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Kane ‘couldn’t hear ref whistle over crowd noise’, Sonny and Dier react

20 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane looked like he had goosebumps as he recalled the moment he put the ball down on the penalty spot and prepared to win us the game against West Ham.

The England striker side-footed in an 89th-minute equaliser as we staged a late comeback on Saturday before sending White Hart Lane into dreamland with his stoppage-time strike from 12 yards.

Giving us his post-match verdict along with Heung-Min Son – the man who provided the assist for his equaliser and then won the decisive penalty – plus Eric Dier and Harry Winks, Harry claimed the noise inside the stadium was so deafening that he couldn’t hear referee Mike Dean’s whistle to signal for the spot kick to be taken!

Here’s what was said after our memorable 3-2 victory…

Harry Kane

On his late penalty to win it
“I was nervous, excited, but that’s what you play football for – pressure situations, 2-2 in the last minute and a penalty to win a derby. It doesn’t get much bigger than that and that’s why I practice, that’s why I work hard in the week – for those moments. What a feeling to see it go in! Getting it back to 2-2, people might have thought a draw wasn’t too bad but when we got the penalty, the noise was incredible. I put the ball on the spot and the noise was so loud, I didn’t know if the referee had blown his whistle! What an atmosphere, what a game. We’re happy we repaid everyone for putting their faith in us by winning in the end.”


On the way he drilled his penalty home
“I practice all positions, all corners and down the middle. On the day, I’ll choose what I feel is best. I went down the middle last time and maybe that had an influence on the goalkeeper not going too early. Low and hard normally does the trick.”

On mindset at 2-1 down
“I was disappointed because I didn’t think we played great. West Ham made it difficult for us, they shut off the middle of the pitch and we had to be patient. We did well to get back to 1-1 and all the momentum was with us. I thought we were going on to win it but they got the penalty, we were 2-1 down and we had to take a deep breath and go again. We left it late. It wasn’t the greatest performance from us but that’s what it’s about – you have to dig deep as a team, stay patient and eventually we got the two goals.”

On the impact of substitute Sonny
“We’ve got a great squad this season and it’s important for the players who start on the bench to be ready to come on because, like today, Sonny and Dele changed the game. That’s what they have to be ready for. Everyone wants to start but sometimes you have to make an impact off the bench like Sonny did.”


Overall thoughts after grabbing the win

“Sometimes that feels even better because we know we can play a lot better than that. To still come away with an important win, staying unbeaten – draws aren’t good enough if we want to be up there fighting for the title – is great. To turn it around that late in any game, let alone a London derby – it doesn’t get better than that.”

Heung-Min Son

On his impact on the game
“I want to say this for my team-mates – they worked really hard. When I came on it was difficult to get into the game, my pass was not great but Harry’s finish for 2-2 was very good. I’m also very happy that we got three points because everyone was really disappointed in the last four weeks where we didn’t win and we dropped some points, but everyone did fantastic today. It’s exciting to get three points at home like this and I’m really happy to help my team-mates.”


On Mauricio’s instructions when he came on
“Nothing special because we knew what we had to do. I knew what I had to do. He just said ‘fight for your team-mates.’”

On finding a way to win
“It was very difficult because West Ham were defending very well, they were very deep. It was not easy to score but we had some chances, we worked for them and when I came on, it was 2-1, I didn’t have much time to make an impact but I’m really happy to have an influence on the two late goals and get the three points.”

Harry Winks

On scoring on his first Premier League start
“It’s all a bit of a blur to be fair! What a game to be involved in and what a full debut to make! To win, that was the main thing, to get the three points, but to score as well – I can’t explain it. I’ve got to thank the gaffer for everything he’s done for me. He’s given me my chance and he’s put me into the first team. That was a ‘thank-you’ to him for everything he’s done for me.”


On the team’s comeback
“With this team, we’ve shown time and again that when we go down, we keep going. We’ve got that belief, that know-how how to get back into a game and it was never in doubt we’d create the opportunities.”

On whether he thought Harry Kane would score from the spot
“No doubt, absolutely no doubt. I was just thinking about the celebrations! I was getting ready to run over.”

Eric Dier

Emotions after the game
“It was fantastic. It’s crazy how in the space of four minutes, the feeling goes from a bad one to an amazing one so everyone is really happy. It’s not the first time that this team has done that and it just shows that we’ve got fantastic character and we don’t stop going until the end.”

On battle with the Hammers
“I think they were waiting on our mistakes and at times we gave them that mistake and they looked to capitalise on it. They scored from two set-pieces and I don’t think they had many chances.”


On Harry Winks’ memorable day
“Everyone’s really, really happy for him. It’s fantastic, he really deserves it. He’s come into the team and he’s taken his chance. I think it’s been coming for a while now – he’s been coming on a couple of times recently, he made his England Under-21s debut the other day and now he’s scored on his first Premier League start so everyone’s really happy for him and hopefully he keeps on working hard and keeps on improving. He’s been working very hard all the time. I think everyone at the club has a lot of confidence in him and it was just a matter of time before he started to be more and more involved so hopefully he can keep on helping us.”