Derby goal means so much to Tottenham’s Kane
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Striker delighted to find net at White Hart Lane
Tottenham’s Harry Kane says he will always treasure the fact that he scored in the last ever north London derby at White Hart Lane.
Kane scored the second goal in Sunday’s historic 2-0 home win over Arsenal, winning a penalty before converting it himself, and he is now Spurs’ leading scorer against the Gunners in the Premier League, with six goals.
“I probably should have had a couple more but again it was an important goal for us and one that meant a lot to me, obviously being the last north London derby here at the Lane,” said Kane. “It was just a fantastic day for us.
“The only disappointing thing is we probably should have won by more. We had a couple of open goals in the first half that we should have scored, and even when we went 2-0 up we looked like the ones who would get the third, instead of them getting back into the game.
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“It was a fantastic performance all the way through, a mature performance. We were patient until we went 2-0 up and even after that we made it difficult for them, we were dangerous on the counter-attack. It’s a fantastic result for us.”
Tottenham’s victory means they will finish above their north London rivals in the table for the time in 22 years.
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“We weren’t thinking too much about that before the game - the most important thing for us was putting pressure back on Chelsea,” added Kane. “Watching them win [at Everton earlier on Sunday], we knew we had to win our game, and we did it.
“It’s an added bonus that in the last [derby] at the Lane we’ve managed to finish above Arsenal as well.
“It’s great for the fans and great for the club, but we’re thinking about trying to get that title, and let’s see what happens.
“We’ve got to learn from what happened last year, and we feel like we’re doing that. Especially after watching Chelsea win, it could have been difficult for us, but I thought from the first minute we played in the right manner.
“We played fast, we pressed them, we made it difficult for them and we created chances. On another day we could have scored a couple more so, all in all, it’s a great performance.”
Spurs remain within four points of league leaders Chelsea, and they can narrow the gap to just one point when they visit West Ham on Friday night, while Antonio Conte’s pacesetters have to wait until Monday evening for their fixture at home against Middlesbrough.
“We know what it’s like from when Leicester were playing before us last year and even on Sunday,” said Kane. “It’s good to play first and try to put that pressure on them. It will be good to play on Friday night.
“We’re on 77 points now and it would be great to reach that 80-mark. We could end up on 89 and still not win the league! That would obviously be disappointing but we’ve got four games ahead of us and we feel like we can win all four. We feel like we can beat anyone.
“We’ve just got to keep building. I think we’ve had a better season than last year, and whatever happens this year, next year again we’ve got to be even better. I think that’s important.
“We’ve already got seven points more than we finished with last year, and there’s still four games to go. We’ve just got to try to finish strongly.”
It has been clear for some time that Tottenham are building for the future. Their new stadium is growing around the outside of White Hart Lane and is due to be ready in the summer of 2018.
“Every time we drive in as a squad now you can see how big that stand’s getting, and everything’s getting built up,” said Kane. “It shows the way the club’s going.
“We’ve got a fantastic manager - he’s one of the best in the world in my opinion. We’ve got a great squad, a real togetherness, and we’re going in the right direction, so we’ve got to make sure we continue that and don’t get carried away – even this season, don’t get carried away.
“We’ve got four games left that we’ve got to try and win. It’s exciting times.”
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