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Heung-min to kick on after end to goal drought


RELIEVED: Son Heung-min. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

RELIEVED: Son Heung-min. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

RELIEVED: Son Heung-min. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Son Heung-min was relieved to finally end his goal drought after firing Tottenham into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Son, whose start to the season was delayed by playing for South Korea at the Asian Games, scored his first Spurs goals since March in the 3-1 win at West Ham.

"Winning in the derby against West Ham always feels very good," Son said.

"The most important thing is that we won. We're in the next round and, finally, I scored!

"It's been a long time, I've been feeling really sorry. It feels really, really good to score again for this team. Finally I'm back to scoring.

"Of course I've got a little bit of confidence back. It's been a long time to score again because I went away for a long time so I felt very sorry but finally I can score for this team and help this team.

"I don't want to pressure myself but I'm always hungry and want to improve every day.

"If I don't score I'm sad. Of course winning is important but I always want to score and do my best for this team."

Son found the net either side of half-time at the London Stadium before Lucas Perez pulled one back for West Ham.

But Fernando Llorente killed off any hopes of a Hammers comeback to clinch a last-eight showdown with north London rivals Arsenal.

"If you want to win cups you've got to beat every team so I don't think it matters who comes next," added Son.

"Arsenal away, we will go and get to the next round again."

Mauricio Pochettino was proud of his Tottenham side after the win.

The Spurs boss said: "I feel very happy, to play two competitive games in 48 hours, Manchester City and then a London derby, I feel very proud.

"The performance was very good, always we try to play better but for different circumstances we have to be happy.

"Some players are working so hard, trying to wait for their opportunity, and then Davinson Sanchez played two games in 48 hours - and he was fantastic. I can't praise him enough."

Pochettino will now come up against a familiar face when he takes Spurs to their north London rivals in the last eight.

"Now it will be an exciting game, exciting to play Arsenal and face Unai Emery," added Pochettino.

"He's a top manager and a good friend, and he's doing a great job. I think he is one of the greatest managers.

"Of course, it is a little bit ironic that it is our worst enemies in West Ham and then Arsenal, but I love Manuel (Pellegrini) and Unai and we have a very good relationship."

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic, who has been playing through the pain of a knee problem, came on as a substitute as they chased the game.

The Austrian was limping at one point after taking a hefty knock, but manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident he will be fit to face Burnley tomorrow.