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Wanyama: 'Debut goal means the world to me'

Sun 21 August 2016, 12:30|Tottenham Hotspur

Sweat still dripping onto his white shirt, Victor Wanyama searched for the words to describe scoring a late winner on his home debut - and delivered them beautifully.

“It means the world to me, getting a goal on my debut in front of our fans is amazing. It’s maybe the only thing I could ask this year! The fans were unbelievable and that goal, I can’t describe it - a special goal for me.”

It meant the world to team-mates, management and fans alike, an important victory on our return to the Lane against a typically stubborn Palace side.


We had the run of the game (57% possession) and the better chances (20-10 efforts at goal) and as Mauricio Pochettino explained, we maintained the belief to go on and win it right into the latter stages.

That’s when the big man delivered. Victor found himself free as Harry Kane met Erik Lamela’s corner and made no mistake, powering home his header past Wayne Hennessey.

“I saw Harry go for it, I knew he would attack the ball and I reacted to it and had a clear header,” reflected the midfielder. “I couldn’t ask for more, it was a great set-piece and a team goal. It was just a matter of time.

“We had a lot of chances, created a lot but didn’t get a goal. We had to dig deep and work harder and harder. We were patient and at the end, we got our goal.

“It feels special to have won that game and when you get that first win, you also get that confidence. We can build from here and now we’ll see next week.”

Back to his moment, Victor added: “It’s amazing, amazing, I couldn’t believe it, it was my debut and how the fans were behind us from the first minute until the end, it was special.”