'We wanted to send the fans home happy' - Harry on an emotional final north London derby at the Lane
02 May 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane ticked all the boxes on what he described as an ‘emotional day’ - the last north London derby at White Hart Lane.
The striker set records after drilling home the second, clinching goal from the penalty spot in the second half, the second of two goals in three minutes that reduced Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League to four points - the team’s main target – stretched our winning run in the league to nine and made it 13 home league wins on the trot.
Harry has now scored in five-successive north London derbies - a record - and with six goals, the highest-scoring Spur against Arsenal in the Premier League era.
It must have been a day that touched his heart. “Yes, it’s amazing,” he said. “It was an emotional day even before the game, the build up, knowing it was the last north London derby at the Lane and we wanted to send the fans home happy.
“We wanted to keep the pressure on Chelsea and wanted to make sure we’re getting closer to securing second, at least, and of course we’ll now definitely finish above Arsenal, which wasn’t too much on our minds but for the fans it’s fantastic. So all in all, an amazing day.”
We played well throughout - it just felt like we needed that first goal and we’d be on our way, did it feel the same out there?
Harry: “It’s been like that in most of our games this season. We kept the ball, missed a couple of open goals in the first half that we might have scored on another day and it was about keeping patient, not panicking and making sure we didn’t get caught on the counter-attack. We did all that. We got the breakthrough and got the second straight after and we’ve done that a few times this season - that kills the game off. After that we kept the ball, created more chances and it was a fantastic performance. That shows the level we’re at. We’ve got to continue doing it for the rest the season.”
Did you feel the atmosphere out there?
Harry: “Yes, but we were calm, even speaking to a couple of players afterwards, we always felt we were going to win. We had to keep doing what we’re doing and the chances would come, they did and we got the breakthrough then one straight after. Even at 2-0 up I thought it was a mature performance. We didn’t go gung-ho looking for the third, we dropped off and made it difficult for them, and they created very little.”
It certainly looked like we’d score a third rather than Arsenal coming back…
Harry: “Exactly, and that’s important. That’s the confidence we’ve got. They didn’t create much and we were always dangerous on the counter-attack. I had a couple of chances I might have done better with. It ended 2-0, a fantastic day for us and now we recover and look ahead to West Ham on Friday.”
Below: Harry slots home from the spot for 2-0
How are you feeling now? It’s a huge day for everyone...
Harry: “I’m buzzing, a bit of relief, I’m always nervous before the big games so to go out and perform how we did on the big stage was incredible. We sent the fans home happy, they have the bragging rights for the time being anyway and it’s important for us, we want to finish as high in the league as we can. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing and hope Chelsea drop points. If not, we’ve got to make sure we secure that second place.”
In terms of north London derby goals, you are now on six, the most for Spurs and more than Thierry Henry!
Harry: “I’ll take that, yes! We were on the wrong end of Henry for many years, too long! It’s good to have it the other way around now. I feel good in these games. Everyone knows how much it means to me and whenever I get the opportunity, I try to take it. I got the penalty and was able to stick it away, it was a fantastic day for everyone.”
Love a north London derby! Great to win the last derby at the Lane and score the last goal. Atmosphere was immense! pic.twitter.com/CYq3GUZsBd— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 30, 2017
What’s the message for the final four games?
Harry: “We keep going, it’s hard to do anything else. We can’t control what Chelsea do, we just have to keep winning our games. We’re on 77 points at the moment, a great total, four games left, another London derby on Friday night and hopefully we can win that, drop it down to one point and see what happens. That’s all we can do. We’re playing as well as we ever have done in the Premier League, so we have to keep going and see what happens.”