Tottenham’s Harry Kane scores penalty to break Middlesbrough resistance

Tottenham Hotspur knocked and knocked and finally broke down the Middlesbrough door, a penalty from Harry Kane preserving their outside chance of disturbing Chelsea at the top of the table. There was no doubt that Spurs were the dominant team but Boro made it darned tough to prove on the scoreboard.

Mauricio Pochettino knew this match would test the depth of Spurs’ human and mental resources. How would the absences Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen affect their defence? And how would the increasingly faint sight of Chelsea’s exhaust fumes affect their belief that they can overtake the league leaders? Or maybe their imperative now is to pull away from the other chasers?

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