Spurs star Harry Kane wants a repeat performance at Watford after victory over Norwich
Harry Kane wants Tottenham to show the same focus, respect and professionalism that they displayed against Norwich when they visit another newly-promoted club, Watford, tomorrow (Monday).
Norwich had earned draws away at Liverpool and Everton and beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford before they arrived at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day, but Spurs comfortably beat the Canaries 3-0 to capitalise on United’s defeat at Stoke and consolidate their place in the top four.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites are now preparing to visit a high-flying Watford side who are only three points behind them in seventh place – level with Louis van Gaal’s United - and Kane is demanding more of the same from his Spurs team-mates.
“The main thing for us was to get the three points against Norwich and I thought we did that in very good fashion,” he said. “We looked comfortable, they didn’t create too many chances, and it was a good 3-0 victory. Then when we came in afterwards we saw the other results had gone our way, so it was a good day.
“We were watching the Man United game up until just after half-time. We knew it was a chance for us to get ahead of them points-wise and we did the job. Now it’s about doing it again on Monday.
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“Watford have been doing well this year. They got another good result at Chelsea the other day [a 2-2 draw] so they’re going to be full of confidence as well.
“You can’t take any game for granted, you can’t think ‘oh this is a game we’re going to win’ because everyone’s beating everyone this season.
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“You can see that the teams that people thought were going to be down at the bottom are up near the top, so we’ve got to be fully focused, like we were against Norwich.
“It’s probably good for us because then we can’t take any teams for granted. We’ve got to go there and play at fully 110 per cent, with full concentration, and make sure we put on a performance.
“We did very well against Norwich, I thought we were very professional, and Watford are going to be the same. They’re going to be a hard-working team, they’re full of confidence and so are we.”
Kane could have played for Watford if things had turned out differently: “I was there for a four to six-week trial before I went to Spurs,” he said.
“I live in Chingford, which is probably only half an hour from Watford, so I’m quite local. Obviously our training ground’s quite local to Watford.
“We’ve been quite fortunate that it isn’t a far away game where we have to travel. We get a good recovery, a quick turn-around and then we go again on Monday.”
Kane struck Tottenham’s first two goals in the Boxing Day victory over Norwich, scoring his 26th and 27th league goals of 2015 and thereby eclipsing Teddy Sheringham’s club record of 26 strikes for Spurs in a calendar year.
“That’s good to hear,” said Kane. “I try not to think about too many records but to hear stuff like that shows I’m doing well, and hopefully I can go on to break even more records next year.
“But it isn’t about personal records or personal trophies, it’s about team trophies and winning honours. Fortunately I think we’re in a great position at the moment and if 2016 brings a trophy - for club or country - that would be amazing, and that’s always the aim for me.”
Last week, Kane responded to a tweet which jokingly suggested he could still match Lionel Messi’s tally of 51 goals for club and country in 2015, replying “no problem”.
And, after his brace against Norwich, which took him to 32 in the calendar year, he said: “Nineteen against Watford would be lovely. But no, that was obviously a good bit of banter on social media.”
Kane has also paid tribute to Erik Lamela for his part in the victory over Norwich, after the Argentine put in one of his best performances for Tottenham.
“He was very good, until the 4v1 at the end!” said Kane. “He’s a top professional, he’s a very good player and he was outstanding, as a lot of players were.
“He’s full of confidence at the moment, he’s just got to keep doing what he’s doing. He trains hard, he works hard and everyone’s moving in the right direction so we’ve just got to keep that philosophy and keep doing it.”
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