Kane is back

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MAURI­CIO PO­CHET­TINO hailed Harry Kane for the two late goals that earned Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur a 3-2 Lon­don derby win at home to West Ham.

Kane struck with a minute to go at White Hart Lane yes­ter­day be­fore con­vert­ing a penalty 160 sec­onds later as Spurs main­tained their un­beaten start to the Premier League cam­paign.

It was also Tot­ten­ham’s first win since beat­ing Manch­ester City on Oc­to­ber 2, at a time when Eng­land striker Kane was in­jured.

Kane had also scored on his come­back in the 1-1 draw at Arse­nal be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break and con­firmed his sta­tus as Tot­ten­ham’s main goal sup­ply in this derby.

“He is back,” said Tot­ten­ham man­ager Po­chet­tino of Kane. “For me, he is one of the best strik­ers in the world. He is a player who is very im­por­tant for us.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see Harry Kane score again.”

West Ham, who re­main a sin­gle point and place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, twice took the lead be­fore Kane sunk them and, to make mat­ters worse, de­fender Win­ston Reid was sent off in stop­page time.

Michail An­to­nio’s header gave the Ham­mers a half­time lead and, af­ter Harry Winks had marked his first Premier League start with a Tot­ten­ham equaliser, Manuel Lanzini’s penalty re­stored the ad­van­tage.

Tot­ten­ham, who re­main fifth, were not to be de­nied how­ever.

“Peo­ple ex­pect a lot from us, that we will play well, score goals and win the games,” Po­chet­tino said.

“But there is no team that can keep to the same level for 10 months,” the Ar­gen­tinian added.

“To­day we were bet­ter, that’s the truth – we were bet­ter than West Ham. One team de­served to win the game at the end and that was Tot­ten­ham, no doubt, but maybe we can play bet­ter.

“I don’t know if I can say we are happy with the performance but we showed char­ac­ter to­day. Maybe it wasn’t our best game but some­times it is dif­fi­cult against an ag­gres­sive team with a good plan.”

Tot­ten­ham’s penalty was won by sub­sti­tute Son He­ung-Min, whose cross had set up Kane for the equaliser. The Korean tricked Havard Nordtveit into trip­ping him with the fi­nal whis­tle just sec­onds away.

“You can imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it is to take this kind of de­feat, in the Harry Kane (3rd from right) scores Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s sec­ond goal dur­ing their Premier League match against West Ham United at White Hart Lane in Lon­don yes­ter­day. lead with four min­utes to go,” said West Ham man­ager Slaven Bilic. “It looked good for us.

“We had good op­por­tu­ni­ties to kill the game off. Un­for­tu­nately it wasn’t to be.”

Bilic added he had no com­plaints about the in­ci­dent that led to Tot­ten­ham’s win­ning goal.

“It was a clever move from Son,” he said. “Our player slides and Son was wait­ing for the con­tact.”

West Ham now face Manch­ester United, Arse­nal and Liver­pool in the Premier League, and United again in the EFL Cup but Bilic re­mained op­ti­mistic.

“We showed to­day we can play,” he said. “We can play good no mat­ter who we are play­ing. It’s a tough sched­ule. There are a lot of pos­i­tives be­fore th­ese games. We don’t have to be afraid of any of them.” – AFP

– REUTERSPIX

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