Tuesday 20 March 2018

Kane's Cottage industry does the trick for revived Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his hat-trick at Craven Cottage. Photo: PA
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his hat-trick at Craven Cottage. Photo: PA

Matt Law

You have to go back to the days of Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker for Tottenham Hotspur's last FA Cup success, but Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen gave notice that they are looking to repeat the achievement of the 1991 team.

Kane, starting his first FA Cup game of the season, scored a brilliant hat-trick in their 3-0 win over Fulham to make it 20 goals in 22 London derbies and secure Tottenham's place in the quarter-finals.

The England international's first two goals owed much to the superb Eriksen and, although it was against Championship opposition, Tottenham's performance at Craven Cottage served as a statement of intent. They are very much up for the Cup.

The victory was also a valuable confidence boost, following successive defeats to Liverpool in the Premier League and Gent in the Europa League, after which manager Mauricio Pochettino and his players held meetings over how to get the winning feeling back.


Whatever was said clearly did the trick, as Pochettino commented: "After Gent, we had a few meetings and the reaction was fantastic.

"I am very pleased. Now we'll try and keep that feeling for Thursday (in the second leg of the Europa League).

"After 3-0 it looks as if it was easy, but that was because we took the game on in a very good way. We showed them full respect, but played as we need to play in every game."

Much of the pre-match debate centred on what type of team Pochettino would name, given Tottenham's packed fixture list and last Thursday night's defeat in Belgium.

The Argentinian demonstrated how seriously he is taking this competition by sticking with Kane, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama, and bringing back Eriksen. (© Daily Telegraph, London.)


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