'Fantastic' Harry Kane could have score more than three, says Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino
PUBLISHED: 09:30 24 December 2017
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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.
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.”
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.