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Harry Kane: "It's been tough...and it's great to be back"

06 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

The smile said it all. Harry Kane is back – and back on the scoresheet in the north London derby.

The striker admitted it had been a tough six weeks on the sidelines recovering from an ankle injury sustained against Sunderland on September 18.

What better game to return, and what better game to score in?

Having glanced a header inches wide in our bright start to the noon showdown at the Emirates, we found ourselves a goal down at the interval, a late blow as Kevin Wimmer, at full stretch, headed Mesut Ozil’s free-kick past Hugo Lloris.

Below: Harry speaks to Spurs TV at the Emirates


Undetered, we fought our way back into the game in the second half and when Mousa Dembele was brought down in the box, Harry stepped up to equalise from the spot. It stayed at 1-1, with Christian Eriksen close twice to a winner, denied first by Petr Cech before hitting the inside of the post from a late free-kick.

“It felt great to be back out there with the team, fighting for the team and I was delighted to get a goal,” said Harry. “It was an important goal to get us back in the game and we could even have sneaked a winner at the end when Christian hit the post.

“I’ve scored a few goals against Arsenal now and it gets sweeter every time I score, especially in front of the fans. The travelling support was great again.

“I feel good. It’s been a tough spell sitting it out and watching the team so I was delighted to get back out there and get some minutes under my belt.”

Below: Harry slots home his penalty - and is off to celebrate


What was said at HT?

Harry: “We said to stay calm. We were playing well. I know they hit the post but I had a header that went just wide and we had a few other chances as well. We just said to continue playing our football and the chances would come. We got the penalty and created a couple more chances as well.”

On the penalty

Harry: “I practice penalties during the week, I look at where the goalkeeper stands and how I feel on the day and this time, Cech almost got a touch with his leg but obviously I was delighted to see it go in.”

Harry’s overall view

“I thought we controlled the game for large parts. They caught us on the counter-attack a few times but overall, I thought we played well and we could easily have nicked the winner in the end. The draw isn’t the worst result in the world.”