Kane hails special moment
Published 20/04/2015 | 13:41
Harry Kane is in no mood to put his feet up after smashing through the 30-goal barrier.
The 21-year-old England international became the first Spurs player to reach that mark since Gary Lineker during the 1991-92 season when he netted the third in a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday.
He had to wait almost a month after his 29th of the campaign to reach the milestone, but with five games to play before the end of the campaign, he is refusing to rest on his laurels.
Kane told Spurs TV: "It's great to reach that milestone. It felt like I was on 29 for ages and to be able to get to 30 now and 20 in the league is special - and to win the game makes it even better.
"The season doesn't finish here, though. There are still five more games left and I'll be trying to get on the scoresheet in as many of those games and get as many wins as we can."
Kane's strike at St James' Park cemented a comfortable victory for the visitors on a day when the home fans staged concerted protests against owner Mike Ashley.
Their mood was not improved when Nacer Chadli fired Spurs into a 30th-minute lead, and although Jack Colback levelled within 20 seconds of the restart, Christian Eriksen restored their advantage just seven minutes later.
The Magpies committed men to the search for an equaliser as time ran down, and Kane made the most of a lack of numbers at the back in injury-time when he raced through to beat keeper Tim Krul.
He said: "We needed it. We've had two disappointing results in the last couple of weeks and we had to put that right.
"Newcastle is no easy place to come, but we played really well. We kept the ball well, we created chances and deserved the win.
"They put us on the back foot straight away [after half-time], which was disappointing from our point of view, but again, it shows our character. We went again and got the second goal, and obviously finished it off with the third, so we were really happy with the win."
It proved a good afternoon too for Chadli, who took his tally for the season to nine goals in the league with his fine first-half strike, a swerving left-foot effort from distance.
He was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet, but even more pleased with a win which helped to erase the memory of last weekend's 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa.
Chadli said: "I'm working on it. Every week for me, the most important thing is for the team to win and I was happy to score.
"We were all disappointed in the week, so it was very important to bounce back. We prepared for this game very well. We trained hard and were focussed in training, so it was important to take the win."
But while there was a general satisfaction around the Tottenham camp as they prepared to head south, it was Kane who was the toast of the Toon as he continued his emergence as a striker of genuine potential.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted after the game that there was more to come from the home-grown frontman, but also urged patience to allow him to develop at his own pace.
However, there is an appreciation within the dressing room of the talent the club has on its hands.
Commenting on Kane's goals tally, Chadli said:"It's a lot, and he deserves it. He works every week very hard to make it happen, and he did it."