Massive win - Harry
Striker on the spot - reaction from the Amex
23 September 2018|Tottenham Hotspur
It was back to business for Harry Kane and the team in what the skipper described as a 'massive win' at Brighton after a testing month so far.
Harry led the way with the opening goal from the penalty spot at the end of the first half before Erik Lamela’s fine second on 76 minutes.
The home side staged a late rally to make it 2-1 but we held on for a deserved victory in the rain at the Amex Stadium to halt a run of three-successive losses - the first such sequence under Mauricio Pochettino - and make it four wins in our first six matches in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Harry’s clinical spot-kick took him to 143 goals in all competitions, level with Jermain Defoe in the Club’s all-time goalscoring list. He’s reached that mark in just 220 games.
"It’s a massive win, massive for momentum, for belief," said Harry. "Our energy was great. We pressed hard, everyone worked hard around the pitch and got what we deserved.
"Everyone battled, everyone pressed - and that’s when we’re at our best. That’s when we start to find gaps because we wear teams down and that’s what happened, especially in the second half, we could have scored three or four more and finished it off but we didn’t and had to fight right until the end but sometimes that makes it feel that much sweeter."
Our all-time top goalscorers
1 - Jimmy Greaves - 1961-70 - 266 goals in 379 appearances
2 - Bobby Smith - 1955-64 - 208/317
3 - Martin Chivers - 1968-76 - 174/367
4 - Cliff Jones - 1958-68 - 159/378
5= HARRY KANE - 2011- 143/220
5= Jermain Defoe - 2004-2014 - 143/363
The players are close in this squad and many have been at the Club for a number of years so it was put to Harry what had been said in the lead up to the Brighton fixture after such a devastating late loss at Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
"Look, it’s part of the game,” he stated. "We know we can play better.
"On Tuesday, I didn’t think we played terribly but in the critical moments we lost a bit of mental strength. But look, we’ve bounced back and that’s all we can do.
"Now we have to look forward to the next one. As I said, we had to work harder, that’s the only way to come through these times and that’s what we did today."