Football Today, January 5, 2023: Antonio Conte greets Harry Kane after an excellent performance at Crystal Palace

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Antonio Conte has said he expects Harry Kane to pass all the milestones after the England captain moved closer to Jimmy Greaves’ record as Tottenham’s top scorer on Wednesday.

The Spurs number 10 scored a brace in a 4-0 win at Selhurst Park, both of his goals coming in the span of five minutes in the second half.

His second was 264 for the North London club and he now sits just two behind the legendary Greaves.

Kane’s 15th Premier League goal of the season takes him to 198th in the competition’s history, with only Alan Shearer (260) and Wayne Rooney (208) ahead of him.

And Conte was quick to praise his talisman, saying: “I repeat, we are talking about a world-class striker and he is going to break all records with goals.

“For us he is an important reference, not only in the goal but also on the field and with Hugo [Lloris] our captain.

“Especially in difficult times, Harry, you know he’s ready to fight, ready to help his teammates, ready to fix the situation with a goal, with an assist.

“Continue like this, face each positive or negative situation, always with a lot of spirit, a lot of character, overcome the difficulties, I think, during this period and also before the start of the World Cup.”

Bailey will recover

Leon Bailey missed a golden opportunity to score the winning goal against Wolves
Leon Bailey missed a golden opportunity to score the winning goal against Wolves

Unai Emery has backed Leon Bailey’s recovery after the striker left the field in tears after missing an open goal in a 1-1 draw with Wolves.

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Bailey, 25, rounded the goalkeeper in stoppage time and was presented with a glorious game-winning chance, but missed the target and left the net open.

Despite his missed opportunity, the Aston Villa head coach has said he doesn’t hold a grudge against the Jamaican and hopes he finds his form soon.

He said: “I’m happy with him, he was crying, but it’s good because he felt it. He was taking responsibility to score and he didn’t. He can feel this responsibility.”

“I am very happy with his commitment and performance, he was playing inside and out. It was good to learn more with him.

“In the end we had chances to score and win with a great opportunity with Leon Bailey, we can be happy because we created it.

“Them [the players] We support him and try to improve for the next games in which he will have the same opportunities.”

history of the first division

Bhupinder Singh Gill refereed for the first time in the Premier League
Bhupinder Singh Gill refereed for the first time in the Premier League

Bhupinder Singh Gill made history on Wednesday night when he became the first Sikh-Punjabi assistant referee to officiate in a Premier League match.

Singh Gill was linesman at St Mary’s where Southampton lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest.

Earlier in the season, his brother Sunny Singh Gill became the first British South Asian to take charge of an EFL match since their father, Jarnail Singh, the first English Football League referee to wear a turban.

Before the match, Singh Gill said: “This has to be the proudest and most exciting moment in my refereeing career so far, but I’m not getting carried away as it’s just another step in the direction of where I want to go.” .

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“My family is also very proud and excited for me. I would not be in this situation if it weren’t for my dad, who has supported me throughout my journey and has been a role model to me.”

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