Kieran Trippier bends it like Beckham and Harry Kane breaks August scoring curse as Tottenham swat aside Fulham

Sam Dean
Kieran Tripper scores from a free-kick - Getty Images Europe

England’s World Cup may have ultimately ended in disappointment, but the magic of Russia is clearly still lingering at Tottenham Hotspur. In his first game of the new season, Kieran Trippier picked up where he left off in the summer, scoring with the sort of curling free-kick that is fast becoming his trademark. And then Harry Kane — England’s Golden Boot-winning captain — ended his peculiar run of more than 1,000 minutes without notching a Premier League goal in August.

The two goals, scored within just three second-half minutes, turned this game towards Tottenham just as it seemed they would be ending a difficult week with an unwelcome draw. Fulham, still coming to terms with an influx of 12 new players over the summer, provided unusual and uncomfortable opposition at times, but those match-winning flourishes from Trippier and Kane released the rising tension at Wembley.

Kane’s goal, a typically assured finish after a neat turn inside the penalty box, was celebrated with notable joy. His failure to score in August was slowly becoming a burden, rather than just an statistical quirk. “Whenever you have something like this on your back, you want to get it off,” he said afterwards. He later tweeted, tongue firmly in cheek, that he “wished every game could be in August”.

Kane will lead the bulletins, then, but it was Trippier who sealed the points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. This was the first time he had played since the World Cup semi-final, when he had fired England into the lead with one of those swerving set pieces, and his latest party trick will only reinforce his new-found status as the ‘Bury Beckham’.

It was the timing of Trippier’s goal, as much as the quality, that made it so important for Tottenham. Pochettino’s side had started brilliantly, taking a deserved lead through Lucas Moura, but had been pegged back by Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic after half-time. Stress levels were beginning to rise around Wembley, the groans growing ever-louder, when Trippier pushed Christian Eriksen aside and whipped his free-kick into the bottom corner.

Harry Kane shoots and scores... in August Credit: getty images

A Kane goal and an ultimately emphatic win provided the precise sort of relief that was needed at Tottenham, where the delays in the construction of their new stadium had made for an uncomfortable week off the pitch.

“Of course, I am so happy about the victory because the performance was so good,” said Pochettino, even if Tottenham’s wastefulness in attack was a concern. “We fully deserved the victory. We want to challenge the big teams and we need to push in big areas like being clinical in front of goal.”

For Fulham, the adaptation to the top flight continues. Two defeats in two games were not what they had hoped for, but Slavisa Jokanovic would have known that the start to this campaign, in a new league with so many new players, was always going to be a challenge. There were plenty of positives to take from this, not least the way in which they had Tottenham reeling for a large chunk of the second half.

Fulham’s presence at Wembley provided an early-season contrast between two sides who have operated on opposite sides of the transfer spectrum this summer. Fulham made 12 signings, for a cost of £100m, while Tottenham spent nothing, instead claiming it was more important to keep their team together.

Tottenham’s players were therefore more familiar with each other’s movement, and the contrast in understanding was obvious in an almost awkwardly one-sided opening 20 minutes. Ben Davies, Moura, Eriksen and Kane all had chances, with Moura proving particularly guilty of wasteful finishing. Kane was then denied a penalty after he appeared to have been tripped by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, one of two debutants for Fulham.

“We play today against one of the top English teams, they show the quality but they play three years together and the synchronisation between them is different,” said Jokanovic, who had selected seven of his new signings in his starting lineup. “We have played two and a half weeks together.”

Lucas Moura curls home a fabulous left-footed strike via the inside of the post Credit: reuters

In the Tottenham team was Toby Alderweireld, the defender so frequently linked with a move away this summer. Pochettino has been fervent in his calls for his entire squad, even those who may want to leave, to show their “commitment” until the January transfer window at least. He repeated the message here, but stronger. Speaking in general terms, rather than about any individuals, Pochettino said: “You are not going to put pressure on me, the agents are not going to put pressure on my decision, nobody is going to blackmail me.”

For all the early Tottenham pressure, the opening goal only arrived after Fulham had begun to impress in the first half. The visitors went close through Ryan Sessegnon before half-time, but it was Moura who broke the deadlock for the home side with a curling left-footed effort from the edge of the box.

Fulham returned to the field with a fresh enthusiasm after the break. Mitrovic struck the post with a low effort after some defensive sloppiness from Tottenham, and then nodded home the equaliser, despite being on his knees, after Sessegnon had reached Joe Bryan’s left-wing cross.

Kane struck the bar from close range in response, but Tottenham looked increasingly short of ideas until Trippier’s moment of individual brilliance. As Fulham were still coming to terms with that suckerpunch, Kane cut inside Calum Chambers and curled in a game-ending third.

Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2) Lloris 7; Alderweireld 6, Sanchez 6 (Dembele 63), Vertonghen 7; Trippier 8, Eriksen 7, Dier 6 (Lamela 73), Alli 7, Davies 6; Moura 6; Kane 7 (Winks 89)
Subs Vorm (g), Rose, Sissoko, Aurier

Fulham (4-3-3) Fabri 7; Fosu-Mensah 7, Chambers 6, Le Marchand 6, Bryan 6 (Christie 85); Cairney 6 (Johansen 73), Anguissa 7, Seri 6; Sessegnon 6, Mitrovic 6, Kamara 6 (Schurrle 88)
Subs Rico (g), McDonald, Kebano, Vietto

4:57PM

Full time: Leicester 2-0 Wolves

The referee has seen enough at King Power Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:57PM

Average touch positions (full time)

4:57PM

Full time: Leicester 2-0 Wolves

The referee has seen enough at King Power Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:55PM

Full time: Everton 2-1 Southampton

The referee has seen enough at Goodison Park and blows the final whistle.

4:55PM

Full time: Everton 2-1 Southampton

The referee has seen enough at Goodison Park and blows the final whistle.

4:55PM

Average touch positions (full time)

4:54PM

Full time: West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth

The referee has seen enough at London Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:54PM

Full time: Spurs 3-1 Fulham

The referee has seen enough at Wembley Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:54PM

Full time: Spurs 3-1 Fulham

The referee has seen enough at Wembley Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:54PM

Average touch positions (90 + 4 min)

4:54PM

Full time: West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth

The referee has seen enough at London Stadium and blows the final whistle.

4:54PM

Average touch positions (full time)

4:49PM

The referee's busy at London Stadium

Stuart Attwell brandishes his seventh yellow card of the game - Pablo Zabaleta is the latest name in the book for West Ham.

4:46PM

Spurs need no invitation to shoot so far

The hosts have fired in 22 shots with nine of them on target

4:37PM

GOAL!

A goal from Harry Kane for Spurs makes the score 3-1.

4:34PM

GOAL!

Spurs are back in front again - Kieran Trippier makes it 2-1.

4:29PM

It's been a mismatch at Wembley Stadium so far

It's been all Spurs, with the hosts racking up 15 shots so far - Fulham have managed just ten in reply.

4:26PM

The shot count is similar

Spurs and Fulham are evenly matched in attack so far - the home side have fired in 13 shots to the visitors' 13.

4:25PM

Red card! Jamie Vardy sent off for Leicester

Jamie Vardy is dismissed by referee Mike Dean.

4:24PM

GOAL!

A goal from Steve Cook for Bournemouth makes the score 1-2.

4:19PM

GOAL!

1-1: Callum Wilson scores the leveller for Bournemouth.

4:18PM

The shot count is similar

West Ham and Bournemouth are evenly matched in attack so far - the vistors have fired in ten shots to the hosts' seven.

4:13PM

GOAL!

Danny Ings has halved the deficit for Southampton and it's now 2-1.

4:12PM

GOAL!

1-1: Aleksandar Mitrovic scores the leveller for Fulham.

3:49PM

Half time: Everton 2-0 Southampton

The first 45 minutes is up at Goodison Park.

3:48PM

Half time: Everton 2-0 Southampton

The first 45 minutes is up at Goodison Park.

3:48PM

Average touch positions (half time)

3:48PM

Half time: Spurs 1-0 Fulham

The first 45 minutes is up at Wembley Stadium.

3:48PM

Half time: Spurs 1-0 Fulham

The first 45 minutes is up at Wembley Stadium.

3:48PM

Average touch positions (half time)

3:48PM

Average touch positions (half time)

3:48PM

Half time: West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth

The half-time whistle blows at London Stadium.

3:47PM

Half time: West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth

The half-time whistle blows at London Stadium.

3:45PM

GOAL!

James Maddison has doubled Leicester's lead - it's now 2-0.

3:44PM

GOAL!

Spurs take the lead just before the break - Lucas Moura has made it 1-0.

3:39PM

Spurs well on top so far

The home side are starting to get hold of the ball in the final third against Fulham.

3:37PM

GOAL!

1-0! The opening goal goes the way of West Ham and it's Marko Arnautovic who scores it.

3:34PM

Leicester hit back

Leicester register their first shot, in response to three so far from Wolves.

3:31PM

GOAL!

Richarlison adds a second for Everton - it's now 2-0!

3:30PM

OWN GOAL!

Matt Doherty has put through his own net, making the score 1-0.

3:25PM

West Ham are dominating the ball so far

West Ham are letting the ball do the work - they've had 220 touches compared to just 130 for Bournemouth.

3:22PM

Fulham respond

A first attempt at goal for Fulham, in reply to four from Spurs so far.

3:19PM

West Ham respond

The hosts have their first shot of the game, in reply to two so far from Bournemouth.

3:16PM

GOAL!

An early opener from Theo Walcott makes it 1-0 to Everton.

3:05PM

Everton threaten for the first time

Everton respond to the earlier Southampton effort with their first shot of the game.

3:00PM

Kick off: Spurs vs Fulham

We're under way at Wembley Stadium.

3:00PM

Kick off: Leicester vs Wolves

We're under way at King Power Stadium.

3:00PM

Kick off: West Ham vs Bournemouth

We're under way at London Stadium.

3:00PM

Kick off: Everton vs Southampton

They're off and running at Goodison Park.

2:56PM

Ings starts for Southampton

Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings was handed his first Southampton start at Everton.

Signed on loan with an obligation to buy, the striker came into the Saints starting line-up along with James Ward-Prowse at Goodison Park.

Phil Jagielka's suspension saw Mason Holgate brought in by Everton boss Marco Silva.

2:56PM

Leicester and Wolves team news

Leicester boss Claude Puel reacted to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on the opening weekend of the Premier League season by making four changes to his side for the visit of Wolves.

Jonny Evans was handed his debut following his arrival from West Brom, while Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton and Nampalys Mendy also came in.

Club-record signing Adama Traore was named on the bench for Wolves as Nuno Espirito Santo stuck with the same side which drew with Everton on their top-flight return.

2:52PM

Changes for West Ham

Declan Rice, Michail Antonio and summer signing Ryan Fredericks have all been dropped from the West Ham squad for the first home game of the season against Bournemouth.

All three started the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool last weekend and none of them are carrying injuries.

Instead, boss Manuel Pellegrini has drafted in Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez, who will start in attack alongside Marko Arnautovic.

Bournemouth are unchanged from their opening-day win over Cardiff.

2:51PM

Follow latest scores from 3pm kick-offs

Afternoon. There are four 3pm kick-offs this afternoon including the clash between Tottenham and Fulham at Wembley.

We'll have all the goals from Spurs' continued temporary home, as well as the latest from West Ham vs Bournemouth, Everton vs Southampton and Leicester vs Wolves.

Tottenham have made two changes for their Premier League Wembley return against Fulham.

England right-back Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld come into the side in place of Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko.

Fulham made three changes after their opening-day defeat last week, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Aboubakar Kamara coming into the side.