Harry Kane wraps up all three points for Tottenham with a brace against Nottingham Forest – Daily Mail

By Matt Barlow for the Daily Mail


Nottingham Forest meet Harry Kane, it is all part of the learning curve. When Kane is around, it really does not matter about ball possession, territorial advantage or the decibel levels ringing around the rafters of a wonderful old ground.
It certainly is not about sentiment. It is about focus, converting the chances and scoring goals. Forest made all the running against Tottenham. They were quick and thrilling at times but they did not score and were undone by two goals scored by the England captain, one at either end of the game.
The first did not puncture the enthusiasm of the Steve Cooper’s team or the raucous home crowd but the second, in the 81st minute certainly did. It was sobering a reminder that in such rarefied company it is about cold unemotional concentration and quality.
Harry Kane scored a brace to take him level on Premier League goals with Andy Cole on 187 in Spurs 2-0 win over Forest
Dean Henderson celebrated heartily after an excellent save to deny Kane from the penalty spot and keep Forest in the game
It was the second penalty save in as many weeks after the England stopper saved one against West Ham last weekend
Heung-min Son continued to have a quiet season by his own lofty standards but did manage a couple of shots
Kane’s second goal, headed in at the far post, put the game to bed after a close 80 minutes at the City Ground on Sunday
Kane has now played against 32 different opponents in the top flight and he has scored against them all but Brentford. 
He is rewriting the records every time he pulls on his boots. This brace eased him up to a total of 187 Premier League goals in 286 games, level with Andy Cole in the charts. Only Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer have more.
There were, of course, great goalscorers before 1992. Jimmy Greaves, perhaps the greatest, holds the all-time goal record at Spurs. Kane is on his trail, too. At this rate, he will pass Greaves this season.
Kane could have left Nottingham with a hat-trick. His penalty was saved by England teammate Dean Henderson. It was 1-0 at the time and looked as if it might be decisive but he put the disappointment out of his mind. One of his strengths.
Tottenham’s £60million signing Richarlison made an impact off the bench but was fouled late on after some showboating
Three-nil would have been unfair on Forest. Two-nil was a harsh enough lesson, but they received a standing ovation from those who recognised the effort and sense of adventure. They will collect points and cause problems for visitors to the City Ground if they perform like this.
Cooper has signed 17 players without losing the identity forged as they won promotion last season and his side showed the spirit to respond to the setback of Tottenham’s first, scored on the break in the fifth minute.
Dejan Kulusevski seized on loose ball in midfield, drove infield and released Kane, whose finish was low and perhaps earlier than Henderson expected. ‘A bit of scruffy but them ones go in,’ shrugged Kane afterwards.
Cooper flung both arms up in exasperation. Just what he had hoped to avoid against a team built to punish their opponents on the break. As if to hammer home the point, Spurs threatened again.
The win for Tottenham puts them third in the league after four Premier League games, as they remain unbeaten so far
Kane eased away, this time found by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and thwarted by a vital tackle from Joe Worrall. Heung-min Son grazed bar when Scott McKenna failed to clear.
Forest refused to change their approach. They threw their wing-backs forward and the front three were fluent and mobile, interchanging, pressing and forcing errors from Tottenham. Johnson tormented Ben Davies, his Wales international teammate.
The capacity crowd came back to the boil as Hugo Lloris sprang left to beat away a long-range shot from Lewis O’Brien. Then the Spurs keeper scrambled from his line to stop Jesse Lingard connecting with a low cross from Morgan Gibbs-White.
This was Forest’s best spell. Johnson headed wide, and Gibbs-White fired over and Conte cut an increasingly agitated on the touchline to the amusement of Forest supporters, some of whom taunted him about his trainers.
New Nottingham Forest signing Morgan Gibbs-White put in an impressive first half performance but struggled after the break
Lloris was stranded when Ryan Yates headed wide before Spurs were awarded a penalty and the chance to douse the Forest fire, in the 53rd minute.
Kane rose at the back post to meet a cross from Ivan Perisic only to find Forest centre-half Steve Cook turn the ball over the bar with his hand. Referee Craig Pawson pointed the spot without hesitation.
Cook claimed he had been pushed. Spurs wanted him sent off. Stuart Attwell on VAR, checked the replays. Cook escaped with a yellow card. ‘If that isn’t denying a goalscoring opportunity, I don’t know what is,’ said Kane. ‘I was surprised by the decision.’
Lewis Cook (pictured, left) gave away a penalty after a bizarre hand ball on the goal line but was spared his blushes
Henderson made a fabulous save, diving to his right as Kane failed to get the height he wanted. The City Ground roared its loudest roar of the day.
Henderson doffed his cap to acknowledge the applause, a gesture surely appreciated by Stuart Broad, England bowler and Forest fan, in his usual seat. Within seconds, at the other end, Neco Williams squeezed a chance for an equaliser wide.
It all made for breathless entertainment but Tottenham had more control in the second half and Cooper took more risks with attacking changes. Henderson denied Son and Kulusevski blazed wide but Kane scored his second in the 81st minute.
 Antonio Conte became increasingly agitated by Forest’s attacking play and was taunted by Forest fans behind him
Forest have slipped to fourteenth in the league after the loss but did play well against a strong Spurs side
Forest were tiring and nodded off when Ryan Sessegnon’s cross was cleared and they thought the danger was over. 
They failed to react as Richarlison won recycled possession and delivered from the left with the outside of his right boot.
Cheikhou Koyate wandered off and left Kane completely unmarked to score with a diving header. With the points secure and Tottenham’s promising start extended, he dived into the away end to celebrate.
West Ham next, on Wednesday. Forest move on to face champions Manchester City. All part of the learning curve.
 Nottingham Forest 343: Henderson 7.5; Worrall 6.5, Cook 5.5 (Kouyate 75, 5), McKenna 6; Williams 6.5, Yates 6 (Awoniyi 75, 5), O’Brien 6.5 (Freuler 75, 5), Toffolo 6.5; Johnson 8 (Surridge 90), Lingard 7 (Dennis 69, 6), Gibbs-White 7.
Subs: Hennessey, Biancone, Colback, Mighten.
Bookings: Cook, Worrall, McKenna, O’Brien, Johnson
Manager: Steve Cooper 6.5
Tottenham 343: Lloris 7; Sanchez 6.5, Dier 7, Davies 6.5; Royal 6, Hojbjerg 7, Bentancur 6.5 (Spence 90+1), Perisic 6 (Sessegnon 73, 6); Kulusevski 7 (Bissouma 83), Kane 8, Son 6 (Richarlison 73, 7).
Subs: Forster, Doherty, Tanganga, Lenglet, Sarr.
Goals: Kane 5, 81
Bookings: Kane
Manager: Antonio Conte 6.5
Ref: Craig Pawson 6

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Spurs deserved the win in the end and were the better side in the final third.
Harry Kane proved the difference, as he so often does, with a brace that takes him level on Premier League goals with Andy Cole on 187.
Antonio Conte will be concerned with the way his side allowed Forest to play, but ultimately the defence was resolute and prevented concrete chances.
For Forest, they can take a lot of positives from the way they stretched Tottenham with some excellent football, and from their excellent energy levels.
Steve Cooper’s side did look vulnerable on the counter attack, and failing to pick up Kane cost them the game when he bagged his second goal.
Spurs take the three points with a 2-0 win.
Forest played well but couldn’t create enough clear chances.
Captain Worall shoots just over from outside the box. Forest’s best chance of a quieter half.
Full credit to the home side for keeping going to the final whistle.
They are still pushing Spurs and winning corners in the closing minutes.
Dennis wins a free kick in the final third after forcing a tackle from Hojbjerg.
Forest takes it but it goes out for a corner off Kane
A touch of class from the Forest fans as they applaud their former player Spence.
He comes on for Bentancur.
Eight minutes of added time here
89' – Switch for The Reds as Surridge replaces Johnson 🔄

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Richarlison shows off some keepy-ups on the pitch.
He is promptly tackled hard by Johnson, who is booked accordingly.
After an excellent 80 minutes for Forest Kane has likely put the game to bed after Kouyate followed to track his man.
The goal takes Kane level with Andy Cole on the all-time Premier League list.
Its a brace for Kane!

Richarlison floats a cross into the box and Kane can’t miss from yards out.
There’s no one near him as he heads the ball in.
Dennis cuts in from the left and gets a show away in his first appearance for Forest.
He can only hit the ball high above the crossbar.
Gibbs-White comes forward but can only put the ball behind for a goal kick.
He has struggled to get ino the game in the second half amid good defending from Spurs.
75' – Triple change for The Reds.

O'Brien, Cook and Yates are replaced by Freuler, Kouyaté and Awoniyi. 🔁

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Richarlison comes on for Son after a disappointing afternoon for the forward.
Sessegnon has also come on for Perisic.
69' – First change for The Reds as Lingard makes way for Dennis 🔁

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The visitors come forward well and cause a tricky defence for Forest.
Hojbjerg can only shoot wide in the end.
The Swede has come alive in the past few minutes.
He bursts into the box well but his shot is stopped brilliantly by Lewis Cook.
Excellent ball across the pitch to find Kulusevski from Son.
The Swede moves well around the box but can only shoot wide.
Spurs looking dangerous.
Son comes forward well after a quiet game.
He gets a firm shot away but Henderson is equal to it.
The City Ground has come to life again.
Forest break after the saved penalty and burst into the final third.
Neco Williams’ shot goes just wide.
Huge moment in the game!
Kane goes left but Henderson makes a huge save to keep Forest in the game.
Game. On.
VAR decides the penalty will stand.
Steve Cook is booked for the handball.
Kane will take the penalty.
Tottenham are awarded a penalty after a peculiar hand ball from Cook on the goalline…
…But Cook has appealed for a foul, he feels he was pushed by Kane.
VAR is checking it now.
Excellent opportunity for the Tricky Trees!
They come forward well and a cross comes in towards Yates but he can only head wide.
The second half has started with some crunching challenges.
Both sides have got forward down the wings but have been dealt with defensively
We’re underway again.
Tottenham kick off towards the away fans.
Tottenham’s back five were hard to break down in the first half, and for all Forest’s excellent football they struggled to create big chances.
Gibbs-White hit two solid strikes from outside of the box but Cooper will be hoping for something more concrete in the second half.
Spurs looked like scoring every time they came forward but will be concerned with the way Forest were able to pass the ball in the final third.
If the home side can keep the pressure up, this game is very much on.
Forest trail 1-0 at half time after a fascinating first 45 minutes.
Lovely move for Cooper’s men that gives Gibbs-White a shot just outside the box.
He shoots over the bar but it was a nervous moment for Tottenham.
Spurs come forward nicely through Ivan Perisic but cannot force a chance.
Forest clear the ball upfield where it is kicked out.
Forest come forward again and pass it out to Willliams on the right wing.
He can’t set himself under pressure and shoots well wide from distance.
Spurs seem happy to let Forest pass the ball in the final third.
The visitors look dangerous every time they come forward but may come to regret allowing Forest to play.
The crowd roars as Forest surge forward on the counter attack.
Johnson whips the ball across the box with a lovely ball towards Lingard but Lloris just gets there in time.
Forest have made things difficult for the Spurs defence with pressure and a lot of low crosses across the box.
Johnson has been particularly impressive on the right.
Clear-cut chances have been elusive for the Tricky Trees.
O’Brien forces a save from Lloris from distance but nothing comes from the rebound.
Cooper’s men are attacking with confidence but have struggled to make the most of set pieces.
Son leads the ball forward after a Forest attack.
He passes out wide to Kane but Forest get back well and the striker can only manage a wayward shot from the left wing.
Son swings in a shot from outside the box but it just flies over.
Tottenham are looking dangerous every time they come forward.
Kane found himself through on goal again but was well challenged by Worrall.
An electric start in Nottingham.
The home side haven’t dropped off after the goal and are still coming forward well.
Johnson fires in a teasing low cross but no one can get on the end of it.
Harry Kane scores!
That was against the run of play. 
Kane drops deep to start the move, lays the ball off to Kulusevski and then rolls in a classy return pass from outside of the box.
200 league goals now for Harry Kane.
Forest’s record signing has started well with a run at the Spurs defence and a speculative shot.
The home crowd is behind him already.
Gibbs-White takes from the left wing but Lloris punched it clear. Lingard floated another cross in but Lloris caught it easily.
Energetic start for Forest.
And we’re off!
Forest kick off at the City Ground and win a free kick in the attacking half straight away.
The Spurs boss said ahead of the game: ‘[Forest] are a strong team, there will be a lot of noise and we have to deal with the atmosphere.’
Ahead of Gibbs-White’s full debut, Cooper said he wanted the player: ‘To be himself, he’s a talented boy. I know him well from England and he’s gives us options going forward.’
‘If we do our bit on the pitch the crowd can be a reel help for us. There’s been an amazing atmosphere for a long while now.’
One of Steve Cooper’s many signings this summer was Neco Williams from Liverpool.
He has replaced Djed Spence, who was a key part of Forest’s promotion push last season but has since joined Tottenham.
Spence is yet to appear for the club but is on the bench today.
After sharing the golden boot with Mo Salah last year, Son Heung-min is yet to score this season and has been below his best.
Antonio Conte has backed the South Korean striker, but a goal today will ease the pressure on him and his strike partner Harry Kane.
Spurs are unchanged from their win over Wolves last Saturday.
Here's how we line-up for this afternoon's game against @NFFC! 👇 pic.twitter.com/9S0K6fvOYW
Forest make two changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Everton last week.
✌️ Two changes from last weekend
🤩 City Ground debut for @Morgangibbs27
@RyanYates97 comes in to start

Steve Cooper names his side to face @SpursOfficial this afternoon 👊 pic.twitter.com/zYXd7mWeBa
Welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Nottingham Forest’s clash with Tottenham.
Steve Cooper’s men have picked up a win, a draw and a loss in their three games so far and will be hoping to make a big statement today after some extravagant spending this summer.
Spurs can extend their unbeaten run today after a solid but uninspiring 1-0 win against wolves last week.
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