Tuesday 12 November 2019

New Year hero Kane wary of Clarets spoiling Spurs party

Harry Kane is hoping for more goals. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Harry Kane is hoping for more goals. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Jamie Holland

Tottenham's New Year's Day annihilation of Chelsea will live long in the memory of their supporters, but Harry Kane's only focus now is overcoming Burnley in the FA Cup tonight.

Spurs brought in 2015 in unforgettable style, thrashing their London rivals 5-3 in a wonderful game at White Hart Lane.

Kane was the star of the show, netting a brace and assisting two more, and the fans' favourite would like nothing more than to produce an action replay at Turf Moor.

Spurs won 2-1 there just two weeks ago and the England U-21 international is expecting another tough time tonight.

"We all enjoyed the win against Chelsea but we won't get carried away," Kane said.

"We'll keep our feet on the ground and look forward to this game. We want to do well in all competitions and Burnley away will be a tough tie for us.

"They are a good side, played well at White Hart Lane and they've enjoyed some good results recently. It will be difficult for us, without a doubt."

Mauricio Pochettino will be without Nabil Bentaleb as the midfielder has jetted off to the African Nations Cup with Algeria, while Ryan Mason (hamstring) and Erik Lamela (calf) are doubtful.

"We are very happy with what the team showed against Chelsea," said Pochettino, who is likely to give Emmanuel Adebayor his first start in two months.

"It is not easy. You always need time to change things, but the team are starting to show what we want to see. We are in a process and we need to believe and build our way. Victories like this mean you can improve more quickly."

George Boyd says Burnley head into tonight's tie in confident mood as they seek to continue their good run of form.

Sean Dyche's side have lost just three of their last 10 matches and have recently fought back against both Manchester City and Newcastle United to draw.

Boyd found the net in both games and has fond memories of the FA Cup, having reached the final with Hull last May, when he played the final half-hour against Arsenal.

"Nobody expected us to get anything (from visits to Newcastle and Manchester City) but we've shown our character. We go into our next run of games full of confidence," Boyd said.

"It's a great game and, hopefully, there'll be a big crowd at Turf Moor to get behind us. The FA Cup still has that magic and I was lucky enough to get to the final last year and that was a great occasion."

Dyche will make changes to a side that he has refused to alter for the last six matches.

Captain Jason Shackell and Kevin Long are both ruled out by injuries, but Manchester United's on-loan defender Michael Keane is hoping to pass a late test.

Ben Mee could deputise in the middle of the defence, while Steven Reid would be another option. Sam Vokes will hope to be given another run-out as he continues his comeback from a long-term knee injury.

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