‘Fantastic’ Harry Kane could have score more than three, says Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino
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The England forward equalled Alan Shearer’s 22-year record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year
Mauricio Pochettino said he was running out of words to praise Spurs striker Harry Kane after his treble away to Burnley on Saturday.
The England international netted a hat-trick at Turf Moor to inspire Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-0 win – their first Premier League victory on the road since September 30 (4-0 at Huddersfield Town).
Before this away success, Spurs had gone five-matches in the division without triumphing on the road, but after the match all the talk was about the hat-trick hero.
Kane’s three goals took him up to 36 for the calendar year of 2017 in the league, which equals the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995.
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Pochettino said: “I have to congratulate Harry, 36 goals, he has the same record that Alan achieved.
“It’s difficult to find another word to describe him. I have been praising him for three-and-a-half years, he is fantastic. A hat-trick is nice for him but he could have scored more than three.”
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Kane opened the scoring after six minutes from the penalty spot after good work by Dele Alli.
The Tottenham forward made it 2-0 in the 69th minute when he raced onto Moussa Sissoko’s pass and slotted past Nick Pope.
And 10 minutes later Kane wrapped up the points and his hat-trick with his third goal after another Alli assist.
Pochettino added: “The team were amazing, we dominated the game and deserved the victory. I am happy, we needed this type of victory and it was an important three points.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised Spurs, he added: “The best side won on the day. They are a top-class side and I think they did the basics well, they showed us a lot of respect doing that.
“They knew they had to earn it and they did. It worked out being a tough day for us.”
There was a controversial moment in the fourth minute when Dele Alli was booked for a rash challenge on Burnley’s Charlie Taylor, which might have resulted in a red card.
Dyche said: “It’s a real tough one, he’s out of control when he challenges, he’s never going to get the ball.
“I think it was a tough one. By the modern rules, he got lucky with it. It’s the old favourite – an orange card.”
Additional reporting by Press Association.