Harry Kane: “We delivered from back to front”
Fri 13 May 2022, 12:30|Tottenham Hotspur
The north London derby takes us all to the extremes of emotions - a fact not lost on Harry Kane after his goals spearheaded a crucial 3-0 win in the latest N17-N5 clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night.
The record goalscorer in the derby, Harry took his tally to 13 with a penalty (1-0, 22 minutes) and stooping close-range header (2-0, 37 minutes) as we took complete control with Arsenal also down to 10 men following Rob Holding’s sending off between the goals. Heung-Min Son wrapped it up with the third goal two minutes into the second half.
The result moved us to within a point of Arsenal as both teams chase that coveted fourth place in the Premier League, with two matches remaining. Next up, Burnley at home for us on Sunday (12noon) while Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Monday night.
Asked how it felt walking off after such a comfortable win in the derby, Harry told Spurs TV: “It felt good, for sure, especially after the result we had at their place (3-1 loss, 3-0 down at half-time) earlier in the season. We’ve come a long way since then.
“We could feel the anticipation building up to this one all week and when we got here, the atmosphere was incredible. We knew how important it was. We knew if we didn’t win, the Champions League was almost dead.
“We delivered from back to front. We worked our socks off, pressed high and played really well. It was nice to control the game the way we did in the second half.
“We managed the game well. We scored the second goal, scored the third goal early in the second half and moved the ball around well. We made it difficult for them, suffocated them when they had the ball, won it back, kept it - it was enjoyable to play in, and you don’t often get that in a big game like the north London derby.”
Focus moved immediately to Sunday, with Burnley fighting for their lives, currently only above Leeds and outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
“It’s down to us to try to win on Sunday now and try to put a bit more pressure on them,” added Harry. “It will be tough, Burnley are fighting for points at the bottom, a tough side with a new manager. We’re fully expecting a tough game but if we want Champions League, these are the games we have to win. Tonight was the first step, now we have to do the same on Sunday.”