Spurs still un­beaten

Kane scores twice in the dy­ing min­utes to seal a come­back against Ham­mers

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY MATT BARLOW /

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

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