Wem­b­ley woe won’t stop Spurs, says Kane

Tot­ten­ham will try to win league to hon­our the late Ugo Ehiogu, says star striker

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Harry Kane in­sists Tot­ten­ham will try to win the Pre­mier League for Ugo Ehiogu af­ter they were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-fi­nal.

Fans of both teams at Wem­b­ley paid trib­ute to Ehiogu, who died on Fri­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest on Thurs­day at Spurs’ train­ing ground.

A minute’s ap­plause was held be­fore kick-off and sup­port­ers at both ends chanted the name of Ehiogu, who had worked as Tot­ten­ham’s un­der-23s coach.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s men lost 4-2 to Chelsea as goals from sub­sti­tute Eden Hazard and Ne­manja Matic se­cured a dra­matic vic­tory.

Spurs had ear­lier twice come from be­hind to draw level, Kane and Dele Alli can­celling out Wil­lian’s bril­liant free-kick and penalty.

Kane ad­mit­ted Tot­ten­ham’s play­ers had hoped to win in Ehiogu’s hon­our and said their am­bi­tions would now switch to the Pre­mier League.

“Of course the last cou­ple of days have been tough,” Kane said. “Ugo was a great char­ac­ter around the train­ing ground, it was just shock­ing news to be hon­est.

“Of course we’ll do ev­ery­thing we can to win the league for him – we wanted to win to- day for him and for our­selves as well. There are still six tough games l eft in the Pre­mier League. We can’t con­trol what Chelsea do now. We just have to win as many as we can and it starts Wed­nes­day with a tough game away at Crys­tal Palace.”

Tot­ten­ham dom­i­nated Chelsea for large spells but Wil­lian’s open­ing two goals were some­what self-in­flicted, with Toby Alder­weireld con­ced­ing a free-kick on the edge of the box be­fore Son He­ung-min’s rash chal­lenge brought down Vic­tor Moses in the penalty area.

Chelsea scored four goals from just four shots on tar­get but Kane in­sists Spurs’ au­thor­i­ta­tive dis­play came as scant con­so­la­tion.

“It’s en­cour­ag­ing but ob­vi­ously they’ve beaten us twice, we beat them once this sea­son so that’s what’s dis­ap­point­ing,” Kane said. “We need to find a way to win these sorts of games. When we dom­i­nate large spells, Chelsea found a way to win and it was sim­i­lar a cou­ple of years ago in the cup fi­nal.

“We dom­i­nated that as well so it’s dis­ap­point­ing. It’s hard to take. We can’t put our fin­ger re­ally on why, a bit of luck, a bit of mo­men­tum swung their way and it was just hard to come back from that.”

Spurs were hop­ing to ex­tend their own seven-match win­ning run while con­tin­u­ing Chelsea’s re­cent dip, which had seen An­to­nio Conte’s side lose two of their pre­vi­ous four games.

In­stead, the Blues are likely to gain a psy­cho­log­i­cal boost from their vic­tory as they look to main­tain a four-point lead in the ti­tle race.

Tot­ten­ham next travel to Crys­tal Palace on Wed­nes­day, a day af­ter Chelsea host Southamp­ton.

“It’s hard to say what ef­fect it will have – of course we wanted to win and keep our mo­men­tum go­ing but it didn’t hap­pen,” Kane said.

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