Harry Kane keen for Spurs to keep up excellent away form until luck turns at Wembley
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Forward struck another brace to help Tottenham defeat West Ham at London Stadium and he now wants more success at APOEL Nicosia
Harry Kane says it is key Tottenham keep winning on the road while they are struggling to do so at Wembley – and he feels Spurs may be scoring more away from home at present because their opponents commit more men forward.
The Lilywhites are winless in front of their own fans in the league this term, having lost to Chelsea and then been frustrated by defensive Burnley and Swansea sides, who grabbed 1-1 and 0-0 draws at the national stadium respectively.
Conversely, Tottenham have a 100 per cent record outside of north-west London, triumphing in all three games away against Newcastle, Everton and West Ham with an aggregate score of 8-2, following Saturday’s 3-2 victory in east London.
Asked if Spurs are finding more space on the counter-attack on the road, Harry Kane – who scored the first two goals at the weekend - said: “Yes, sometimes.
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“We’re going to have to deal with that. When teams come to our place, whether it’s White Hart Lane or Wembley, they’re going to drop off and we’ve got to find a way to get around that and win.
“You could say it’s maybe a bit more open away and we take advantage of that, but we’ve still got to find a way to win at home as well.
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“I feel we’ve been a bit unlucky in the last few games [at Wembley], but it’s important we continue this away form until that changes. Then, if we continue what we’re doing here [when we’re] at home, we should be right up there.”
Kane’s brace put Spurs 2-0 up at half time against West Ham and Christian Eriksen made it 3-0 on the hour-mark, but the home side then pulled two goals back either side of Serge Aurier’s dismissal, and in the end Tottenham had to hang on to win 3-2.
“We’re delighted with the win,” said Kane. “We played very well, got 3-0 up and it was just a matter of seeing the game out.
“But goals change games, red cards change games and all of a sudden we were up against it. We did very well to grind it out and it’s a massive three points away from home.”
Kane has struck six goals in four matches, having scored twice against Everton, Borussia Dortmund and now West Ham in September – but a treble has so far eluded him.
“Whenever you score two goals, especially in the first half, you’re always looking for the hat-trick,” said Kane. “There was the free kick that hit the post and another one hit the post too.
“We practise free kicks in training, especially the day before games. On Friday I was practising them and I felt really good.
“Even that one, it’s more of a crossing position but I kind of fancied it and was a bit unlucky. Christian managed to score from it in the end so he was happy.
“It’s something we practise and whoever feels ready in the game to take it, they’ll take it. Hopefully one of them goes in for me soon.”
Tottenham are now preparing to visit Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia in the group stage of the Champions League, and Kane concedes the Lilywhites’ opponents are something of an unknown quantity.
“It’s going to be a hostile atmosphere I’d imagine out there,” he said. “You don’t know what the pitch is like, you don’t know what the crowd are going to be like, so we’ve got to just adapt to that as soon as possible and hopefully win the game.
“Of course we’re confident, especially after the last result in the Champions League [when we beat Dortmund]. But there’s no easy game away from home in this competition.
“It’s going to be tough but we feel we can win the game. We’ve got to recover now, then it’s a quick turnaround and another massive game.
“If we can win that, we can’t worry too much about other results but we’ll be on six points and in a great position.”
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