Spurs star Harry Kane admits: I thought I’d scored another winner against Arsenal
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Harry Kane thought he had scored another winning goal against Arsenal in the north London derby – and he was disappointed that Tottenham ultimately had to settle for a point against their arch-rivals.
Last February Spurs came from behind to beat the Gunners 2-1 at White Hart Lane, with Kane on target twice – including a late winner – and it looked like history was going to repeat itself in Saturday’s clash.
Just like in last season’s duel, the Lilywhites trailed at the break but struck twice in the second half – this time against 10 men – with Kane whipping a glorious finish around visiting goalkeeper David Ospina from the left flank.
However, Arsenal hit back as Alexis Sanchez levelled 14 minutes from time, leaving Kane to reflect on a missed opportunity.
“When you go 2-1 ahead, especially when they’re down to 10 men, you definitely think that could be the winner,” said the striker. “I’m disappointed it wasn’t and that we didn’t get more goals, but that’s football. All we can do is just learn from it.”
“It was a good strike, probably one of the best of my career - in the moment as well. It was a great feeling so I was very happy to see it go in.
“I think we’ve left feeling disappointed, though. With them going to down to 10 men and then with us getting the two quick goals, we should have then gone on to get the third and the fourth and finished the game off. But we maybe dropped off a little bit too much, gave them a bit of space to play in and we got punished for it.
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“It’s a lesson we’ve got to learn from, but at the end of the day it’s another point against a top side and we’ve just got to look forward to the games ahead.
“There are still nine games left – an awful lot of points to play for. All we can do is concentrate on our football and what we need to do. We’ve got Aston Villa in the league next, and then Bournemouth – two games that we’ve got to go and win – and then we’ll see where it takes us.”
Spurs have now missed two chances to go top of the table, having been defeated 1-0 at West Ham last Wednesday night, but Kane insists there is no psychological issue on that front.
“I don’t think you can read too much into that,” he said. “I think we’ve had a tough week, some tough games.
“We were all disappointed after the West Ham game. It was an opportunity then as well that we didn’t capitalise on, but I thought we came out at the start of Saturday’s game on fire.
“We had some good chances, the keeper made some good saves and then against the run of play we went 1-0 behind. But we stuck together, again we showed good character to get back in the game and get 2-1 ahead. It just would have been a lot nicer if we’d come away with a victory.
“A point isn’t the worst result in the world. It still keeps us ahead of Arsenal by three points and a good goal difference. We can’t control what other teams do, we can only control what we do and I feel we’re playing well. We’ve just got to get back to winning ways, starting against Villa.
“For me, until there’s two or three games left, so much can happen. There’s still 27 points up for grabs and so much can change.”
Kane wore a protective mask for the third successive game on Saturday, having recently broken his nose.
“It doesn’t really bother me to be honest,” he said. “To be fair, with the rain, it was a bit slippery. It kept slipping off and I had to tighten it but, other than that, once you start playing you forget it’s there and just get on with it. As you can see by the goal, I don’t think it was bothering me that much!
“It’s doctor’s orders, I’ve got to wear it for a couple more weeks. If I didn’t have to wear it then I wouldn’t, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’d rather wear it and not miss any more games than get another one on the nose and have to miss a game or so. It’s just something I have to deal with.”