Kane scores first goal in six months as Spurs see off West Ham
England striker targets 200 tally after finding the back of the net for the first time this year to seal a 2-0 win over the Hammers
23 June, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Harry Kane wants more goals after scoring in Tottenham’s win over West Ham
TOTTENHAM 2 (Soucek 64 OG, Kane 82)
WEST HAM 0
HARRY Kane scored his first goal of 2020 to help Spurs see off a stubborn West Ham side tonight (Tuesday) – and instantly declared he wants more!
The fit-again striker says he’s in “good shape” following a six-month spell on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
And his injuries looked a thing of the past in the 82nd-minute at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the England forward raced clear and finished with aplomb.
“As a striker you want to score goals and help win the game,” said Kane, after netting his 137th goal in 200 Premier League appearances.
“I’m someone, whether I score or not, I’m ready for the next one. It doesn’t bother me too much.
“Scoring is the best feeling in the world. I’m still only 26 so hopefully I can get to that 200 mark sooner rather than later and go from there.”
Kane didn’t have a single shot on target in Tottenham’s previous game, a 1-1 home draw against Manchester United.
And he could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be another one of those nights against West Ham when he fired a shot agonisingly wide of the far post early in the second half.
But as the clock ticked into the final 10 minutes he made amends.
Substitute Erik Lamela won the ball in his own half and found Heung-Min Son, who played a perfectly-weighted pass for Kane. Without breaking his stride the forward raced toward goal and tucked his shot beyond Lukasz Fabianski.
Kane was only allowed the space because the Hammers had to push forward in search of an equaliser after falling behind just after the hour mark to an unfortunate own-goal.
Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek inadvertently diverted the ball into his own net after failing to adjust his feet after Lucus Moura flicked on Giovani Lo Celso’s corner.
It was a goal that left West Ham boss David Moyes fuming as the ball appeared to take a nick off the arm of Davinson Sanchez before deflecting in off Soucek.
Up until that point it looked like Spurs were going to drop points and pay the price for squandering a series of good chances.
Son did manage to find the back of the net on the stroke of half time with a smart finish, but after a quick VAR check it was ruled out for offside.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho praised the strength-in-depth of his squad after the 2-0 victory.
He said: “I am happy with the result, the clean sheet, it means the team is more solid, and the players have less doubts.
“We played against a team with a coach with a lot of experience that organises teams in a very difficult way. I could predict that but they made it difficult for us.
“Our bench was rich, that helped me. To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair for West Ham to come here with 24 hours less to prepare than us. At the moment it is not nice.”
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Sissoko, Alli (Lamela, 59), Lo Celso, Moura (Bergwijn, 71), Son (Winks, 86), Kane
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Fernandes
WEST HAM: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Noble (Lanzini, 71), Antonio, Bowen, Fornals (Anderson, 71)
Substitutes not used: Randolph, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Ogbonna, Ajeti, Silva, Johnson