No-one will fancy facing Tottenham, says hat-trick hero Harry Kane
Harry Kane says no-one will fancy facing Tottenham after his hat-trick helped the Lilywhites to record their biggest away win in the Premier League for six years.
Kane scored his third treble in Spurs colours as the north London outfit triumphed 5-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday – the first time they had scored five goals on the road in the top flight since Harry Redknapp’s side won by the same scoreline at Hull in August 2009.
Tottenham’s victory also extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games – the longest sequence of all the top-flight teams – while they have the joint-best defensive record, with eight goals conceded in 10 games.
Three of Spurs’ next four league games are London derbies - against Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea – and Kane is pleased to be going into November in such strong league form, having climbed to sixth place in the table, five points off the top.
“It shows we are a tough team to beat,” said the striker. “Even the draws we had, we should have won. We have got a lot of confidence and are playing very well.
“Not a lot of teams will want to play us at the moment and we have to use that to our advantage. It starts next Monday night [against Aston Villa], then we have a midweek game [against Anderlecht in the Europa League] and Arsenal as well.
“There are some good games next month so we’re excited. We’ve got to keep doing what we do, stay focused, keep playing football and improving.”
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Spurs travelled to Bournemouth on the back of three draws and a defeat against Anderlecht in the Europa League last Thursday, with Kane drawing a blank in all of those winless matches, leaving him with just one goal in 13 games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side got off to the worst possible start on the south coast as Matt Ritchie fired the Cherries into the lead after just 49 seconds – the quickest goal in the Premier League this season.
However, Kane promptly levelled from the penalty spot and goals from Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela put Spurs 3-1 up after 30 minutes before Kane added two more in the second period to claim the match ball.
“I’m delighted to get the hat-trick and delighted to get the win,” he said. “It was disappointing to go 1-0 down so early on, we knew they were going to come out of the blocks flying - but it showed our character.
“We got the goal straight back, which was important because if we gave them a 1-0 lead and something to hang onto it would have been a tough place.
“We pressed high and played well with the ball and we created a lot of chances. It was probably one of our best performances all season to be honest, other than the first five minutes. The 5-1 result makes us very happy.
“I feel I’ve been playing well all season. Sometimes as a striker you need a bit of luck to come your way and I got that, and you have got to be ready to take your chances when they come.
“I’m delighted to get the three goals and get the ball rolling so overall it was a good day - but it doesn’t stop here. There is still a long way to go and that starts next Monday against Villa.”
Kane was omitted from the starting line-up against Anderlecht last Thursday after hurting his leg, which forced Clinton Njie to lead the line in Belgium, and the 22-year-old wore strapping against Bournemouth on Sunday - but he insists there is no need for any concerns over his fitness.
“It was a little niggle I picked up against Liverpool towards the end of the game,” he said. “We didn’t want to risk it in midweek. The manager makes his decision on who wants to play but I was fully fit for this game.
“I was always going to be playing and it showed with the performance. The strapping was just a precaution, we haven’t got a game for eight days now so by then it should be 100%.”
That next game is a home match against Aston Villa, who have just sacked former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood – the man who gave Kane his first Premier League start for Tottenham.
“Obviously I’m disappointed for him, he is a good friend and a good manager who has helped me along the way – I’m sure he will bounce back,” said Kane.
“I’m not at Villa so can’t say too much but, for us, on Monday night it is an important game. They come to our place and we have to be ready to go.”
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