Harry reflects on stoppage time drama
23 February 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane said it’s in his nature to follow the ball in after the last-gasp spot kick drama against West Ham on Sunday.
Trailing 2-1 to our London rivals in the dying seconds at White Hart Lane, Harry was bundled over by Alex Song and a penalty was awarded.
The in-form striker dusted himself down to take the kick and, after goalkeeper Adrian guessed right and saved the penalty, Harry was quickest to the rebound and hit home a late, late equaliser.
Reflecting on the 2-2 draw, Harry admitted: “Obviously it was nerve-wracking to step up as it was in the last minute of the game and we needed the goal to get a point but when your luck’s in, your luck’s in – the keeper made a good save but it rebounded out to me and I was able to put it home.
“Any striker knows that rebounds can be so important in the game and from set pieces. In that split second I was obviously disappointed to see it saved but then delighted to be able to put it into the back of the net. It’s pleasing to be able to get the draw in the end.”
Earlier in the game, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho had put the Hammers ahead as we struggled to match the intensity levels of recent performances, before Danny Rose gave us hope when he struck home from just outside the box with nine minutes remaining.
Harry confirmed the players were disappointed with aspects of the game, but underlined how persistence until the full-time whistle was key to snatching a point.
“I think we were disappointed, especially in the first half, that we couldn’t get ourselves going,” he added. “We kept giving the ball away cheaply but even when we went 2-0 down we never gave up.
“Everyone dug deep when we had to and obviously we’ve come out with a point, which could be a very important one at the end of the season.”