Wanyama on Huddersfield goal: 'I could see there was space'
Sun 14 April 2019, 11:47|Tottenham Hotspur
Victor Wanyama explained how simply reading the game led to his first goal in 14 months.
Back in the side following an impressive cameo in the midweek Champions League win over Manchester City for only his third league start of the season, the central midfielder strolled through the Huddersfield back line to round Ben Hamer and set us on our way to an excellent 4-0 victory against the already-relegated side at our new stadium on Saturday.
His last goal was unforgettable – a thunderbolt at Anfield in February last year – but this one wasn’t unattractive either as he displayed some nice footwork to break through into the box and eventually slot home before soaking in the joy from the fans in the new North Stand.
His strike also completed a slightly left-field statistic as he became the first player to score a first-half goal in our world-class new home, having also been the last player to score in the first half at White Hart Lane after he headed in the opener in the Finale victory against Manchester United in May, 2017.
“I was just following play,” explained the Kenyan international, who has been extremely unfortunate with injuries over the last two seasons. “I could see there was space and I could break through.
“The opportunities are there and I’m always happy to try and do something. I had a good touch and I was very happy to score the first goal.”
Of course, Victor was ultimately upstaged by Lucas Moura as the lightning-quick Brazilian international swiftly made it 2-0 before going on to complete his first hat-trick in English football late in the game.
“Lucas is an important player for the team and whenever he gets the chance, he’s trying to help,” said Victor. “He had a fantastic game, a hat-trick, all very good goals. We’re very happy to have him.
“It was a tough game and a dangerous game. The opponents had nothing to lose, we needed to be focussed and we were today. Everyone was fantastic. We did our jobs and we’re happy to take maximum points.”