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'It's been a while!' - Kyle on Hammers strike

Posted on 22 November 2015  - 21:01

Kyle Walker admitted his return to the scoresheet was “long overdue” as he revelled in a fine victory over West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Kyle Walker scores against West HamWheeling away after hitting the target

Collecting Heung-Min Son’s pass, the England right-back rattled in a superb fourth goal for us with the outside of his right boot in the closing stages of our 4-1 win over the Hammers.

Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld had earlier given us a 2-0 lead before the interval, with Harry adding another goal five minutes after the restart to put us out of sight.

Manuel Lanzini netted a late consolation for the visitors, but that did little to spoil the moment for Kyle after he bagged his first goal since a 2-2 home draw with Manchester United almost two years ago on December 1, 2013.

“It’s been a long while, especially after my difficult season last year with injury, but it’s a great day to get the goal with it being a London derby,” he said.

“It’s long overdue, but I was happy with the finish. To be fair, I don’t use my left foot enough and it’s come to my left foot, so I thought I’d just hit it with the outside of my right foot. Obviously it’s come off and luckily it went in the back of the net!”

Commenting on the victory as a whole, Kyle added: “I thought to be honest we should have probably been 3-0 up before half-time if Harry had scored the one-on-one but we went in, we regrouped, we came back out and we put the pressure back on them again, which was good.

“When we got that third one it was like a sigh of relief afterwards because we know what happened in the Stoke game earlier in the season where we were 2-0 up and we drew 2-2. We didn’t want a reoccurrence of that, we said so in the dressing room, and I think we just need to keep going now with the momentum we’ve got.

“We’ve put a good run together and hopefully it continues into next week as well.”