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No masking Harry's spirit ahead of Hammers test

Posted on 1 March 2016  - 16:52

Harry Kane assessed the upcoming London derby double-header and declared: “We don’t fear anyone.”

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We return to Premier League action against West Ham United at Upton Park on Wednesday night (March 2, kick-off 7.45pm) before entertaining Arsenal at White Hart Lane at the weekend (Saturday, March 5, kick-off 12.45pm).

They’re both key games for us as we look to keep pushing on in the uppermost places of the Premier League table and, while striker Harry is licking his lips at the prospect of facing two of our closest rivals in such circumstances in the space of a few days, the England front man has underlined the importance of staying focused and taking it one game at a time.

“We’re looking forward to it this week – we don’t fear anyone so these next two games for us are just about going out there and doing what we’ve been doing,” said the 22-year-old, who has started every top flight game for us since November 9, 2014.

“It’s going to be tough at Upton Park first of all. West Ham are good at home, they’re on a good run of form but so are we so it’s going to be a good game.

“Obviously their fans will be up for it but so will ours so it’s going to be a great atmosphere on the night and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully we can go there and get the three points.”

Harry led the line in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea City while wearing a protective face mask, having suffered a broken nose in the recent FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.

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He’ll do the same against the Hammers and during all our matches for the next few weeks, but the forward says it won’t hinder his game.

“It’s fine. Once you get into the game and you’re running about you kind of just forget it’s there,” he added.

“You jump up like normal to try to win headers for the team so it’s no problem for me and I’m happy to wear it. I’ve had the operation on my nose now so it’s a bit sore but that mask is there to protect it so there’s no fear from my side.”

Reflecting on our victory over the Swans, in which goals from substitute Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose overturned a 1-0 deficit, Harry said he always remained confident in our ability to take maximum points – even after trailing for an extended period.

“We had the momentum and it was just a case of getting that breakthrough and then getting the second,” he explained. “It was a good goal from Nacer and then it was just a matter of time before we scored again.

“Sometimes games don’t go your way and it could have been one of those days, but thankfully it wasn’t. We kept going, we were patient, we created an awful lot of chances and to get the two goals was very important for us and now it puts us in good stead for a tough week ahead.”