Dean Henderson becomes first Premier League goalkeeper in over four years to deny Harry Kane from the penalty spot – as the Tottenham striker admits he had a ‘laugh’ about it with his England team-mate after their win at Nottingham Forest
- Dean Henderson stopped Harry Kane’s second half penalty at the City Ground
- The on-loan Manchester United ‘keeper joins an elite club in saving from Kane
- Loris Karius was the last Premier League ‘keeper to save from the Spurs man
Dean Henderson joined an elite club as he saved Harry Kane’s penalty at the City Ground becoming the first Premier League goalkeeper since 2018 to deny the Tottenham man from the spot.
Henderson’s save came 10 minutes into the second half after Steve Cook had bizarrely handled the ball when jumping for it with Kane.
History suggested Kane would slot the ball beyond Henderson to double Tottenham’s advantage and score his second of the game. However, like he had done from Declan Rice only a few weeks prior, Henderson dived to his right to save from the England captain.
Harry Kane missed from the spot in the Premier League for the first time since 2018
The stop, which was eventually in vain with Kane notching his second to kill off the match after some sustained Nottingham Forest pressure late on, ensured Henderson joined an elite club.
Since 2018, no goalkeeper had saved from a Kane penalty. Henderson joins Adrian, Fraser Forster and Loris Karius in saving from Kane penalties.
Adrian saved from Kane in a 2-2 draw between West Ham and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in 2014-15 with the forward slotting in the rebound. While Forster’s save in 2016-17 came in vain as Tottenham ran out 4-1 winners.
Karius, the forgotten Liverpool man, saved from Kane in February 2018 when Liverpool drew 2-2 with Tottenham in an enthralling Premier League encounter at Anfield.
Kane last missed from the spot in the league at Anfield in February 2018 with Loris Karius saving
That day, Kane had the chance to put Tottenham into the lead at Anfield having trailed 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s early goal but missed with Karius keeping out his first penalty.
Like he did at the City Ground, Kane redeemed his error by scoring later on – that afternoon from the penalty spot with only seconds of the game remaining.
To win the opportunity to double Tottenham’s lead at Forest, Kane had jumped with defender Steve Cook for a deep cross into the box.
Kane redeemed himself late on in the game when he headed beyond Henderson from Richarlison’s cross
Cook, seemingly spooked by Kane’s presence, handled the ball when Kane looked destined to head the ball beyond Henderson. Craig Pawson pointed to the spot to offer Kane the chance for his fourth goal of the season.
After the game, Kane revealed he was trying to ‘go high’ with his penalty but did not execute his technique in the right way offering Henderson the chance to save the spot kick that was at a ‘nice height’ for him.
‘I’ve practised a lot against Dean with England and a lot during the week being focused on what to do with the penalty. It was a nice height for him, I usually like to go low or high and that was in middle,’ Kane told Sky Sports after the game.
The England captain praised England hopeful Henderson for his performance for Forest
‘I was trying to go high and didn’t quite connect how I wanted to. Fair play, it was a good save and we had a laugh about it.
‘He told me he’d been analysing my penalties in the week. It was a great save, he’s a really good shot stopper. He played fantastic for them. Thankfully it didn’t matter for us as I wouldn’t have been smiling!’
Fortunately for the Tottenham’s talisman, the rare miss did not come back to haunt him, scoring his 187th Premier League goal.