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Dean Henderson becomes the first Premier League goalkeeper in more than four years to deny Kane from the spot

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Dean Henderson becomes the first Premier League goalkeeper in over four years to deny Harry Kane from the penalty spot – as the Tottenham striker admits ‘laughing’ with his England team-mate after their win over Nottingham Forest

  • Dean Henderson saved Harry Kane’s second-half penalty at the City Ground
  • Manchester United’s borrowed goalkeeper joins an elite club to save from Kane
  • Loris Karius was the last Premier League goalkeeper to save from the Spurs man

Dean Henderson joined an elite club when he saved Harry Kane’s penalty at the City Ground, becoming the first Premier League goalkeeper since 2018 to deny the Tottenham player from the spot.

Henderson’s save came 10 minutes into the second half after Steve Cook handled the ball bizarrely when he jumped on it with Kane.

History suggested that Kane would throw the ball past Henderson to double Tottenham’s advantage and score his second of the game. However, as he had done from Declan Rice just a few weeks earlier, Henderson dove to his right to save from the England captain.

Harry Kane missed from Premier League spot for the first time since 2018

The stop, which was ultimately unsuccessful as Kane made up for his second to finish the game after some lingering pressure from Nottingham Forest late, saw Henderson join an elite club.

Since 2018, no goalkeeper had saved from a Kane penalty. Henderson joins Adrian, Fraser Forster and Loris Karius in saving Kane sanctions.

Adrian saved from Kane in a 2-2 draw between West Ham and Tottenham at White Hart Lane in 2014-15 with the attacker in the rebound. While Forster’s save in 2016-17 was in vain as Tottenham went out 4-1 winners.

Karius, the forgotten Liverpool man, saved from Kane in February 2018 when Liverpool tied 2-2 with Tottenham in an exciting Premier League encounter at Anfield.

Kane last missed from the league spot at Anfield in February 2018 with Loris Karius making the save

Kane last missed from the league spot at Anfield in February 2018 with Loris Karius making the save

That day, Kane had the chance to give Tottenham the lead at Anfield after trailing 1-0 thanks to Mohamed Salah’s early goal, but he missed and Karius saved his first penalty.

Just like at the City Ground, Kane cashed in on his mistake by scoring later that afternoon – from the penalty spot with just seconds left of the game.

Seizing the opportunity to double Tottenham’s lead in Forest, Kane had jumped a deep cross into the penalty area with defender Steve Cook.

Kane saved himself late in the game when he headed past Henderson from Richarlison's cross

Kane saved himself late in the game when he headed past Henderson from Richarlison’s cross

Cook, seemingly startled by Kane’s presence, grabbed the ball when Kane looked destined to head the ball past Henderson. Craig Pawson pointed to the dot to give Kane the chance to score his fourth goal of the season.

After the game, Kane revealed that he tried to go ‘high’ with his penalty, but failed to execute his technique correctly, giving Henderson a chance to save the dot at ‘nice height’ for him.

“I practiced a lot against Dean with England and focused a lot during the week 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 the middle,” Kane told Sky Sports after the game.

England captain praised England's hopeful Henderson for his performance for Forest

England captain praised England’s hopeful Henderson for his performance for Forest

“I was trying to get high and not quite connecting the way I wanted. Fair play, it was a good save and we had to laugh about it.

“He told me he had been analyzing my penalties for the past week. It was a great save, he’s a really good shot stopper. He played great for them. Fortunately it didn’t matter to us, because then I wouldn’t have smiled!’

Luckily for Tottenham’s talisman, the rare miss didn’t come back to haunt him, scoring his 187th Premier League goal.

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