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Harry Kane's Premier League Record In The Month Of August Is Shocking

12 August 2018

Jan Vertonghen's early header put Spurs ahead, however the advantage was short-lived as the hosts equalised 149 seconds later, when Joselu headed in Matt Ritchie's superb cross after being left unmarked six yards from goal. Their efforts paid off when Dele Alli restored the lead just before the 20th-minute mark thanks to a delicious cross from Serge Aurier from the right flank.

Newcastle had two opportunities to equalise after half-time, but Mohamed Diame struck the left post from close range in the 47th minute and Kenedy, running free on the left four minutes later, wasted too much time before being snuffed out by Spurs' defence.

"He was so relaxed and calm and I said 'Come on, you need to show energy, '" Pochettino said.

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The only surprise was that, after Alli's 18th-minute strike that turned out to be the victor, there was no further scoring with both goalkeepers, Slovak Martin Dubravka and Frenchman Hugo Lloris, forced to make a string of impressive saves. He will know that it was a golden chance to score and he should have done better. Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen will form the centre-back pairing.

The match is available on Sky Sports Premier League at 12:30 p.m. GMT.

MF Moussa Sissoko, 7 - Assigned to the unglamorous role of breaking up the home team's rhythm, Sissoko stuck to his task. Lucky not to pick up a second yellow card and Spurs looked more secure after he was substituted.

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England duo Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose were absent from the squad, while Eric Dier limped off and Lucas Moura was spotted with an ice pack on his groin after being replaced. However, apart from a few early touches he appeared at odds with himself and his game, producing few of the driving runs that had earned him a start. The ball crossed the line by 9mm. Was always alert and lost his marker to head home Spurs' victor.

In fact, he made the most number of defensive actions than any other player in the game with five tackles, three interceptions and ten clearances.

They perhaps lacked a central focal point in midfield until Mousa Dembele was summoned from the bench with around 25 minutes to play and Eric Dier still remains an awkward fit in that position from which Pochettino wants his team to get going.

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Spurs failed to do so, and could in turn be looking at another season of falling short in their pursuit of a first Premier League title.

Harry Kane's Premier League Record In The Month Of August Is Shocking