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Harry Kane edged ever closer to Jimmy Greaves’ scoring record for Tottenham with the only goal of the game to down Portsmouth in the third round of the FA Cup.

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Kane’s 50th-minute curler moved him onto 265 goals for his boyhood club, one away from Greaves’ tally which has stood for more than half a century, and saw Antonio Conte’s side edge past a dogged Pompey outfit.

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With Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura and Richarlison all injured, Spurs were once again reliant on this season’s top scorer Kane, who grabbed his 17th goal in all competitions after a lacklustre first half.

Sky Bet League One opponents Portsmouth more than held their own but rarely threatened the hosts’ goal and bowed out against a youthful Tottenham team containing six players aged 23 or under.

This was a first meeting between the teams since the 2010 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, which saw Pompey win 2-0 after extra time.

The two clubs have embarked on different journeys since, with the visitors languishing in the third tier while Spurs, largely in part due to Kane, have regularly challenged for the biggest trophies and made the Champions League final three years ago.

Kane started this match only two away from equalling Greaves’ club record of 266 goals and had his first sight of goal in the 14th minute but saw a scuffed effort at the back post blocked by Denver Hume.

Portsmouth, who sacked Danny Cowley on Monday after a nine-match winless league run, started brightly in the capital backed by a large away following, with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild testing Fraser Forster with an acrobatic effort early on.

The travelling support were olaying every pass by the half-hour mark with Tottenham struggling to break down the back five of the away side.

Conte’s men improved towards the end of the first 45 but Davinson Sanchez headed over before full debutant Pape Sarr and Son Heung-min sent speculative efforts well wide to ensure it was 0-0 at the break.

Spurs were able to maintain their momentum after the interval with Emerson Royal heading against the inside of a post from a tight angle following excellent wing play by Son.

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It meant Josh Griffiths in the Portsmouth goal had still not been tested, but with 50 minutes on the clock he was picking the ball out of his net and predictably after another Kane goal.

Kane, fresh from a midweek brace at Crystal Palace, exchanged passes with Ryan Sessegnon on the edge of the area before he opened his body and curled the ball into the corner.

It put the stand-in Tottenham captain one away from Greaves’ record, but regular partner in crime Son was in the thick of the action immediately afterwards with one blazed effort followed up by a free-kick being fired over the crossbar.

Another Spurs academy graduate should have put the match to bed with 22 minutes left but Oliver Skipp, a late call-up after Yves Bissouma was injured in the warm-up, smashed over after fine work by Bryan Gil.

Pompey remained in the tie and Sanchez had to block an Owen Dale effort in the 70th minute with the visiting support louder than ever despite the wet weather in London.

There would be no late drama though, with Tottenham comfortably holding on and Conte able to introduce Djed Spence and Alfie Devine late on for some rare minutes.

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Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 – 0 Portsmouth FC

Lethal Kane form helps Tottenham maintain momentum before Arsenal showdown

15:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane’s goal moved him to the brink of Tottenham history and his side into the FA Cup fourth-round following a 1-0 win over Portsmouth.

The game was not a classic but a much-changed Spurs XI deserved to win against the dogged League One side, with Emerson Royal hitting the post at 0-0 and Oliver Skipp blazing over a chance to make the game safe.

The performance of Antonio Conte’s side displayed some of the frustrating hallmarks of their season so far — a below-par first half and difficulty in breaking down an opponent who were happy to sit back — but more importantly, the result ensures Spurs maintain confidence and momentum ahead of next weekend’s north London derby.

Read Dan Kilpatrick’s full analysis here!

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Tottenham player ratings: Gil lively as Kane moves closer to history

14:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane moved to within two goals of surpassing Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham’s record scorer with the winner as they edged past Portsmouth in the FA Cup third-round.

Kane fired Spurs ahead at the start of the second half with his 265th goal for the club, breaking the deadlock after another below par opening 45 minutes from Antonio Conte’s side.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to rate the Spurs players…

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Full match report

14:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane moved within one goal of Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing record of 266 at Tottenham with the decisive strike against Portsmouth in the FA Cup third round.

Pompey forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild had the best chance of the first-half following a clever flick-on from strike partner Colby Bishop. With the ball dipping, the 24-year-old hit a volley on the turn, forcing Fraser Forster into a good save.

Read our full match report here!

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FT: Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth

14:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

Kane’s goal sends Spurs into the next round!

Spurs in control

14:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

83:00 – Pompey can hardly get a touch at the moment.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

14:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

A loud cheer for the introduction of Djed Spence, who will play the final 15 minutes or so. It’s his second longest stint after a 25-minute cameo against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.


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67:00 – Skipp somehow blazes over from close range.

Quiet afternoon for Forster

13:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

65:00 – Hackett-Fairchild’s chance in the first-half aside, the Tottenham ‘keeper has not had much to do.

Much more difficult for Pompey now

13:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

60:00 – Spurs have their tails up now. Going to be a long final 30 minutes for Pompey.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

13:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

Kane moves to within a goal of Jimmy Greaves’ Spurs record, and with another 40 minutes to play here and Arsenal up next. In a development which should surprise absolutely no-one, Spurs look much better in the second half already.

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth | Harry Kane ‘50

13:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

50:00 – Harry Kane gives Spurs the lead with a brilliant finish from outside the box.


13:38 , Jonathan Gorrie

48:00 – BRILLIANT header from Emerson Royal afer a cross from Son, but the Brazilian hits the post!

Back underway!

13:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

No changes at the break.

Dan Kilpatrick’s half-time verdict

13:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs have moved the ball around well at times but have failed to make inroads into a penalty box packed full of blue shirts. A few players, including Sessegnon and Skipp, look rusty. Pompey are playing well & will be much the happier.

Tottenham 0-0 Portsmouth

13:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

Not the most exciting match in FA Cup history….

Half chance for Tottenham

13:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

40:00 – Sanchez heads over after a cross from Sessegnon. Should really have done better.

Really tough for Tottenham

13:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

31:00 – Harry Kane has barely had a sniff, while Son has been fairly blunt going forward.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

12:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pape Matar Sarr is a tidy player, nice to watch, and he is helping Spurs move the ball from side to side quickly. But the hosts are making no inroads into a penalty area constantly packed with blue shirts.

Pompey will be much happier

12:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

23:00 – Swanson doing so well to stop Son in the box when the Spurs star was running at him.

Looking dangerous on the counter, the away side are proving a very difficult opponent for Spurs.

Spurs not quite at the races

12:51 , Jonathan Gorrie

18:00 – As is their custom, Spurs haven’t started particularly well here.

Very passive.

Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

12:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

Pompey should be delighted at the way they’ve started here. The League One side are holding Spurs at arm’s length and forcing them to find a way through a packed defence, while also committing players forward on the counter.

Forster forced into save

12:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

11:00 – Hackett hits a dipping ball on the turn after Bishop’s knock-on but Forster gets down well.

Nice counter from Portsmouth

12:42 , Jonathan Gorrie

09:00 – Sarr loses the ball and Pompey counter through Hume, though his cross is too close to Forster.

Royal wins a foul

12:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

08:00 – Royal wins a foul on the right-hand side after the Brazilian’s quick feet managed to leave Hume scrambling.

Son’s cross, however, is well cleared.

Bryan Gil looking dangerous

12:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

04:00 – Probably the Tottenham player seeing the most of the ball in the early minutes, looking to run directly at his markers.

With Pompey likely to sit deep, that directness could be a positive outlet.

Tottenham under some early pressure

12:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

01:00 – Positive start from the away side, who are seeing a lot of the ball in Tottenham’s defensive third.


12:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

And away we go!

A late change to the Tottenham team!

12:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

Dan Kilpatrick’s pre-match verdict

12:20 , Jonathan Gorrie

How many goals does Harry Kane need to break Jimmy Greaves’ Tottenham record?

12:04 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane’s double at Crystal Palace earlier this week put him on 264 Tottenham goals, only two behind Jimmy Greaves’ all-time record.

When did Tottenham last win the FA Cup?

11:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham remain the only non-league side to win the FA Cup, way back in 1901.

A trophy they have lifted 8 times, Spurs last won the competition in 1991.

Confirmed Portsmouth lineup

11:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Confirmed Tottenham lineup

11:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

When is FA Cup draw? Start time, TV channel, live stream and ball numbers for fourth round

11:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

One of the signature weekends on the English football calendar is upon us as the FA Cup reaches the third-round stage.

The Premier League and Championship heavyweights enter the fray looking to crush the hopes of the lower and non-league teams that have made it this far as they eye a run to Wembley.

Manchester United got the round underway on Friday night with a convincing win over Everton.

Click here to see the full details!

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FA Cup underdogs: More chance of Cristiano Ronaldo retiring from football before end of 2023 than Portsmouth beating Spurs

11:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool this year and Donald Trump winning the 2024 US Presidential Election also more likely to happen than Pompey, Stevenage, Oxford and Gillingham triumphing this weekend

• Portsmouth are biggest underdogs this weekend at odds of 22/1 to beat Tottenham away from home according to latest odds via SafeBettingSites

Latest odds

11:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

Betfair: Tottenham Hotspur v Portsmouth

Tottenham: 2/15

Portsmouth: 15/1

Draw: 15/2

Son: I can’t see the ball while wearing a mask but my parents are concerned

11:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son has revealed he loses sight of the ball while playing in a protective mask, but says he is still wearing it due to concern from his parents.

Son scored in just a second League game of the season as Spurs thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday night, and he is expected to start again when Antonio Conte rings the changes for today’s FA Cup third-round visit of Portsmouth.

Read the full story here!

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Harry Kane ‘stalling on new Tottenham contract’

10:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to Football Insider, Harry Kane is no rush to extend his stay at Tottenham.

The England captain will be out of contract in 18 months and reportedly wants to wait to see how things progress before signing a contract extension.

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Tottenham likely to keep Bryan Gil despite loan interest

10:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini has appeared to rule out an exit for Bryan Gil this month.

The 21-year-old has attracted loan interest from Spain after failing to convince in north London following a move from Sevilla in 2021.

Gil spent six months on loan at Valencia last year and the LaLiga giants were understood to have been keen on bringing him back for another temporary stint.

Still, the winger has been called upon in recent weeks due to injuries to both Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison.

Read the full story here!

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Antonio Conte’s assistant confident Tottenham boss wants ‘long’ stay at club amid contract wrangling

10:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte‘s assistant, Cristian Stellini, has veered off script by insisting they are confident of staying at Tottenham for a “long time” and dismissing the importance of the head coach’s contract.

Conte has repeatedly refused to commit to Spurs beyond the end of his current deal, which expires at the end of the season, and has issued a series of threats to walk away from the club if he is not completely convinced by the board’s ambition and “vision” – including after the New Year’s Day defeat to Aston Villa.

But with Conte too upset to take Friday’s press conference following the death of his former Juventus and Italy teammate Gianluca Vialli, Stellini deputised and insisted they are confident of being at Spurs long-term.

Read the full story here!


No FA Cup rest for Kane as Kulusevski and more aim to face Arsenal

10:10 , Jonathan Gorrie

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will not be rested for Tottenham‘s FA Cup third-round tie against Portsmouth today, Spurs’ assistant coach Cristian Stellini has said.

Kane has started every game this season while Son has only been rested once when fit.

But with Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison both set to remain on the sidelines this weekend, Stellini says Spurs have no choice but to stick with the front three who started the 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Wednesday, also including Bryan Gil.

Asked about Kane’s chances of a rest, Stellini said: “It could be an opportunity to give him a rest but we don’t have many players and the choice is compulsory. So we have to choose the players we have in the front line.

Read the full story here!

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Prediction: 3-0 Tottenham win

10:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

Spurs may be a little vulnerable to a banana skin in north London but an underperforming Pompey will likely find themselves outgunned.

A 3-0 Tottenham win.

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10:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

Portsmouth hope to have Clark Robertson back after he was forced to miss the defeat to Charlton.

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Tottenham team news: No rest for Kane and Son

10:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Yves Bissouma is available for Spurs after serving a one-game ban for the win at Crystal Palace and should come in, likely to partnet Oliver Skipp in midfield. Pape Matar Sarr will be looking for more minutes. Bryan Gil will keep his place in attack.

Dejan Kulusevski is again ruled out, joining Lucas Moura, Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur on the sidelines.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son will not be rested.


Where to watch Tottenham vs Portsmouth

10:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live for free on the BBC Red Button.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the game live online via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website.

Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog, with expert analysis from Dan Kilpatrick at the ground.

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09:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Tottenham’s FA Cup clash with Portsmouth.

Kick-off from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is at 12.30pm GMT.

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