Antonio Conte urges Tottenham to be more clinical despite win over Fulham

Antonio Conte urged Tottenham to be more sober with a 2-1 win over Fulham despite their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Kane scored in every half as Spurs went six top-flight games unbeaten this season.

Kane’s strike with fifteen minutes to go looked to end the game, but Aleksandar Mitrovic closed the gap with seven minutes to go to set up a nervy finale.

“Definitely the performance, yes, I like the performance,” said Spurs boss Conte. “We also put in a good performance against Southampton.

“If I have to find a situation that we need to improve, it has to be more clinical because when you create so many chances you have to score, but we scored two unallowed goals then the crossbar.

“Yes, I really enjoyed seeing my players play the ball with quality and personality.”

Son Heung-min saw his goal drought extend into the sixth game but looked back on his usual best against Fulham with a shot over the bar and a cross-cumshot disallowed for offside.

Conte added: “This applies not only to Sonny (in the games) but also to the training sessions. We have Fraser (Forster) who has shown him fantastic saves in training at times and struggles to score at times but this is a time.

“I keep telling you I’m not worried because when I see this kind of performance from my players, including Sonny, I’m not worried. I know they will score a lot of goals.”

Harry Kane was on the scorer list against Fulham

Harry Kane scored against Fulham (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Kane achieved another milestone with his tap-in from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross, his 188th Premier League goal, to move to third overall in the all-time list, behind Andy Cole.

It was also his 43rd London derby goal in the Premier League, level with previous record-holder Thierry Henry.

Richarlison should have made his full debut with a goal but hit the inside post in the second half and also saw an injury-time try ruled out for offside.

He was one of five changes made with Clement Lenglet that were also brought in for his full debut and both received praise from their manager.

“I think they showed that they are really good players who can improve us a lot to become stronger and also make the squad deeper and give me the opportunity to rotate without losing quality,” said Conte.

“Lenglet has proven to be a really good player with personality and quality. When you sign a player from Barcelona he certainly comes with a great background and for me it’s easier to explain football to him.

“Richy is a different player, a strong player, you can feel him if you stay on the pitch and feel his personality on the pitch. He’s a warrior, a fighter and we need that type of player to improve that aspect.”

Fulham manager Marco Silva praised his side’s struggle, although he admitted they were far from their best.

He said: “It was good to see that we fought at least to the end. We believed that we could equalize if we didn’t even come close to our best level, so it’s good to come here, to play against a very good team, even if we haven’t played our best level, we have them up to reached at the last minute.

“I really believe that with a different performance than ourselves, we can do much better and the game will be completely different.

“It’s a moment for us to analyze and show the players why we didn’t play the way we should.”

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