Dele on scoring, Kane reveals long-range shooting practice and more Everton reaction
06 March 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Goalscorers Harry Kane and Dele Alli admitted we made hard work of beating Everton in the last 10 minutes, but both felt we were fully deserving of our 3-2 win on Sunday.
Harry, who bagged two goals in the game, including a 30-yard rocket, revealed he’d been practicing his long-range finishing with some of his team-mates the day before the match in training and was glad to see that work pay off in such style at White Hart Lane.
Dele, meanwhile, was annoyed at the manner of the two goals conceded but, joining Harry, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen to reflect on the game, he was happy with our overall day’s work.
Here’s what the lads had to say once the dust had settled on a club record ninth straight Premier League home win…
Overall thoughts on the match
“It was important that we got the three points today. I think we made it a bit more difficult than it needed to be to be honest, but it was a strong performance until the last 10 minutes and I’d definitely say we deserved to win.”
On the goals conceded
“When you’re that comfortable in a game it’s easy to switch off and I think it’s important that we just get it into ourselves that we can’t do that, especially against teams like this who will punish you. It’s important that we did manage to see the game out.”
On scoring for the second consecutive game
“I’m happy with it. As long as the team is winning I don’t care who gets the goals. It was two great finishes from Harry and it’s important that we keep winning. We’re a confident team and when we’re playing like this we fancy ourselves against anyone. It’s good to keep getting goals but like I said it’s important that we keep getting the three points. It doesn’t matter who scores.”
Talk us through that cracking first goal…
“It’s funny – me, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier were just doing a bit of finishing after training yesterday from about that range, just a few strikes, so when I got the space in the game I thought ‘why not have a shot?’ It moved a bit in the air and it managed to sneak in.”
Did many go in during that training session?
“It probably wasn’t the best but that’s why you practice, for times like that, so luckily I struck it well and it went in. The most important thing is winning and we did that. It was probably a bit nervy at the end when it shouldn’t have been but we got the three points in the end and that’s all that matters.”
View on the second goal
“Mousa and Dele did great pressing the ball and obviously it fell to me, I was there one-on-one and just had to slot it past the keeper. It was nice to get to 2-0 up, I probably should have gone on to get a couple more but of course I’m happy with the win.”
On marauding runs and going close to scoring
“The lads were making fun of me because I haven’t scored in a while! I was talking to Kyle Walker… I tried today, unfortunately it didn’t happen but my goals will come. I was extremely tired on the pitch because I was going forward too much! I’m tired, but also happy with the win.”
On our defensive display
“I thought we did very well. We were dominant in possession, created a lot of chances and it looked like a comfortable win until they scored. Everton are a great team. They bought some great players in the window and look like a very strong team. We said before the game that if we could win this one it would be a very big win and for me, they are a team that can beat the big teams.”
On Harry Kane’s performance
“Harry is a great threat at the moment, he’s up there among the best players in the league, obviously. The team gives him the opportunity to score with Dele, Christian and the wing-backs. He’s a great player for us, very important.”
On post-match emotions
“At the end, it’s a great feeling to get the three points. We didn’t miss the opportunity. Arsenal and Manchester United dropped points and it was important to make the difference today and that’s a good feeling. Then the performance – until the (Romelu) Lukaku goal we put together a great performance. At 2-1, it was a typical Premier League game – anything could happen. At 3-1 we’re not allowed to switch off like we did for their free-kick but finally it was three points and that was our target. Now we can rest with a good feeling.”
On making his 200th appearance for Spurs
“It’s a good number. We said before that the result was more important than my 200th performance for Tottenham but maybe now I can open a bottle of champagne tonight and share it with my family!”
On his 50-50 header with Enner Valencia
“As a goalkeeper, sometimes you need to be brave and in that situation, you don’t need to think too much!”