Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tottenham vs Leicester match report: Harry Kane's absence felt again as Spurs held to a draw for third straight match

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It was all about goals here at White Hart Lane: the lack of them.

Tottenham and Leicester battled furiously over a share of the points in a scrappy, tetchy affair but the sparkle of last season when they fought for the title in thrilling fashion has gone awol.

They mustered a goal apiece on Saturday even if Tottenham, who struck the bar twice, could feel hard done by not to take all three points. Instead it is Spurs’ third draw in a row in the league during which time they have scored just twice.
Vincent Janssen led the line for Spurs and slammed home the penalty – dubiously awarded against Robert Huth for pulling the Dutchman down - moments before half-time. Janssen has made 15 appearances now, eight starts, and has three goals, all penalties, to show for it. Harry Kane, he of 25 league goals last season, is being missed horribly. The England striker is due to return next week when Spurs go to Arsenal (the best defence meets the most prolific attack). He will have no problem ousting Janssen.

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Even so, when the Dutchman scored, Spurs had conceded four league goals all season and it felt like 1-0 might be enough – especially as Leicester have their own problems in attack.

Jamie Vardy, who has now gone 10 games without a goal, worked hard but rarely looked like ending his drought. He did, though, set up the Foxes equaliser for Ahmed Musa just after half-time.

It was Dele Alli who attempted to break the deadlock first: on 13 minutes the Spurs midfielder shot powerfully when the ball span to him from a corner but it was too close to Kasper Schmeichel who punched clear.