Spurs still unbeaten
Kane scores twice in the dying minutes to seal a comeback against Hammers
Tottenham left it late to maintain their unbeaten record in this season by sealing victory with two late comeback goals in the 3-2 victory over West Ham at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane had been very quiet and West Ham were within minutes of a momentous win.
Gloom was settling on Spurs when Kane stirred, tucking away a simple finish from a cross by Heung-min Son.
It was a poacher’s goal and brought huge relief, only he was not content with the equaliser. Seconds later, Kane scored again, this time converting a penalty which had been won by influential substitute Son.
Tottenham’s derby specialist had struck and emotions went through the blender at White Hart Lane. West Ham were distraught and finished the game with 10 men when Winston Reid was sent off in the final seconds of stoppage time. Spurs were jubilant.
“He’s back,” purred Mauricio Pochettino, on a high, thanks to the nature of the comeback which lifted spirits ahead of a vital Champions League tie in Monaco tomorrow and stretched the unbeaten start to a dozen Premier League games.
“He’s one of the best strikers in the world. You miss these type of players, it’s very important he’s back. It’s tough for any team to play without their main striker for 10 or 11 games.”
Kane has 18 goals in 22 game against London opposition. Tottenham’s other goalscorer was Harry Winks. Another Harry, another one of their own and another academy graduate with a bright future.
Winks, an England Under 20 in- ternational, pounced early in the second-half, forcing the ball past Darren Randolph, who had made a strong save, parrying at his near-post to deny Christian Eriksen.
It was Tottenham’s first goal other than penalties for more than a month and it wiped out Michail Antonio’s opener. Winks, born in Hemel Hempstead and making his first Premier League start, made a euphoric sprint into the arms of his manager.
The 20-year-old seemed about to burst into tears before recovering his composure to complete a wonderful personal display in midfield.
“It was very emotional, the way we celebrated the goal and in the changing room after the game,” said Pochettino. “You can see how he feels for Tottenham and we should congratulate all the people in the academy.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris celebrate after the match against West Ham United . /REUTERS