for Spurs after Teddy Sheringham, Kane and Aaron Lennon.

Game of two halves for Palace

Palace, whose boss Patrick Vieira called for more consistency before the game, should have led at the break.

Lloris denied Ayew, Joachim Andersen smashed a shot just wide from long range and Michael Olise had a shot deflected wide.

They had seven efforts in a row in between Kane efforts in the 24th and 44th minutes.

Palace, who drop to 12th, actually had more chances in the second half than the first but many of those came with the game long lost.

Player of the match

KaneHarry Kane

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number10Player nameEze

  2. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  4. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  5. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  6. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  7. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  8. Squad number2Player nameWard

  9. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  10. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  11. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

  12. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  13. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  14. Squad number19Player nameHughes

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 2Ward
  • 28Doucouré
  • 15SchluppBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMatetaat 61′minutes
  • 7OliseSubstituted forÉdouardat 73′minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forHughesat 74′minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 14Mateta
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Johnstone
  • 22Édouard
  • 23Ebiowei
  • 26Richards
  • 44Riedewald

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 17Romero
  • 15Dier
  • 34LengletSubstituted forDaviesat 86′minutes
  • 2DohertySubstituted forEmerson Royalat 78′minutes
  • 4SkippBooked at 42minsSubstituted forSarrat 66′minutes
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forWhiteat 86′minutes
  • 11GilBooked at 77minsSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 77′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Forster
  • 24Spence
  • 25Tanganga
  • 29Sarr
  • 33Davies
  • 42White

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