Harry Kane’s brace ensured Tottenham could survive a test match at Nottingham Forest with a 2-0 win.
Kane scored in both halves to equalize with Andrew Cole with 187 Premier League goals – third on the all-time list with only Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney ahead of him – and ensure his undefeated start to the season. team continue.
They are up in third place behind leaders Arsenal and Manchester City in second, suggesting they are in the mix for a title challenge.
Kane also missed a penalty in the second half when Dean Henderson interrupted a streak of 22 successful 12-yard conversions with a Spurs shirt.
Antonio Conte’s team was put to the test by a lively Forest team, which once again proved that they are not here to reckon.
Morgan Gibbs-White and Neco Williams made the most of their opportunities but could not repeat their first-day win over West Ham, with a daunting trip to Manchester City coming midweek.
Steve Cooper’s men were ready to start, hunting down another precious scalp.
But the Spurs found the perfect way to calm the home turf by taking the lead after just five minutes.
Kane’s touch sent Dejan Kulusevski away and after stepping onto the pitch, the Swede returned the ball to the England captain, who found the bottom corner from 20 yards clinically.
The Spurs therefore had enough chances to end the match midway through the first half.
Kane was dismissed by a last-placed tackle from Joe Worrall after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg brought him into goal and then Son Heung-min hit a first shot just above the edge of the box.
Kane was put in again after another quick fast break but deflected his shot to the side.
They could have made it through one of those efforts when Forest went strong and his visitors were turned away for most of the first half.
Lewis O’Brien forced Hugo Lloris to a diving save with a long-range shot, while the France keeper also had to be careful to claw a cross with Jesse Lingard lurking at the far post.
Forest’s best moment came five minutes before half-time when Lingard blocked Harry Toffolo’s cross for Morgan Gibbs-White, but the record signing couldn’t keep his shot.
Spurs had another perfect chance to breathe when they received a penalty in the 53rd minute when Steve Cook deliberately managed Ivan Perisic’s cross.
There was a long delay when the VAR checked whether Cook should be sent off, with the review system agreeing with referee Craig Pawson’s decision to caution the defender.
And when the penalty was finally taken, Henderson produced heroism again, just as he did against the Hammers a fortnight ago, as he dove full length to his right to ward off Kane’s powerful kick.
It was the first penalty shot Kane has missed for Tottenham since February 2018.
It’s been 100mph stuff since then and Forest could have immediately leveled it up, but Williams dragged a wide shot at the far post.
The game really opened up and the Spurs started thriving on the break and again had enough chance to be out of sight.
Son broke the offside trap but shot Henderson straight on the second try, Kulusevski saw two blocked shots from goal and Hojbjerg shot when he should have placed the ball.
In the end the second killer arrived in the 81st minute when Ryan Sessegnon missed a counterattack, Richarlison regained the ball and sent a delicious cross with the outside of his shoe asking to be carried to an empty net, with Kane duly obliged. to see victory.